Explore Local Parks And More
When is the last time you explored the local parks in your own area? If it has been a while, now is the time to shake the dust off your running shoes and get ready to explore. There is a lot of free things you and your family can do in your own community.
There are many hidden gems in any community, province/state and just about any area of the country. Make it a point this summer to explore as many of them as possible.
It’s a fun and inexpensive way to enjoy the summer by getting out there and exploring nature. All the while you’re supporting your local community and the parks themselves.
Parks, no matter how big or small, need to attract visitors to make sure they receive the funding needed to stay in operation. Go and do your part by exploring the parks in your area. Don’t forget your camera too because you can add some of these memories to your Summer Memories Family Scrapbook.
Start Local – Community Parks and Recreational Areas
Start with your local parks. Chances are good that there are quite a few different parks and natural areas within a short driving distance that you haven’t been to. Make it a point to explore as many of them as you can this summer.
You never know when you might discover a favorite new spot – something you’ll want to come back to again and again all year. Plan trips to local parks and playgrounds with the kids, explore a new hiking trail, or pack a picnic for lunch or dinner.
If you enjoy camping, check out local parks that have campsites, or camping parks in your area. You might have just as much fun camping for a night or two an hour away from your house as you would going much further away. And by camping closer to home, you just might be able to squeeze in a few weekend or mid-week adventures depending on your work schedule.
Discovering Provincial Or State Parks
Whether you are in Canada or the United States make sure to visit at least one Provincial or State park. Each province and state has a website dedicated to their parks and sites. Browse around and find out what’s available in your area.
Some Provincial and State parks usually require a fee to enter. Therefore, if you plan on exploring quite a few of them over the course of the summer, consider getting a yearly pass. In many areas you can get discounted passes at libraries and tourist centers if you’re local.
Google the particular park for more information. While you’re online see if they have any special summer programs, tours, or more. You’ll be amazed at how much your Provincial or States offers through these parks.
National Parks Are Always Worth A Visit
Last but not least, don’t forget about National Parks and National Monuments. And in celebration of Canada’s 150th Birthday you can get in FREE!
Do a quick search and see what’s within driving distance for you. Depending on where you live, there may be several different parks you can explore.
National parks are created for a reason and you know what you find there will be well worth the trip. If there’s nothing close enough for a day trip, it may be well worth spending the night somewhere close. Or consider taking a mini-vacation at or near the national park.
No matter what you do, take the time to get out there and explore everything nature has to offer in your area. Take the kids fishing, or for a bike ride or a hike, pack a picnic and play at the park.