We all know what an amazing resource your local park can be. Now we challenge you to go explore even further by doing one of these day trips. Or if you really like a challenge, do all five of them over the next few months!
|TRIP 1: GO CAMPING|
Many people think of going to fancy campgrounds for a camping experience, but have you looked at the camping options at your local park, too? Some people call this car camping because you don’t go far from your car to have a camping experience, and it’s perfect for kids and families. So start your packing list—flashlight, S’mores supplies, sleeping bags—let the camping planning begin!
|TRIP 2: GO CANOEING |
Canoeing or kayaking—you take your pick! Don’t worry, you don’t have to go out and spend hundreds of dollars on your own equipment. Check out your local park and explore rental options in your area. Chances are, they’ll even supply you with life jackets. Now remember that canoeing and kayaking can be a little frustrating at first for people who aren’t used to doing it. Don’t give up, though. If you give this one a little time, it’ll definitely pay off.
|TRIP 3: GO BIKING |
If you have your own bikes, go ahead and load them up. If you don’t, start researching to find a good bike rental place in your area. A lot of times, bike rental shops will pop up in the summer, making it the perfect family activity to do in an afternoon. This is another thing where it pays to do your research first. Find a bike trail that is fun, yet not too challenging if you have smaller ones.
|TRIP 4: GO FISHING|
First off, you’ll want to check out the fishing guidelines in your area and/or state. Then, do a little research to figure out where are good fishing spots in your area. Many places will have free fishing days or events, especially in spring and summer. So be sure to check your local park schedule for those. And don’t forget to pack a lunch—you could make a whole day out of it!
|TRIP 5: GO HIKING |
The best part of a hiking trip is the planning. Pick out a park that everyone wants to go to, and then map our your adventure a little at a time. You’ll want the trip to be a little challenging, and a lot of fun
Guys, the point is GET OUT AND GO!
Blog post provided by National Park Trust staff and Ken Keffer and Stacy Tornio, creators of DestinationNature.net.