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Activities: The 7 Most Beautiful Parks for Families
Source: Working Mother

 

Centennial Park, Ellicott, MD

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Centennial Park, Ellicott, MD

If your family needs a fusion of organized fun mixed with the great outdoors, Centennial Park

is the perfect place to visit. The tennis court and playground provide the kind of fun your family might already be accustomed to; boat rentals, fishing and diverse wildlife add a sweet taste of nature that you can't find in the city. Families can also take advantage of educational activities offered for children at the park, such as the Abrakadoodle: Bug Me! Creepy Crawler's Camp.

Chittenango Falls State Park, Cazenovia, NY

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Chittenango Falls State Park, Cazenovia, NY

Move over Niagara Falls! This park, which is the home of an astonishing 167 foot waterfall, features an impressive array of wild and plant life along scenic trails. Whether you choose a vigorous hike or prefer a relaxing picnic, Chittenango Falls

will accommodate. Feel free to bring the family pet—but be sure to keep your animal pal on a leash at all times.

City of Rocks State Park, Fayewood, NM

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City of Rocks State Park, Fayewood, NM

Prepare for the family to be utterly fascinated when they feast their eyes on this park that's largely comprised of gigantic volcanic rock formations! Bring your mountain bikes for the ride of your lives through the gorgeous trails—and don’t forget the binoculars! City of Rocks

is known as home to a vast array of amazing birds. It also has an astronomical observatory so your kiddies can learn about astronomy outside of the classroom.

Jordan Lake State Recreation Area, Apex, NC

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Jordan Lake State Recreation Area, Apex, NC

Let Jordan Lake State Recreation Area

renew your spirits. Here you'll find almost 14,000 acres of water, where you can enjoy the beach life and dig your feet into the inviting sand. You can also catch delectable fish for a family fry, or bald-eagle watch with the curious kiddies. Sky watching sessions are offered every month by the staff at Morehead Planetarium.

Petit Jean State Park, Little Rock, AR

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Petit Jean State Park, Little Rock, AR

The so-called Natural State holds a jewel perfect for family bonding time. Not only can you see an amazing 95 foot waterfall called Cedar Falls at Petit Jean State Park

, but you and the family can explore Lake Bailey by pedal or flat-bottom boat, or even by water bikes. The kids will jump with excitement when they learn about some of the fantastic programs offered every day, such as the Nature Photography Scavenger Hunt.

Sesqui Park, Columbia, SC

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Sesqui Park, Columbia, SC

Take your little ones to Sesqui

and they will be asking to return every year! The colorful playground with high slides, the canoe and kayak rentals, and movies under the stars will make the kids feel like they are in state park heaven! There are fish aplenty to reel in from the lake so bring your fishing poles!

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Glenn Arbor, MI

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Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Glenn Arbor, MI

Take in the beauty of Lake Michigan at this midwestern park that's replete with hiking trails, freshwater beaches and dune climbs. Kids can join the Junior Ranger Program upon arrival at Sleeping Bear Dunes' Visitor Center; they'll be given an activity book that will teach them about the park, then receive a Junior Ranger Badge at the end of the day. More Great Parks to Visit Grand Teton National Park Find a Slice of History for President’s Day


 

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