Looking for something exciting to do with the kids this summer? Take a trip to your nearest state or national park. State and national parks are full of beautiful greenery, clean air, and miles and miles of space for kids to run, play, and imagine.

Great Smoky Mountains, Sequoia, Hot Springs, Indiana Dunes, Grand Canyon, Yosemite, Yellowstone, Mammoth Cave, are just a few of the 61 US national parks. Can you see the amazement on your child’s face as he takes a tour through a real cave? What about the look on your daughter’s face as you drive your car through The Land of The Giants at Sequoia National Park, and she sees how massive the trees are?

Not every state has a national park, but they do have a state park.  Besides site seeing, there are a host of activities for families. For example, hiking, biking, golf, swimming, camping, cabins, fishing, horseback riding, and more. You can bring your own activities to increase the fun, so pack some blowing bubbles, a jump robe, basketball, football, soccer ball, tennis rackets, and drawing chalk.

You may even choose to take a small trip to visit nearby parks in bordering states. Although we fear corona, the popular trend for the summer is taking small vacations that are only an hour or two away. Some families may choose to camp overnight, rent an RV, or simply commute for the day. If you decide to stay at a hotel, it’s best to find out what policies they have in place for corona protection prior to departing. Many hotels that offer dining services may allow room service or to-go breakfast bags only at this time, so booking a room with a refrigerator and microwave is essential when traveling with hungry kiddos that need frequent snacks.

It’s best to do your research BEFORE you leave. Entrance to state and national parks are generally very reasonable and the cost may be per car and not per person. Depending on the park and the activities you’re intending to do, a reservation may be needed. Also, even though parks are outdoors, social distancing and masks may be required. Not to mention that their welcome centers and/or gift shops may be closed due to COVID-19. 2020 is not all bad. Let this summer be about making joyful memories and having fun!

Mira Cassidy

Writer, Travel Agent, and Motivational Speaker

Speaking Topics include:

Breaking Free from Interpersonal Abuse and Live, Learn, Travel  

Email miracassidy@gmail.com and visit miracassidy.com

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