A Park is Your Family’s Best Friend

There’s a hidden gem in the United States and it’s called the park system. I’m sure you’re aware of your local, state and national parks, but there are often-overlooked “secrets” that lie within.

On your average day, you may not think to enter the parks, but rather explore some other paid form of family entertainment, like the movies or amusement parks. The secret is there’s a lot more to do within the park system besides a simple picnic. From local to national, the park systems can serve as a family support system of sorts.

Park System Full of Family Fun Options

The national park system alone includes 410 areas covering more than 84 million acres in every state, the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Just think of the adventures that lie ahead!

Most of the national parks are free to enter, but for the ones that do have a fee, they’re worth every penny. And for the frequent visitors, I recommend purchasing an annual national park pass that allows you to get into every single one!

Like we said, the park systems aren’t just for picnicking. The parks are also great for:

  • Full-blown vacations
  • Weekend cabin rentals
  • Camping
  • Hiking
  • Biking
  • Horseback riding
  • Exercise
  • Summer camps
  • Sports and more!

My family loves to explore the South Carolina and North Carolina parks during autumn, when the air is crisp and the leaves are on fire with color. But, this year we’re doing things a little different. We’re hoping to explore the state and national parks in the Pacific Northwest. We live in such an amazing country. There’s so much to explore right under our noses!

I highly recommend exploring the National Park Service to explore the parks via map to pick your next destination. Imagine snorkeling in Biscayne National Park in Florida or hiking among the glaciers in North Cascades National Park in Washington. Well, are you ready to make memories at the park?

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