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2017-01-12

Fun things to do at the park

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A day at the park is one of the simplest and most cost-effective activities people can embrace as they look to enjoy the great outdoors.
Few things are better than a warm, beautiful day spent in the park. Parks attract millions of visitors each year. Many men, women and children view a visit to the park as a great escape. While it’s perfectly acceptable to visit a park and spend the day napping on a patch of green grass, there are many additional activities that outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy when visiting a local park.
1. Hit the trails. Many people visit parks to go hiking. You might find your park has a series of hiking trails right on the property. Pick up a park map and figure out in what direction you plan to set off.
2. Take in the wildlife. Parks are home to local wildlife, and those who want to catch a glimpse of that wildlife can head to the park in the early-morning hours when crowds should be light and things relatively quiet. Take inventory of the various bird species you see, or watch for deer or scurrying chipmunks. Kids can have fun sketching park animals.
3. Have a picnic. Pack a lunch, a blanket, a book and some sports equipment and head to the park for a picnic with family and friends. Let the kids play while the adults sit back and enjoy some casual al fresco dining.
4. Hold an impromptu game. Invite friends and family members to join you at the park and divide into two teams before playing a couple of innings of softball, volleyball or kickball.