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Visit a State Park as a Family Outing

Have you visited a state park lately? State park sites are great options for family outings. They are affordable even for large families. They are educational, and they are sometimes just around the corner from you.

State parks are a low-cost option for families because oftentimes the only cost is a fistful of dollars for a carload of people. Some places donít even charge fees, but instead, simply ask for donations.

If you are looking for a simple outing for your family, consider a visit to one of your local state parks. Many people think a visit to a state park implies a long weekend getaway in the cabins or campgrounds. This is definitely a great option for a family outing. Sometimes, however, we are simply looking for something simple that involves less planning and less of a commitment. You can still look to state parks to provide such spontaneous entertainment. There are a lot of state parks that are small sites which offer a bit of history and education and a beautiful spot for a picnic. Many of these sites are so small, you might drive right by them every day and not even realize they exist.

Consider making a donation to a state park. They need our help to preserve the natural surroundings and historical landmarks of the area. You can support a state park with a family camping trip or by making a cash donation when visiting a historic landmark. Many states offer the convenient option of making an online donation. Some states also offer a package that allows you to make a yearly donation when renewing your vehicle tags. Keep in mind that donations are often tax deductible.

In place of, or in addition to, making a monetary donation, you can invest in your state park system by donating your time. Many states continue to drastically cut the budget for their state parks. This means the park system must rely much more heavily on volunteers. Check with your state to see what the park system may need. This could be anything from cleaning and maintaining hiking trails to manning an information desk. In some states, it could also mean re-enacting a historical scene or helping to preserve archeological sites in your state. Can you lend your talents to your state park system?

Letís get out of the house, and support our state parks. I encourage you to look up the state parks and recreation website for your state (or a state youíre visiting) to find some local gems. I challenge you to visit a site near you that youíve never seen before. Then tell others about it.

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