A good way to connect with your family is to leave behind the work and school routines. If your family has days off or a free weekend, consider planning a road trip to explore new places.
All throughout the United States there are recreation areas that offer a wide variety of activities for everyone. Below you will find some ideal places for enjoying what nature has to offer:
Boulder Creek, California
Location: This spot is in the northern Sierra Nevada Mountains, northeast of San Francisco.
Features: It has everything nature lovers would want, such as beautiful lakes, streams and mountains, as well as prairies surrounded by plants and animals.
Activities: It is a place where you can swim, fish, ride a boat or kayak, mountain bike and camp.
Alley Creek Camp, Texas
Location: On the edge of Lake O ‘the Pines, east of Dallas and near the towns of Jefferson and Marshall.
Features: There’s a magnificent lake surrounded by pine trees and the region’s native flora and fauna. The lake is a result of the construction of a dam, but now it’s considered an oasis of outdoor recreation.
Activities: Families can enjoy camping, swimming, hunting, fishing, boat rides, or hiking along trails and exploring nature.
Buck Lake, Florida
Location: This recreational area is located in Ocala National Forest.
Features: The Buck Lake area has the second longest forest in the state of Florida, and more than 600 lakes, rivers and springs that are popular tourist attractions.
Activities: This site offers a variety of ways to enjoy the open air, including fishing, boat rides, camping, picnics, hiking and more.
Camp Gateway, New York
Location: Situated at Floyd Bennett Field in Brooklyn, this park is a great natural space within the urban environment of New York City.
Features: The area’s meadows, trees, sand dunes, lagoons and beaches attract many tourists year-round.
Activities: You can choose among hiking, fishing, biking or camping. There are also guided tours and other programs available.
Apache Trout Campground, Arizona
Location: This spot is east of Phoenix, near the New Mexico border.
Features: Wide open spaces, pine forests, mountain scenery and Big Lake are all ideal for relaxation.
Activities: This is a good spot for outdoor activities like trout fishing, hiking, mountain biking, picnics and camping.
Note: The activities at these recreation parks vary depending on the time of year and season.
Use the search guide in Recreation.gov to find other activities and recreational areas.