Ways to Have Fun at State Parks this Summer

When it comes to summer fun, nature offers something for everyone. I excited to partner with Coca-Cola to share ways to enjoy nature and have fun at state parks. Visiting your state parks is the perfect way to enjoy nature and spend family time. Many state parks offer summer programs and discount admission. If you are lucky enough to live near a state park with a lake or beach, swimming, fishing and canoeing are great ways to spend an afternoon. There are so many ways to have fun at state parks.

Here are a few things we brought with us to the park for an afternoon of exploration.

Ways to Have Fun at State Parks this Summer with Free Scavenger Hunt Printable

1. Walking the nature trails is one of my family’s favorite activities when we visit our state parks. We often bring along binoculars and a magnifying glass to get an up close look at nature. You never know what you might find, if you take a close look!

Ways to Have Fun at State Parks this Summer with Free Scavenger Hunt Printable

2. Bring specimen bags. Specimen bags (sandwich bags) are great for collecting flowers and leaves to press for future craft projects and scrapbooking.

3. If you are seeking a little adventure, find out if your state parks have a geocaching program. Our Georgia State Parks have a wonderful geocaching program with hidden treasures just waiting to be found.

4. Go on a nature scavenger hunt on your next visit to the park. My daughter, Angela, made us a State Park Scavenger Hunt Printable that you can print out and use for free.

Ways to Have Fun at State Parks this Summer with Free Scavenger Hunt Printable

5. You can always just bring a ball or a frisbee to toss around in an open area at the park. Just enjoy the outdoors!

Be sure to stay hydrated while visiting your state parks this summer. Naturally sweetened vitaminwater® drinks are perfect for keeping you hydrated at the park! Both vitaminwater® and vitaminwater zero® (18 count) Bonus Packs are now available at Sam’s Club. I love the savings you get when buying in bulk!

How will you be having fun at state parks this summer?

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Coca-Cola. All opinions are 100% mine.

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  1. says

    These are such great tips. I love the specimen bag idea. I love examining the bugs and small creatures that are all over nature trails. It’s so much fun.

  2. says

    Scavenger hunts are fun,we have not been to the park like this for about a year I think as it is not that close.I really should make an effort to go with the kids soon.

  3. says

    My family loves outdoor adventures and we have all kinds of rocks, sticks, acorns, ect to prove it! I often put together scavenger hunts while camping. The kids love it :)

  4. says

    We love day tripping all over NYState. There are some excellent parks within an hour driving from the city, it is great to get fresh air and walk a lot!

  5. says

    I love the idea of bringing a frisbee or ball. Trying to find new & exciting things to look at can get tiresome, but if you just enjoy being outdoors everyone is happy.

  6. says

    Of course you must give the baggies a proper name on such an excursion. 😉 I think this whole concept is really cool! State parks are always nice to visit.

  7. says

    These are great ideas. I also have to add how addicted I am to Vitamin Water Zero. I love all the flavours and can enjoy them guilt free!

  8. says

    I think state parks are fun to visit. We haven’t been in awhile, but I’m about to look up some info. and see what’s going on for the summer.

  9. says

    Love the idea of a scavenger hunt! Will have to put one together on our next outing. Love heading to our state parks year-round, always so much to see and explore.

  10. says

    These are great! When I took my kids to a park a few weeks back, we would stop and over exaggerate the excitement of what we would see or hear (they are 1 and 3). It made them actually stop and listen or look at what we saw/heard. Towards the end, my oldest child started saying he heard birds, water, etc. It was fun.

  11. Tammy Hemmerling says

    I homeschool my 7 year old son so I’m always looking for fun, educational field trips! This seems perfect for a lesson plan! I will print out the scavenger hunt list and we’ll go to a state park this weekend!

    Thanks for such a great post!

  12. Jane Ritz says

    I love State Park s. My children and I spent many happy times at the parks in SC. They are a treasure to be explored and appreciated.

  13. says

    WOW How awesome this post is?? Some great ideas and a scavenger hunt who knew? I am a Foster mom and always trying to find ways to connect with new kids who are troubled. This is a great way to get outside, some exercise and have fun!! Thanks for this I will use it!

  14. Dorothy Boucher says

    I love taking the family to the state park, we have so much fun, I usually print out sheets of animals and bugs , trees and flowers and a few other items that I have them look for every summer.. I think its a great way to get the young ones involved in nature.

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