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. Scavenger hunts are so much fun! My boys love doing them. I might have to borrow your idea for the next time we are at our state park.

  2. 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.

  3. I like VitaminWater. And for us Floridians, its better to hit up state parks when its cooler!

  4. Love the idea of a scavenger hunt. What a great way to find different pieces of nature!

  5. 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.

  6. I have so much fun going to state parks! Never been on a scavenger hunt at one, but that’s a nice idea, though!

  7. 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 :)

  8. Elisabeth says:

    We just got our GA parks pass in the mail and can’t wait to go exploring!

  9. These are some great activities for going to state parks! My favorite would definitely be the scavenger hunt!

  10. 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!

  11. Hunts are a lot of fun. We love doing geocaching.

  12. I’e been planning a scavenger hunt for weeks. Now it’s just a matter of getting to our state park

  13. 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.

  14. These are fun ideas! We love to geocache!

  15. I love the scavenger hunt idea!

  16. We love scavenger hunts! they’re so much fun and keeps your mind and body moving!

  17. I’m addicted to vitamin water. WE buy them in bulk!

  18. 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.

  19. Thanks for this great list. We have to get out early in the day in Florida to spend time outside.

  20. I have been meaning to learn more about geocaching to do it with my kids, it sounds so fun!

  21. I was jut thinking that I want to take my youngest to a park nearby. I haven’t done a scavenger hunt in a long time, they’re fun!

  22. I love the Specimen Bag idea! My daughter loves nature and flowers, that would be a good way for her to preserve some!

  23. I need to get the kids to a state park this summer. They love to explore nature

  24. Great idea’s for sure. I think it is always fun to find the neat things in nature! It really is a beautiful place!

  25. Fun! I definitely need to do scavenger hunts at the park!

  26. 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!

  27. We enjoy visiting state parks. I think the kids would have fun doing a scavenger hunt.

  28. We love our state parks and go quite frequently. The one closest actually has a river and you can go tubing!

  29. Thank you for the ideas. The scavenger hunt one is something I never thought of.

  30. I am loving the Scavenger Hunt idea. It’s a great way to get the whole family involved. :)

  31. Scavenger hunts are so much fun! I will have to plan one with my daughters.

  32. These are some great activities, scavenger hunts are always so fun. I haven’t done one in over 20 years!

  33. That would be fun to do when we ever get to one. I havent been to any for awhile.

  34. These are some super fun ideas. I think State Parks are underrated – we always have such a great time when we visit them.

  35. Great idea! My kids and I love to visit state parks. Going to try this out soon.

  36. 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.

  37. 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.

  38. Who doesn’t love a good scavenger hunt! This looks like so much fun. My kids would love it.

  39. This looks like a great way to spend a summer day. My kids would totally love it and I can just imagine the amount of neat pictures I could take.

  40. We love to visit state parks, there are so many and they are so affordable

  41. Great tips and fun and educational at the same time.

  42. Great ideas, I love the idea of a scavenger hunt!

  43. It has been awhile since I’ve gone on a scavenger hunt, they are so much fun!

  44. RICHARD HICKS says:

    The park is a great place for the kids to have a lot of fun and learn at the same time.

  45. I have never done anything like this before, but it sounds like amazing fun!

  46. Sound like great fun, we did some scavenger hunts when the kids were little but not at a park..

  47. 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.

  48. 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!

  49. 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.

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