Saturday, April 27, 2013

Best Week to Visit a National Park

Looking for something fun to do with the family this weekend?  Maybe you should take the kids to visit a national park.  Entrance fees are FREE until Sunday to go visit a national park because this week (April 20-28) is National Park Week.  There are 401 national parks and at least one in every state.  Visit National Park Service for more facts and details on national parks and info on National Park Week.

There are 11 national parks here in our state of Florida including Biscayne National Park, Dry Tortugas and of course, the Everglades.  Don't forget about Castillo de San Marcos National Monument and Fort Matanzas National Monument both located in the gorgeous city of St. Augustine.  (Check out this post when we visited last year).  Right in our own backyard located here in Jacksonville, we have the Timucuan Preserve which includes Fort Caroline National Memorial and Kingsley Plantation.  You can get more details for these two National Parks on this website.

We can't always visit a national park so I love taking my kids to local state parks.  A plus side of living in Jacksonville is that our city has an abundant amount of parks.  Parks serve multiple purposes including using them to have picnics, parties, sports activities, play time for kids, peaceful place to relax, take a walk, enjoy nature, have photo shoots and even weddings.  Ever since having kids, I have learned to appreciate them even more.  Here are some pics from some parks we like to visit:

Mandarin Park

Jessie Ball DuPont Park

Also known as Treaty Oak Park because it's home to the 200 year old tree 

This tree is amazing to see 

This park is a great place for pictures

I love the long branches and how they twist and turn in various ways

Friendship Fountain Park

This fountain becomes vibrant and colorful at night when the light show goes on.

Love the view from here.

Stinson Park

Lots of pretty views at this park.

This park is a great place for pictures, too.

Lots of running space.

This park is a great place to get some peace.

Some of our other fave parks are Roosevelt Park, Memorial Park, Boone Park, 9A/Baymeadows Park and McGirts Creek Park.  Go to Jacksonville's Parks and Recreation Department (JaxParks) to get more details and park locations.

Support your parks and enjoy your weekend!