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Easy Outdoors Spring Break Adventures

Mar 22, 2016
Melissa Hincha-Ownby

Walking on a boardwalk on vacation 

Get outdoors this spring break and spend your days enjoying all that Mother Nature has to offer. The beauty of outdoor spring break adventures is that they are easy to plan and often come with a low price tag.

Day at the Beach
If you’re lucky enough to live on one of the coasts, plan a few days at the beach this spring break. Pack a picnic lunch, blankets, a volleyball, Frisbees, and sand toys to enjoy a low-cost, full day activity.

National Park Getaway
Sure you’ve heard of the Grand Canyon and Yellowstone National Park, but did you know that the U.S. National Park Service manages more than 84 million acres of land throughout the United States and its territories? These sites including traditional National Parks as well as monuments, historical sites and significant military locations. Visit the National Park Service website to find a park near you and don’t forget to participate in the Junior Ranger program if it is offered at your destination.

Hiking Adventures
Do you want to get outdoors, but don’t live near the beach and can’t make it to a National Park? If so, check out your local hiking trails. Hiking isn’t just a great form of exercise; it is a wonderful way for your family to explore nature. Make a game out of it and see who can identify the most plant species or find the most animals.

Urban Parks
Even if you’re landlocked in a concrete jungle, you can still get outdoors this spring break. Hit up your local park, visit the zoo or find a splash pad (weather permitting of course!). Contact your community’s Department of Parks and Recreation for a list of parks in your city.

If you’re heading into this spring break with a tight budget and little time off, don’t fret. You can still enjoy a variety of different low cost adventures if you focus on taking advantage of what your community has to offer.

What is your favorite outdoor spring break activity?

Photo courtesy of Melissa Hincha-Ownby.

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