As the autumn season is off to a start, some residents of several states, particularly in the south, are fortunate enough to still be enjoying the lingering summer weather. School has begun, but there is still plenty of time to plan a fun family weekend. Here are some suggestions for creative ways to enjoy quality family time outdoors.
- Water fun
What child doesn’t enjoy a trip to a water park or splash park? Large water parks often offer a variety of rides that are fun for family members of all ages. Water parks frequently have food and other attractions available as well, allowing for a full day of water fun. For younger children who may be overwhelmed by the large water parks or not quite old enough for all of the rides, another option is a free splash park. These can often be found at community parks.
Families who are considering a camping trip are in good company. Camping is a highly popular recreational activity in the United States. It was estimated in 2013 that the revenue from RV parks and campgrounds was about five billion dollars. Camping can be done at a campground or campsite, a recreational vehicle, or simply a backyard. It is a fun way to escape the “normal” life stress for a night or two, and teaching children new skills such as how to build a fire, make yummy s’mores, or set up a tent can contribute to building stronger family relationships. For those who are interested in camping but not quite ready to be without some modern conveniences, many campgrounds offer cabin rentals at affordable rates.
Hiking can be done as a part of a camping trip, or as simply a day trip. It’s a fun way to encourage the family to be active and improve their physical health together. There has also been an increase in the number of hikers in the United States. In spring 2008, there were about 29.23 million people who went hiking/backpacking. Six years later in spring 2014, that number had risen to 38.05 million people.
- Amusement Parks
The United States has more than 400 amusement parks and attractions. The major parks are obvious, such as Disneyland, Universal Studios, and Six Flags, but many states boast local amusement parks that are frequently more affordable in admission price, as well as travel costs. Additionally, 90% of amusement parks are open year-round. This gives a family interested in visiting an amusement park plenty of options to choose from.
As you can see, there are plenty of options for affordable and fun activities available in your local community. Whether your family chooses a weekend of water fun, camping, hiking, or an amusement park, it will be sure to create long lasting memories of family fun.