Grand Teton National Park

Grand Teton National Park

10 Great Kids Activities at National Parks

March 9, 2012, 2:34 pm

Whether it is this weekend or any weekend, America’s national parks offer
endless activities the whole family can enjoy. Here are ten fun-packed national park adventures for kids and families:

Acadia National Park, Maine
Sea-life bingo keeps youngsters excited tallying green sea urchins, orange
sea stars, and other curious marine creatures that reside in tide pools
that surface at low tide. Watch for harbor seals farther out in the water.

Biscayne National Park, Florida
Families visiting Biscayne between December and April can sign up to attend
“Family Fun Fest” – a daylong program held on the second Sunday of those
months and focused on activities tied to the park’s diverse resources.

Cape Cod National Seashore, Massachussets
Cycling is one of the best ways to get around the Cape thanks to its paved
rail trail, which leads through the woods, pass kettle ponds created by
retreating glaciers, and to spurs leading to Coast Guard, Marconi and Le
Count Hollow beaches.

Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming
Teens looking for a challenge can measure themselves against the Tetons,
thanks to climbing schools where world-class guides will teach them the
basics and lead them to the summit of 13,770-foot Grand Teton.

Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve, Colorado
Kids love to get sandy on the tallest sand dunes in North America. Rising
to about 650 feet, these dunes in the heart of the park are perfect for
skiing, sand-boarding, or just plain old rolling down.

Lassen Volcanic National Park, California
Budding geologists will be fascinated with Lassen Volcanic, as it can count
all four major types of volcanoes -- shield, plug, cinder cone, and
composite. There’s even a Volcano Club kids can join to learn more about
this volcanic landscape.

Mammoth Cave National Park, Kentucky
A Mammoth Cave trip is built around a cave tour with the family, or three!
Take the Violet City Lantern Tour to experience the passageways by
flickering lamp light as many of its first visitors did, view the
incredible flowstones on the Frozen Niagara Tour, or visit the Snowball
Room with its ancient autographs inscribed with soot.

Olympic National Park, Washington
Kids can start the day with a snowball fight (on Hurricane Ridge) and end
it soaking in warm springs (like those at Sol Duc Hot Springs).

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Michigan
Winter isn’t the off-season here, as there are trails for snowshoeing and
cross-country skiing. And if there’s enough snow, kids and adults can even
sled down the 100+ ft. Dune Climb.

To learn more about these and other great national park adventures for kids
and families, check out the National Park Foundation’s special guide,
Parks for Play: 35 National Park Adventures for Kids of All Ages.”

Source: National Park Service and the National Park Foundation