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Cuyahoga Valley National Park

This giant piece of parkland is easily one of northern Ohio’s most beautiful treasures. Cuyahoga National Park preserves over 33,000 acres along the Cuyahoga River from Cleveland to Akron. There’s almost no limit to what you can do while you’re here. Take a hike or a bike ride, explore caves, canoe, kayak, fish, go horseback riding or watch the birds. Most paths will easily work with a jogging stroller, but you may have to wear your baby in a carrier on some of the rockier paths. The huge park is packed with visitor centers, so make sure to start your trip off by visiting one and pick up a map – it’s easy to get lost out there! All of the visitor centers have changing areas, so do diaper checks before you hit the trails.

Lake Mead National Recreation Area

Lake Mead National Recreation Area is about a 30-minute drive from the Las Vegas Strip and occupies about 1.5 million acres. Lake Mead offers year round recreational opportunities including sandy beaches, boating, photography, swimming, picnicking and sightseeing. Shaded picnic areas with tables, water, fire grills and restrooms are located throughout the area. Easy access to parking is also available. With Lakes Mead and Mohave as the central focus, visitors to Lake Mead National Recreation Area can share with baby the rugged and picturesque setting driving on one of several paved roads winding through the dramatic desert scenery through mountains, plateaus, desert basins of cactuses and creosote bush, and vertical-walled canyons. 

Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad

Do you have a train-lover in your family? If so, they’ll love it on the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad. Sit back and relax while your family takes in the views. Ride the tracks as they dip in and out of the Cuyahoga Valley and follow the beautiful Cuyahoga River. For a less crowded ride and your choice of seating, take a ride on a weekday. Book your trip during the morning hours, for breathtaking views of the sun rising over the valley. If your family likes to bicycle, bring your bikes along. For just $2 a person, you can purchase a one-way ticket (for you and your bike), so you can ride the train one way and your bike the other.

Cuyahoga Valley National Park

You can’t spend time in Cleveland without visiting one of northern Ohio’s greatest gems. Cuyahoga National Park preserves over 33,000 acres along the Cuyahoga River from Cleveland to Akron. There’s almost no limit to what you can do while you’re here. Take a hike or a bike ride, explore caves, canoe, kayak, fish, go horseback riding or watch the birds. The huge park is packed with visitor centers, so make sure to start your trip off by visiting one and pick up a map – it’s easy to get lost out there! Not in the mood for a big hike? Park in one of the lots and explore the nearby land. Every inch of this place is beautiful.

Montgomery Bell State Park

If camping isn't your style, you might want to try a more refined version of roughing it at Montgomerey Bell State Park. Their Inn offers an indoor pool, fitness room and cable TV, and every room has a view of Lake Acorn. There's even an on-site restaurant. Of course, you can also stay in one of their rustic cabins (built in the 30s), villas or even a tent. Spend the day enjoying the serene beauty of the 3,700 acre park, which offers hiking, boating, swimming, fishing and golf. You'll see abandoned ore pits from the mining operation that once took place on this now-tranquil spot. About a 45 minute drive from Nashville, it's also perfect for a day trip.

Fall Creek Falls State Park

It may be a bit redundantly named, but Fall Creek Falls' nomenclature give an idea of its claim to fame. This 12,500-acre park boasts the U.S.'s highest free-fall waterfall east of the Mississippi, with a drop of 126 feet. Set in Cane Creek Gorge, the park is a testament to the spectacular beauty of middle Tennesse, with five other waterfalls and incredible views from its mountain overlooks. Lodgings include 1-, 2 and 3-bedroom cabins (some lakeside), as well as campgrounds. When you're done admiring the view, you can also try boating, swimming, fishing, horseback riding and more. It's the perfect choice for a getaway that will make you glad you stayed in Tennessee.

Scenic Blue Ridge Parkway

Roughly two and a half hours west of Richmond is the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway. 469 miles stretch from Shenandoah National Park in Virginia all the way to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in North Carolina. Along the way are overlooks, hiking trails, campsites, dining, wildlife watching, and other recreational activities. Spectacular views can be had in any season, so bring your camera, the dog, a date, or the whole family. The Blue Ridge Parkway Association’s website is incredibly detailed, offering sample itineraries and trip planners. The area is especially striking during autumn, particularly along Skyline Drive, a national scenic byway of 105 miles through Shenandoah National Park (for a fee). Nearby civil war battlefields and presidential homes make for educational and unique stop-offs along the way.

Lake Anna State Park

On land that was once mined for gold you will find this fabulous lake oriented state park, here you can go swimming in the water (lifeguard on duty), play at the park, go for a boat ride, go fishing in the pond, and go hiking on some of the parks trails. You really could make a vacation out of this park with so much to do! If you want to go to the beach you will have to arrive early as the lot has limited spaces and once the spaces are full the park entrance will be closed and not reopened until enough spaces have opened up. 

Stone Mountain

For the last 45 years Stone Mountain Park has been ringing in Independence Day in style, with it's mega fireworks display. But putting on a stellar show is nothing new to this park. They hold a nightly laser show during the warmer months, and when it gets chilly, they turn the southern landmark into a winter wonderland. Their Fantastic Fourth Celebration takes place all day annually, on the 3rd and 4th of July. Make a day of it and check out the other wonderful attractions at the park, then sit on the lawn and watch the fireworks once the sky gets dark.

Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad

Do you have a train-lover in your family? If so, they’ll love it on the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad. Sit back and relax while your family takes in the views. Ride the tracks as they dip in and out of the Cuyahoga Valley and follow the beautiful Cuyahoga River. For a less crowded ride and your choice of seating, take a ride on a weekday. Book your trip during the morning hours, for breathtaking views of the sun rising over the valley. If your family likes to bicycle, bring your bikes along. For just $2 a person, you can purchase a one-way ticket (for you and your bike), so you can ride the train one way and your bike the other.

Cuyahoga Valley National Park

You can’t spend time in Cleveland without visiting one of northern Ohio’s most beautiful treasures. Cuyahoga National Park preserves over 33,000 acres along the Cuyahoga River from Cleveland to Akron. There’s almost no limit to what you can do while you’re here. Take a hike or a bike ride, explore caves, canoe, kayak, fish, go horseback riding or watch the birds. The huge park is packed with visitor centers, so make sure to start your trip off by visiting one and pick up a map – it’s easy to get lost out there! Not in the mood for a big hike? Park in one of the lots and explore the nearby land. Every inch of this place is beautiful.

Meridian Hill Park

It isn't that often that a park this beautiful can be found in a city. Meridian Park will actually take your breath away, the Neoclassic construction and park design mixed with the winding paths, multi-level fountains, and ponds all make for great pictures. This is the perfect place to have a picnic, take some pictures, or just go for a walk. And as with most places in DC there is a bit of history mixed in, Meridian Park was a labratory for experimenting with a concrete aggregate. 

Rock Creek Park Planetarium

Perfect place for the outdoor lover and those budding nature enthusiasts, the mission of the Rock Creek Park Nature Center and Planetarium is to promote knowledge of the enviroment and help people learn how to fully enjoy the enviroment around them. Through the guided nature walks you will learn how to identify different types of flowers. The walks are different every couple of weeks to focus what is in bloom at the time. The walks are educational and fun, a great way to throw a little learning into some of the fun summer activities!

Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree National Park is about 30 miles outside of Palm Springs, and well worth the drive. The 800,000 acres hold a rich history; they’ve been inhabited for at least 5,000 years. The park maintains 501 archeological sites and 88 historic structures. Its museum showcases more than 120,000 artifacts. The park is most known for its tree, a prickly oddity with outstretched limbs and tough leaves. It’s also home to “jumping” cholla cactus, desert bighorn, six species of rattlesnakes and many migratory birds. The park also has the most fascination desert formations, including granite monoliths and rugged canyons. And it offers special programs for kids, including becoming a WebRanger to solve mysteries, play games and gather secret words and downloading a story about the park’s iconic tree, Lily.

 

Cuyahoga Valley National Park

Cleveland is a beautiful city, but it’s surrounded by even more beautiful pieces of nature. You can’t spend time in Cleveland without visiting one of northern Ohio’s greatest gems. Cuyahoga National Park preserves over 33,000 acres along the Cuyahoga River from Cleveland to Akron. There’s almost no limit to what you can do while you’re here. Take a hike or a bike ride, explore caves, canoe, kayak, fish, go horseback riding or watch the birds. The huge park is packed with visitor centers, so make sure to start your trip off by visiting one and pick up a map – it’s easy to get lost out there! Not in the mood for a big hike? Park in one of the lots and explore the nearby land. Every inch of this place is beautiful.

Mountain Creek Lake

Fishing isn’t just a peaceful way to pass the time, it teaches children patience and respect for the environment. If your fam could use a little communion with nature, head out to Mountain Creek Lake’s public marina to rent a boat and enjoy the peaceful environment. The lake is well-stocked with largemouth bass, catfish, crappie and white bass, but this isn’t a place to catch your dinner. This lake has a catch-and-release policy in effect for all fishing in the reservoir. As with all lakes in North Texas, parents are encouraged to ensure they and their children wear life vests at all times.

Grand Canyon Railway

Vintage train rides provide your family with a trip back in time. Leave the car behind and travel in roomy comfort to the Grand Canyon’s South Rim. No need to fight traffic or find parking space. Live entertainment, strolling musicians, cowboys and a train robbery shootout are all part of the fun. The kids are entertained and you’ll relax to the sound of the singing rails as the Arizona landscape goes by.

The leisurely trip takes two hours and fifteen minutes each way along its 65-mile track into Grand Canyon National Park. Disembark at historic sites like the Grand Canyon Depot. Park entrance fees are included with your ticket.

Your choice of four classes of service make this train escape affordable for any budget. Vacation packages include train travel, hotel stays at Williams, AZ and Grand Canyon hotels, tours and more. That makes easy planning for your next Grand Canyon vacation!

Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve

Whether you bring your own snorkeling gear or rent it there, Hanauma Bay is a clean, safe way to view Hawaii's underwater inhabitants up close  in this protected nature preserve. Even very young snorkelers can master this shallow snorkeling experience, where you can see brightly-colored fish to sea turtles and live coral. An exciting educational video about the importance of preserving beaches, animals, and coral reefs for future generations gives an air-conditioned start to your day at the bay.  If you have small children in your group, then the hike up and down the steep paved path to the bay may be challenging; luckily, a jolly trolly travels up and down the hill every half hour. Free entry with local ID.

Mission San Jose

If you are looking for a historic location for your wedding ceremony, consider Mission San Jose. Originally built in the early 1700s, this mission is still an operating church today. You'll love the gorgeous architecture and beautiful grounds surrounding the building. The fee to rent the church is $1,200 for non-parishioners, and includes their wedding coordinator services for both the rehearsal and your ceremony. They don't schedule any weddings on Sunday and have other strict guidelines. Visit their website to download their wedding information packet. Mission San Jose isn't the only mission church available for weddings. Each of the four of the famous San Antonio mission are open for weddings. Call each mission church directly for more information.

The Ribault Club

Established in 1928 as a playground for the nation’s wealthy elite, the Ribault Club has hosted decades of decadent soirees for foreign dignitaries, captains of industry and society mavens. It’s named for Jean Ribalut, a 16th century French naval officer and navigator who claimed this corner of the New World for France in 1562. And during the latter part of the Roaring ‘20s, it served as an exclusive resort for the likes of the Rockefellers, the Astors and the Carnegies. Twelve-foot ceilings, French doors, fluted pilasters and the original Terrazzo floors make for an elegant wedding locale. Outdoor weddings beneath centuries-old oak trees also are popular.