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What my parents told me to do. And probably yours too. Here are some great locations for adventures, day trips, and longer expeditions. Kid friendly. We start at the top of the page with places in York County PA, and go south and east to the Bay and DelMarVa. Most of these are easy day trips. And most are free. Click on the pics to learn more.
Nixon Park (part of the York County Park System), Jacobus PA. Trails, world class museum/visitor's center, hands on exhibits, touch room for kids, nifty gifty shoppe, books to read to your kids, borrow a back pack and explore the trails or the Sensory Meadow, attend one of many family oriented programs like Moonlight Boat Rides, Sunset Bike Rides, Reptile Week, Slalamander Stroll and others... mostly free, the rest is stupid cheap.
Lake Redman & William Kain Park
Jacobus PA. Rent a boat (kayak, canoe, rowboat, peddle boat) and explore the lake or fish from shore, or walk the trails, or use a picnic pavillion. Part of the York County Park System. Look for the night herons (above) at twilight, as well as bug-hunting bats, the red-jewel eyes of fishing spiders skating the water's surface, and long-jawed orb-weavers clinging like Spiderman to the overhanging shrubs.
Chestertown MD &
York County Heritage Rail Trail
Bike it, hike it, ride it, mush it (above, William and Denali, Legolas and Nikki in background). Miles of level, packed sand, wonderful for horse hooves or joggers' feet or bikes... or a wheeled dogrig and three huskies. Woods, agricultural lands and small towns, historic sites (which have open houses, visitor's centers and events). Nice short "walk the dog" hike, or a longer trek. Organized bike events through Nixon County Park.
Blue Hound Farm
Meet the critters (goats, sheep, cows, horses, pigs, fowl), milk a goat, explore the pond (dragonfly nymphs, giant water bugs), take pics in the gorgeous gardens. Blue hound does field trips, family visits, weddings, parties. A fee is charged, but you'll spend more at the amusement park.
Header: Sled dog team: Scotty and Breezy, racing Siberians, pulling Mona Kotchmar's rig at Micheaux State Park PA.