5 Tips for Visiting a National Park with your Family

Jun 22
2016
As some of you may know The National Parks are celebrating their 100th birthday this year! What better way to celebrate than visiting the parks with your family this summer?

Here at TempTraq, our team loves getting outside and enjoying our local National Park with our families and we think you should too! We’ve compiled some tips for you and your family to get out and enjoy our national parks this summer!

1. Get to Know your Parks

There are 58 National Parks in the United States, you might be one of the lucky ones with one or more located in your state, but for those who are far from a National Park it doesn’t mean you can’t round up the family for a long weekend road trip or summer long adventure!

You can visit NPS.gov to find a park near you or explore all the beautiful parks throughout the country and choose one or more you’d like to visit and explore with your family!

2. Plan your Adventure

Once you’ve chosen the park or parks you plan on visiting it is time to plan your family activities! Depending on which park you visit your activities might include, camping, hiking, sightseeing, bird watching, biking, kayaking, or enjoying a family event.

NPS.gov can provide you with activity and event information about each individual park, including and fees, permits, and passes you might need for your visit.

3. Pack Right

Whether you’re visiting a park for just a day or a full week, it is important to pack the right things so you and your family are well prepared. If you are visiting the parks this summer, it is important to be prepared for all situations and weather conditions! It might be blazing hot in the afternoon, but cool in the evenings once the sun goes down! Here is a quick list of items we recommend:
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses / Hat
  • Bug Spray
  • First Aid Kit
  • Snacks (trail mix, granola bars, etc.)
  • Water Bottle
  • Flashlight / Headlamp / Lanterns
  • Comfortable foot wear and extra socks
  • Layers (down vest, fleece, rain jacket)
  • Binoculars
 
4. Get Involved

The parks provide lots of great activates and programs for kids of all ages to get involved and engaged during their visit to a National Park! See if your park has a Junior Ranger Program, it’s a great way to get your littles ones engaged and learn about the park. It’s a program catered to children between the ages of 5 – 13 and provides your kids with activities to participate in while they visit the park!

5. Have Fun and Be Safe

The most important part of your trip is to have fun and be safe!

If you are traveling with the whole family it is very important to stay safe while you are enjoying the parks. Stop by a visitor center on your way into a park and pick up maps and talk with the rangers about conditions in the park so you and your family are well prepared. We also recommend always sticking to the marked trails, keeping a map handy, keeping your distance from wildlife, have plenty of water on hand, sunscreen, layers, and not taking any unnecessary risks!


We hope you have a fun and safe summer exploring our nations beautiful parks with your family!

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