National & State Parks

Exploring Sleeping Bear Dunes - Our day at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lake Shore focused on sand dune exploration. Every trip to a National Park starts with a stop at the Visitor’s Center for a Junior Ranger activity book. Be sure to do the Junior Ranger activity in the exhibit area of the Visitor’s Center. Kids (and adults) will learn about the different habitats at Read More
Hiking at Wildcat Den State Park - If you have been following us on our adventures, then you know that we enjoy hiking as a family. We are fortunate to live near Wildcat Den State Park. The great thing about Wildcat Den is that you can spend an hour or less hiking or you can make a whole day of it. Here are our tips for a Read More
Dinosaur National Monument Junior Ranger Program - Did you know that this summer the National Park Service is celebrating it's 100th Anniversary? One of the best FREE features of National Parks for families is the Junior Ranger Program. Unfortunately, the program isn't very well marketed. I traveled to many National Parks with my parents growing up and we didn't know about this program. A family friend told Read More
Honey Creek Resort State Park - A few months ago I was itching for a family getaway. Between work schedules, school and extra curricular activities, I knew I had to plan something relatively close and relaxing for an upcoming three day weekend. I stumbled across the Honey Creek Resort website and was sold right away. The resort is part of a state park on Lake Rathbun Read More
3 Kid Friendly Rocky Mountain Hikes - On a recent trip, we did 3 kid friendly Rocky Mountain hikes on the west side of the park. This was our first trip to Rocky Mountain hiking with kids too big for a child carrier. Rocky Mountain National Park has more than 300 miles of trails. It can be hard to know where to begin when hiking with kids. Will the Read More
Dinosaur Vacation – Dinosaur Trackway Hike - Or, How NOT to Get Lost in the Desert Red Fleet State Park was at the top of our dinosaur vacation must see list because of the Dinosaur Trackway Hike. This 3 mile round trip hike leads you to the shore of the reservoir, where you can see dozens of dinosaur tracks. We saw many three-toed theropod tracks. These tracks are 200 million years Read More
Dinosaur National Monument - Dinosaur National Monument is an amazing National Park for aspiring paleontologists of all ages, located on the Utah and Colorado border. It is a must see on a dinosaur vacation. The Utah side of the park is where you will find dinosaur fossils. I will be sharing with you tips for a successful day of dinosaur fossil discovery with young children. Before Read More
Dinosaur Family Vacation in Dinosaur Land - When it came time to plan our vacation, my family was literally all over the map. My kids suggested that we go somewhere to see dinosaurs. A quick google search told me that we needed to head to Vernal, Utah or our dinosaur family vacation. We started planning our trip by visiting This website has a variety of suggested itineraries Read More