There are a lot of decisions to be made when it comes to planning a family vacation. Will you be flying or driving? How much do you need to pack? What is the best time of the year to go? And finally, the biggest decision of all - the vacation destination. Your kids have been to Disneyland. You have already done the family cruise thing. You've been to the beach a million times. And frankly, you don't need to visit any more kid-friendly museums or see another famous monument.
Since you're running out of options, why not take the family to a national park? In case you need more convincing, here are three reasons every child should visit a national park.
1. They Will Experience the Many Benefits of Nature
If your children don’t spend enough time outdoors, taking them to a national park is a great way for them to experience nature. Spending time outdoors and getting in tune with nature provides an abundance of benefits for kids, including:
- It provides different types of stimulation and activates more of the senses
- It allows for a chance to get some much-needed exercise
- Breathing in the fresh, clean air is good for their bodies
There is also an excellent possibility that while your child is experiencing nature firsthand, they will sleep better and they will feel more relaxed.
2. They Will Understand the Importance of Conservation
Many kids these days don't appreciate the act of conserving something. They may take for granted that the things they love will always be around. By taking your child to a national park, they can understand the importance of conserving the land and preserving it, so that it's there for years to come, and their children can one day enjoy the parks as well.
Besides preserving the land and its resources, conservation will ensure that animals will always have their natural habits and will prevent certain species of wildlife from becoming extinct.
3. They Will Discover New Things
When your children go to a national park, not only will they discover new things, but they will most likely do something they have never done before. Maybe your child has never enjoyed a trail ride on horseback or gazed at the millions of stars in the night sky. When your child has fun experiencing new things, it will help boost their confidence and give them memories to treasure for a lifetime.
According to the National Park Foundation, there are 417 national park sites scattered all throughout the United States. Some of the most visited ones include Yellowstone National Park, Grand Canyon, and Glacier National Park. One of the best way to experience a national park family vacation is to simply hop in a car and start driving. Most national parks have hotels or lodges nearby, however, some families choose to stay at a campsite. It all depends on how adventurous you want to be.