For parents of small children, the dog days of summer can be tough. When the backyard sprinkler and neighborhood pool have become old news, you don’t have to sit at home with your kids bouncing off the walls. There are many parks to explore. Pack a picnic lunch and make a day of it!
Blue Jay Point County Park – This park in North Raleigh has made headlines lately for its new Treetop Adventure by Go Ape. However, there are plenty of other things to do. Check out the playground and hiking trails along Falls Lake. Don’t forget your fishing poles!
Pullen Park – This historic park was the first public park in North Carolina. The carousel and train ride are perennial favorites, but there are paddle boats, a playground and a real Norfolk Southern Railway caboose for your kids to discover.
Knightdale Station Park – This new park has everything. With a playground, dog park and walking/running trails, there is plenty to do. There are also special events at the amphitheater including summer evening family movies. All you need is a blanket and snacks.
Hemlock Bluffs – This Cary park has a nature center and many trails. The newest feature is The Children's Nature Center. Children can find information about some of the preserve's resident animals. Be sure to have your child peek in to learn more about the animal friends at Hemlock Bluffs.