Thursday, July 11, 2013

Visit a State Park | Summer Fun Guide

Do you like to picnic, hike, swim, camp, bike, bird watch, canoe, fish, and spend your free time exploring the great outdoors?

You can enjoy all of these activities and more at a state park!

Pennsylvania is home to 120 state parks or conservation areas.  None of the PA state parks charge an entrance fee into the park. Campsite rentals start at $15/night. Lake swimming, hiking, and bicycling the trails are all free. Picnicking is also free unless you are renting a pavilion. Some parks have pools and those fees range from $3-$7, depending on your age. A day at a state park is family friendly, fun, adventurous, and inexpensive.

As I was poking around PA's state park website, I found the First Time Camper program where $20 gets you two nights of camping, equipment rental and hands-on instruction on how to camp by state park expert campers. That's a fantastic opportunity and price!

Not from PA? Then head to Google and look for a list of state parks within your state.

My family spent an afternoon at the beach at Presque Isle State Park in Erie, PA recently and we didn't spending a dime. We brought our own picnic lunch and drinks and the kids had a blast. Next time we want to take our bikes to ride on the bike paths around the park.

Have you visited a state park recently? Where did you go? What did you do? Let us know in the comments.

For more frugal summer fun ideas, Visit my Summer Fun Guide.

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