Top 8 Parks for Kids
Beech Fork Start Park
Lavalette, West Virginia 1 of 9
Sitting on Beech Fork Lake, this state park offers a variety of water adventures for active children; rent kayaks, pedal boats or canoes directly from the park. A game room, hiking trail and campground pool leave plenty for the whole family to do on and off the water.
Olympic National Park
Port Angeles, Washington 2 of 9
Kids will experience a wide range of activities in this nearly one million acre park. Though you can hike, swim and fish, consider spending a day identifying the 250 bird species or exploring tide pools. With so much to do, you can be sure this is a kid-friendly zone.
Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming 3 of 9
Yellowstone is a must see for people of all ages, and kids are no exception. Though there are many parks for kids, only here will they experience the mystery of natural hot springs and the grandeur of Old Faithful. Take them on the Fairy Falls Hike to see a 200 foot waterfall, which is as magical as it sounds.
Gamble Rogers State Park
Flagler Beach, Florida 4 of 9
Sea creatures and beach living come together in this kid-friendly state park. Not only can you go swimming, hiking and beachcombing, but the real attraction is sea turtle nesting. Make a trip to this state park to witness three species of sea turtles nesting on the beach; an educational and awe-inspiring experience, to say the least.
Cuyahoga Valley National Park
Brecksville, Ohio 5 of 9
If you're looking for a place to keep your children busy from sun up to sun down this is it. Kids can spend their days attending ranger-guided programs or riding the scenic train. Then, at sunset, enjoy your evening at a summer concert; these are held throughout the entire season.
Cheraw State Park
Cheraw, South Carolina 6 of 9
If you have horseback riding children, you'll want to enjoy a weekend adventure at this South Carolina state park. Here you'll find miles of equestrian specific trails as well as stables where you can keep your horse overnight.
Cape Lookout State Park
Tillamook, Oregon 7 of 9
Have a relaxing park trip at Cape Lookout State Park. Spend long days beach combing or searching for glass floats, which are commonly found here. You can get off the beach for a short hike on the main nature trail or Jackson Creek Trail to get a close up look at the many diverse plants and animals.
Fort Boonesborough State Park
Richmond, Kentucky 8 of 9
Get away for the weekend and step back into time. This state park is the site of Ft. Boonesborough, founded by Daniel Boone in 1775. Visit their full-scale replica of the original fort, where historians give you a true to life experience straight out of the 18th century.