Grandfather Mountain, NC

View Grandfather Mountain from Mile High Swinging Bridge, North Carolina

Family adventures always include at least one special thing that we want to experience or enjoy, but Grandfather Mountain surprised us with four—otters, bears, a skybridge, and the highest peak in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Needless to say, everyone in the family was satisfied.

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Minnewaska State Park Preserve

Hiker standing on edge Gertrude’s Nose, Minnewaska Preserve, New York

New York State Parks keep amazing us with their abundant waterfalls, mountains, hiking, and gorgeous scenic views! On our quest to explore more of the state’s natural wonders, we planned a visit to Minnewaska State Park Preserve in the Hudson Valley– New York’s largest state preserve at 22,000 acres! Our spring visit was full of rushing waters, icy rocks, snowy foot paths, and a frozen lake. Our summer visit was a motivating exploration of the trails that led us to the highest scenic overlooks.

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Hickory Run State Park, PA

Boy on a climbed tree in the boulder field at Hickory Run State Park, Pennsylvania

Hickory Run State Park hosts a variety of outdoor activities, but when we heard “Boulder Field,” we could not resist a trip. This 15,990 acre park, located in the western foothills of the Pocono Mountains, boasts a National Natural Landmark unlike any we had seen before.

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10 Outdoor Adventures to Love New York

Two tier waterfall, Kaaterskill Falls, Catskill Mountains, New York

It’s no secret that our family has a special place in our hearts for New York, but what’s not to love? Here’s our list of some great adventures that get you out, get you moving, and speak to your soul! We’ve included something from each region of the state to keep your adventuring going strong. If you thought New York was just the hustle and bustle of city life, then you’re in for a surprise.

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Peacock Island-Pfaueninsel, Germany

Peacock running in the garden labyrinth at Pfaueninsel, Peacock Island, Germany

Germany is an incredible destination with so many wondrous things to experience like Pfaueninsel, aka Peacock Island. It’s full of romance, beauty, and history. If you’re planning a trip to the area, this is a terrific way to spend at least half a day.

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Arabia Mountain Nature Preserve, Georgia

Large vernal pool on top Arabia Mountain, Georgia

Arabia Mountain Nature Preserve is an ecological bucket list item. You can visit any time of year and find new and interesting plants taking their turn on the granite. Our family really enjoyed visiting and exploring the preserve with its refreshingly different ambience.

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Anastasia State Park, Florida

Great White Egret bird in the tall grass in the Salt Run at Anastasia State Park, Florida

Anastasia State Park is one of our favorite things to do in Florida. We’ve visited three times at different times of the year and found amazing natural beauty in each season.

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Brooklyn Bridge

Looking up at the top of the Brooklyn Bridge through the support cables

This iconic bridge is a landmark, a symbol, and a piece of history. This is a bridge that you add “walking across it” to your bucket list. To top it off, the destinations at either end are filled with culture and entertainment. We made a real conscientious effort to fill this bucket list item and […]

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Garvie’s Point Museum & Preserve

Garvie’s Point is one of the many hidden gems linked to our history. Growing up on Long Island, you are exposed to a variety of Native American Lore, revolutionary independence, and geologic marvels. One of the few places to see the evidence of Native Americans and the Age of Dinosaurs is at Garvie’sPoint.

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Tallulah Gorge, Georgia

View of suspension bridge with people on it from the trail rim at Tallulah Gorge State Park, Georgia

Connecting with friends and family on a road trip can lead you to amazing destinations. Tallulah Gorge was one such adventure guided by my long lost best friend from elementary school.

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