Our family's favorite local outdoor activity is to visit our local greenways and explore the outdoors while we walk. For my boys, every visit is a new hike. My oldest enjoys treasure hunting while we go. He's found intact beetles shells, bird feathers, frogs, and more. My husband and I enjoy the feeling of being outside and the sense of renewal it gives us. Nothing lifts the spirits more than a walk in nature.
The entrance to McMullen Creek Greenway in Charlotte
So the next time you're sitting around on a Sunday afternoon with your kids begging to play the wii yet again and wondering what to do with your time, get out and enjoy the day. Even if it's just a walk through your neighborhood. You'll be amazed at how much better you feel and at the same time, you'll be teaching your children more about the world around them and how to have fun in the outdoors without the use of an ipod, cell phone or game boy.
Some local outdoor opportunities in Charlotte include:
The Charlotte Outdoor Parents Meetup Group
Charlotte Park System
Charlotte Nature Preserves