Family vacations are a fun time to bond, but theme parks and nature hikes can become tedious. After a while, it helps to have something new to try.
What better way to come closer together than trying the time-honored tradition of prospecting? Digging for gems is a fun way to experience the outdoors while enjoying a historical activity.
You may even find a natural souvenir to bring home! Below are some of the top places for families to dig for gemstones.
Nestled way down upon the Suwanee River, is Manatee Springs State Park, an oasis of old Florida first seen and named by the botanist explorer William Bartram in 1774. The spot is picturesque and is indeed a haven for the manatees seeking warm waters during chilly weather. Even so, the springs were named after the manatee because Bartram found a manatee carcass there when he first visited.
Today’s visitors don’t have that sad sight; indeed, they see the lush beauty of primeval Florida’s forests and springs, as well as the abundant wildlife that calls this part of Florida home.
Located in beautiful Santa Barbara, California, this hidden gem of a park is home to some of the last remaining cave art that was created by the Chumash Native Americans. These paintings are estimated to date back to the 1600s, if not earlier. The cave itself is quite small, and is made of sandstone boulders.
If you’d rather spend your summer months hanging out with Mother Nature than your air-conditioning unit, visiting the country’s state parks is a must. From hiking to camping to a wealth of events and learning opportunities, state parks offer tons of fun at a low cost. You’ll undoubtedly work up a sweat exploring, though, and thankfully many parks offer wonderful watering holes to take a dip and cool down. Below are just a sampling of some of the best state parks in the country for swimming.
With long travel days and back-to-back meetings, business trips can be exhausting. While it might be tempting to kick back and relax, business travelers might miss a valuable opportunity to explore a new city and all it has to offer!