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Opened in the 1920’s by a family of German immigrants, Garner State Park’s beautiful river and views of the canyons made it the perfect camping location. Today the park is as popular as ever with many visitors choosing the park for their camping destination. With plenty of cabins and campgrounds as well as activities suitable for adults and children alike, this park is perfect for your family vacation. Unsure if your children will enjoy what it has to offer? Here are 5 super fun things to do with your kid at Garner State Park.
Who doesn’t enjoy a good scavenger hunt from time to time? Geocaching is scavenger hunting, treasure hunting, and hiking all in one. Armed with a GPS location device, you input the coordinates of a suspected geocache site and set off on foot to find it. This allows plenty of time to hike through the natural beauty of the park and explore. Once you get close you must look under bushes, rocks, or into holes carved in trees, etc for the hidden “treasure” or geocache. It is a huge hit with kids.
There is no shortage of options for those kids who love to swim. Take them to a watering hole to swim in the fresh and cool waters of the river or challenge them to take a turn hurling themselves into the water using a rope swing.
There are plenty of trails to explore and get lost in. Your kids will enjoy hiking riverside or climbing in elevation up and through the canyon trails. Make sure to bring supplies and plenty of water to stay hydrated during your excursions. Depending on the age of your children you will want to pick out a suitable hiking distance accordingly.
The are plenty of camping sites to choose from. Most have electric hook-ups so you can camp in a more modern style complete with a few luxuries to keep you comfortable and entertained. There are also fire pits, grills, and picnic tables so you can host a large feast or a get together at your campsite. Sing and play music around the fire or make s’mores to keep the kids happy and laughing.
5. Rent a cabin
The next step up from camping is staying in screened in shelters that provide many of the same hook ups as camping such as covered picnic tables, electricity, access to running water, and a fire pit. However, if you would like to stay in a cabin, there are plenty to choose from. They offer a home away from home feel with amenities such as kitchens with appliances, central air, bedrooms and bathrooms, and fireplaces.
Garner State Park offers everything you need for a fun and natural family vacation. Take your kids and dive into many of the fun activities offered.