OutDoor Activities for the Whole Family

Spring is finally here! Spring is a great time to get out and enjoy the warmer weather, to shake off the doldrums of winter. And your local Delaware State Park is the perfect place to get outside. Don’t forget to get the whole family involved. The Parks have two activities designed with families in mind. Both activities are free to anyone who has a 2013 Delaware State Park annual pass.

The Delaware Great Parks Pursuit Game

The Delaware State Parks Great Parks Pursuit Game is a new state parks initiative for families with children under sixteen. This family-fun, action packed program takes you and your family through twenty five exciting activities located through out the state. The more activities your family completes, the more prizes you can win. This family fun and interactive game is a great way to get your family moving and enjoying the great outdoors.


How to Play The Great Parks Pursuit

It’s really quite easy. Just download the Great Parks Pursuit game-sheet, or pick one up at your local state park office or nature center. Then complete as many of the activities as you can between now and December 31st. Don’t forget to have completed activities validated before leaving the State Park. You’ll need a park official to validate the completed activities on the game sheet to be eligible for the prizes.
Click on How To Play for more game details.
Check out some of the family-friendly and fun activities the Great Parks Pursuit game might just have your family doing this summer. Note that some activities, including boat rentals and camping, have fees beyond the State Park Annual Pass fee.


The Great Park Pursuit Game Prizes

Once you’ve completed all the activities, or it’s almost December 31st, mail your game sheet to Delaware State Parks to claim your family’s hard earned prize:
Bronze Award – Complete 9-13 activities and receive free tickets to Delaware State Parks family fun activities.
Silver Award – Complete 14-19 activities, receive free tickets to DE State Parks family fun activities AND a Great Parks Pursuit gift pack.
Gold Award – Complete 20 or more activities, receive free tickets to DE State Parks family fun activities, the Great Parks Pursuit gift pack, AND a free 2014 DE State Parks Annual Pass
So go on, get the family outside, experience Delaware’s beautiful state parks, and most of all, have some great family fun! It’s a great way to get everyone outside and enjoying the nice weather.


The Get Fit Trail Challenge

Another family-friendly Delaware State Parks program is the Get Fit Trail Challenge. The Get Fit Trail Challenge is easy, and budget friendly. Get the whole family together and spend an afternoon hiking and exploring the many trails found in the Delaware State Parks. Hikers who complete a certain number of trails will receive certificates of completion and a Trail Challenge patch.


To get started on your own family hiking adventure, download the Trail Challenge Registration Form or ask for one at your nearest parks office or nature center. Then find your local State Parks trails, grab the kids, and get hiking! Trails are located through the state, and you’ll find many family friendly trails along the way.
For specific details about the trails, go to Delaware Trail Challenge Trail Descriptions. Check out the trail before you head out to ensure it will fit your family’s hiking style.


The Delaware State Parks Annual Pass

To learn more about getting a reduced Delaware State Parks Annual Pass, refer to our prior blog, Reduced Entrance Fees For Delaware State Parks, or go to the Delaware State Parks Fee Information page.

Accessibility And Delaware State Parks

Help us help others. Have you visited a Delaware State Park that has accessibility features? Please share with us! We’d like to spread the word to everyone which parks offer accessible features, and what those features are.


Do you have a special family memory enjoying an activity at a Delaware State Park? Let us know!
Images from Delaware State Parks website.
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