Parks ME – Acadia National Park

ACADIA

Acadia National Park, located on the United States’ East Coast, is the 7th most popular national park in 2019 with around 3.4 million visitors. It became a National Park in 1919 under the name of Lafayette National Park and renamed to Acadia National Park in 1929. The majority of Acadia is located within Mount Desert Island and spans across many nearby islands and Schoodic Penninsula.

On our trip in 2020, the bus service within Acadia National Park was suspended. While the park gets crowded from 10AM to 2 PM, finding parking was fairly easy before 9 AM.

Featuring:

  • Lakes
  • Ocean
  • Stream
  • Waterfall
  • Beach
  • Dog Friendly
  • Good Views
  • Picnic Area
  • Playground
  • Swimming Area
  • Wild Berries
  • Wild Flower

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Parks NY – Minnewaska State Park Preserve – August 2020

Minnewaska State Park Preserve’s unique landscape was formed when glaciers were retreating from North America leaving stunning views behind. The park is open for all guests who want to enjoy the Awosting Falls, take a stroll or have a picnic by Lake Minnewaska, go swimming or get adventurous by choosing among multiple hiking and biking trails.

Many may be surprised but the park does not end at Lake Minnewaska. Lake Awosting is accessible by hiking or biking and allows swimming when a lifeguard is on duty. Additionally, there is another entrance at Sam’s Point where one can enjoy the Ice Caves hike.

Featuring:

  • Lake
  • Stream
  • Waterfall
  • Good Views
  • Picnic Area
  • Swimming Area
  • Wild Berries
  • Wild Flower

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Parks NY – Lodi Point State Marine Park – July 2020

Lodi Point State Marine Park is located in the Finger Lakes region of NY state. The park is placed perfectly at Seneca lake to capture very nice sunsets in the evening. It’s a relatively small park. It suited for hanging out by the lake with picnic and barbeque area, playground, and loading ramp for boaters.

As a fun fact, Seneca lake is the deepest lake within NY state.

Featuring:

  • Lake
  • Dog Friendly
  • Good Views
  • Picnic Area
  • Playground
  • Marina

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Parks CT – Bartlett Arboretum & Gardens – May 2020

Hard to consider Bartlett an arboretum and a garden as it is very much a walk through the woods which leaves the feeling of a nature preserve. Don’t come here with a nice dress and shoes as it’s a rough walk. Highly recommend going with a pair of decent sneakers. Wonderful place to take the family out for a nature walk, little picnic or spend some time at the playground. Coming two weeks earlier would be perfect to catch the spring flower bloom.

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