If you are new to the area, you might not be familiar with all the best parks and picnic areas nearby yet. Thanks to modern technology there are plenty of ways to find great parks near you.
FIND LOCAL PARKS WITH THE BEST AMENITIES:
The Oh, Ranger Park Finder app is a park lover’s dream. You can quickly search for parks in your area, and the app will tell you what amenities are available at each park and how far away it is. Or, say you want to play a game of disc golf, you can also by “Things to Do“ and the app will only pull up local parks that include that feature.
FIND PARKS WITH PLAYGROUNDS:
Kids Play Parks is available both as a smartphone app and as a website. Quickly find kid-friendly parks in your area, so your little ones can burn off some excess energy hanging from the monkey bars or climbing around the play place.
FIND DOG PARKS NEARBY:
Dog parks are great places to socialize your pet and to meet other pet lovers like yourself. Visit the DogParks website to find dog-friendly parks in your zip code. Each park’s summary will include the hours the park is open and information about any fees needed to visit the park.
ASK THE EXPERTS:
It might seem strangely low-tech in this day and age, but a visit to your Chamber of Commerce is likely to teach you quite a bit about your hometown. Find information on parks, local festivals, events, and more from locals who have the insider knowledge.
TAKE A WALK:
Another low-tech way to find local parks is to just get out there and explore. Take a walk or hop on your bike and hunt around your neighborhood. You might just stumble upon a quiet little park that even the locales are unaware of.
WHEN ALL ELSE FAILS:
You can always search “local parks near me” on Google. The map should display red dots with pine trees on them wherever there is a park nearby. You may even be able to find reviews or photos uploaded by people who have visited the park in the past.
Now that you know how to find a great park near your home, pack up a picnic lunch and get outside!