Thursday, December 8, 2011

Great place to hike with kids? Try a beach

Moonlight Beach, California
Looking for a great place to hike with children? Hit the beach.

Don’t just think Southern California, Florida and Hawaii, though. The United States has a colossal number of beachfronts up and down the Atlantic seaboard, the Pacific Ocean, the Gulf of Mexico and the Great Lakes, as well as numerous inland lakes, ponds and rivers.

If you’re looking on a map for a place to hike, just spy a blue line, and you’re sure to find along it a municipal, county or state park that boasts great trails and views.

Children tend to love being near water, and a beach offers them an exotic location for exploring and making all kinds of discoveries.

Check out these additional blog entries about beaches:
g Clothe beach-hiking kids in outerwear to prevent sunburn
g Fun game/activity for kids on beach hike: Rock Patterns
g Follow island shoreline with Lake Superior on Big Bay Trail
g Day (er, Night) hike sand dunes haunted by murdered woman’s spirit

Read more about day hiking with children in my guidebook Hikes with Tykes.