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Exploring the Florida Coast: Barrier Island Sanctuary

Hiking trail we followed from the deck of the sanctuary center.

Hiking trail we followed from the deck of the sanctuary center.

If you’ve ever been in the presence of a toddler, you know they like to touch things. All things: Sticky things, gross things. pretty things, breakable things, it doesn’t matter. If it exists, they’re reaching for it. That’s why learning centers like the Barrier Island Sanctuary Center off A1A on the east coast of Florida are so spectacular. Every single thing in the center is meant to be explored with both your eyes AND your hands.

These types of learning centers are a benefit of state or county funds and foundation partner grants, and can be utilized by local residents and tourists alike. Many are located near or in state parks and have hiking trails attached to them. They are absolutely worth the trip.

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Planes and Picnics

DC's secret park gem.

DC’s secret park gem.

Looking to get out of the city, but don’t want to go too far? Gravelly Point Park is just the place for you!

Just 400 feet from Reagan National Airport’s runway, this park boasts epic sights and sounds for both young and seasoned minds.

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Hike 7: Great Falls Park

The whole gang is here!

The whole gang is here!

Our next hike is one we’ve repeated every summer since we first moved to the area. It’s located in Virginia about 35 minutes outside of the District and boasts multiple well-marked trails along the Potomac River.

The drive to Great Falls Park is beautiful so allow for the time to enjoy the rolling hills of Virginia – a real treat in the Fall when the leaves are changing color!

Dogs, humans and horses are permitted in the park so it’s a great place to bring the entire crew. For this reason, we had a special visitor tag along for the hike. One of my son’s absolute favorites – our dog!

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Hike 6: Manassas National Battlefield Park

Hiking through the rolling hills of Virginia along the historic path of Civil War soldiers.

Hiking through the rolling hills of Virginia along the historic path of Civil War soldiers. (More pics below the post.)

On this beautiful, slightly blustery Saturday morning we ventured about 35 minutes outside of DC to Prince William County, Virginia for a historic hike.

Manassas National Battlefield Park is home to two Civil War battles: Battle of First Manassas and Battle of Second Manassas, or [First/Second] Battle of Bull Run for southerners. Both battles ring of historic value, allowing for a hike laden with not only beautiful Virginia nature, but also educational opportunities.

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