Get up and out
Warmer temperatures and abundant sunshine are on tap for the months ahead so it’s a great time to get out of the house and enjoy the outdoors. Fitness today isn’t just a craze. It’s a fact of life. And, there’s no better to stay fit than to stay active.
Outdoor fun offers everything from hiking and rafting to horseback riding and golf. You can experience history nature, culture and adventure in West Virginia’s New River Gorge. Unique adventures include whitewater rafting family float trips, ziplines, paintball and more.Accommodations range from cozy cabins to beautiful campgronds. Check out the area’s only family-owned adventure outfitter, River Expeditions, voted best in West Virginia for an amazing adventure vacation.
Garrett County is home to Maryland’s largest freshwater lake, Deep Creek Lake. Popular with vacationers, the 3,900-acre lake features 65 miles of shoreline and a variety of water-based activities, everything from boating and fishing to kayaking and watertubing.
If you’re up for a scavenger-type adventure, head to Johnstown-Cambia County, Pa. where you can pick up your GeoTrail passport. Geocaching mixes GPS technology with outdoor recreation for a thoroughly fun adventure. The trail offers 40 caches and when you find each location you learn more about the history of the area. Look for historical themes that include the area’s flood history, railroad history, war history and mining and mill history. The area also offers paddling, kayaking and canoeing on Stony Creek River where you’ll also find white water rapids.
Absolute Aqua Sports in Winter Haven, Fla. gives you the chance to see the sights of Central Florida while hang-gliding or flyboarding. Winter Haven’s Chain of Lakes, just minutes from LEGOLAND Florida Resort, is a great place for water skiing, tubing and boat rides.
Or maybe you prefer an adventurous hike along the Falls Trail in Luzerne County, Pa. Located in the Glens Natural Area, the trail features 21 free flowing waterfalls, the highest of which, Ganoga Falls, clocks in at 94 feet.
One of the best ways to see the sights in Bedford County, Va. is on horseback. The area offers horse owners four riding trails in the Washington and Jefferson National Forest in the Glenwood and Pedlar District.
For a unique experience, take a guided tour through Luray Caverns in Luray, Va. Towering stone columns and other formations highlight the 10-story-high cathedral-size rooms. You’ll also discover the breathtaking Dream Lake, which reflects the many stalactites that hang from the ceiling.
Griffis Sculpture Park is Cattaraugus County, N. Y’s hidden gem. It matches art with nature as guests walk through, climb on and meander around the over 250 enormous, multi-dimensional figures found bursting from the natural scenery in lakes, wooded areas and fields. Hiking is at its best at Rock City Park and Little Rock City along the Geology Trail dispersed with gigantic rock formations. Onoville Marina’s pristine shoreline gives boaters 91 miles of non-commercialized shoreline, great fishing opportunities and is located next to the Seneca Nation Allegany Territory.