Family Adventure During Christmas Break
I am still recovering from an emergency C section. But six weeks being stuck in the house is all I can take. The doctor told me not to drive, not to lift, and to have very limited activity for six weeks to allow my incisions to heal. I am feeling stronger with each passing day, though severely sleep deprived with a newborn. I have been out only a couple of times since our baby was born, and sitting inside all this time is enough to drive me crazy!
I really wanted to get out and see something special during the Christmas Break. The company my husband works for shuts down for the week between Christmas and New Years Day, and it is so nice to have him home with us and spend extra quality time around these two holidays as a family.
One of our favorite things to do as a family is to learn about natural science and history through hands on exploration of the world we live in. This turns into fun family adventures exploring places all around us. So yesterday, we went 0n a little day trip to explore the Charlotte, NC area with our children. Let me tell you the truth: two and a half hours, one way, is a long drive with a van full of kids ages 6 weeks, 3 , 4, 6, 9, and 11. Whew! But we survived, we explored, we had fun, and the drive was worth it.
We drove to High Rock Lake in Salisbury, just east of Charlotte. High Rock Lake is a 15,000 acre reservior of water located on the Yadkin River. We just got a glimpse of the lake though, because we spent all of our time at an amazing place near the lake called Dan Nicholas Park.
Dan Nicholas Park hosts accommodations that cover 450 acres. What a family fun place to visit! There is so much to see and do, you can easily spend a whole day or a whole week enjoying this place. This is a great place to visit for a family, homeschool, field trips, and just fun educational adventures!
Plan to spend at least several hours enjoying this family friendly place. There is plenty of parking, paved walking paths, clean bathrooms, and concessions. There is an 80 site camp ground that is open year around, if you want to plan to stay overnight or longer. The camp ground has tent space, RV space, and cabins. There are full accommodations and a nice lake to enjoy. You can read here , and also read here about their campground.
There are both “free” and “not free” things to do at this park. If you want to do several things on your visit, you can buy a multi pass and save a few bucks too. However, several things are seasonal, such as the train and carousel rides and the water plaza, so be sure to check with the park for dates and times.
Play on the playgrounds
Trees to climb
Volley Ball courts
Water Plaza (wading and fun spraying)
NOT FREE Activity
Petting Zoo $1
Train Ride $1
Carousel Ride $1
Fishing $1 for resident $2 for non-resident
Paddle Boats $
Miniature Golf $2
Gem Mine $7
Rowan Wildlife Adventures Zoo $0.50 for kids 10 and under, $1 for anyone over age 10
At the zoo we enjoyed seeing and learning about
Eagles, Black Bears, Red Wolves, Bob Cats, White Tailed Deer, Raccoons,
Various species of Hawks, Owls, Wild Turkeys, and more…
Several pictures I took at the zoo did not turn out. I was carrying the baby, and taking pictures with one hand and holding the baby with the other, and several of my pictures blurred. I won’t torture you with posting too many fuzzy pictures, but the experience was really nice anyway. Also, the zoo encourages the public to come during feeding times and they offer special learning programs too.
Because of the winter season, some attractions were closed, and we did not have enough time to enjoy all the ones that were open. Things we did at the park on this trip were: play on the playgrounds, climb trees, go for a walk, Wildlife Adventures Zoo,
and the Nature Center.
We spent a couple of hours enjoying Dan Nicholas Park and we will definitely plan a future trip to explore more. We also plan to go back and explore High Rock Lake and several little towns around it.
Lots more learning and family adventures await!
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