This time of year offers lots of opportunities for family fun: You can cozy up with the kids for a fun indoor activity or lace up your sneakers and hit the hiking trail. If the great outdoors are calling your name, you're in luck, as there are tons of family-friendly trails in the Tri-State Area. Glimpse the beautiful fall foliage, see what wildlife the kids can spot with a round of I Spy or pound the pavement as you race to the top of a hill.
Here are a few of our favorite hiking trails where you can do all that and more:
Hiking gets kicked up a notch at Ringing Rocks Park, in Philly’s northern neighbor, Bucks County.
When packing the car for the trip, first throw in some good walking shoes, and second, a hammer. Though that may sound like a strange request, Ringing Rocks (fittingly) features a field of boulders that chime when struck with a hammer.
The kids will love hopping from rock to rock, making music, and you’ll love all the exercise they get.
Hours: Year-round, sunrise to sunset
More than 1,800 acres of parkland sit right in the middle of Philadelphia!
Wissahickon Valley Park is home to more than 50 trails of varying terrains. Make sure the kids have good, sturdy hiking boots to help them traverse the sometimes-slippery pathways. If the kids are really adventurous, bring along the bikes for some added fun.
Hours: Year-round, 6 a.m.-11 p.m.
Called the "Niagara of Pennsylvania," Bushkill Falls takes hiking to new heights. The park in the Pocono Mountains features two miles of trails, from which you can take in breathtaking views of eight waterfalls.
Admission: $14.50 adults, $8.50 kids 4-10 (free under 4), $13.50 senior (62 and over
Hours: April-November, times vary
Sourland Mountain Preserve Located in Somerset County, N.J., Sourland Mountain Preserve is a feast for the senses. Nature fanatics in the family will love spotting the many varieties of plants and animals that occupy the park. Pack your kids' favorite hiking boots for this trip, as navigating the 4,000-acre preserve will do a number on feet.
Hours: Year-round, from dawn to dusk
Just north of Wilmington, Del., on the banks of the Brandywine Creek sits a state park that's home to 14 miles of trails and three nature preserves. As its name suggests, the longest trail, Rocky Run, features a rough terrain so hiking boots are a must.
Hours: Year-round, from 8 a.m.-sunset
With such hectic family schedules, hiking is a great way to spend an enjoyable, but also educational, afternoon with the kids. So spend your time planning the perfect hiking route and not driving store to store to find hiking shoes before you go! Jenzy can help you find the perfect fit for your on-the-go family.