What to do this summer? State Parks.

Summer is upon us, and with it comes the lovely weather that us hikers, bikers, kayakers, and outdoor explorers happily welcome.

The Indiana State Parks are beautiful and adventurous places for explorative Hoosiers to spend their summertime off days. Personally, I love the lakeside breeze that the Indiana Dunes offers its crowds of weekend dune-scalers and beach-goers, but each park has something of its own for its visitors.

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If you’ve been keeping up with this blog from its conception in January, then by now you probably know what sort of outdoor experiences and parks best suit you. If this post is one of your first reads on this blog, then perhaps you’re still in the search for what summertime exploration style interests you.

Either way, the IN.gov website is a great place to pin down what park you should be visiting this summer. With a comprehensive calendar of events at every Indiana State Park for each month this upcoming 2017 summer, IN.gov has got events for all ages and families. Whether you are looking to go it alone, with friends, as a couple, or with the kids, this brief calendar is bound to offer something for everyone.

Then again, there’s nothing wrong with foregoing the scheduled events and visiting each park at your leisure, exploring the trails and rivers your own way. Pinterest is a great tool to help you visualize the given landscape of each park, and here are my own storyboard compilations of Turkey Run and Shades to get you started:

No matter where you live, Indiana outdoor opportunities aren’t far away. You don’t need a vacation to the Rockies to get adventurous (although admittedly nothing does quite compare to a trip out West). So, during the June through August holidays and weekends with nothing to do, pick yourself up off of the couch, get out, and be adventurous

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