June Fun: Triangle Parks Offers Kids Outdoor Activities
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June is a perfect month to explore family activities at area parks, from fishing and paddling to playing disc golf, night hiking and listening to tall tales around the campfire.
June 1 and 15 – Lake Crabtree County Park, 1400 Aviation Parkway, Morrisville. 6:30-8 p.m. Free. Learn to fish. Instruction and bait provided. Participants 16 and older must have a valid North Carolina fishing license. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Meet at the boat rental dock. Register online. wakegov.com/parks/lakecrabtree.
Family Disc Golf Lessons and Play Time
June 4 – Harris Lake County Park, 2112 County Park Dr., New Hill. 9 a.m.-noon. Free. Learn basic disc golf instruction at 9 a.m. or advanced skills at 10:30 a.m. Take your own discs or borrow some from the park. All ages. Meet at the disc golf parking lot. Register online. wakegov.com/parks/harrislake.
Crowder by Night: Summer Fun
June 10 – Crowder District Park, 4709 Ten-Ten Rd., Apex. 7-8 p.m. $5/family. Play nature games, observe nocturnal animals and roast s’mores around a campfire. All ages. Register online. wakegov.com/parks/crowder.
Fun With Fireflies
June 10 – Durant Nature Preserve, 8305 Camp Durant Rd., Raleigh. 8-9 p.m. $2/person. Make a firefly catcher and spend time catching fireflies for closer inspection. Ages 5 and older. Register online. Choose course #188956. reclink.raleighnc.gov.
Yates by Night: Summer Night Tales
June 17 – Historic Yates Mill County Park, 4620 Lake Wheeler Rd., Raleigh. 7:30-9 p.m. $5/family. Celebrate the arrival of summer by gathering around a campfire to hear some tall tales and local legends. Share a few stories of your own while roasting s’mores. Ages 6 and older. Register online. wakegov.com/parks/yatesmill.
Family Fishing Fun
June 18 – Historic Yates Mill County Park, 4620 Lake Wheeler Rd., Raleigh. 9-10 a.m. $3/person. Learn to fish the old-fashioned way on Go National Fishing Day. Supplies provided. Ages 5 and older with parent. Register online. wakegov.com/parks/yatesmill.
Family Programs: Family Creek Adventure
June 18 – Stevens Nature Center/Hemlock Bluffs, 2616 Kildaire Farm Rd., Cary. 2-3:30 p.m. $16/resident, $20/nonresident. Explore Swift Creek for fish, crayfish, frogs and bugs. Equipment provided. All ages with caregiver. Register online. townofcary.org.
June 25 – American Tobacco Trail, 1309 New Hill-Olive Chapel Rd., Apex. 9:30-11 a.m. $5/family. Learn about the trail’s new GeoArt project, as well as the basics of a high-tech treasure hunt. Take your own unit or smartphone with a geocache app or borrow one from the park. Search for newly placed geocaches along the trail. Ages 6 and older. Meet at the New Hill Parking Area. Register online. wakegov.com/parks/att.
Paddle the Pond
June 25 – Historic Yates Mill County Park, 4620 Lake Wheeler Rd., Raleigh. 3-4 p.m. $10/boat. After basic instruction, explore the pond’s many features by canoe. Canoes, paddles and life jackets provided. Ages 6 and older with adult. Canoes fit two adults and two children. Register online. wakegov.com/parks/yatesmill.