We always think of summer through rose-colored glasses – the nice weather, holiday celebrations, beach vacations, lounging around with a tall cold drink, and a great book. But, summer can also mean a lot of stress if you try to pack in everything you can into this short 3-month season. Take some time to de-stress your summer!
According to the Mayo Clinic, the best way to relieve stress is to get active. Virtually any form of physical activity can act as a stress reliever. Even if you’re not an athlete or you’re out of shape, exercise is still a great stress reliever.
There is no time like the present to get moving!
Here’s a bucket list of 10 “must-do” family outdoor activities at the Park District of Highland Park:
- Walk 100 miles. Challenge each other to walk 100 miles over the summer. The first one to meet the goal gets a coveted prize.
- Bike the Parks. Do a bike tour of our parks. Bike all the parks in one day or split up the town and tour over several days.
- Play a Round of Mini-Golf. Head over to the Highland Park Golf Learning Center and challenge each other to a game.
- Take an Outdoor Fitness Class. The Recreation Center of Highland Park is offering outdoor family fitness opportunities.
- Play Tennis or Pickleball. We have tennis courts at nine different park sites throughout the city. Dedicated pickleball courts are also located at Danny Cunniff and Woodridge Parks.
- Go for a Swim. We offer opportunities to swim at both Rosewood Beach and the Hidden Creek AquaPark.
- Stand-up Paddle or Learn to Sail. The North Shore Yacht Club provides opportunities to learn how to sail, paddle, or kayak on Lake Michigan.
- Take Your furry friend to the Park. Play “off-leash” with your dog at the Debbie Beitler Dog Park.
- Play a Game of Basketball. Outdoor basketball courts are located at numerous park sites throughout the Park District.
- Explore Nature. The Heller Nature Center is a 97-acre preserve with more than three miles of trails to explore.