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Valentine’s Day State Park Events

Valentine’s Day is just in a few weeks. If you have no idea where to take your one true love, don’t panic! Pocket Ranger® has your back! Check out these romantic state park events that you and your significant other are sure to remember.


Silver Springs State Park
Saturday, February 14, 2015
12 PM to 5 PM

Silver Springs State Park is offering a festive event that should not be missed. You can pick up a gift or even make a personal present from one of the vendors that will be on-site. Canoes, kayaks and bikes are “rent one, get one.” There are also activities for the kids, so you don’t have to leave them home alone with a babysitter.

Table decorations for valentines day dinner with rose on a plate

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Date on the Deck
Silver Springs State Park
Saturday, February 14, 2015
5 PM to 7 PM

This event happens right after Lovefest, so this is definitely a special night at this state park! While enjoying dinner, you can witness the most beautiful spring on Mammoth Deck. This package starts at $55, which includes park admission, a glass bottom ride for each person, dinner and a photo for memories. No babysitter needed; childcare is available in the Lundy Center during dinner for $10. Kids will get to watch a movie, eat snacks and hang out with a park ranger while being supervised by childcare professionals. Tickets must be purchased in advance for this event.

Visit Florida State Park Events for more information on these romantic events. And if you are planning on proposing this Valentine’s Day, contact Priscilla@silversprings.com to make it a very special evening!


Wagon ride in the night with lights on trees

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Valentine’s Day Wagon Ride
Hard Labor Creek State Park
Saturday, February 14, 2015
5 PM – 5:45 PM and 6 PM – 6:45 PM

It can’t get any more romantic than a wagon ride under a sky full of stars! Wagon rides at Hard Labor Creek State Park begin at the beach and takes you through landscapes. Register in advance: admission is $5 and parking is $5. For more information, call 706-557-3001.


Pine Mountain State Resort park from the outside

A perfect place for relaxation! [Image: www.kentuckycrosswords.com]

Valentine’s Day Specials/Wine and Canvas Class
Pine Mountain State Resort Park
Saturday, February 14, 2015
7 PM to 10 PM

Pine Mountain State Resort Park is working with the Wind and Canvas to host a painting course. This course is $40 per person, which includes an instructor, all supplies and a canvas that you get to keep! You also have the option to create a paired painting with your significant other or a friend to create your own work of art. There will be a cash wine bar.

A package for dinner and lodging is available starting at $84.95 plus tax. This price includes one night in the lodge and a four-course dinner for two. Dinner is also available without the package, which is $20 per person. (Gratuity is not included in this price. Reservations are mandatory! Call 606-337-3066 to reserve a spot for you and your sweetheart for the class and/or the package. For more information, email beth.byrnes@ky.gov.


Candles lined up alone a ski trail

Walk, ski or snowshoe along a trail of candles. [Image: heckrodtwetland.org]

23rd Annual Candlelight Ski/Snowshoe/Walk Event
Wild River State Park
Saturday, February 14, 2015
6 PM to 9 PM

Candles will guide you and your loved one through six miles of trails at Wild River State Park. All snow-shoers, skiers and walkers are welcome on the trail this romantic weekend! Contact Mike Dunker at (651) 583-2125 ext. 227 or by email at Michael.dunker@state.mn.us.

New York

People of all ages walking with candles for a lantern walk

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Valentine’s Day Candle Lantern Walk
De Veaux Woods State Park
Saturday, February 14, 2015
7 PM to 9 PM

This event is not only for couples! Friends and singles are allowed, too! Come out for a night of relaxation, from sipping hot chocolate to making your very own lantern. You can then walk around De Veaux Woods State Park and star-gaze. Call (716) 282-5154 for more information and registration.


Sunset at Pickwick Landing State Park by the lake

Watch the sunset during your stay! [Image: en.wikipedia.org]

Valentine’s Day Package
Pickwick Landing State Park
Saturday, February 14, 2015
4:30 PM to 9 PM

Bring your significant other for an overnight stay in a cozy room with fresh flowers for your love and a balcony that overlooks Pickwick Lake. This package includes one inn room for Saturday night and dinner for two in the restaurant where reservations and required.

If you are unable to stay overnight at Pickwick Landing State Park, there is a buffet where you can indulge in from 4:30 P.M to 9 P.M. Buffet is $42.49 per couple and beverages. (Tax and gratuity is not included.)

Download your state’s Pocket Ranger® app to mark down your special date in our Events Calendar and to check out other activities these state parks offer!

Christmas in State Parks

2014 has flown by and Christmas is just around the corner. For the next couple of weeks, attend a Christmas state park event with your family to appreciate this time of year and each other!


Christmas lighted trees outdoors

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Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park
Friday, December 5th, 2014 – December 31st, 2014 (Except Christmas Day)
Open – 9:00 P.M.

The Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center is hosting the 20th Annual Festival of Lights, which displays more than five million lights. This event was categorized in the top twenty in the southeastern United States. Visitors can enjoy holiday sights and sounds throughout the park, including majestic oak trees decorated with many lights, an antebellum museum dressed in full holiday splendor, a gingerbread village, a candy cane forest, Santa’s runway and so much more. Be sure not to miss the event of the year!

New York

Santa and Mrs. Claus in front a xmas tree

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Bayard Cutting Arboretum State Park
Friday, December 5th, 2014
5:30 P.M. – 7:30 P.M.

It’s the 18th Annual Holiday Tree Lighting! Join in a sing-a-long of traditional holiday carols awaiting the arrival of Santa Claus. Santa will light the Christmas tree and hot beverages will be served. Activities will take place outdoors, so it is recommended to dress accordingly. Bring canned goods or a new unwrapped toy for donation. Admission is free! For more information, visit NY State Park Events.


The Grinch dressed up as santa next to a Christmas tree

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Pine Mountain State Resort Park
Saturday, December 13th, 2014
10:00 A.M. – Noon

Ever consider having Breakfast with the Grinch? Now you and your family can experience this fun-filled event! The mean, green one will be on site, entertaining you while you enjoy a Who-inspired breakfast. Later, DJ Brian O’Brien will do an animated reading of Dr. Suess’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Visit Kentucky State Park Events for fee information and to make reservations.


Christmas event with lights on trees and santa

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Pickwick Landing State Park
Friday, December 13th, 2014
All Day

Enjoy the festival of lights at the 10th Annual Christmas in the Park. There will be beautiful luminaries and lighted displays as well as trolleys and a horse-drawn carriage ride throughout the park. Santa and his elves make a visit with a holiday train ride, and there will be bedtime stories for all the children. For more information or to make inn reservations, call 1-800-250-8615.


Santa with two deers outdoors

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Heritage Hill State Park
Saturday, December 20th, 2014                           
12:00 P.M. – 6:00 P.M

Travel back in time and celebrate The Spirit of Christmas Past. Enjoy a Christmas shadow play, music from local performers, historical dancing, holiday baking, horse-drawn wagon rides and much more. This event partners with the Salvation Army to help citizens during the holidays. Donations are appreciated. Call 920-448-5150 for more information.

Download the Pocket Ranger® app to set an event reminder on the Events Calendar, and to search for more outdoor winter activities! Happy Holidays!

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July’s Best State Park Events

park rangers, demos, festival, Eno River, state park, kids

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July is bursting with great events (and fireworks!) at state parks around the country. We’ve combed through the event calendars and uncovered the ones that you won’t want to miss:

Three Rivers Regatta
Point State Park, Pennsylvania
July 2 – 4, 2014

Three Rivers Regatta, Point State Park, Pennsylvania, crowd, boats, water, festival

Three Rivers Regatta [Image: www.brooklineconnection.com]

Point State Park is the place to be this summer! Just a few weeks after holding the Three Rivers Arts Festival, Point State Park gears up for another colossal event: the Three Rivers Regatta. Work on your summer tan while at Regatta Beach (one of only two makeshift inner city beaches in the world), then mosey on over to the larger-than-life replica of the Battle of Ft. McHenry made entirely of sand. Don’t blink or you could miss the powerboat races, where boats frequently top speeds of 125 mph!

Looking for more excitement? This year, the Regatta is hosting the XPogo World Championships in addition to BMX and agility dog stunt shows. A fan favorite is “Anything that Floats,” a parade of handmade, crazily decorated parade floats that bob down the river. This year’s headliners include American rock singer Steve Augeri, former lead vocalist for the rock group Journey, jazz musician Kenny Blake, and Beatlemania Magic. The Regatta culminates with Pittsburgh’s Official 4th of July Celebration fireworks, widely considered to be one of the Top 10 Fourth of July fireworks displays in the country. And did we mention that all of this fun is free? There is no admission fee and no charge for any of the Regatta’s concerts, acts, activities, or events!


Festival for the Eno
Durham City Park, North Carolina
July 4 – 5, 2014

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Festival for the Eno [Image: blog.fmrealty.com]

Looking for fantastic music this Independence Day weekend? Check out the 35th Annual Festival for the Eno in Durham, North Carolina. With over 65 acts on four stages, there’s sure to be something that strikes your fancy. All proceeds of ticket sales go towards funding important conservation of the Eno River Basin. An assortment of local food trucks will be serving up some great bites, and the Sweetwater Beer Garden at the heart of the festival will be happy to pour you a local brew. Be sure to rent a kayak or canoe so you can spend some quality time paddling around on the festival’s namesake! Need a place to crash for the night? Using Pocket Ranger®’s Official Guide for North Carolina State Parks, you can easily rent a campsite or vacation cabin at Eno River State Park.


World Championship of Catfishing & Independence Day Celebration
Pickwick Landing State Park, Tennessee
July 4 – 6, 2014

Catfish, World Championship, Tennessee, fishermen, summer

World Championship of Catfishing [Image: www.tnvacation.com]

Catfish, fireworks, bluegrass, golf. What better way to celebrate Independence Day? Pickwick Landing State Park will present an excellent fireworks display over Pickwick Lake on July 4th. Spend the night at Pickwick Landing’s inn, so you can tee up at the golf course or lounge at the beach bright and early the next day.

Nearby Savannah, Tennessee, also known as “Catfish Capital of the World,” is currently hosting the National Catfish Derby. Through July 5, any catfish caught in the Tennessee River is eligible to win. (Don’t forget to upload photos of your own monster catch onto Pocket Ranger Trophy Case®!) On July 6, the World Championship of Catfishing will have its final weigh-in at Pickwick Landing State Park with cash and prizes awarded to the winner. Not so interested in noodling for your own catfish? Then stick around for the after-party for free catfish and live music. Or grab a lawn chair and head to the 35th Annual Savannah Bluegrass Festival to listen to the best that Tennessee has to offer.


11th Toledo Lighthouse Waterfront Festival
Maumee Bay State Park, Ohio
July 12 – 13, 2014

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Toledo Lighthouse Waterfront Festival [Image: www.toledoblade.com]

Looking to tour the inside of a 100-year old lighthouse this summer? Head to the 11th Toledo Lighthouse Waterfront Festival at Maumee Bay State Park! Since Toledo Lighthouse remains active, this festival is one of only two times annually that the lighthouse is open to visitors. Afterwards, visit the Nautical Village arts & crafts show to pick up some lighthouse-inspired souvenirs and try your luck at the silent auction. With over 200 items at the auction, you’re bound to win something! Help yourself to delicious food like brats, homemade fries, shrimp, and funnel cake while listening to Jimmy Buffet-style musical entertainment at the park’s amphitheatre. And while you can’t spend the night in the lighthouse, you can reserve a campsite (or a yurt!) at Maumee Bay State Park.


Bannack Days
Bannack State Park, Montana
July 19 – 20, 2014

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Bannack Days [Image: blog.rv.net]

A fun-filled weekend celebrating 152 years of history, Bannack Days at Bannack State Park is something you don’t want to miss! Learn how to shoot a black-powder rifle, pan for gold, and hand-dip a souvenir candle. Watch the local blacksmith forge incredible works of art and take a wagon ride along Bannack’s historic main street. Get ready for good eats like ice cream, kettle corn, fry bread, corn on the cob, and fresh lemonade. Throughout both days, there will be plenty of live bluegrass, gospel, and old-time fiddler music. And keep your eyes peeled for a few staged gunfights!


4th Annual Wakonda Indian Festival
Glen Elder State Park, Kansas
July 19 – 20, 2014

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Wakonda Indian Festival [Image: www.sparkpeople.com]

Dancing, drumming, storytelling: Learn all about Native American culture firsthand at the 4th Annual Wakonda Indian Festival at Glen Elder State Park. Waconda Lake was once a spring, believed to hold great healing powers. On the shores of this lake, there will be traditional and contemporary Native American drumming and dances, such as the Hoop Dance and Crow Hop Dance. Stories and legends will be told by master storyteller Ron Brave in the festival’s tipi. Help yourself to delicious Indian tacos, fry bread, and buffalo burgers, and browse the fine silverwork, leatherwork, jewelry, and dreamcatchers on display. Since it’s sure to be a bit warm that day, bring along a bathing suit so you can take a dip in Waconda Lake.