School’s out and the kids are home. If yours are like mine, they would be content to sit in front of a screen for 8 hours a day every day. And, if you are like me, this drives you crazy! Since we are not in preschool during July, I’m planning to get my kids out of the house and away from their devices. One of our favorite local places to visit is Great Falls National Park.
Great Falls can be seen from both Virginia and Maryland. We stuck to the Virginia side for this trip. The water was high and gorgeous. You can hear it when you enter the park before you can even see it.
Great Falls has a history of incredible flooding. This water level post shows how high it reached in each of the flooding years. Can you imagine what it would have been like in 1936? Yikes.
The water is breath-taking. We just stood and stared at it for a long while. Pictures don’t really do it justice!
Lots of people were celebrating and having picnics at the park. There were tables, grills, and plenty of shade.
When it got too hot, we headed into the air-conditioned Visitor Center to watch a short movie about the history of the falls.
We also made sure to stop at the information desk and stamp our National Park Passports. Our kids love these, and they are such a fun record of all the places we visit.
You might also enjoy this post about a not-so-local National Park: