Pack the picnic basket, lace up your sneakers and get ready to enjoy some fresh air – March 30 is officially “Take a Walk in the Park Day,” a time to enjoy spring’s beginnings in your local green space. What’s so great about a park? A recent study suggests you can ease brain fatigue and stress with a simple stroll through a park. Who wouldn’t want that?
To make finding a park even easier this spring, use L.L.Bean’s very own ParkFinder to sort parks by location and activity, and read reviews from like-minded nature lovers. Let’s take a peek at how this works.
Say you live in Boston and want to find a park within walking distance. In that park, you want to be able to picnic and enjoy some hiking trails. Luckily, you can get pretty specific in ParkFinder. When you arrive at the home page, it’ll look like this.
First, you enter a location or allow the computer to use your current location. Then, you can filter your park options by activity, like Picnicking and Hiking. This narrows down the results, and you can then get more details about the parks (highlighted with green or orange map pins) by clicking on them.
We recently made ParkFinder even better by adding visitor reviews and recommendations to ParkFinder results. Here’s a good example on Acadia National Park’s ParkFinder page.
Simple enough, right? We encourage you to use this tool to take advantage of all the parks you know and love – as well as the ones you have yet to discover.
Here are some things to look out for on your park walk:
- The first spring flowers popping up; tulips are our favorites
- New life – now is the time when baby birds are beginning to hatch and animals are coming out of hibernation
- The first robin or bluebird of the year
- The last bit of snow melting away
Heading out to celebrate “Take a Walk in the Park Day”? What signs of spring will you look for this season?