One of the first things I did during postpartum was to make sure that I took a walk every day. Since Lucas started walking, my husband and I enjoy taking our son to different gardens and parks throughout the Triangle Area. Here are three of my favorite places to walk and explore nature. I’ll let the photos do the talking.
William B. Umstead State Park has beautiful hiking trails for your tot, and the trails weave through the forests so the paths are dirt, not paved. (Make sure your tot has good walking shoes!) Although I was afraid my son would stumble on the uneven terrain his balance surprised me! We came across some natural streams and a bed of flat rocks that we could walk and sit on. Our son enjoyed running his fingers through the natural water.
NC Museum of Art Park is the ideal place to let your child run in open grass areas. Along the paths are fun works of art that you and your tot can marvel at! You can pack a lunch and eat on the park grounds, or during museum hours you can eat at the Iris restaurant which has amazing locally sourced food. (I now have photos up on my Birthday Trip to NC Museum of Art post!).
Sarah P. Duke Gardens are a must if you’re only in Durham for a few hours. My husband and I have taken our son to Duke gardens numerous times and discover something different each time! You can take your tot here to appreciate the flowers, birds, fountains, ponds, bridges, turtles, ducks, and fish, to name a few. The diversity and display of the flowers are spectacular. Right now the hibiscus are in bloom and are STUNNING!