The days are pretty much all warm now, and school is about to be out, so it’s time to chase the kids out of the house so they can breathe free for a while — whether they want to or not!
And you might want to turn off the TV and join them.
Of course, the neighborhood pool opened on Saturday, May 11. Last month’s blog post was about the swim team, but you don’t have to be on the team to enjoy the pool! Make sure the kids, and your guests, are familiar with the pool rules.
But there are all kinds of other outdoor activities to enjoy near Stephens Grove. Here are a few:
- Up for a hike? Stephens Road Nature Preserve is right outside our subdivision. It offers relatively steep terrain, and has many significant environmental features, including extensive river marshes, several small wetland areas, and mature hardwood stands. The extensive marsh and wetland resources on this property provide valuable stopover and nesting sites for neo-tropical migrants and migratory waterfowl.
- Lake Norman is just north of us, and Ramsey Creek Beach will open Memorial Day weekend. Throughout the summer (Memorial Day-Labor Day), a park entrance fee will be collected. You might want to bring Rover, because those visiting the park with dogs are excluded from the entrance fee. Rates for county residents are $5 per vehicle. If you walk in, it’s $5 for 14 and older, $3 for kids 6-13, and 6 and under are free.
- Rural Hill Farm is the historic homestead of Major John and Violet (Wilson) Davidson. John Davidson was an American officer who served in the Revolutionary War and a signer of the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence. Rural Hill Farm established in 1760, is the oldest and largest public historic site in Mecklenburg County, encompassing some 265 acres.
- Take a walk on the wild side at Carolina Raptor Center‘s Raptor Trail. Our eagles, vultures, hawks, and falcons are waiting to say hello. Check out our calendar for weekly event schedules. For most of the year, the Raptor Trail is open 7 days a week to visitors. Many scheduled events are free with regular admission: $12 for adults, $8 for students 4 and older, and kids 3 and under are free.
- Historic Latta Plantation, a restored 19th century federal-style home and living history farm of James Latta, is open to public tours and interpretive programs. Check for upcoming events at the website.
There’s plenty to do, so there’s no excuse to spend the summer on the couch!