Saturday, October 28, 2017

5 Places for Your Toddler to Explore this Fall

This photo was taken at the Tonaquint Nature Center

One of the great things about St. George in the fall is the beautiful weather!! Beautiful colored leaves with crisp air in the mornings and up to the high 70's during the day! I love it!! My one year old girl loves to be outside so we have been trying out a bunch of different outside attractions to find our favorites. Here is what we came up with.

Red Hills Desert Garden 
This is a beautiful garden next to the Dixie Rock. Right now (through October) there is a Scarecrow Walk and Haunted Canyon. You can read all about it in my blog post by clicking here. If you're reading this after October don't worry! The Red Hills Desert Garden is a great place to go any time of year!

Location: 375 N Red Hills Parkway
                St. George, UT 84770

Tonaquint Nature Center
This is a beautiful spot year-round but especially beautiful during the Fall season. There used to be a peacock wandering around but I haven't seen it for a long time so maybe it isn't here anymore. But there are TONS of ducks there right now. This is one of my favorite spots to let my daughter explore.

Location: 1851 S Dixie Drive
                St. George, UT 84770

BONUS!! This is the perfect spot to do the Fall Scavenger Hunt that I created last year. Click here to see the post and download your free printable. 

Vernon Worthen Park
This park is currently under construction and has some great plans in the works (including a new playground and walking trails). Even though there is construction going on it is still a perfect place for toddlers to walk around and get aaallll their energy out. The construction didn't bother us a bit. The grassy area is huge with lots of trees. Bring a ball or frisbee for your older kids and enjoy the peaceful park.

Location: 300 S 400 E
                St. George, UT 84770

Brooks Nature Park (AKA Brooks Pond)
This is a great pond that is rarely busy. There was only one other person there when I got there. Because it is off the road a bit and often empty I'd recommend bringing a friend or your spouse/significant other with you. I don't think that anything bad would happen because it is a safe area but since it is a little secluded it's better to be safe than sorry :)

You have to walk up a hill a little ways to get to it but it is worth it. The dirt is loose and red though so you'll want to be prepared for your littles to get dirty! There is an old amphitheater that is fun for kids to climb on. There are tons of trees and bushes to explore in. There are some ducks at the pond but not as many as there are at Tonaquint Nature Center.

Location: 452 N Main Street
               St. George, UT 84770

BONUS!! This is the perfect spot to do the Fall Scavenger Hunt that I created last year. Click here to see the post and download your free printable. 

Thunder Junction All Abilities Park
This is one of my all time favorite parks! They have the best area for toddlers. There is a swing there that is seriously awesome (see the picture below).  The train is also a fun addition to the park. The one downside about this park is that it is so popular that it can sometimes be really busy! I have been there when there have only been a few other people though (like when I took these pictures). If it is a holiday weekend or a week when there is a school break up north then plan on it being packed!

Location: 1851 S Dixie Drive
                St. George, UT 84770

I hope these spots are as fun for you as they are for me and my daughter! Happy Fall!!

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