Five Fabulous Outdoor Excursions

outdoor excursionsBack away from the cell phone and turn off the tablet. Breathe. Can you feel it? Summer is in the air and Mother Nature is inviting us outdoors to play. Time for a day trip!

 

1. Get Your Thrills

Zip Timber Lake is a three-hour zip line tour just off of US 24 in Huntington County. Located at Camp Timber Lake, the property is 62 acres of wooded and open land, with 15 acres of lakes. This is a full-service tour, which means zipping with a group and two trained guides. The excursion begins with training at ground school and then you’re off, legs dangling over water and tree canopy with various stops along the way. The full tour includes eight zip lines, the tallest at 70 feet and the longest at 1,000 feet, four adventure bridges, a rock climbing wall and an aerial skyhook.

2. Treat Your Geek

Tour Fort Wayne with a trained historical guide or cruise Fort Wayne’s abundant trails on a funny looking motorized scooter called a Segway. Discover historical landmarks around downtown and learn about the history of various parks, roads and buildings. Trail rides can be customized to your liking and begin anywhere there is a trailhead near you. For availability on days and times, call 260. 433.6155.

3. Ahoy, Matey!

Tell the kids you’re taking them to Lost Bridge at the Salamonie State Forest then prepare to set sail on a covered pontoon flying The Jolly Roger from Pirate’s Cove Marina in Andrews. During the 90-minute guided tour, expect to see wildlife and bald eagles so bring your cameras, binoculars and ye olde spyglasses. Afterwards, have a picnic and hike the trails. Eye patch optional. Call 260.468.2162 for information.

4. Vintage Romance

Feeling a wee bit nostalgic for the good old days or looking for a romantic day trip? Board The Dixie sternwheeler boat in North Webster and enjoy a 75-minute scenic and historic cruise on Webster Lake. Afterwards, stroll downtown to shop for antiques and art created by local artists. Treat your sweetie to an ice cream cone to make it the best date day ever!

5. Tree Hugging and More

tree huggin and moreOuabache State Park in Bluffton has something for every nature lover and sports enthusiast. Pack the cooler, have a picnic, soak in the beautiful surroundings and visit a herd of bison. Later, shoot some hoops at the basketball court, play a round of tennis or take a dip in the pool. If you love boating, jon boats, canoes and paddle boats are available for rent. Bring your bicycles and not only can you bike the paved trails you can also try out a new trail extension that connects Ouabache State Park to the Bluffton Rivergreenway Trail. Still feeling energetic? Climb the 100-foot fire tower for an awesome view.

Everyone needs a little less technology and a little more Mother Nature. Summer is here, let’s make some memories and savor the season.


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