With the recent threat of Covid-19 changing the way most of us do life these days, social distancing has become the norm. With school being closed through April 15 at least, many families are looking to outdoor activities that give plenty of space and fresh air to breathe.
Bike Ride at Lake Beresford Park. There is nothing like feeling a the wind at your face. Lake Beresford Park has a two mile paved loop that is perfect to get a few minutes of exercise. If the two miles aren't enough, the park also has an entrance to the Spring-to-Spring Trail. A 5-6 mile ride south on the trail will end of up Blue Springs State Park.
Lake Woodruff Wildlife Management Area. There is nothing like miles of walking paths and wildlife to set your soul at ease during turbulent times. After an hour at this beautiful place, your heart rate is almost guaranteed to be lower. Have your camera ready. You never know when you'll see an otter or an alligator basking in one of the impoundments.
Highland Park Fish Camp Bass Pond. For years, this famous DeLand institution has offered its stocked bass pond for visitors to fish. All they ask is for you to purchase bait from their bait shop. You are practically guaranteed to catch a largemouth bass, maybe even a lunker! It is catch-and-release, so you can't keep them. There's nothing better that will put a smile on kid's face!
Guided Standup Paddle Board Trips. Outsiders outdoor shop in Artisan Alley in DeLand offers gear for outdoor and Florida activities. Online shopping is available at https://outsidersusa.com/
Gift cards are also available for when their guided trips resume to various places to paddle board, such as New Smyrna Beach, the Rainbow River, Alexander Springs and Ginnie Springs. The cost is around $35 which includes your paddle board, paddle, flotation device and instruction.
These are just a few opportunities to get outside and breathe fresh air during a stressful time for many. We hope these ideas help you stay health and safe but to also enjoy some of the beauty in our area!