Things to do with grandchildren

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The City of North Port offers a variety of activities for grandparents to enjoy with their grandchildren during the summer months.

Here are a few ideas:

Picnic in the park together

The City offers a variety of gazebos and picnic areas in all of its 26 parks and facilities. Grab a cooler with a packed lunch and come visit one of the City’s parks.

Go for a hike or nature walk together

North Port is home to a lush oak and pine canopy. Several of the parks within the City limits offer nature trails, including Oaks Park, the Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park, and the Myakka State Forest. The City also is surrounded by natural preserves, including the Deer Prairie Creek Reserve, the T. Mabry Carlton Reserve, and the Walton Ranch. You never know what wildlife or plant life you will see.

Canoe, kayak, or boat together

The City of North Port offers a four canoe and kayak launch locations, including Butler Park, Dallas White Park, McKibben Park, Blue Ridge Park, and behind City Hall. For motorized boats, there is access at Dallas White Park and Marina Park. Enjoy some time on the water.

Visit Warm Mineral Springs together

As the City’s most popular visitor destination, Warm Mineral Springs maintains 87 degrees year-round and has one of the highest mineral content in the world. People come from all over the world to soak in the mineral water.

Warm Mineral Springs also has an historical significance. It is believed that the springs date back to the Ice Age. During exploratory dives in the 1950s, the remains of a prehistoric hunter and seven other humans were discovered in a very well preserved state. Similarly, evidence of several creatures have been extracted from the spring, including saber tooth tigers, giant sloths, tortoises, and even camels. The Springs has been added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.

Go fishing together

The City is home to more than 80 miles of freshwater canals and about nine miles of the Myakkahatchee Creek. There are plenty of spots to fish. Specifically, McKibben Park, Dallas White Park, Blue Ridge Park, Marina Park, and behind City Hall are water access areas. But it is not uncommon, during the rainy season, to see people fishing along any of the City’s canals, including the R36 canal along Tropicaire Boulevard in the North Port Estates.

Enjoy a recreation program together

The City’s Parks and Recreation Division offers a variety of recreation programs for all ages. For instance, the Division offers a family fun Binglo event (which is bingo played in black light). The Division offers an Adventure Time activity where children and grandparents can discover and explore through music, movement, and storytelling. The Division also offers a tot time for the little ones. In September, enjoy a Tea Time event for children!.

For a complete list of activities, check out the City’s Playbook activity guide.

Spend Grandparent’s Day together

The Parks and Recreation Division will offer an ice cream social to celebrate Grandparent’s Day. The event will be from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on September 9 at the Morgan Family Community Center. The fee is $10 per trio and $3 each additional person. This is for age four and up and for grandparents with their grandchildren.

For more information or ideas, contact the City’s Parks & Recreation Division, a division of the General Services Department, at (941) 429-7275.