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Back when I was in high school I volunteered at the most local park to us - the Lowell National Historical Park. Every Tuesday afternoon I would don my NPS green polo tee and little name badge and help behind the counter at the Visitor Center and Gift Shop. I haven’t been back to the park now in almost 15 years so this summer I decided it was time to bring my little family.

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We could have made an entire day out of it with a canal ride and some of the walking tours but we were in the middle of a heat wave and it wasn’t ideal for Logan (or us!). We chose to hit up the visitor center and multimedia presentation and then jumped on the trolley ride over to the Boott Cotton Mills Museum.

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Lowell was a textile capital during the industrial revolution and the museum and visitor center to a great job of telling the history of the Mill Girls and all the immigrants that have made Lowell what it is today.

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My favorite part of our visit was the trolley ride to and from the museum mostly because it was by far Logan’s favorite part!

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We have already vowed to go back and explore the other things the park has to offer us and I am looking forward to it.

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Our visit to Congaree National Park was the highlight of our entire vacation. It was the most relaxing afternoon wandering along a boardwalk they have constructed in the heart of the forest.

The forest consists primarily of CypressTrees and Loblolly Pine. This forest is in a floodplain so the entire root system is hidden below the water line. The reflection in the water creates the illusion that the trees go on forever in both directions - it’s really an incredible site.

I, of course, dressed Logan up in a mini Park Ranger explorer outfit and the best part was that at the visitor center they gave him a Junior Park Ranger pin!!

I have this park listed as “well worth the visit" and it really is. It hits on a lot of the things we look for in a park - Friendly Park Rangers, not over crowded, walking paths with information along the way, child/stroller friendly, wildlife sightings and beautiful scenery that it unique to the area.

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Fort Sumter National Monument was one on the top of my list of parks to hit up on our trip to the Carolina’s. I love parks that incorporate other activities into the outing - for instance you need to take a ferry to get to the Fort as it is located on in island in the Charleston Harbor.

As with a lot of National Parks this site is preserved for the history lesson it tells it’s visitors. Fort Sumter was a highly contended fort during the Civil War and eventually fell to the Confederates.

It was a picture perfect day for touring this site - most of the highlights came from the ferry ride though and not the Fort itself. The views of Charleston, the marine life we saw, and the Park Ranger led narration of the history of the park were my favorite parts of our visit.

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