They tore through the presents, they inhaled their breakfast, and their energy level continues to climb while yours is waning.
Take the gang outside today. Christmas Day is a perfect opportunity for a family hike, a scenic stroll or a chance to try out those new bikes.
If your young bikers got a new ride for Christmas, local schools make a great place to take them for a spin. The wide, winding driveways and flat parking lots are perfect for novice riders or those experimenting without training wheels.
More experienced riders may enjoy Timmerman Trail in Cayce, the Cayce-West Columbia Riverwalk or Riverfront Park in Columbia. These paths can sometimes be too crowded for unsteady riders, but on a holiday, you might have more wiggle room. Saluda Shoals, which is ideal for family bike rides – and even offers bike rentals – is closed on Christmas Day, however. Save that one for another bike ride over the winter break.
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If walking is more your speed, try Peachtree Rock Preserve in Lexington County near Swansea. If there’s a third-grader in your crew, he or she should be able to tell you all about the prehistoric rock foundations you’ll see – including the park’s namesake, which toppled over last year.
It’s also a great time of year to check out Congaree National Park. With smaller crowds – of visitors and bugs – it offers a great view through the forest unobstructed by leaves.
Sesquicentennial State Park also offers two family-friendly hiking trails, a short nature trail and a mountain biking trail. There are also several geocache locations throughout the park if you’re in the mood for a scavenger hunt.
By the time you get back home, maybe everyone will be ready for a long winter’s nap.
Bridget Winston, Special to The State