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.
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