The temperature in North Dakota has been quite hot, and even record-breaking at times this year! One of the best ways to beat the summer heat is simply by hanging out in the water. It is fun to kick back and relax at the river or at a lake, but if you are looking for a thrill, you can visit a waterpark. No, you do not have to plan a trip to the Wisconsin Dells for waterslide family fun!
North Dakota may be known for its harsh, cold winters, but also have pretty incredible warm summers. And some North Dakota towns have beautiful waterparks for families to enjoy during the hottest season. Keep reading to see the list of some of the best water park and slide locations in North Dakota.
Where is your favorite North Dakota waterpark or waterslide to beat the summer heat?
Waterparks in North Dakota
North Dakota summers can be scorching. Check out the state’s best waterparks to cool off during the hottest season of the year!
Waterparks in North Dakota
North Dakota summers can be scorching. Check out the state’s best waterparks to cool off during the hottest season of the year!
Next time you are in Grand Forks for a concert at the Alerus Center, stay at the Canad Inn and take the kids to Splashers of the South Seas. There are a bunch of fun things you can do, including sliding down one of those “toilet bowl” slides.
It’s billed as the happiest place on earth so much so that millions flock to the various Disney theme parks each year. A place of magic and wonder; an escape from day-to-day life that so many hold dear. It’s not uncommon for visitors to comment about never wanting to leave, flinching at the very thought of ditching the mouse ears and returning to the day job. However according to long-established urban myths, some take the drive of not wanting to leave a little too literally.
It has long been speculated across the internet and subsequently ‘confirmed’ by those former-cast members (park employees) that it’s a common activity for individuals to scatter the ashes of loved ones throughout the grounds and on the rides themselves across Disneyland resorts.
It’s become such a phenomenon that Disney has spoken out it in the past, confirming that it is not permitted or tolerated.
In basic terms, it’s a violation of the Health and Safety Code to scatter human ashes on private property.
Disney is no stranger to urban legends, the sort of myths that are bound to circulate around a brand that is known for its ‘magic’ and its guarded approach to running the theme parks across the globe.
An approach that is in place in order to conceal the ordinary, keep the magic alive and allow for an all round special experience for guests.
Of course, this slight element of secrecy can allow scope for people’s imagination to run wild and the opportunity to reveal stories which may or may not be true.
If there are anywhere near as many attempted ashes scattering incidents across the theme parks as the internet, in particular Reddit, has us believe, then it appears that such an act has been carried out by visitors for a long time.
Treating any of the Disney theme parks as the final resting place of a loved one may be happening behind closed doors despite Disney’s efforts to stop this.
In fact, according to Insider in 2018, incidents of ashes scattering in on Disney property were occurring as often as once a month.
As with any long-established urban myth, there are intricate details including where the hotspots for ashes scattering are within the theme parks.
Reddit is convoluted of users claiming that hotspots include the Haunted Mansion ride, the Pirates of the Caribbean ride and the expanse of vividly coloured flowerbeds that the parks boast.
The Haunted Mansion ride for example, has its own cult following, a division of which supposedly believes that guests scatter the ashes of loved ones within the ride so that they can join the ghosts and essentially live on at Disneyland forever – creepy stuff.
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If you’re headed out into the wild this summer, you may need to jump online and book a reservation before you go. For the second consecutive year, reservations are required to visit Yosemite, Rocky Mountain and Glacier national parks. Other popular sites, including Maine’s Acadia National Park, encourage visitors to buy entrance passes in advance.
Limiting visitors has two purposes: reducing COVID-19 risks and allowing some parks to recover from recent wildfires. Rocky Mountain will allow 75 to 85 percent of capacity. Yosemite will again restrict the number of vehicles allowed in; last year, it hosted half of its average 4 million annual visitors.
Nationwide, some US parks were emptier than normal during the pandemic, while Yellowstone and others were near capacity. But the pandemic likely was a temporary pause in a rising tide of visitors.
This exponential growth is generating pollution and putting wildlife at risk to a degree that threatens the future of the park system. And with Americans eager to get back out into the world, the summer of 2021 promises to be one of the busiest domestic travel seasons in recent history. Reservations and other policies to manage visitor numbers could become features at many of the most popular parks. https://www.youtube.com/embed/O-wAQkYJ4Fk?wmode=transparent&start=0 Crowding in the national parks has been rising for years and has spiked since 2010.
Protecting treasured lands
In my work, I’ve explored the history of national parks and the factors that drive people to seek experiences outdoors. I’ve also studied the impacts of national park visitation and ways to keep the public from loving national parks to death.
Much of that research has focused on California’s Yosemite National Park, which contains nearly 1,200 square miles of wilderness, including iconic granite rock formations, deep valleys, waterfalls and ancient giant sequoias.
Its creation dates to the Civil War. In 1864, with this landscape threatened by an influx of settlers and visitors, Abraham Lincoln signed the Yosemite Act, which ceded the region to California for “public use, resort, and recreation.” This step set a precedent that parks were for everyone’s benefit and enjoyment. Congress made Yosemite a national park in 1890.
Influenced by naturalist John Muir, President Theodore Roosevelt established five new parks in the early 1900s, along with 16 national monuments that included the Grand Canyon. Roosevelt wanted to protect these natural treasures from hunting, mining, logging and other exploitation.
To coordinate management, Congress established the National Park Service and the National Park System in 1916. The National Park Service Organic Act directs the agency to protect the parks’ wildlife and natural and cultural heritage “in such manner and by such means as will leave them unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations”—a mission that is becoming increasingly difficult today.
Loving the parks to death
Americans fell in love with their parks—and several waves of over popularity nearly destroyed the very experiences that drew people there.
The advent of automobile tourism in the 1920s opened national parks to hundreds of thousands of new visitors, who overwhelmed limited, aging roads, trails, restrooms, water treatment systems and visitor facilities. Ironically, relief came during the Great Depression. The New Deal funded massive construction projects in the parks, including campground comfort stations, museums and other structures. Hundreds of miles of roads and trails opened wild backcountry.
Between 1929 and 1941, the number of annual park visitors grew from 3 million to 20 million. This increasing torrent slowed only when the U.S. entered World War II.
In the postwar boom, people returned en masse. The National Park Service launched “Mission 66,” another flurry of construction that again expanded capacity.
But as the New Deal and Mission 66 demonstrated, increased infrastructure spending often boosts visitation. The Great American Outdoors Act doesn’t cover conservation efforts or significant personnel needs, which will require increased federal funding. Many repairs are needed throughout the parks, but the system’s future sustainability relies more on staffing than infrastructure.
And neither more money nor additional park rangers will solve the overcrowding crisis. I believe the most popular national parks need a reservation system to save these protected lands from further damage.
AUSTIN (KXAN) — A plan to enact a statewide public camping ban in response to those experiencing homelessness was given final approval by the Texas Senate on Thursday.
The Senate made some changes to House Bill 1925, which passed in the lower chamber earlier this month. One amendment – in direct response to the City of Austin – would block local governments from using parks as temporary shelters.
“Having people live under bridges is not humane. Having people experience all of their bodily functions out in public is not humane. It’s not right for the people living with it, and it’s not right for the homeless,” Sen. Jose Menendez, a San Antonio Democrat, said.
Matt Mackowiak and Cleo Petricek, co-founders of Save Austin Now, released a statement Thursday afternoon applauding the Senate’s approval of the legislation and criticizing Austin city leaders.
“This overwhelming vote in the Texas Senate, which includes more than ten Senate Democratic votes to ban camping statewide, sends a strong message to Mayor Steve Adler, Council Member Greg Casar and the rest of city hall that their efforts to allow unregulated public camping anywhere and regulated public camping in city parks is extreme and will not be allowed in the State of Texas,” the statement read.
Another amendment removed references to arrests in an attempt to reduce concerns that the bill will lead to further criminalization of homelessness.
The legislation will head back to the House to consider the changes.
Author: John Engel
This post originally appeared on KXAN Austin
New Zealand: Shore plover birds released to the wild in 2019
Diverse, unique and family-friendly, they also provide a safe haven to fill your lungs with fresh air, stretch your legs and meet with loved ones.
Slimbridge Wetland Centre, Gloucestershire
Slimbridge Wetland Centre is home to the world’s largest collection of swans, geese and ducks (Image: Getty )
Slimbridge is one of nine wetland centres across the UK founded by Sir Peter Scott, son of Scott of the Antarctic. Set up in 1946, the 120-acre area in Dursley is world-renowned for waterbirds.
Home to the world’s largest collection of swans, geese and ducks, it is also the only place where you can see all six species of flamingo. Visitors can download the new Wetlands Heroes’ family-friendly app, created by Aardman Studios.
The app encourages guests to explore the full extent of Slimbridge Wetland Centre, particularly the lesser-known areas through fact-finding missions and fun challenges for the whole family. In time for May half term the centre will be opening its new Mission Impossible attraction where you can hand-feed the nene, the world’s rarest goose, go behind the scenes at the duckeries and discover how WWT saves endangered species around the world using all sorts of innovative techniques.
July will see the opening of its new open-air Living Wetland Theatre and Waterscapes aviary. The 380-seat theatre will host free-flying bird demonstrations, a summer science programme, films and talks.
In the aviary, visitors can immerse themselves in the sights and sounds of a UK wetland.
Tickets: Adults from £14.50, children from £8.40, wwt.org.uk
The Welsh Wildlife Centre, Cilgerran, Pembrokeshire
Soak up panoramic views of the Teifi Marshes Nature Reserve from the Glasshouse Cafe (Image: Welsh Wildlife )
You may be lucky enough to spy a colourful kingfisher from one of the many bird observation hides or witness otters playing in the Teifi River while enjoying a family picnic at this scenic wildlife centre.
Families also love exploring the nature trails on foot or two wheels, playing in the adventure playground, discovering the willow maze, meeting the resident water buffalo and friendly giant willow badger.
The Explorer Backpacks provide a variety of fun-filled activities. There’s also a geocaching trail.
Relax in the Glasshouse Cafe while soaking up the panoramic views of the Teifi Marshes Nature Reserve, and enjoy the sweet surroundings after-hours with a stay at the cosy on-site Oak Tree Cottage, also known as the Cwtch.
River Lee Country Park, Greater London/Hertfordshire/Essex
Much of the site used to be a derelict home to redundant industry, sewage works and gravel pits (Image: River Lee Country Park )
Just over 50 years ago, much of this 10,000-acre site north of the M25 was a derelict home to redundant industry, sewage works, gravel pits, dumps and railway sidings.
The Lee Valley Regional Park Authority transformed it into a tranquil green space with world-class sporting facilities.
Its impressive new Wildlife Discovery Centre overlooks the Seventy Acres lake. Get a bird’s eye view from the two-tier gallery, or the CCTV in the Discovery Room allows you to zoom right into the buzz of nature. Book free tickets in advance.
There’s also outdoor activities including white-water rafting, mountain biking, tennis, horse riding and golf. Visitors can also use the state-of-the-art gym at the Lee Valley Athletics Centre, meet furry friends at the children’s Animal Adventure Park and enjoy the walking, running and cycling routes.
Lee Valley Caravan Park, Dobbs Weir, opened its luxury lodges last month. Lee Valley Regional Park’s campsites – Lee Valley Campsite in Sewardstone, Lee Valley Almost Wild Campsite in Broxbourne and Lee Valley Camping and Caravan Park, Edmonton – are open from May 17. visit leevalleypark. org.uk
Rye Harbour Discovery Centre, Sussex
Rye Harbour is one of the most biodiverse places in Britain (Image: Stuart Conway / Sussex Wildlife Trust )
A mosaic of saltmarshes, saline lagoons, freshwater gravel pits and reedbeds, the 1,110-acre Rye Harbour reserve is one of the most biodiverse places in Britain. It has 4,200 plant and animal species recorded, including more than 200 rare or endangered birds and mammals as well as a range of historic buildings including Henry VIII’s Camber Castle and the Mary Stanford Lifeboat House.
The new centre will offer an exciting programme of activities, conservation projects and weekend festivals. The centre will also house exhibitions, viewing platforms, a shop and cafe.
Outside will be the new Community Wildlife Garden containing rare and endangered species found on the reserve, amphitheatre-style seating and views over the River Rother.
Scottish Seabird Centre, North Berwick
Learn about playful marine mammals and giant seabird cities at the Scottish Seabird Centre (Image: James Glossop)
Delve into the diverse marine life of Scotland’s seas and you’ll learn about everything from deep sea corals and kelp forests to playful marine mammals and giant seabird cities.
At the centre’s Discovery Experience, there are all-new exhibits, games as well as the upgraded interactive live cameras on the world’s largest northern gannet colony, the Bass Rock.
You can also soak up the coastal views from the Seabird Cafe, browse the gift shop and get up close to the local wildlife on a range of seasonal boat trips.
Martin Mere Wetland Centre offers bird watching, guided walks, workshops and a canoe safari (Image: Andrew Teebay)
Home to thousands of rare birds, a cheeky family of otters and an all-star cast of pink flamingos and white storks, there are 800 acres of adventures to be had at this family-friendly site.
Go all-out with a day of splashing, dipping, playing, feeding and paddling.
There’s a full programme of activities including bird watching, guided walks, workshops and a canoe safari.Enjoy a snack before heading to the stepping stones or outdoor play area with a zip wire and treehouse.
Tickets: Adults from £13.40, children from £7.18, wwt.org.uk
Pensthorpe Natural Park, Fakenham, Norfolk
Pensthorpe Natural Park offers an immersive day out for birdwatchers and wildlife enthusiasts (Image: Steve Adams)
The former home of BBC’s Springwatch offers a fully immersive day out for families, birdwatchers, wildlife enthusiasts and garden lovers.
Located along the river Wensum, visitors can explore its 700 acres dotted with woodland walks, nature trails and wetlands and discover its conservation projects of breeding endangered species and habitat restoration.
There are five stunning gardens, including the Millennium Garden by Dutch garden designer Piet Oudolf. You can also meet Pensthorpe’s popular flamingo flock and ducks that will feed from the palm of your hand. Jump aboard the Pensthorpe Explorer truck to discover the secret side of the Wensum Valley. Kids will love the play areas of WildRootz and Hootz House. Plus there are plenty of hands-on activities such as den-building and wildlife spotting to inspire visitors to get closer to nature.
RSPB Minsmere provides a safe haven for birds (Image: Ben Andrew / RSPB)
Get your binoculars at the ready for some of the UK’s rarest wildlife at this scenic coastal nature reserve.
The “Disneyland” of bird reserves, due to its diverse habitats, the reedbeds, lowlands and shingle vegetation provide a safe haven for our feathered friends. Drop into the Wildlife Lookout, choose one of the peaceful walks or head to the coastal lagoons.
Tickets: Adults, £9, children, £5, or free entrance for first child or children under five. rspb.org.uk
(Reuters) -Disney World and other U.S. amusement parks updated their mask policy following the latest guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) this week.
Masks have been made optional in outdoor areas and pool decks at Walt Disney (NYSE:) Inc’s Disney World in Orlando, Florida, effective May 15, but are still needed for entering rides and at indoor locations, according to the guidelines posted on its website.
Universal Orlando has also relaxed its mask policy for guests at outdoor locations. “Face coverings will remain required at all indoor locations, including restaurants, shops, and indoor hotel public areas,” the company said in a statement on Friday.
SeaWorld (NYSE:) Entertainment Inc said on Saturday masks will no longer be required for guests at SeaWorld Orlando, SeaWorld San Antonio, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, Discovery (NASDAQ:) Cove, Aquatica Orlando, Aquatica San Antonio, Busch Gardens Williamsburg and Water Country USA for customers who are fully vaccinated.
“All park employees will be required to continue to wear face coverings,” a SeaWorld spokeswoman said on Saturday.
The CDC on Thursday advised that fully vaccinated people do not need to wear masks outdoors and can avoid wearing them indoors in most places.
Restrictions on some domestic holidays in England and Wales have now been lifted, with Scottish rules set to ease from April 26. Although many holiday parks have now reopened their doors, some experiences may be slightly different for now in accordance with Government guidelines.
Center Parcs has reopened its doors for holidays, however, warns breaks may be a little bit different up until May 16.
This is true across all parks including Sherwood Forest, Elveden Forest, Longleat Forest, Whinfell Forest and Woburn Forest.
“We are opening our villages with a range of indoor and outdoor activities, you can get food delivered to your lodge or order it to take away from our variety of restaurants, and there are always our acres of forest to explore on cycles,” Center Parcs explained on its website.
Lodges have reopened to single households, however, hotel rooms and apartments remain closed for now.
The park’s restaurants will be offering food and beverage services on outdoor patios or as a takeaway option.
Center Parcs adds: “You can now order direct from your favourite village restaurants to be delivered to your lodge.”
“Our shops are open with social distancing measures in place,” continues Center Parcs.
“Make sure you download the NHS Test and Trace app from your app store, as everyone over the age of 16 years is required to check-in to our restaurants upon arrival.”
Some indoor and outdoor activities are still available on-site, but must be booked in advance.
“We’re running many of our usual activities, although we’ve reduced the number of guests per session,” states the company website.
“Our activities get booked up quickly, so it’s best to book online in advance
“Our colleagues will be wearing PPE where necessary and some activities may require you to bring your own face covering
“You’ll be pleased to know that the full 400 acres of forest, beach and outdoor playgrounds will all be open for you to explore
“Our Cycle Centre will also be open, but as with our other activities you will need to pre-book your cycle hire in advance online.”
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Haven has reopened its doors in England for self-catered holidays.
Up until May 16, however, there will be some changes onsite.
“All our accommodation will be open, however, we’ll only be able to welcome one household per unit,” states the holiday providers website.
“As per the Government guidance, one household can include support bubbles.”
Restaurants and bars will be open but limited to outdoor areas only.
Most facilities and activities, both indoor and outdoor, will continue to run.
However, some facilities will remain closed for now.
This includes showers, indoor dining, creative activities, indoor play, aqua play areas in swimming pools and indoor slides and flumes.
Similar rules are in place in Welsh and Scottish parks, though customers should check with the specific park they are visiting.
Parkdean has reopened its parks in England as of April 12, however, there will be some noticeable changes onsite.
Restaurants will operators, but will only offer click and collect or outdoor dining.
Outdoor sports and activities will function, however indoor activities, including swimming pools, may have some restrictions such as a limit on numbers.
Entertainment, kids shops and amusements will remain closed for now.
Other amenities such as the convenience store and onsite launderettes are operating for guests.
From May 17, more amenities and services are expected to resume.
In Scotland, entertainment, soft plays and onsite arcades will remain closed until May 17.
In Wales, only click and collect food services, outdoor sports activities and access to the onsite convenience store will be available.
Hoseasons reopened its doors in England on April 12, however, only single households will be permitted to visit in self-contained accommodation.
The Hoseasons website explained: “Self-contained accommodation will be permitted to open and single household parties will be permitted to travel.
“Please note however that people living in Scotland will not be able to travel to England until 26 April 2021.
“We have emailed all customers that we believe are affected by this rule with the option to reduce party size or cancel for a refund or voucher.”
There will be some changes to facilities onsite.
“Government guidance states that outdoor restaurants and takeaway options, as well as swimming pools, are permitted to open, subject to social distancing rules,” states Hoseasons.
Indoor entertainment and areas of hospitality will not be permitted to open until May 17.
Caravan and camping holidays are much-loved among many UK holidaymakers. Stunning caravan parks and campsites can be found all over the country – perfect for when travel starts back up again. But where are the most popular ones?
To look ahead to what could be the return of the classic British holiday, gas company Flogas Britain has been finding out which caravan sites are the most popular in each region of the country based on Google search data between January 2019 and January 2021.
Most popular caravan sites
Riverside Caravan Park
Amassing 6,600 average searches per month, the family-run Riverside Park in Scotland is the most popular caravan park.
Located on the banks of the River Teviot, the park is set within 10 acres of land and boasts stunning views, offering charm and luxury in equal measure.
In second place is Haven’s, Weymouth Bay Holiday Park with 4,400 searches on average.
Situated in Dorset, the park is one of 37 Haven sites dotted around the Great British coastline and is ideally placed at one of the country’s most recognisable seaside destinations.
Parkdean Resorts’ Whitley Bay Holiday Park,
With 3,600 searches, it’s Parkdean Resorts’ Whitley Bay Holiday Park, which like Weymouth Bay, boasts a short walk to the nearest beach and enough family entertainment to keep everyone happy.
Scotland, Yorkshire and Northumberland & County Durham proved to be the most popular regions for caravanning in the country, according to the research.
Scotland has the most regional searches on average per month.
It’s home to 67 popular parks and resorts.
After Riverside Caravan Park, Clayton Caravan Park was ranked as the second most popular caravan park.
Sandy Bay Caravan Park came in third.
Speaking on behalf of Flogas, Stewart Woolley, General Manager for Cylinders, said: “It’s been a difficult start to the year, but the data shows how popular caravan parks are, and the hope people still have for enjoying a well-earned break.
“Although trips abroad look unlikely, the vaccine rollout offers a beacon of light that a staycation may be possible at some stage in 2021.
“Our fingers are crossed that we’ll see families and friends pitching up at caravan sites and lighting up the BBQ this summer, albeit still in a socially distanced way.”