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10 Best Ways to Get Outside in the Wiregrass

Most kids spend more time in front of a screen than they do outside. According to health experts, American kids only spend 4-7 minutes outside per day. Getting outside isn’t only fun, it’s also beneficial for kids. Playing outside helps your kids be more physically healthy, contributes to cognitive, social and emotional development, improves sensory skills, increases attention span, and generally leads to happier kids. So while your backyard can definitely play a role, the Wiregrass offers a ton of fun places you can enjoy as a family. Here are our top 10 picks of places we think you’ll enjoy.

LANDMARK PARK

This 135 acre park is more than just a place to look. It’s a place to look and experience with its 1890s living history farm, complete with an old farmhouse, smokehouse, cane mill, syrup shed, and various animals. There’s a playground for the kids, as well as a boardwalk and picnic area. Enjoy ice cream and an old-fashioned soda counter at the drug store. Daily admission is $4 for adults, $3 for kids, and free for members.

DOTHAN AREA BOTANICAL GARDENS

Stop and smell the roses, literally! The DABG consists of 24 gardens joined by a paved path, including the children’s garden complete with playground and Mullen Asian Garden koi pond. Admission is $5.

WESTGATE PARK

There’s something for everyone at Dothan’s largest park. The park boasts softball, baseball, and soccer fields, as well as the Westgate Tennis Center. There are various playgrounds, including the special needs Miracle Playground that is specifically designed so all children can have a safe place to play. There’s also a walking and bike trail and multiple picnic areas, as well as an indoor pool and Water World.

EASTGATE PARK

Enjoy the great outdoors at this tranquil 200-acre park in Dothan. Pack a picnic, play a round of Disc Golf, try your hand at Pickleball, take aim on the archery range, or stretch your legs on the walking trail or boardwalk. There are two playgrounds and two ponds where you can fish. The park also features a dog park.

KOLOMOKI MOUNDS STATE PARK

This historic site is located just outside of Blakely, Georgia. In addition to the museum highlighting the Woodland Indians of the southeastern U.S., the park features campsites, putt-putt golf, beach and water recreation, playgrounds, hiking, and eight Indian mounds. Daily admission is a $5 park pass.

JOHNNY HENDERSON PARK

Located in Enterprise, this park features a playground and splash pad, as well as a softball complex, picnic pavilions, walking trails, and wetlands bridge. You can also pay your respects to local military heroes at the Wall of Freedom, which lists those men and women from the Coffee County and Enterprise area who gave their lives in WWI, WWII, Iraq, and Afghanistan.

STEAGALL PARK

Located in Ozark, this park boasts a lighted state-of-the-art community built playground – Kidzone – and splash pad. There are also baseball and softball fields, eight lighted tennis courts, and a lighted basketbal court, as well as picnic pavilions.

ED LISENBY LAKE

This 93-acre fishing lake is located inside Sam Dale Park. In addition to a pavilion, picnic areas, and pioneer memorial, you’ll find a fully-stocked bait shop, 3.1 mile walking trail, the Community Archery Range, and Ozark Mountain Bike Trails.

LAKE THOLOCCO

Located on Fort Rucker, Lake Tholocco offers many recreational activities, including boating, skiing and swimming. You’ll find four fishing piers, beaches, and pavilions. Spend the weekend by booking a cabin. Learn more about accessing the post as a civilian here.

DHCLS STORYWALK

This fun and innovative way for people of all ages to exercise mind and body can be found at Dothan’s Kiwanis Park and trail. Posts containing the pages of a picture book are located along the half-mile trail. By the time you’ve completed the trail, you’ll have read an entire book. Stories are changed every two weeks in the summer and every month in the spring, fall, and winter.

Ashton Wright
Author: Ashton Wright

Ashton is the publisher of Wiregrass Parents magazine. She grew up in Blakely, GA. She graduated from Early County High School in 2005 and went on to graduate from Troy University in 2009. Ashton has been interested in journalism since high school where she was on the newspaper staff for three years. In college she worked with the yearbook and the Advertising & Public Relations Society. She interned with Dothan Magazine in the summer of 2008 and worked as a producer and Executive Producer for WTVY-TV for nine years. Ashton married her husband, Chris, in 2012. They welcomed their daughter, Alexis, in 2015. They also have a dog, Jackson, and cat, Cooper.

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10 Best Ways to Get Outside in the Wiregrass

by Ashton Wright time to read: 4 min