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Frolic through summer with plenty of fresh air and sunshine in Anchorage! Bring a meal and make a day of it! Take a break from work and rejuvenate yourself for what may come your way in the afternoon. Ready to get some sunshine during lunch or this weekend?
Invite your friends and meet up for some food and laughter! Be sure to take along a blanket or some camp chairs. Sunblock and extra water are also a good idea for ensuring a healthy venture to your new favorite picnic spots in Anchorage.
Enjoying a picnic means preparing in advance for what you will eat and drink. Getting to your destination with a soggy sandwich and spilled drinks can be frustrating. Then again, maybe it’s the sunshine that we desire most anyway!
Try these ideas for an easy and ready to travel picnic:
1600 Lidia Selkregg Lane, Anchorage, AK 99504 and 801 Pine St, Anchorage, AK 99508
This four-season park offers plenty of open space for soccer, running, and cross-country skiing, and sledding. A park for historians, Russian Jack Springs began with just a small cabin and a natural spring. It now offers an incredible variety of activities.
4970 Campbell Airstrip Rd, Anchorage, AK 99507
Named after the Bicentennial of the United States, this park is a history lover’s dream! Bring your favorite novel or ski gear along with your lunch and spend your day in the natural spaces of this protected land. Be sure to bring your sense of adventure. This park has plenty of add-on places to play before and after your meal!
3018 E. 20th Avenue, Anchorage, AK 99508
This family-friendly park is nestled into a wooded area just perfect for a picnic combined with a good stretch of the legs. The paved trails offer something for everyone in the family. Bring something to sit on while you enjoy the lush green spaces in the summer. In the winter, bring your snow gear and construct a snow creature after lunch!
201 Lane Street, Anchorage, AK 99508
Full of community love and appreciation, this park offers a place to sit and take a break with friends and family. Paved trails provide a place for moving around after your meal. Get out and enjoy some sunshine in this little neighborhood green space. Close to home this park is perfect for a midday picnic. Choose an activity and start playing!
2245 Baxter Rd, Anchorage, AK 99504
Bring a kayak and get your stroke on here! Eat your meal on the water. Still ice skating season? Grab your skates and spin around after you eat. Play tag with your kids on the playground. Bring something to sit on at this great outdoor location!
The Anchorage Park Foundation offers ample information on local parks and green spaces. Grab your lunch and pick a new location each week! Create a personal bucket list of your favorite picnic locations. Find your favorite green space close to home! Sunshine welcomes us to come and enjoy some outdoor time in Alaska!
Maybe the kids need a break from the week and your whole family could use some play time together. Bring your lunch and take a quick venture to one of these parks for some respite and recovery time. Take your favorite sports gear for some added fun before or after your meal.
Getting out and away from our everyday settings can go a long way toward helping us cope with the situations in which we often find ourselves. However, we cannot always spend long hours getting somewhere interesting. Taking advantage of what is closest to us can sometimes provide a wonderful compromise between hours of driving and not getting out at all.
Taking time to pause and enjoy our surroundings can provide us with a new sense of what is important to us. Exhausted and ready for something new, we burn out quickly if we press too hard. Maybe we just want to remain in the good place for which we already feel we have gained.
Perhaps, a tough situation has risen and we are not certain how to proceed. It is fascinating how we find answers for things that we do not even know needed answers when the pace of life changes to meet reality. Pausing to appreciate what is around us can refresh us and rejuvenate us in the most magical way.
Relaxing freely in the green spaces just outside our doors may be just what we need to recover and begin again to work toward our bigger goals. Be sure to fully enjoy all that you find. Remember that any creatures you encounter may just feel that it is you they are encountering instead of the other way around!
Dr. Brent Wells has been a trusted chiropractor since moving his family from Oregon to Alaska back in 1998 and founded Better Health Chiropractic & Physical Rehab – B.S. from Univ. of Nevada, Doctorate from Western States Chiropractic College, volunteer for Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Foundation, and member of the American Chiropractic Association. As a chiropractor his focus is on family, including his 3 children and wife of 20+ years, his clinics, and ongoing education.