Monday, November 9, 2015

Top 5 Thanksgiving Weekend Activities

Thanksgiving is on its way! With that, comes family and friends visiting from out of town.  But what will we do while they are here? And while talking and playing games at home is wonderful, sometimes I just need to get out of the house.  What do you do when the kids are getting stir crazy and the adults are bored?  Plus it might be a good idea to walk off those extra pounds you've put on from too much pumpkin pie.  There’s always the the mall and bowling, but you can do those things in every city across the country.  Your guests have come all this way to see you, so let’s show them what makes living in Redding so great.  Here are my top 5 things to do with out of town guests during the Thanksgiving season.

1. Walk the Sundial Bridge.  I guess this seems like the obvious choice. And maybe it is, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t do it! The bridge is an amazing engineering wonder, and a beautiful venue to showcase one of Redding’s greatest treasures, The Sacramento River.  Those of us that live here may think that it’s old news, but every time I show someone the bridge for the first time, they are impressed!

2. When was the last time you toured Shasta Dam? 3rd grade field trip? That’s what I thought.  Again, this is one of those things that locals never do, but is so interesting. The Dam is fascinating, and the lake is beautiful. Just do it. You’ll be glad you did.
3. Play a game of Disc Golf.  What’s that you say? You’ve never played before? Oh, friends, let me introduce you to two great places to learn a new game. (Be advised you need to bring your own discs.) Enterprise Community Park (off Victor Ave) & Edgewater Disc Golf Course (off Hartnell Ave).

4. Lema Ranch Walking Trails.  I love these trails. A relaxing way to walk off that extra helping of mashed potatoes. (FYI: there are no bikes or scooters allowed.)  

I would much rather be outside, than cooped up in a building, so most of my activities reflect that. Plus, I am cheap, and usually an activity in a building requires me to spend money.  But, even though we have pretty good weather in November, what do you do if the weather is poor? No one wants to walk the Sundial Bridge in the rain, no matter how impressive it is.

5. There actually are several fun things to choose from. I have enjoyed Rare Air, All Fired Up, Viking Skate Country, Country Bowl, Galaxy Gymnastics Open Gym and Turtle Bay Museum. But if I’m being honest, where I would probably take my family is to Cinemark Movies 8, otherwise known as the “Dollar Theater”. Don’t roll your eyes, and pass rude judgement. I know it doesn’t follow my mantra of “show them what makes living in Redding so great”. But when it’s rainy and cold outside, there are family members young and old to accommodate, and I don’t want to drop $75, I pick Movies 8.

There you have it. My top 5 picks for entertaining guests over the Thanksgiving Holiday. Where do you like to take your out of town guests when they come to visit?

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