Going Pass Free for a Year


My family is going to try something new this year. We are not buying or renewing any theme park, zoo, or aquarium passes. This decision came after a few visits I had with my daughter to Edward Medard Park. Hazel and I were completely relaxed there. We disconnected from the stresses of our day to day. We played, explored, and had discussions about nature and life. We need more days spent disconnected from our TV, video games, and Social Media.

We plan to spend more time in our state parks. We want to explore, ride our bikes, hike, and even kayak or canoe. Florida has much to offer us. The hard part is getting up, getting prepared, and doing it!

I recently joined a few Facebook groups that have been awesome resources for me. They are Tampa Homeschool Hiking Club and Hike It Baby Pasco/Hernando. I am going to homeschool my daughter. Tampa Homeschool hiking club offers weekday events and opportunities to interact with other families. Most of the events do not start until October, when the weather is more tolerable. Tampa Homeschool Hiking Club is a fabulously run and well organized group. Hike it Baby offers some weekend events and is a great opportunity for the entire family to get involved. They are also currently looking for members to lead future hikes.

The following is a list of places that we will attempt to mark off our list this year. Some we have visited in the past, but most of them will be new territory to explore:

Weeki Wachee Springs

Edward Merdard Park

Hillsborough River State Park

Gator Creek Reserve Park

Werner-Boyce Salt Springs State Park

Mosaic Peace River Park

Hammock Park

Circle B Bar Reserve

Myakka River State Park

Colt Creek State Park

Caladesi Island State Park

Aldermans Ford Park

Weedon Island Preserve

Fort Desoto State Park

This list is just a small sample of what Florida and the surrounding Tampa Bay areas have to offer. I am excited explore with my family this upcoming year. If you have ever been to any of these locations and have any advice to offer, please share! I hope other Everyday Moms get on board and join me for some of these adventures. Let’s get up, get our families active, and take time to disconnect from social media. Pass free is the way to be (for now lol).


Suzette Foister

Mother, Wife, Owner/Artist at Bring Your Own Canvas


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