I asked one place that I should visit in the Capital Region and at the top of the list was the Pine Hollow Arboretum and I can see why.
The Pine Hollow Arboretum is a 22-acre collection of horticultural diversity with 11 ponds and a network of trails. As they say on their website, “The Pine Hollow Arboretum offers an unique setting to connect with nature, free of charge, 365 days a year.”
We put the arboretum in our GPS and it led us right to the main building and parking lot. We went to the map and decided on a trail. The main reason for going was to see the storybook walk hosting by the Bethlehem Public Library. You walk a small path while reading a book and interacting with the story “A Stone Stood Still.”
The Tranquility Path was just that, flat and calm. It was just a nice and easy walk through the trees pointing out trees we’d never heard of before and taking in nature. The storybook walk was really sweet and my 4-year-old cousin loved it. Each page had an activity like “point out colors around you,” “what do you hear in nature,” “what animals were mentioned in the book,” to make it more than just a walking book reading.
Overall, it was a really nice break from screens to take in a beautiful space right here in the Capital Region.