This post was sponsored by Landscape Structures as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. All opinions expressed in my post are my own
If you head down A1A a little past Daytona and you’ll run straight into Ponce Inlet. Once a fishing town it is now the perfect place to vacation, especially if you want the beach but a little on the quiet side. We like to get away for a few hours since we live near-ish.
Of course we love the inlet but we recently discovered Ponce Preserve Park tucked away on one of the side streets. It was a pleasant little surprise, especially for my daughter who loves to play and explore. We are VERY big on learning through playing (we use it in our homeschooling too because it is so important – Google Charlotte Mason!). Children can build confidence, leadership skills, bravery, and persistence through playing on a playground and meet new kids and make new friends which helps with social skills! It also helps cognitive skills and they learn to work through emotions when children use their imagination and play.
Some of my fondest memories took place on a playground and helped shape me to be the person I am today. I take my daughter to a playground as much as possible.
The playground at Ponce Preserve was built by Landscape structures, they partnered with University of Minnesota’s Institute of Childhood Development to research HOW play helps develop the whole child by creating leaders, encouraging collaboration, and teaching about the values of persistence and problem solving. We knew we couldn’t wait to check it out!
The park has a wonderful parking lot, bathrooms close by, as well as a walking trail and an observation trail all along the scrub oaks. There is something for the entire family, you can even exercise along the trail! You can even hear the waves breaking at the beach from this lovely park.
The most popular part of our trip was the playground of course. She really loved the playground structure from Landscape Structures. She said it reminded her of a tree house, except she could slide in this one which made it so much cooler.
We had a lot of fun at Ponce Preserve Park and are looking forward to checking out the Landscape Structures park at the Jacksonville zoo next time we are there!
Check out and be inspired by this heartwarming video For A Better Tomorrow, We Play Today by global playground manufacturer Landscape Structures to see how it celebrates the promise of our future as kids play and develop skills that shape them as adults.