Cameron Run Regional Park
Whether you're a local or you're staying in the area, each week we'll feature day trip ideas starting in the region
The weather is heating up, air conditioners are on, and it's time for fun in the sun. A traditional outing to an amusement park or a long beach weekend can really add up, especially since you have to drive so far. Hidden down Eisenhower Ave is a local secret just 5 minutes from the heart of Huntington that boasts all the summer favorites for a fraction of the cost.
Spend a day at Cameron Run Regional Park, and you get more than a grassy place to picnic. The park is home to batting cages, a fishable lake, a miniature golf course and Great Waves waterpark. The large on site pavilion can be rented for private parties, catering is available from the Park, and the grassy area itself features picnic tables and BBQs.
Hitting up the batting cages? Get baseballs or softballs launched at variable speeds for $1 a round or rent a cage for 1/2 hour for $22. Helmets and bats are provided free of charge, but if they run out you have to wait during the busiest periods after school and on the weekends.
Mini Golf will run $5 to $6, but waterpark visitors and groups of 10 or more can play the 18 hole course for $3.50 a person. The course features a variety of challenges, but even the most inept golfer has a chance of playing through with little trouble.
Great Waves costs $8 to $14.75 depending on height and jurisdiction of residence and features half a dozen attractions and slides. Children can play in Minnow Bay and real adventures can surf the wave pool or shoot down the Reef Body Slides.
Fishing is allowed on Lake Cook and is regularly stocked with trout, bluegill, bass and catfish. Anglers over 16 must have a fishing license, and fishing is only allowed from the shore. It's a great place to take little fishermen to practice with relative ease, and the lake is even open during the winter.
If you really want to get the most bang for your buck, get an unlimited access pass for $17.50 and plan ahead by bringing lunch or take advantage of the snacks the Park sells. While the batting cages and mini golf are open year round until sunset, weather permitting, you have to visit Great Waves between Memorial Day and Labor Day.