Did you know that today, February 28th, is National Public Sleeping Day? Because honestly we didn’t know until we wrote this post. Seriously, it was quite a find.
Anyway, now that we know about this holiday, we’ve decided it’s a real shame that we’ve spent so many years not celebrating. So, we’re making up for lost time. We’ve worked long and hard, researching and napping and researching napping to pick some prime spots for exhibitionist snoozing, so here is the fruit of our labor: the best state parks to nap at on National Public Sleeping Day (in no particular order. Since you don’t have to fear being mistaken for a homeless person (it’s a national holiday! everybody’s doing it!), we see no reason for you not to partake in the festivities.
1. The Amphitheather at Bicentennial Mall State Park (Nashville, Tennessee)
If you happen to dwell in Nashville, consider catching some Z’s at Bicentennial Mall State Park. It’s the perfect place: a beautiful state park within a bustling urban environment, so you don’t have to travel far if you work in the city. If you’re feeling a cat nap on your lunch break, consider the amphitheater. It seats 2,000, so you know there’s plenty of room to spread out; it has great views of the State Capitol building, so you’ll have a pleasant sight to wake up to; and it’s “composed of terraced lawns”, meaning your body will feel pretty much cushioned on that green, green grass.
2. The Gazebo at Washington Oaks Gardens State Park (Palm Coast, Florida)
Who wouldn’t want to sleep out here?
To continue with our theme of southern state parks, we’re heading to Florida for our next sleeping spot. Washington Oaks Gardens State Park has formal gardens, coquina rock formations, and sandy beach—all of which would provide excellent sleeping arrangements. But what’s attracted us most to this particular park is its lovely gazebo. Nestled in between all that lush greenery, it would provide a beautiful yet practical accommodation, as its roof could provide shelter in case of rain or too much sun. It doesn’t look too big though, so make sure you mark your territory before taking a snooze in the gazebo—you wouldn’t want someone to not get the memo and accidentally step on you!
3. The Can-Do Playground at Alapocas Run State Park (Wilmington, Delaware)
We’re moving a little north on this one. Alapocas Run State Park is one of our favorite places, even if the name is misleading. (We’re still embarrassed that we read “alapocas” as “alpacas”.) There are tons of nice patches of grass to sleep on under shady trees (we don’t suggest snoozing at some of the park’s other offerings, like the rock climbing area, because that would be, well, you know) but our pick to honor this sacred day would have to be the Can-Do Playground. This very special place is an accessible playground, meaning that any child, “regardless of physical, mental, and sensory abilities”, is able to fully participate in the fun! Obviously, you’d have to be careful, because you wouldn’t want to ruin any kid’s playground experience, but we’re thinking that the soft ground (special rubberized surface) or the slide or even that cool tunnel would be perfect places to get some public rest.
4. The Sand on Scarborough Beach State Park (Scarborough, Maine)
If you go way up north, you’ll find this lovely beach state park. Beautiful in summer, and beautiful (yet cold) in other seasons, you’ll just be so lost in its beauty that you won’t be able to help celebrating our new favorite holiday. You can bring a towel along, or just get close and personal with that lovely beach sand, stretch out, and enjoy a peaceful slumber. You’ll wake up to an amazing beach view, so that’ll surely be something to celebrate.
Doesn’t this look inviting?
So, there you have it—our favorite state park spots to catch a snooze! Just be sure to take this post with a grain of salt and celebrate/sleep safely—we don’t want all our park ranger friends to call us up with reports of irresponsible slumber…