I've been pondering and pondering what it is that I need to know this week, and today it came to me! A couple other moms and I took our toddlers to Sandy Point State Park this morning to play on the beach. And it was great! There was no charge for the little ones, and admission to the park for adults is only $4. While there is the whole dirty, sandy factor, Jillian loved playing in the water and sand. And there are picnic benches, showers in the bathroom, a concession stand, and a playground. We could SO spend an entire day there.
This made me start thinking about the Columbia Association pools, that are WAY expensive and usually packed-jammed crowded. We recently canceled our CA membership, because frankly, it wasn't worth what we were spending each month to basically go to the pool a handful of times during the summer. Get this...it costs $8 per adult and $5 per child (over 1 year old) to get into a CA pool. So for me, John, Josh, and Jillian to go to a CA pool that's 10-15 minutes away (depending on which pool), we pay $26 if they actually charge for Jillian. If we drive the 30 minutes go to Sandy Point, it would cost us $12 total. I think the price difference definitely makes up for the 60 mile round trip drive.
I've long been a beach girl, and prefer the softer sand of the Atlantic beaches, but the warmer water and closer location of Sandy Point may soon make it our favorite water haunt this summer. What I need to know this week, devoted readers, is which do you prefer...pool or beach? If it's a pool, what features do you like best (beach entry, water park, etc.)? If it's the beach, which one(s) are your favorites?
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