This has GOT to be the NUMBER ONE day trip in the capitol district! Plan to be here ALL day long, there's that much to do. Dozens of different picnic areas including enormous covered gazebos, 2 playgrounds for the kids, an enormous free-form swimming pool, the cliffside Overlook, climbing trails on the side of a mountain, and most importantly, the INDIAN LADDER trail, running along the cliff face, which is a 30 minute walk that takes you from one end of the park to the other, and includes a waterfall that you can walk under! This trail was actually used by early American Indians, and they used a ladder to climb down to it from the top of the cliff (now there are stairs at both ends of the trail). Put this on your itinerary right now! Large groups are encouraged to make reservations.
Pros: enormous public park, swimming pool, Indian Ladder Trail