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Kayaking past a campsiteMalls and beaches have always been popular destinations for fun, but as these institutions of money-spending fall in popularity due to financially difficult times, attendance only rises at natural alternatives.

“We have seen a steady increase in attendance,” Charlie Peek, public information officer for the N.C. State Park System said, “Most parks don’t charge admission and are inexpensive alternatives for recreation.”   

Yu-Fai Leung, associate professor in the Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management at N.C. State, agrees adding that this is a nation-wide trend.  
Read the complete article by Frances Ellis in The Technician>>