Have you ever been on a water themed park with a baby? From all the rides and all the attractions there is ONE they like the most: The small and shallow artificial river.
Around here (FL), people spent hundreds of dollars on tickets to these parks. But their toddlers are only interested in one thing, the artificial river. They don't care about the attractions or the shows. They just want to get to the river.
There's a spot around here, a beautiful river that only bikers know about. And that's because there is no access by car. To get there you have to leave the road, take a paved trail for a mile and then detour on an unpaved hiking trail for like a hundred meters. The place is gorgeous and it cost NOTHING!
If weather allows, I'll take my own toddler there today and take some pics showing her smile of approval.