If your wobbling tot loves to waddle, then a trip to the pond is in order! They’ll get a kick out of watching ducks swimming around and poking their heads underwater with their tails up in the air. Here are six waterfowl-filled spots that don’t just have ducks, but also beautiful spots for family pictures and picnics. Read on to discover local ponds worth quacking about.

Commonwealth Lake Park

A flat, paved trail, picnic benches and an array of birds welcome your family to this quiet and enjoyable park. Tucked away from traffic, you’ll find ducks, Great Blue Herons, Cedar Waxwings and Green Herons, as well as a playground for the little ones. Fishing is even allowed here, if your angling licenses are up-to-date. You’ll find the community out enjoying a peaceful time with their little bit of nature in the suburbs.

SW Foothill and Huntington
Beaverton
Online: thprd.org

photo: Commonwealth Lake Park by Richard via flickr creative commons

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Know before you go: Yes, it’s a lot of fun to feed ducks, we know! But the Audubon Society asks you not to, please. Pass along the lesson to your kids, and pass on the loaf of bread.

What’s your favorite place to watch ducks? Let us know in the comments!

—Kelley Gardiner