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With summer time almost ending, there are still a few more weeks to enjoy some outdoor fun before the cold winter months come. Korea has many outdoor parks and picnic areas that are free to use and great for families. This past weekend I visited Dandae Lake (단대호수) and experienced many of the activities that you can do for free!

Located in Sinbudong about a 10-minute walk from Shinshagae Department Store is Dandae Lake 단대호수. If you are into hiking, there is a big looping track that goes around the lake. If you are into exercise, the park has 4 different exercise areas. There is a basketball court with 4 basketball hoops. There is a badminton court with 2 nets. If you have a bike or roller skates, there is a full-sized roller rink that you can use. If you don’t want to pay for a gym membership, you can use a variety of exercise machines that will work your whole body.

After spending a full day biking, playing basketball, and hiking its easy to work up a sweat. Luckily, there are a variety of delicious cafes located next to the lake. One of the cafes I visited is Maris Coffee. Maris Coffee is both an outdoor and indoor cafe.  If you want to avoid the heat, there is plenty of seating in the air conditioning. Like many cafes in Korea, they are all very unique. This cafe has movie paintings and pictures along the walls.

One of the things I liked about this cafe was the outdoor terrance seating. There were 2 levels of outdoor seating. One of the levels had bean bag chairs facing the lake and the other level had long chairs for laying down and enjoying the view of the lake. The bean bag chairs were perfect for enjoying the sun set over the lake.

The cafe itself was very similar to many in Korea. Their menu offered a variety of coffee, lattes, milkshakes, tea, and fruit shakes. If you are hungry, the cafe offers lots of delicious cakes and ice creams. I got the ice cream when I went there, and it was delicious. I recommend the ice cream.

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