There is nothing quite like packing up the car and hitting the road with your favorite people. This summer, why not take the family in search of the experience of a lifetime? Adventure-based trips are a great way to bond as a family, keep the kids active, and make memories that will last for years to come. If you’re still in the planning stages of your summer vacation, you’re in luck. The following destinations are perfect for an exciting family-friendly adventure.
Catalina Express // Catalina, CA
Hop on the Catalina Express, and in one hour or less you’ll be in beautiful Catalina Island. You’ll find no shortage of activities and adventures for all ages, including parasailing, hiking, scuba diving, ziplining, and kayaking.
Crested Butte Mountain Resort // Crested Butte, CO
Families can take part in all sorts of summer activities in Crested Butte, including rock climbing, fishing, horseback riding, and stand-up paddle boarding. Younger kids will love mining at the Summer Adventure Park.
Turtle Bay Resort // Kahuku, HI
For a more exotic adventure, head straight to Turtle Bay Resort. There you will have ample opportunity to get moving. From surfing lessons to sunset horseback rides, there is a little something for everyone.
U.S. National Whitewater Center // Charlotte, NC
The U.S. National Whitewater Center has 1,300 acres full of outdoor activities for all ages and skill levels. They offer whitewater rafting and kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, rock climbing, zip lines, ropes courses, and more.
Rocking Horse Ranch Resort // Highland, NY
If you’re looking for an all-inclusive experience, book a stay at Rocking Horse Ranch. You can head outdoors for mountain tubing and rock climbing, check out their indoor waterpark, or take part in one of their many organized family activities.
Red Cliffs Lodge // Moab, UT
At Red Cliffs Lodge, you will find tons of on-site activities, including horseback riding, mountain biking, and canyoneering. Make sure to take the kids on a hunt for petroglyphs and dinosaur tracks while you’re at it.
Massanutten Resort // Massanutten, VA
For families looking to experience a little bit of everything this summer, the Massanutten Resort can’t be beat. They have everything from an indoor water park to an escape room. At their Kids’ Adventure Course, even children under 12 can participate in the ropes course.
Bromley Mountain Ski Resort // Peru, VT
The Bromley Mountain Ski Resort is one of the most kid-friendly destinations around. You can ride the rapids on the Big Splash, race down the Alpine Slide, hop on the Giant Swing, and reach new heights on the Trampoline Thing.
San Juan Islands // WA
If you need a bit of help planning the perfect educational adventure getaway, book a trip with Rei Adventures. The itinerary of their San Juan Islands Family Adventure includes paddling, a whale watching tour, and a visit to the marine biology research lab.
Yellowstone National Park // WY
Another option for families looking to book a pre-planned trip is the Mammoth to Old Faithful Family Package at Yellowstone. You will explore canyons and geyser basins while animal tracking, hiking, and painting, all with a Yellowstone Forever Institute naturalist guide.