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The 5 Outdoor Activities That Will Get Your Kids Away from Their Phones

Family kayaking on the river.
Dhinesh Manuel
Written by Dhinesh Manuel

With summer just around the corner, there’s no better time to round up the family and head to a great outdoor¬†adventure. But how do you get the kids on board when they care more about Facebook than fun in the sun? Well, why not try these 5 great activities! They’re guaranteed to not only get your children’s eyeballs away from their smartphones and tablets, but also give the adults in the fam a much-deserved break too.

Ride the Good Times through Some Whitewater
Whitewater rafting can be a great family adrenaline rush that will get the kids perked up. Plus, they'll never complain about being on the water (and sometimes in it!) during the hot summer days.
You can also pick and choose the rapids that are perfect for your family. If you've got a brood aged between 3 and 8, they'll love the easy flowing Lower Pigeon River in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. If you've got preteens or teens who can handle more, then head for waters like Glacier National Park's Flathead River or Colorado River at the Grand Canyon.
Branch out from the Norm...up in a Treehouse
There's nothing that brings out the kid in all of us adults like a treehouse, so you can imagine how much more fun it'll be for your kids! But these aren't the treehouses from your childhood -- they've got tons of amenities and activities to keep the whole family happy and entertained.
From the simple to the ultra-chic, you can find a variety of treehouse experiences to suit your little ones. Try a weekend at the rustic Out 'n' About Treesort in Takilma, Oregon. The kids will love walking the gangways connecting trees, as well as horse riding, zip-lining, and using the giant Tarzan swing.
Go Batty in a Cave
While you wouldn't think the kids would be crazy about burrowing down in the depths of the earth, you'd be pleasantly surprised at some of the fun that can be had at some of the most astounding caves across the country.
From New Mexico to Virginia, there are tons of caves that are focused on giving families a fun outing. Try the Frozen Niagara Tour at Mammoth Cave National Park in Kentucky -- the smaller ones will love the hour-long tour through some amazing rock formations. Older kids will love the zip-lining at the Louisville Mega Cavern.
Get Lost in a Forest of Giants
There's no better way to introduce kids to the majesty of nature than to take them to a forest filled with giant sequoia or redwood trees. The kids will love looking up at these natural marvels that look like they belong in a magical world.
Children will enjoy walking through the huge holes carved in some of the trunks at Redwood National Park. You can also enjoy Muir Woods National Monument, just north of San Francisco, where ginormous redwoods will make you feel like a Hobbit.
Make a Splash at a Lake
You put a kid near some water , and you'll keep them occupied for hours. But the fun isn't just for the small ones; there's plenty for mum and dad to do around the water, including fishing and kayaking.
Upstate New York's Finger Lakes area offers some guaranteed good times. The kiddos can frolic to their hearts content while adults can enjoy some of the region's fine wine. If you're on the West Coast, you've got to visit California's Big Bear Lake that's located in the scenic San Bernadino Mountains. where you can camp, hike, and bike to make some unforgettable family memories.
Ride the Good Times through Some Whitewater
Whitewater rafting can be a great family adrenaline rush that will get the kids perked up. Plus, they'll never complain about being on the water (and sometimes in it!) during the hot summer days.
Ride the Good Times t
Whitewater rafting can be a great f...
You can also pick and choose the rapids that are perfect for your family. If you've got a brood aged between 3 and 8, they'll love the easy flowing Lower Pigeon River in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. If you've got preteens or teens who can handle more, then head for waters like Glacier National Park's Flathead River or Colorado River at the Grand Canyon.
You can also pick and choose the ra...
Branch out from the Norm...up in a Treehouse
There's nothing that brings out the kid in all of us adults like a treehouse, so you can imagine how much more fun it'll be for your kids! But these aren't the treehouses from your childhood -- they've got tons of amenities and activities to keep the whole family happy and entertained.
Branch out from the N
There's nothing that brings out the...
From the simple to the ultra-chic, you can find a variety of treehouse experiences to suit your little ones. Try a weekend at the rustic Out 'n' About Treesort in Takilma, Oregon. The kids will love walking the gangways connecting trees, as well as horse riding, zip-lining, and using the giant Tarzan swing.
From the simple to the ultra-chic, ...
Go Batty in a Cave
While you wouldn't think the kids would be crazy about burrowing down in the depths of the earth, you'd be pleasantly surprised at some of the fun that can be had at some of the most astounding caves across the country.
Go Batty in a Cave
While you wouldn't think the kids w...
From New Mexico to Virginia, there are tons of caves that are focused on giving families a fun outing. Try the Frozen Niagara Tour at Mammoth Cave National Park in Kentucky -- the smaller ones will love the hour-long tour through some amazing rock formations. Older kids will love the zip-lining at the Louisville Mega Cavern.
From New Mexico to Virginia, there ...
Get Lost in a Forest of Giants
There's no better way to introduce kids to the majesty of nature than to take them to a forest filled with giant sequoia or redwood trees. The kids will love looking up at these natural marvels that look like they belong in a magical world.
Get Lost in a Forest
There's no better way to introduce ...
Children will enjoy walking through the huge holes carved in some of the trunks at Redwood National Park. You can also enjoy Muir Woods National Monument, just north of San Francisco, where ginormous redwoods will make you feel like a Hobbit.
Children will enjoy walking through...
Make a Splash at a Lake
You put a kid near some water , and you'll keep them occupied for hours. But the fun isn't just for the small ones; there's plenty for mum and dad to do around the water, including fishing and kayaking.
Make a Splash at a La
You put a kid near some water , and...
Upstate New York's Finger Lakes area offers some guaranteed good times. The kiddos can frolic to their hearts content while adults can enjoy some of the region's fine wine. If you're on the West Coast, you've got to visit California's Big Bear Lake that's located in the scenic San Bernadino Mountains. where you can camp, hike, and bike to make some unforgettable family memories.
Upstate New York's Finger Lakes are...

 

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Dhinesh Manuel

Dhinesh Manuel

Socialite, philanthropist, costumed crime fighter by night...no wait...that's Batman...my bad ...

Musician, writer, travel junkie, dog lover, and database of useless information. I love to learn about new cultures, experience new cuisines, meet new people, and have a few laughs along the way!

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