1. Custer State Park, South Dakota
This is a 71,000-acre park where mighty buffalo some weighing up to a ton, roam freely. It is located south of Mouth Rushmore in South Dakota’s Black Hills. The park offers all kinds of outdoor family activities, such as fishing, swimming, kayaking, hiking, and horseback riding. Your family can bunk at the State Game Lodge resort. It is also the departure point for the popular Buffalo Safari Jeep Tour. Treat your loved ones to the Chuck Wagon Cookout and Blue Bell Hayride. Complete your trip with bandanas and souvenir cowboy hats.
2. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee-North Carolina
The Smokies are a something-for-all destination- outside and inside the park. You can hike to Laurel Falls, spot elk in Cataloochee and black bears in Cades Cove. Discover why the Smokies are called the ’’Salamander Capital of the World’’. There are 31 species of amphibians that are found here. For instance, Family adventure Dolly Parton’s Dollywood theme park, tubing on the Oconaluftee River, Splash Country Waterpark.
3. Bar W Guest Ranch, Whitefish, Montana
You can experience an authentic Montana ranch experience where kids are free to play. Parents can explore and relax. Daily activities are led by expert wranglers. It includes wagon ride dinners, trail riding, and a Junior Wrangler program (ages 2 to 6). Outside the saddle, the Ranch offers canoeing, fishing, mountain biking, hiking, and other on-ranch activities. There several options for outdoor activities, for example in Glacier National Park, and in Aerial Adventure Park in the resort of Whitefish.
4. Sanibel Island, Florida
The island is dubbed the ’’Shelling Capital of the World’’. It is an idyllic southwest Florida island that is a treasure trove of shells. There 250 different types that have been found. You can hit the Bowman’s Beach, a beach at Blind Pass, or another hotspot. You can take your kids to the Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum. The kids can learn all about the shells and what makes them. Your family can also visit the J.N. ’’Ding’’ Darling National Wildlife Refuge. It houses more than 245 species of birds.
5. Chicago, Illinois
You can spend the summer in the Windy City with your family. Use Chicago’s bike-share system to pedal along the 606. It is a rail line now turned into a recreational path and the Lakefront Trail. Maggie Daley Park offers many fun activities like riding a scooter (rentals available) or climbing walls and rollerblade. A Seadog Extreme Thrill Ride (minimum height 4 feet) allows you to zoom across Lake Michigan. A day of playing and swimming at the family-friendly Loyola Beach or 31st Street Beach is what your family needs. Lincoln Park Zoo houses camel, gorillas, kangaroos, and other animals and is also free.
6. Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona
Kids (ages 8 and up) on a Hualapai River Runners whitewash drafting can raft Colorado River along the Grand Canyon. They can also ride in a helicopter, or hike to a waterfall. The first glimpse of the canyon from the South Rim is breathtaking. The real fun, however, lies beyond the rim. There are a plethora of amazing views and extraordinary experiences.
7. Grand Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve, Colorado
It is home to North America’s highest dunes- 750-foot Star Dune and 650- foot High Dune. You can also find tundra, wetlands, and forests. You can rent sand sledges and boards from April to October available outside the park at Great Sand Dunes Oasis. You must visit the dunes early or late in the day. It is so because the afternoon temperature of the sand in the summers can go up to 159 degrees Fahrenheit.
8. Yosemite National Park, California
It is home to amazing natural wonders such as North America’s tallest waterfall and Half Dome. Options like ranger-led programs and hiking trails are available for the pint-sized travelers. It can help them to explore the park. You can stay in the park. Don’t forget to bring binoculars to marvel at the constellations and other celestial bodies.
9. Callaway Gardens Summer Family Adventure, Pine Mountain, Georgia
This is an action-packed family summer camp. Here, families can stay and play together. During the day the family can participate in separate age-appropriate programs. For instance, turning and skiing, gliding on a trapeze and zip lining. Late afternoons and evenings, families gather for group activities. It includes team golf, scavenger hunt, and tennis competitions. It runs from June to late July.
10. Nantucket Island, Massachusetts
There are several fun activities to do here. For example, you can cruise to the Cape Cod whaling hub by a ferry; get around Nantucket Island by bike. Or you can sail the Atlantic on a whale-watching tour. You can see the finback whale which is the second biggest animal after the blue whale.
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