10 Really Cool Outdoor Adventures With Kids

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By Michael Lanza

Want to guarantee that your kids are always excited about getting outdoors as a family? Find adventures that excite them. We adults tend to look for nice scenery, but that, by itself, isn’t always going to fire up a school-age child or teenager. No matter what their age, kids want to engage with the outdoors—to get dirty and wet and climb around. By thinking a little more about trip planning, parents can find places and activities that inspire everyone scenically and experientially.

Ever since my kids were small, I’ve tried to plan family trips that matched their physical abilities, but that also would satisfy their innate need to explore and interact with their world—which fuels curiosity and ultimately, as a growing body of research suggests, helps them grow into smarter and healthier people.

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