Top 10 Adventure Travel Destinations for Families
Updated: Mar 18
If you are anything like me, your families adventure life-list is loooooooong! In fact, not often does a destination come up where it doesn't end up on our list! Sometimes I wonder if a list is really necessary or if the paper should just say "I want to go everywhere and try everything"! Can you relate?
If you know where to look, adventure is everywhere. The adventures you and your family take are an excellent way to bring your family closer together, expand your worldview, and help you feel young and vibrant. How many of these adventurous destinations are on your life-list?
Travelling to Antarctica is the pinnacle of exploration, from crossing the world's most treacherous sea to seeing pristine ecosystems. If you're feeling particularly adventurous, trekking across glaciers or the polar plunge is considered a right of passage.
If you love winter sports, travelling to Austria won't disappoint. There are tons of adventure opportunities, including exploring the rolling hills on a fat bike or Segway, snowshoeing, and tobogganing down mountainsides. You can also climb a frozen wall!
There are no shortages of adventurous opportunities in Belize with its array of wildlife, stunning coastlines, thick jungle, and world-famous reef. Belize's Barrier Reef is the second-largest in the world. Your trip can also include climbing through caves or exploring Mayan ruins.
Canada is our world's second-largest country, which means endless adventure opportunities. You can walk with polar bears, watch grizzly bears, and canoe in isolated lakes to watch moose. Not to mention, because Canada's coastline is the longest in the world, there's a plethora of coastal adventure!
Nestled snug between the Pacific Ocean and the Andes Mountains, Chile's Patagonia Park gives explorers endless opportunities when checking out Torres del Paine National Park. Check out the Atacama Desert, where you'll feel like you've landed on the moon while exploring geysers and salt flats.
6: Costa Rica
Families travelling together love heading to Costa Rica for its gorgeous mix of animals, ecosystems, and ways for adventure-lovers to relish in them. From surfing schools to relaxing in hot springs, there's something for everyone. If you prefer staying on land, you can explore 28 national parks, go on canopy walks, and go ziplining.
7: Galapagos Islands
With its location 600 miles from Ecuador, animal lovers and outdoor adventurers feel like the Galapagos Islands are heaven on earth. You can explore Devil's Crown, an extinct volcanic cone near Floreana Island. Watch sea lions sunbathe on Gardner Bay's beach or check out the tortoises in Santa Cruz, and more!
Greenland's outdoor activities, untouched landscapes, and indigenous culture tick off boxes for many adventure travellers. From hiking past herds of reindeer on the Arctic Circle Trail to kayaking among the Southern Fjord's icebergs, there's no shortage of adventurous activities in this country!
There are plenty of adventure opportunities in Guatemala. For example, you can take a one-hour hike up Volcano Pacaya or go overnight camping near Acatenango's summit. With the country featuring 30 volcanoes, endless wildlife watching and kayaking, adventure travellers won't have trouble finding fun things to do!
While mainstream travellers flock to the country's most famous sites along the Golden Circle, there are plenty of other opportunities for adventurers to dig in their heels. No matter if you want to hike Iceland's wide-open spaces to become part of the land of fire and ice or snorkel between the European and North American continents, this country is the epitome of adventure.
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