Vacations are a great time to let your inner child get outside and play! Whether you choose a city, mountain, beach, lake, or national park trip, you’ll find a variety of outdoor adventures to enjoy nearby. Often you have the option to combine one or more activities for a full day of fun. Here are four adventures you may want to try out on your next family vacation or romantic getaway for two.
If you’ve dreamed of flying through the air like a bird, ziplining near Denver is a great choice for you. Don’t let a fear of heights stop you from this experience. Zipline courses are available in a variety of lengths and intensities to suit both nervous beginners and veteran adrenaline junkies. You’ll see lots of scenic views from the connecting bridges and platforms in addition to those you enjoy as you zip down the line through the trees.
Vacationing near a river or rushing stream, especially in mountainous areas, gives you access to whitewater rafting. You choose the pace of the trip whether you want a more peaceful trip with occasional rapids or a total thrill ride battling whitewater the majority of the time. A trained guide on each raft gives instructions to you and your raft mates to successfully navigate the waters and get wet doing it! Trips often include a picnic meal at the conclusion so you can relive the experience with your fellow travelers.
If you love being out on the water, but want a calmer experience than whitewater rafting, give paddle boarding a try. Board and gear rental companies are popping up on lakes and ponds in cities, towns and parks. It’s fairly easy to learn how to use the board which means you’ll be out on the water enjoying the ride sooner. Because you’re standing for this activity, you have a unique view of your surrounding horizon and the water below you. This activity works best on calm water days with very little wind.
Biking through a park is a great way to spend a few hours while on a vacation in the city. Beach goers will often find a lengthy bike path hugging the beach. It’s a great way to get exercise depending on how hard you pedal and how crowded your path is. Rolling along on two wheels gives you time to take in the scenery and stop for a closer look when you find something that interests you. If you prefer to cycle on a trail surrounded by nature, give mountain biking a try. This activity uses a special bike with fat tires to grip the terrain better and a suspension system that absorbs shocks for a smoother ride. Mountains are actually optional as most city, state and national parks have mountain biking trails that vary in intensity from flat roads to challenging courses to get your heart pumping.
Enjoy one or all of these adventures on your next family vacation or romantic getaway for two. Your inner child will thank you.