How to Plan An Active Family Vacation

The whole family will enjoy these vacation activities that combine fitness and fun.

Switching up your lazy beach vacation in favor of more active pursuits is not only enjoyable and memorable but can be good for the whole family. Why are active family vacations a good idea? Because when you engage in fun physical activities together, your kids are more likely to model their attitude towards being active after yours – and this can set them up for a lifetime of better health.

There’s a good reason to help kids find the fun in staying fit. Childhood obesity is growing at an alarming rate in the United States. Today, about 1 in 5 children ages 6-19 is overweight or obese. This number has more than tripled since the 1970s, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Encouraging kids to be more active is one way to help them avoid the rising obesity epidemic – and making fitness fun makes it more likely they’ll want to move more.

So what types of activities can you plan on your family fitness adventure? Many resorts offer activities and specialized programs that keep the whole family moving, no matter what everyone’s interests. If you’re looking for a fun way to spend your next family vacation, consider one of these outdoor adventures that combines fitness with fun:

  1. Ziplining
  2. Mountain biking
  3. Rock climbing
  4. Spelunking
  5. Hiking
  6. Paddle boarding
  7. Kayaking
  8. Water skiing


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Date Last Reviewed: April 5, 2019

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