9 Family Summer Vacation Ideas for the Outdoors

Posted by  Monday, June 16 2014 6:00 am
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Last week I threw out some options for what kids could do this summer in the outdoors. Now let's take it a step further and takl about what a family can do together this summer. What mom or dad doesn't struggle with planning a vacation that will bring the family close together after a scattered school year? I know that I do.

First off, don't make it too hardcore or the family will be miserable. Save the 20-mile hike for when you go elk hunting. Take a consensus and see what everyone wants to do. Here's what I'm doing this summer: I told everyone to throw out some ideas; then everyone gets two votes. The idea that gets the most votes will be the vacation that we take.

Before we get started, here's a rule to consider: Throw all of the cell phones, iPads and laptops into a box. Or at least limit their use to certain times of the day so you actually hang together.

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Family Fun Ideas

#1. Camping. This is always fun. After the initial cost of buying the gear, it's a cheap vacation. One time the girls wanted to go see the ocean. We camped on the beach one night and stayed in a motel the next. This really cut expenses.

#2. Hiking. You can go on day hikes or overnight backpacking trips.

#3. Visit a dude ranch out West. Dude ranches, also called guest ranches, are ranches geared toward tourism. Your family can enjoy the "cowboy" life. 

#4. Family fishing trips. My family always went fishing together. Many times in other states.

#5. Float trips. Floating rivers is a blast. Many states offer this as an option and then of course the mountain states offer whitewater rafting and kayaking.

#6. Rent jet ski. I want to rent some jet skis from Cheap Thrills up in McCall, Idaho, and take my family this summer. Jet skiing is a blast.

#7. Four-wheeling. Rent four-wheelers and explore the mountains.

#8. Make them really happy by buying a boat. I'd recommend getting a combo ski/fishing boat so the whole family can enjoy it.

#9. 3-D archery shoot. At any 3-D shoot you'll see a lot of families shooting together. Archery would be a lot of fun to get into as a family, whether you just shoot targets or start hunting together. Spark that interest this summer. 

 I think the outdoors provides a great place for families to get away and with all of the challenges that can pop up, there are always opportunities for the family to bond together.

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Tom Claycomb
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When not writing for Bass Pro 1Source, Tom Claycomb has a column in the magazine Hunt Alaska, writes for Havalon Knives, and has outdoor columns in newspapers in Alaska, Oregon, Idaho, Utah, Nevada, Colorado and Louisiana. He does freelance writing for numerous other magazines and newspapers; writes for, LIMB Saver, Bowhunter.net, Bowhunter.com and Western Whitetail Hunter

In addition, Claycomb teaches 60 seminars annually at sports shows and various outdoor stores.  He is on Prostaff for numerous companies and has tested products for many major outdoor companies. He likes anything outdoor wise and fishes/hunts from Alaska to Florida. His works are available for purchase on Amazon Kindle.  He has killed numerous world record animals (6 years before they reached that status). 

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