Finding family trips for all seasons

May 5, 2004
Outside Magazine
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Finding family trips for all seasons
Question: We are looking for information about family trips. Our son is 3 years old. We are interested in winter and summer trips.

Dee LaCrosse
Hebron, NH

Adventure Adviser: I've hyped it before, but I'll hype it again: Outside recently published a great resource for family vacations called, not surprisingly, The Outside Guide to Family Vacations (Frommers; 800-428-5331).

This guide offers all kinds of family vacation ideas from beachcombing in Hawaii to dinosaur-bone hunting in Utah. I'd look for the book, but here are a few thoughts to get you started:

Close to home, Smuggler's Notch in Vermont offers great summer deals where kids can paddle a canoe, learn how to rock climb (maybe not a 3-year-old), or spend an afternoon hiking the Green Mountains.

Kids' programs are organized into five age groups (from 6 weeks to 17 years) with programs for all. But beware, the summer program is so popular it tends to sell out by mid-April. For more information call 800-451-8752.

Kayaking or canoeing trips are always awesome for really young kids because not much physical activity is required for them to participate — they can just duff in the middle and watch the world go by.

Coastal Adventures runs a six-day backpacking and sea-kayaking tour of Nova Scotia's coastal archipelago, but their 10 percent discount only applies to families of four or more. Call 902-772-2774 for more details.

Believe it or not, for tots as tiny as 3, a great way to combine kids and pleasure is the Hyatt Regency in Kauai, Hawaii. Their Camp Hyatt Kauai keeps little bodies busy for hours with nature hikes, tours of archaeological sites, dips in a shallow, sandy lagoon, and workshops on making leis or hula dancing.

With the kids under a watchful eye, parents can explore the majestic wonders of the northernmost Hawaiian isle. All of this fun comes with a price: double rooms start at $365 per night. Call 800-233-1234 for details.

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