Great Family Adventures: Outward Bound's 'Florida Ten Thousand Islands Canoeing'

Yes, we know: The family vacation is a much-parodied event, and perhaps rightfully so. But fumbles, foibles, and hassles aside, families keep taking them for the same good reason: They’re priceless sources of memories.

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HIGHLIGHTS: During this four-day exploration of Florida’s chain of unpopulated, wildlife-filled islets, parents and kids work as a team, building relationship musts like trust and communication, and developing outdoors skills like water safety, paddling techniques, and equipment maintenance. Everyone gets the chance to navigate using a map, compass, and radio, and trip leaders take advantage of teachable moments, especially as they relate to instilling confidence and leadership, but also when they educate about ecology and history. No previous experience is necessary to participate.

OUTFITTER: Outward Bound was founded in 1941 to educate young sailors; today, its trips are designed to transform travelers through outdoor experiences and team-oriented challenges.

ITINERARY: Depart from and return to Fort Meyers.

DATES: Departs December 26.

PRICE: $795 per person, including guidance and use of canoes—but not a transportation fee or the $125 application fee.

INFO: outwardbound.org, (866) 467-7651.

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