Great Family Adventures: Sierra Club Outings' 'Cape Cod Family Adventure'

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: If your family can do without a hotel room for a week, and loves seeing wildlife (birds, marine mammals, tide-pool critters), then book this trip to bike the Cape Cod Rail Trail. You’ll be taken boating to seal-filled Monomoy Island, walking along the tidal flats, and square-dancing on Wellfleet Pier. Along the way, you’ll get plenty of fresh air and exercise, both for the body (via hiking, cycling, and kayaking) and the mind (by visiting museums and historical sites, and hearing a naturalist elaborate on Cape Cod Bay’s ecosystem). Campgrounds are family-oriented and have a nearby swimming pond.

OUTFITTER: The Sierra Club, founded by John Muir in 1892, is America’s largest and oldest environmental organization. The first part of its mission, “Explore, enjoy, and protect the planet,” is served by its Outings arm: Experienced trip leaders deliver nature experiences intended to instill conservationist ethics.

ITINERARY: Cape Cod to Monomoy Island, Nauset Light, Great Island, and Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary.

DATES: Departs July 7.

PRICE: $745 per adult and $645 per child, including guidance, camping fees, boat trips, kayak rentals, and most meals.

INFO:, (415) 977-5522.

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