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This page is dedicated to providing you with ideas and links to ideas for things that you can do and places you can go with your family. Some ideas and places may appear more than once on this page, and this is because we've listed them by category and some of them may fit into more than one category. Some of these places have multiple locations, and some have unique party packages for your place or theirs or offer group, student, military, or senior discounts, so be sure to ask.

Please scroll down to explore the many categories or browse the ideas we've listed so far. We try to provide locations and general information as well. The list is always growing, so check back!

Alpine Slides Amuse./Adventure
 Centers/Parks
Aquariums Astronomy/
Night Sky Watching
Bakeries, etc.
Factories/Shoppes
Batting Cages Birding Boating, Cruises,
Ferries
Bookstores Botanical Gardens
Bounce Houses/
Inflatables
Bowling Bumper Boats/Cars Bus It Camping/
RVing
Canoeing Chairlifts/
Ski Lifts
City/County
Parks
Cliffs/
Lookouts
Clean-ups
Community
Pools
Construction
Sites
Conventions/
Expositions
Crafts Cruises
Dams Disc Golf Drive-Through
Safaris/Zoos
Earth
Studies
Ecotourism
Entomology Experiments Expos Fairs/
Festivals
Family
Events
Farmers/
Flea Markets
Ferries Festivals Fishing &
The Like
Fitness
Forts Ghost Towns/
Abandoned Locations
Go-Cart/
Indy Kart Tracks
GPS Activities/
Games
Heritage Farms/
Villages
Hiking/
Walking
Historic
Districts
Historic Points of Interest Horseback
Riding
Indoor Playgrounds/
Inflatables
 
Indoor
Trampolines
Interactive
Farms/Zoos
Interactive Museums/
Science Centers
Jetties/
Piers
Karaoke
Libraries Make-Your-Own Martial
Arts
Mazes Memorials/
Cemeteries
Miniature
Golf
Movies Al Fresco National Parks/Forests Nature Observing/
Studying
Night Sky
Watching
Obstacle/
Ropes Courses
Off-Roading Old-Time/
Period Photos
Orienteering Physically-Challenging Acts.
Pick-Your-Own Produce Quality Time
at Home
Race Tracks (Motorsports) Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Road Trip
Sanctuaries/
Preserves
Scavenger Hunts Seasonal Events Segue/Segway Shopping
Shows Sightseeing Skating Specialty Food Markets Splash Fountains/
Parks
Springs/Swimming Holes Stargazing State Parks Street Parties/Festivals Theme Parks
Thrifting Thrill Rides Tours Trails Trains
Trams, Tramways, Trolleys Underground Exploration Villages/
Historic Districts
Volunteer Walking/
Hiking
Wall/Rock
Climbing
Waterfalls Water Holes Water Sports Wildlife
Winter Activities/
Sports
Xplore, Xamine, Xperience Yard/Garage
Sales
Yearly Activities/
Events
Ziplines

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Alpine Slides: prepare for a slide and ride like nothing else, either solo or with your child

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Amusement & Adventure Centers & Parks: generally smaller than theme parks and are a hodge-podge of many different types of activities for all ages

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Aquariums: many have play areas for children and provide opportunities to feed or meet animals

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Astronomy & Night Sky Watching: there's more to observe in the sky than the moon and stars, such as satellites and International Space Station; it's always fun to learn constellations too

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Bakeries, Confectioneries, & Sweets Factories & Shoppes: watch donuts getting baked, inhale the scent of fresh-baked breads and goodies, sample a seasonal treat, enjoy some real ice cream and frozen yogurt, and more; this is also a great way to help local businesses

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Batting Cages: practice hitting those fast balls and curve balls, maybe compete with your family

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Birding: also known as bird-watching, can be done in your own backyard, city, state, or beyond; also see Nature Observing & Studying

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Boating, Cruises, & Ferries: you don't need to own a watercraft, you can rent or go on tours; see also Water Sports

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Bookstores: now a dying breed, but a great way to discover topics or sit in on a story or activity

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Botanical Gardens: see wide varieties of interesting, exotic, and sometimes rare plants and flowers

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Bounce Houses & Inflatables: see Indoor Playgrounds & Inflatables

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Bowling: enjoyed by all ages and levels, includes standard and glow-in-the-dark experiences

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Bumper Boats and Cars: tons of fun and loads of laughs, on pavement or water

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Bus It: if you always commute together the same way, try public transportation for a switch

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Camping & RVing: from roughing it in a tent to the comforts of an RV (rent one?) or a cabin

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Canoeing: see Water Sports

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Chairlifts: also referred to as ski lifts, most are operational even when there is no skiing

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City & County Parks: you'd be amazed at what's available to your family so close to home

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Cliffs & Lookouts: take in the sights from soaring heights

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Clean-ups: sounds like work, but it's actually fun and great for the environment

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Community Pools: small fees for admission and no maintenance or upkeep for you

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Construction Sites: pack a lunch, bring a blanket, observe from a distance; here are some ideas

  • Gasoline station upgrades

  • High-rise construction

  • New home or housing community

  • Railroad repairs

  • Road and overpass improvements

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Conventions & Expositions: comics, health, home improvement...just about everything; great opportunities to ignite interests, learn new things, and maybe leave with samples or products

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Crafts: see Make-Your-Own

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Cruises: see Boating, Cruises, & Ferries

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Dams: monumental and incredible sights to behold

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Disc Golf: also called Frisbee golf, test your accuracy and challenge others in this flying-disc game

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Drive-Through Safaris & Zoos: stay in the vehicle and experience close encounters

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Earth Studies: geography, paleontology, and geology are interesting and fun ways to study Earth; also includes foraging, weather, mining, and panning; see also Nature Observing & Studying

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Ecotourism: see Nature Observing & Studying

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Entomology: not all insects are gross, disease-carrying, or venomous; it may be fun to learn more

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Experiments: at home or places like the science center, the possibilities are endless

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Expos: see Conventions & Expositions

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Fairs & Festivals: celebrate cultures, eras, traditions, holidays, seasons, etc.

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Family Events: themes, programs, and causes vary, but there's always something for everyone

Bass Pro Shops

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Farmers & Flea Markets: from produce to that thing you didn't know you needed...or existed; see also Pick-Your-Own Produce

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Ferries: see Boating, Cruises, & Ferries

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Festivals: see Fairs & Festivals

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Fishing & The Like: traditional fishing, cast-netting, clamming, and more; see also Jetties & Piers

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Fitness: feel good and stay healthy as a family; see also Martial Arts

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Flea Markets: see Farmers & Flea Markets

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Forts: abandoned, historic, and exciting relics of past wars, civilizations, towns, and times; see also Historic Points of Interest

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Garage Sales: see Yard & Garage Sales

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Ghost Towns & Abandoned Locations: towns, mines, camps, and the like; full of history, mystery, and even some excitement

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Go-Cart & Indy Kart Tracks: ride solo or with a passenger

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GPS Activities & Games: grab your family and get mobile with these GPS adventures

  • Earthcache: a unique form of geocaching that teaches unique geoscience features or aspects of our earth

  • Geocaching: a real-world, world-wide treasure hunt using your GPS or GPS-enabled device

  • GPS Mission: a scavenger hunt adventure where you reach destinations and answer questions; played on your own or against other players

    • GPSMission.com: teaches you the ins and outs of GPS mission, gets you started and keeps you going; also available as a free app for Apple

  • GroundSpeak: an Internet-based company whose mission is to inspire outdoor play using location-based technology (GPS)

  • Letterboxing: similar to geocaching, but each cache consists of a rubber stamp unique to the individual that planted the cache

    • Bike It or Hike It: site with letterboxes in CA, CT, DC, MD, MA, NH, NJ, NY, PA, RI, VT, and VA

    • Letterboxing.org: explains letterboxing and has a wonderful resource specifically for newbies, kids, and everybody else

  • Tourality: a location-based game where you go to predefined locations using your GPS-enabled device, played on your own, in a team, or against other players

    • Tourality.com: teaches you the ins and outs of tourality, gets you started and keeps you going; also available as a free sample or paid full app for Android and Apple

  • Waymarking: online source of tools for cataloging, marking, and visiting interesting and useful locations around the world

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Heritage Farms & Villages: step back in time and live in the past for a day

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Hiking & Walking: see Sightseeing

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Historic Districts: see Villages & Historic Districts

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Historic Points of Interest: you'd be amazed at how truly fascinating historic and ancient buildings, cities, towns, battlefields, shops, artisans, mills, bridges, farms, and so on really can be; also see Memorials and Cemeteries

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Horseback Riding: see Tours

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Indoor Playgrounds & Inflatables: indoor playsets, bounces houses, slides, etc.

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Indoor Trampolines: trampoline arenas and playgrounds

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Interactive Farms & Zoos: milk a cow, catch a chicken, feed a giraffe, etc.

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Interactive Museums & Science Centers: it's more fun to do rather than just look

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Jetties & Piers: great areas for diving, fishing, shopping, and general exploration

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Karaoke: although it generally only has a reputation for the inebriated, this really is a fun form of family entertainment; sing anything from children's songs to big-hair rock to current hits and more

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Libraries: check out books, movies, and music, and maybe attend a lecture, story time, or event

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Make-Your-Own: there's more to make here than "just art"

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Martial Arts: builds character, can strengthen families; those listed have children and family classes

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Mazes: solid walls, corn fields, hay-bale lined, mirrored walls...just work together to find the exit

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Memorials & Cemeteries: pay respects and honor heroes, friends, family, and victims while learning a bit of history

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Miniature Golf (aka Put-put or Goony Golf): miniature and far less stressful versions of the real thing, fun for almost all ages and available indoors and out

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Movies Al Fresco: bring a blanket and enjoy (usually) free movies outside, or go to a drive-in

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National Parks & Forests: go hiking on trails, driving through parkways, taking in the scenery of lookouts, go to visitor centers for your National Parks Traveler passport park stamp, and more

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Nature Observing & Studying: in your neighborhood or at a park, discover types of flowers, look for rocks and fossils, and maybe research what kind of animal those tracks and scat belong to; see also Earth Studies and State Parks

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Night Sky Watching: see Astronomy & Night Sky Watching

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Obstacle & Ropes Courses: on the ground or in the air, they're fun and challenging; includes treetop adventures

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Off-Roading: ride or drive an ATV, a dune buggy, a Jeep, and more

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Old-Time & Period Photos & Portraits: switch up your family photo and dress as gangsters, pirates, cowboys, and more; makes for some unique memories

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Orienteering: competitive sport using a map and compass (no GPS) to go from point to point

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Physically-Challenging Activities: team up for laser tag, paint ball, trapezing, and more

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Pick-Your-Own Produce: depending on the season, pick just about anything you fancy; see also Farmers & Flea Markets

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Quality Time at Home: sometimes it's best to not go anywhere

  • Board games: picking a game is half the fun and many are made for as young as toddlers

  • Bon fire/fire pit: weather permitting, sit around a fire, chat, or maybe roast marshmallows

  • Card games: you can just get a deck of cards and find instructions online

  • Charades: one of the simplest games, no materials required

  • Hide-and-seek: played indoors or outside, in the dark, or whatever, this game never gets old

  • Movie night: don't forget popcorn, and remember age appropriateness

  • Puzzles: inexpensive and comes in so many sizes, themes, etcetera to appeal to anybody

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Race Tracks (motorsports): bikes to stock-car to school bus to mud races, it's more than NASCAR

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Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: help the planet by recycling, reusing, bartering, trading, selling, buying, and giving away unused items, rather than adding them to the landfills; also see Make Money

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Road Trip: pick a point on a map, follow a trail of points of interest, or whatever you wish; (* denotes as being "highly recommended"); also see Sightseeing

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Ropes Courses: see Obstacle & Ropes Courses

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Sanctuaries & Preserves: helping to preserve and save Nature's beauty while going on adventures

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Scavenger Hunts: working in a group or solo, try to find everything on your list

  • Adventures Unlimited: Santa Rosa County, FL

  • Scavenger Hunt Atlanta: based out of Atlanta, GA, provides information about hunts US-wide

  • Scavengers: search for a scavenger hunt near you

  • Waymarking: search for a scavenger hunt near you; online source of tools for cataloging, marking, and visiting interesting and useful locations around the world

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Seasonal Events: includes fairs and carnivals, as well as stores, plazas, communities, and malls celebrating seasons/holidays that usually consist of games, classes, family portraits, etc.

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Segue (Segway): rent one or go on a tour, off-road or on-road

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Shopping: see Farmers & Flea Markets, Specialty Food Markets, Thrifting, or Yard Saling

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Shows: RVs, boats, cars, airplanes, etc. on display, maybe even for sale

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Sightseeing: from driving along winding trails to walking or hiking on foot to riding your bike

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Skating: ice or roller/in-line skating, they're still fun to do with the family

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Ski Lifts: see Chairlifts

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Specialty Food Markets: unique food, organic items, fresh produce, beverages from other countries, and so much more; this is also a great way to help local and private businesses

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Splash Fountains & Parks: a place to simply cool off or outright get drenched

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Springs & Swimming Holes: they may be cold, but they're clean, clear, and perfect for swimming, floating, and fishing

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Stargazing: see Astronomy and Night Sky Watching

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State Parks: many offer areas for picnicking, fishing, hiking, camping, and more

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Street Parties & Festivals: celebrate the weekend, see art, support a cause, etc.

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Theme Parks: smaller and seasonal theme parks; also see Interactive Farms & Zoos

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Thrifting: for incredible money-saving ways to shop--and repurpose--check out second-hand shops, yard and rummage sales, seasonal and specialty consignments, flea markets, and more; you may also what to see Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Yard & Garage Sales

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Thrill Rides: sky coasters, human sling shots, one- or two-manned roller coasters, parasailing, and more

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Tours: learn the history of a city, hear the legends behind hauntings, find out how ice cream is made, see a firetruck up close, discover what really happens on a farm, get a bird's-eye view inside a helicopter, experience the mountains on horseback, cruise down a river, various ecotours...whatever your interest; see also Off-Roading

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Trails: see Sightseeing

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Trains: once a popular form of transportation, it's still fun and fascinating for kids of all ages, no matter the size or style of the train

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Trams, Tramways, & Trolleys: on the ground or in the air, the views can be breathtaking

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Treetop Adventures: see Obstacle & Ropes Courses

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Underground Exploration: depending on location, difficulty, and local and state laws, caves and caverns can be explored on your own or with a group; many don't require spelunking

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Villages & Historic Districts: small areas, historic streets, and downtowns with a lot to see and do; offers a great opportunity to slow down, take it easy, and explore by foot, tram, or city bus

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Volunteer: grow closer to your family as you help others, nature, and the community; also see some of the Educational Programs in General & Alternative Education

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Walking & Hiking: see Sightseeing

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Wall & Rock Climbing: these are indoors and outdoors and vary in degree of difficulty

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Waterfalls: some are roadside, some can only be viewed by hiking a short or long trail, but they're all beautiful...and if you're luck you may even see some wildlife nearby

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Water Holes: see Springs and Swimming Holes

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Water Sports: water skiing, jet skiing, SUP boarding, rafting, canoeing, snorkeling, diving, and more; see also Boating

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Wildlife: see Nature Observing and Studying

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Winter Activities & Sports: snow-skiing, dog-sledding, snowboarding, snowmobiling, and more

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The 3 X's--Xplore, Xamine, & Xperience: yes, we mean explore, examine, and experience; what we are saying is to not take anything for granted and to think outside the box

  • Don't assume all spiders and snake are venomous; educate yourself and your family and then keep an eye out for the beneficial ones.

  • Get dirty! It really is good, clean fun. Besides, you're washable!

  • If your child always gets excited about rocks, shells, twigs, or whatever, consider helping him start a collection of different types of stones, tree twigs, shells, and so on.

  • Witness a sunrise and a sunset at least once a year. Try watching a sunrise on the east coast and a sunset on a westward-facing coast, such as Key West or Ocean Park, WA.

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Yard & Garage Sales: one person's trash may be your treasure; look for one in your area

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Yearly Activities & Events: attend annual--or better yet, inaugural--activities and events, such as a Founders Day or Community Appreciation Day celebration

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Ziplines: also known as canopy tours; some are structure-to-structure, while most take you through, over, and around nature

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Zoos: see Interactive Farms & Zoos

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