With the weather beginning to warm up, now is the perfect time to start planning your family’s summer adventures. Even if you only have a few days off, you can still plan an amazing trip your loved ones will remember for the rest of their lives. If you aren’t interested in theme parks, and other stereotypical trips, that’s okay! Take a look at these five summer adventures that will be unlike anything you have ever done.
5 summer adventures you should try in 2017
Learn to Boulder
Few pastimes are as exciting to master as bouldering. This particular hobby is a great first step for those interested in rock climbing. Instead of buying complex equipment to scale larger mountains, you and your family, only need a handful of items. It’s as simple as purchasing bouldering shoes, and mats. In the weeks leading up to your bouldering trip, you might want to spend a few days at a local indoor rock climbing gym to learn basic techniques, and holds.
Head to a Safari Park
You don’t need to fly to a different country in order to experience a wild safari. There are dozens of exotic safari parks throughout the country that raise some of the most unique animals in the world. Many of these organizations have family packages that will allow you to camp out in the wild right next to the animals. For the slightly less adventurous, you can sign up for a self-guided tour that allows you to stay in the comfort of your own vehicle.
Sign Up for an Adventure Race
Over the last few years, adventure racing has become one of the fastest growing physical activities in the country. While some of these races are not appropriate for younger children, many are designed specifically for families. Some of the shorter races last for just an hour or two, but more grueling expeditions take a week or longer to complete. Before signing up, you should first contact the company that is putting it on to inquire about the age and health restrictions.
Hit the Water on a Pontoon Boat
Many people are hesitant to rent boats because of the learning curve, but pontoon boats are an excellent option for beginners. These boats are not only easier to handle, but they are also extremely safe. Many rental companies even offer short classes to new captains who want to learn more about handling these types of boats. Peak season for renting a boat usually begins around Memorial Day weekend when the water and weather begin to warm up.
Follow Your Favorite Team
There are now dozens of companies that offer packages to those who want to follow their favorite teams on their road trips. These packages generally include all of the hotel stays and game tickets so that you don’t have to worry about the logistics. Even if the summer is the off-season for your favorite sport, you might be able to catch some pre-season games or training sessions in a different state.
Before heading out on your next adventure with your family, you should take a fresh look at your insurance. Many of the leading insurance providers offer affordable policies to those who want to be fully insured while they are boating, climbing, camping, or traveling. Adding an affordable rider to your policy for a week or two could help you avoid a major financial catastrophe down the road.
Author Bio: Dixie Somers is a freelance writer and blogger for business, home, and family niches. Dixie lives in Phoenix, Arizona, and is the proud mother of three beautiful girls and wife to a wonderful husband.