Ever heard the saying, “The family that plays together, stays together?” Well, it’s not just a cute quote or a saying for a T-shirt – it’s true! Engaging in physical activities with your family has many health benefits, and it’s a great excuse to spend quality time together.
Incorporating play and exercise into your travel itinerary is a sure-fire way to add an element of adventure to your journey. It will also help your crew strengthen their bonds with one another, build trust and create memories that will last long after the trip ends.
Don’t believe me? I speak from experience! One time I dragged my mom on a hike through the arid peaks and valleys of Cappadocia, Turkey. She complained the whole time about the heat, but bragged to her friends afterward about the incredible views. There was another time I traveled with my husband to Scotland to run a half marathon along Edinburgh’s craggy coastline. At the end of the race we were exhausted, but also buoyed by a huge sense of accomplishment.
With that said, there’s no need to jet off to faraway lands to get the same feeling. After all, there are loads of options for active family vacations right here in the U.S.! Here are three ideas for family adventure vacations you can take with your loved ones.
The Hudson Valley
A gem of New York State, the Hudson Valley is a 10-county-strong region that extends from the Hudson River in Westchester County to Albany, the state capital. If you’re flying in, you can pick up your Alamo rental car from any of three airports servicing New York City and expect a highly scenic, 2 to 2.5-hour drive to the region. Given the area is so geographically vast, there is a range of active things for families to do, and at all levels of physical fitness. For example, hiking enthusiasts looking for an adrenaline-pumping experience can tackle difficult trails like Breakneck Ridge. (I did this one with my husband and can safely say that it is not for the faint of heart!) For families with younger children, Bear Mountain State Park, found right on the Hudson River, is a great option as it is also home to Trailside Museums and Zoo. This complex has parking, a trail, and a zoo that houses animals like snakes and salamanders. And for a relaxing activity for the whole family, you can pick your own bushels at Fishkill Farm, a relaxing apple and vegetable orchard found in Dutchess County.