Family Adventure Travel
Called "America's best idea" by the historian Wallace Stegner, our national park system offers families a wonderfully affordable way to visit our most cherished and beautiful landscapes, view wildlife in their natural habitat, learn about geological and cultural history, and appreciate the great outdoors.
Review: Yellowstone Family Adventure
This six-day small-group tour by Austin-Lehman Adventures was a first-rate all-details handled introduction to this fascinating and beautiful National Park.
Review: Adventures By Disney "Viva Italia!" Trip
Adventures by Disney offers a tempting range of trips in Europe (and elsewhere.) This trip is an all-details-handled experience of Italy that includes Rome, the medieval hill-town of Orvieto, the Tuscan countryside and visit to Florence, and finishing in Venice. Two special family activities and the grand finale evening were outstanding.
About's Guide for Africa for Visitors has practical advice for these outstanding experiences: what countries are best for families; doing your own trip, in South Africa; safari tour options; age considerations and more.
Private (Custom) Family Adventures
Family Adventure company Austin-Lehman has seen a demand for private trips, and now offers a service for planning custom tours. Often, these private trips are designed for families doing a multi-generational vacation.
Five Fantastic Family Adventures
Our Guide for Adventure Travel highlights a safari in Kenya, Yellowstone Wonders, and trips to Alaska, China, and the Amazon.
"Fan Trips" are a special type of escorted group tour designed for fans of a movie, or book, or tv series-- Harry Potter tours being a prime example. Typically, fan trips visit film locations.
Family Adventure Tour Companies, ALPHABETICAL: Adventures by Disney
Mickey's family adventure company offers wonderful itineraries in Europe, and also has trips in Hawaii, Costa Rica, Wyoming, the Canadian Rockies, China, Australia... The quality is high, as people would expect from Disney, and creative extras make great memories.
Austin-Lehman Family Adventures
Austin-Lehman is a well-established adventure tour company. Family adventures might include hiking, mountain biking, horseriding and/or rafting, in destinations in Canada and the U.S. Trips are also offered to Central and South America, Europe, South Africa...
Backroads Family Adventures
The Backroads adventure tour company focuses on biking, walking, and multi-sports. Family trips offer tiered discounts for kids of different ages.
Butterfield and Robinson
This deluxe adventure tour operator offers family adventures in Canada, Costa Rica, Ireland, France, and many more destinations.
Classic Journeys offers "cultural walking adventures", including family adventure tours to Costa Rica, Tuscany, Pacific Northwest, Montana, Zion and Grand Canyon...
For those who long to travel to exotic places with kids along: tours with Intrepid Travel may cost much less than other "family adventures." Family trips mix cultural and fun experiences: for example, a Vietnam trip might include an emperor's tomb, fishing villages, caves, a dragon boat trip, and a water park. Intrepid claims to have a style of...
This company has more than 30 years of ecotourism background, and its family trips include Greenland, Indonesia, Nepal, South Africa, Peru, Costa Rica, Brazil, and more.
Sierra Club Outings
This venerable environmental organization offers hundreds of trips in the Great Outdoors, including family trips. You may have to bring your own gear on some trips ( - rentals may be available). Also, some trips are more active than typical Family Adventures, i.e. guests may do some backpacking.
Thomson Family Adventures
This company has been picked as "#1 Family Adventure Co." by National Geographic, and their motto is "Designed by families for families". Destinations include Belize, Alaska, Morocco, Tanzania, Turkey....
Wildland offers family adventure tours in such farflung locations as Kenya (for a family safari), Alaska, Panama, Turkey, India, the Galapagos... "For sophisticated, active adventure travelers."
A final note: many family adventures have excellent potential to be "learning vacations". Kids can learn a lot about wildlife and ecology, if they're hiking with a guide who's a naturalist; meanwhile, on trips to foreign countries, the family is immersed in culture and history, and also has the assistance of knowledgeable guides.
Six Family Vacation Ideas for Active Fun
Sometimes the goal of a vacation is just to leave behind a hectic schedule and relaaaax. Other times, however, a family wants to go horse-riding, skiing, white-water rafting -- check out some active getaways.