Now that summer is here, it’s time to begin looking forward towards activities only possible in this season. It also means, for many, that it’s time to start collecting supplies for impending camping trips with the whole family. Indeed, in 2011, 42.5 million Americans went camping.
A combination of these two things means one thing: water sports. Since many family friendly campgrounds offer a variety of water-based activities, like boating, access to pools, lakes, water splash parks, and giant water slides, there is no reason not to cool down with the help of some fresh water. Plus, the kids’ll love it.
Check out these examples of family friendly water sports that can get the kids revved up for the camping trip, being on the water all day, and sleeping soundly all night:
Kayaking is especially appealing to those with children because individual kayaks offer children a certain amount of autonomy, so that they can paddle around as they please. In a safe space like a pond, lake, or campground supervised water area, it is an excellent way for children to experience the great outdoors safely.
Canoeing offers a lot of opportunities for families — they get to work together to move forward, go on an adventure around a lake or down a river, and enjoy the water and nature together. It is astounding how much more you can see on the water as well — the stillness of the water can help children see birds, amphibians, and fish, and it’s a great way to stay cool, too.
The great thing about fishing is that it can be combined with any and all other water sports. It’s a great way to take a step back and relax, especially for the less active members of the family. Get some alone time with your loved ones, away from the cabins at the family campsites.
Hiking may be the most popular activity to participate in while camping, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t a ton of awesome ways to engage with the environment. Make sure to choose the right campsite for your family, complete with a river, lake, or pond for great kid friendly vacations.