5 Fantastic Family Adventure Vacations

The iconic geyser in Yellowstone
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​Taking the kids on a family trip ensures vacation memories you can talk about around a dinner table. Taking the kids on a wild adventure as a vacation ensures memories you and your kids can talk about for a lifetime. Here are 5 fantastic family adventure vacation ideas.

Family Safari in Kenya

There is no doubt that kids love animals, so why not take them to a place where they can see some of the most amazing creatures on Earth in their natural environment? Wildland Adventures offers a nine-day family safari that travels to several of Kenya's national parks to see rescued elephants and giraffes, lions, leopards, rhinos, zebras and other animals that most kids have only seen in the zoo. This is a popular trip offered multiple times in most years. The company also runs family tours to Tanzania and offers trips to other locales all over the world, including all seven continents.

Other family excursions from Wildland Adventures include a journey across Patagonia by land and sea, a chance to spot tigers in India, and a special trip to Costa Rica that has been designed with teens in mind. 

Watch Old Faithful Erupt at Yellowstone National Park

Hiking trails in Yellowstone National Park, photographing bison and bears, exploring the boardwalks and trails around the geysers, and kayaking on Lake Yellowstone are all part of a Country Walkers Montana & Wyoming: Yellowstone trip. It's a popular trip repeated annually with departures taking place from June through September. Country Walkers also offers family trips to the Cinque Terra region in Italy, Bryce and Zion in Utah, and Costa Rica, amongst numerous other destinations Europe, Asia, North America, the South Pacific and Latin America as well.

Country Walkers both guided and self-guided adventures for families to take part in with more than 50 tours available at any given time. 

Travel to the Land of the Midnight Sun

Go sea kayaking in Resurrection Bay, Alaska where whales and dolphins swim. Or alternatively, take a riverside bike ride where you just might see a moose, eagles, or even Dahl sheep. Then, take a hike among glistening glaciers to get a sense of just who powerful and massive those sheets of ice truly are. It's all part of the popular Kenai Peninsula Family trip from Austin Adventures. This company has a big selection of family excursions to choose from, including vacations in more than 10 U.S. states, and dozens of countries around the world, including Europe, Africa, Asia, South America, and even Antarctica.

For something truly special, sign up for the Iceland Family Adventure, which will send you off on an 8-day odyssey that includes visits to both active volcanoes and icy glaciers, as well as whale watching along the country's amazing coast.  

Glide Down the Amazon in a Classic Riverboat

Want to take the entire family on an adventure of a lifetime? Why not join the 10-day Amazon River Cruise hosted by Smithsonian Journeys. This 10-day excursion will take you to the heart of the Amazon Rainforest, departing from Iquitos in Peru and heading upriver to the confluence of the Ucayali and Marañón Rivers, which come together to make the mightiest river on Earth. Along the way, you'll stop in local villages, go on active day-trips, and spot some of the most unique and elusive wildlife on the planet.

Other family tours from Smithsonian include trips to London and Paris, a 9-day jaunt through Italy, and an amazing excursion to Alaska with plenty of activities to enchant multiple generations. 

Take the Kids to China

Take your kids to China and visit the Panda Research Center in Chengdu, explore Beijing together and show them the terracotta warriors discovered in the Tomb of Qin Shihuangdi in Xian. Or, head to Bondi Beach and watch the surfers in Sydney, Australia. Family Journeys from Abercrombie & Kent can truly open up a world of possibilities for those who enjoy traveling together. A&K's team of crack trip designers seek out activities that are designed to be enriching for children, as well as hotels that have been built to be family-friendly.

The itineraries are full, but not overwhelming, with each designed to spotlight the most important features of a given destination, which include such places as Tanzania, Japan, the Galapagos Islands, Peru, and more.