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The Most Fun Adventures You Can Have This Summer

Updated on September 14, 2010

Summer Fun Adventures

Does it seem that we simply forget how to have fun and find adventure as we grow older? There is no reason why you and your entire family can't get outside and explore together, have fun, relax, meet new people, try new things and stay in great shape this summer. Sure block parties and barbeques are fun activities we all can enjoy, but do they really ignite that sense of wonder and that thrill of doing something new that sparks your imagination?

Perhaps you are looking for a little bit more this summer, something new, something exciting, a true adventure, perhaps something you have never done before. On this page you will find some fun and exciting summer adventures. All are easily accessible to everyone, you just need to be willing to step out of that comfort zone and give it a try, after all what do you have to lose?

Climb a Rock - Rock Climbing

Yes you can! You may think of rock climbing as some kind of extreme sport, and in some cases is can be, but overall, rock climbing can be fun for everyone and a family outing that you and your kids will never forget.

Why give this a go this summer? Truly, there's no place better to be than outside enjoying nature in the summer. Rock climbing takes you to the most beautiful of places - from desert rock formations, to sea cliffs, to high up on mountainsides - wherever you live, chances are you can find an amazing place to give this sport a try this summer. In addition to enjoying the great outdoors, you will challenge yourself physically and mentally as your strength, endurance, agility and balance are all put to the test.

There are many forms of rock climbing or free climbing that you and your family can enjoy this summer. The best to start with is top-roping. In top-roping, an anchor is set up at the summit of a route prior to the start of a climb. The rope is run through the anchor; one end attaches to the climber and the other to the belayer, who manages the rope during the climb and prevents you from taking long falls should you happen to fall while climbing. This type of climbing is widely regarded as the safest type of climbing, with the lowest chance of injury. It is also the first type of climbing most people do when learning to climb, as it allows the climber to climb freely and the belayer to learn how to belay more proficiently.

Sport climbing and traditional climbing are more involved in which one person, the 'leader' climbs from the ground up with the rope attached to them and not a top anchor. As they climb they place gear in the rock or clip into fixed bolts at intermediate spots along the route until they reach the top of the climb. To learn about the best places to sport climb in Colorado, an excellent rock climbing summer destination, please visit the page below.

Your local parks and recreation department as well as local outdoor guides and wilderness adventure companies can easily set you up in a climbing class or for a day out with the family to try this great sport.

Explore A Canyon - Canyoneering

Traveling through canyons or canyoneering is another excellent summer adventure that the whole family can enjoy. Most National Parks and wilderness areas have canyons cut into the limestone, sandstone, granite or basalt bedrock stone of the area. These spectacular places have narrow gorges with numerous drops, beautifully sculpted walls, and sometimes spectacular waterfalls.

Canyoneering can be technical (involving ropes and some climbing gear) in which you rapel down into the canyon, or nontechnical in which you simply enjoy a hike through the canyon. Most canyoneering in the United States occurs in the many slot canyons carved in the sandstone found throughout the Colorado Plateau. Outside of the Colorado Plateau, numerous canyoneering opportunities are found in the San Gabriel, Sierra Nevada, Cascade, and Rocky Mountain ranges.

Zion National Park boasts a premiere summer canyoneering adventure through the narrows. According to the Zion National Park Website, "The diverse trek through Zion's premier canyon is one of the most touted and breathtaking adventures in America. Extraordinary beauty and unique character describe this amazing gorge. Hanging gardens burst from dramatically colored perpendicular walls while trickling water threads its way through moss covered boulders. Gentle slopes give way to sheer walls funneling streams of water into fluted slides and twisting channels cutting deeper and deeper as the journey continues its path southward. Along the sandy perches of the banks, towering ponderosa send their roots downward, hungry for nutrients and water. The entire trip is wondrous. The Zion Narrows deserves its reputation as one of the best, if not the best, hike in the National Park System."

Find What You need To Get Started Climbing Or Canyoneering Here

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Zip Through The Trees On A Zip Line

A zip line consists of a cable mounted on an incline that you attach to using a pulley and traverse across using gravity as an assist. Zip lines are cropping up world wide over forested areas as a fun and exciting way to see the forest from a different perspective. Costa Rica is becoming known for its Canopy Tours where a vacationer can zip through the rainforest. The zip-lines are scattered among several platforms, some as high as 130 feet. A bit closer to the ground, The Oasis of the Seas and the Allure of the Seas, two Royal Caribbean International cruise ships both have ziplines going over the "Boardwalk" areas of the ships. Also owned by Royal Caribbean, Labadee, a private beach on the northern coast of Haiti has its own private zipline.

Closer to home, Soaring® Canopy Tours in Colorado has been rated the #1 attraction in the United States, as well as the #1 attraction in Colorado and #1 in Durango on tripadvisor.com. It is the largest, highest and safest zipline tour in the United States, spanning over a mile and a quarter over incredible mountain scenery and forest. To learn more about this fun summer adventure that awaits you and your family, please visit Soaringcolorado.com.

Photo from: Big Island Zip Line Tours, Hawaii

Zip Line Alaska

An amazing zip line adventure in Alaska, watch the family soar!

Go Underground - Caving

Exploring an underground cavern is another adventure well worth looking into this summer. From caverns as spacious as the big room in Carlsbad Caverns National Park, New Mexico to highly technical caverns that involve the negotiation of tight squeezes, technical rope work and water, there is something for everyone when it comes to going underground.

In the United States, 36 states from Alabama to Wyoming boast caves worthy of a summer's outing with the family. A visit to this directory - Show Caves Directory will allow you to click on any state, see what caves can be found there, what these caves are like, their hours of operation, how to get there, and what incredible cave formations await you on your adventure.

If you are interested in exploring backcountry technical caves, visit the site below to discover the backcountry caves in Carlsbad National Park.

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Go For A Ride - Mountain Biking

Another fantastic way to enjoy the great outdoors this summer is on a mountain bike. Mountain biking can be done anywhere from a backyard to a gravel road yet most mountain biking is done, you guessed it, in the mountains, or other off road backcountry areas, dirt roads or singletrack trails (narrow trails that wind through forests, mountains, deserts, or fields). Not only will mountain biking take you to beautiful places, it will help you stay in shape by building strength, stamina and endurance. It will also let you relax and recharge as you gain a different perspective in life when you see the world from a mountain bike.

Every state in the nation boasts areas where you can mountain bike. Follow this directory to find a place to mountain bike near you. Looking to mountain bike in the Utah area? The white rim trail is an excellent choice. See the page below for details.

Get Your Mountain Biking Essentials Here

Hit The Water - White Water Rafting

Finally, what could be better than a cool refreshing adventure through some white water this summer? Another fun filled family summer outing - white water rafting - will get you energized like no other outing and take you to places of incredible scenic beauty. Seeing the world from a raft will also give you a new perspective on life, especially if you do a multi day trip that involves camping along the side of the river.

White water rafting involves using a raft to navigate down a river or other body of water. Various degrees of difficulty, from only a few rough spots (grade 1) to substantial waves, drops, rocks and hazards (grade 6) exist to thrill and delight you. If you have no experience white water rafting but would like to give it a try for a fun summer adventure, a commercial outfitter is the way to go. They will provide all of the technical and safety gear needed as well as transportation and usually lunch.

Photo from: family white water rafting, an excellent source for your family fun adventure this summer!

Thanks For Visiting - All comments are appreciated and welcome!

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      parkmouse 7 years ago

      You've got to come visit Whistler, in British Columbia Canada! We've got ALL these things (rock climbing, biking, hiking, white water rafting, ziptrecking...). Seriously it really is an amazing place in the summer as well as in the winter :)

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      oztoo lm 7 years ago

      Adventure plus on this great lens. I can't see myself tackling any of them unfortunately. (Perhaps if I was younger). Great ideas for those adventurous to give them a go.

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      JFB91 7 years ago

      Adventure! Thanks for all the ideas and for the references to places to get started...

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 7 years ago from United States

      I believe I should leave the rock climbing and underground caving to you and the more adventurous readers, but I am definitely up for the white water rafting! Nominated