Top Activity: Family-Friendly Fun

Boys rafting
Kent Miller
Experiencing outdoor recreation together can be a wonderful bonding experience for your family.

Nature has beneficial effects on all of us, especially children. It helps us to connect with each other and create lasting memories of our time together in the outdoors. Many of the places Wilderness Society works to protect are also great places to experience the wild with a family.

If you're planning a family trip to a wild place, consider these top places for family-friendly fun:

Southern Los Padres National Forest

The Southern Los Padres National Forest near San Francisco is a recreation haven, with plenty of hiking, swimming and wildlife viewing opportunities. 

Southeastern Utah

Southeastern Utah’s wild canyons make the ideal family vacation. Hop in the car and visit iconic parks like Arches, Canyonlands, Zion, Monument Valley and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Parks.

San Gabriel Mountains

The fun creeks and picnic spots of the San Gabriel Mountains offer recreation for millions of visitors and residents of urban Los Angeles.

Eastern Tennessee

The Cherokee National Forest in eastern Tennessee's Southern Appalachian mountains is a great place to escape urban life and experience trails, waterfalls, wildlife and more.