Travel with Children: Top 10 Adventure Vacations

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Jaguar in jungle, Belize
SHY GUY: Jaguar on the prowl in Belize (Getty)

Arusha & the Northern Safari Circuit (Tanzania)
Feed Lion King fantasies at Tarangire and the bird paradise of Lake Manyara (home to the rare mountain-climbing lion), visit the Ngorongoro volcano, stop by the Serengeti desert and climb Mt Kilimanjaro.

Naxos (Greece)
Inland from the beaches and bustling main town lie beautiful untouched villages, rolling hills and low-key archaeological sites.

Belize
Aside from laid-back beaches, there's wildlife galore in the inland jungles, with a jaguar reserve at Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary, birdlife at the Mayflower Bocawina National Park; majestic Mayan ruins dot the country too.

Grand Teton National Park (USA)
Get ready to encounter buffalo, moose, bear, eagles, coyote, deer, foxes, rabbits and more. There's canoeing, horseback riding, hiking, swimming and rafting for older children.

Kangaroo Island (Australia)
A hidden gem off the coast of South Australia, this is a national park with lots of Australian wildlife, caving adventures at Kelly Hill Conservation Park, sleeping seals on the beach and the 'Remarkable Rocks'.

Wadi Rum (Jordan)
Hike or camel ride into the dazzling Wadi Rum canyon, then camp in a Bedouin tent.

Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve (Costa Rica)
This is where you teach the kids about physical geography—there are lots of trails, a few huts where you can stay the night and an amazing sky-walk above the forest canopy.

Outer Hebrides (Scotland)
Some of the oldest rock in the world is in these islands off the northwest coast, linked by car ferries and bridges. There are plenty of sheep and spectacular scenery, as well as great Scottish breakfasts and ancient sites.

The Canadian Rocky Mountains (Canada)
A great unspoilt wilderness with endless outdoor pursuits—hiking, biking, skiing, fishing, wildlife watching, horseback riding and mountain climbing from the well-known and family-friendly bases of Banff and Jasper.

Wilsons Promontory (Australia)
200km southeast of Melbourne, this national park boasts rainforests, mountains and sandy bays and is a great beachbush getaway with kids. There are camping facilities and an outdoor cinema as well as great surfing (for the teenagers).

Reproduced with permission from Travel With Children 5, 2009, Lonely Planet Publications. All rights reserved.


Published: 9 Feb 2010 | Last Updated: 30 Jul 2012
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication

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Fox Hotel and Suites
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