For water babies
Kayak the seas of The Setouchi Region, Japan
The Seto Inland Sea offers a broad range of water sports, a favourite being sea kayaking perfect for all the family. Tsutajima island is located a kilometre away from Nio town; visitors can kayak over the particularly calm waters – suitable for beginners and young children – to an uninhabited island where ancient ruins stand along with 8000-year-old ceramics and stoneware. On route to the island, kayakers pass towering granite cliffs whilst paddling over small waves. For more information, visit setouchitrip.com.
Where to stay: Continuing the action-adventure holiday families can camp out at Tsutajima Camping Ground, this area is highly ranked as showcasing some of the best sunsets in Japan.
Rafting with Zephyr Whitewater Expeditions – Yosemite Mariposa County, California
Family whitewater river rafting has become an increasingly popular activity in the last few years, and Yosemite Mariposa County offers perhaps one of the scenic rivers to do so – the Merced.
Classified as a Wild and Scenic River by the US government, the Merced is protected for its remarkable scenic, recreational, geologic, fish and wildlife value. Whitewater rafting is a great way to explore and admire the region with the whole family. For more information, visit yosemite.com.
Where to stay: Tenaya Lodge’s Kids Camp is adventurous, offering kids activities such as archery, biking and skating. Stay in the new Explorer Cabins, which offer space for the whole family in a two-bedroom cabin with a private deck.
Summer fun at Brind’O Aquaclub – Tremblant, Quebec, Canada
In addition to being a world-class ski resort, Tremblant in Quebec has a host of family-friendly activities to enjoy. Last year, the resort opened Brind’O Aquaclub, a family water play centre featuring 35 interactive water games, water slides, hot tub and an outdoor swimming pool during the summer months.
Stand-up paddleboarding – Newport Beach, California
There are few places more scenic to try stand up paddleboarding than Newport Beach. Families with children aged 13 and above who want to try something different can do SUP Glow with Pirate Coast Paddle Boarding at Newport Beach Back Bay, which takes place after dark and uses boards fitted with glow-in-the-dark lighting.
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