8 Exciting Water Activities for families

No matter what your family’s interests are, there is bound to be a water-based activity that is perfect for all of you. Whether you decide to take stand-up paddle boarding classes, try out jet skiing or go rafting down a river, there is something for everyone to enjoy when it comes to water activities.

If you are looking for adventure, surfing might be the ideal family activity, while canoeing or lake boat rides can be perfect choices for a more peaceful time. We will also discuss the benefits of snorkeling and water parks. Read on to discover your next family activity!

1. SUP Boarding

SUP (stand-up paddle) boarding is a great way to enjoy the water with your family. It is a relatively easy activity to learn, and a good workout. SUP boarding is also a great way to sightsee and explore new areas.

When choosing boards for your family, consider things like size, weight, and stability. SUP water sports are brilliant family fun when you are safe and responsible. Get the proper paddling gear and life jackets, even if you are a strong swimmer.

You may also want to invest in a leash, which will help keep you tethered to your board in case of waves or strong currents.

What’s more, if you are new to SUP boarding, it is a good idea to take some lessons from a certified instructor. This will help you and your family learn the basics and stay safe while paddling.

Once you have all mastered the basics of SUP boarding, you can plan a trip. Remember to look for calm waters, avoid areas with strong currents or waves, and be prepared for weather changes.

2. Jet Skiing

There are few things more exhilarating than jet skiing on a warm summer day. The wind in your hair, the sun on your skin, and the waves crashing around you make it an unforgettable experience.

If you want to take the family jet skiing, wetsuits will keep you all comfortable and protected from the elements. Moreover, do not forget to pack plenty of sunscreen so you and the kids do not get sunburned while you are out on the water.

Finally, listen to your instructor and follow their safety instructions, as they know how best to keep you all safe.

3. White Water Rafting

For families with adventurous and water-loving kids, white water rafting is another great activity to try. Rafting is a super fun way to enjoy the scenery and get a little bit of exercise, and it is perfect for big groups or whole family outings.

Basically, you all sit around the edge of a big inflatable raft and float your way down a river with rapids! Sounds fun, right? You use paddles and listen carefully to your instructor’s instructions to keep the raft from tipping over. There are many levels of white water rafting, so you can find an adventure that is perfect for your group.

4. Surfing

Surfing is one of the most popular water activities in the world. People of all ages can enjoy surfing, and it is a great way to spend time with your family. If you are new to surfing, start by taking lessons. Once you all have the basics down, you and the family can start exploring different techniques.

Surfing is a great full-body workout, and a lot of fun. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced surfer, there are plenty of ways to enjoy this popular water activity in a lot of different countries around the world.

5. Canoeing

Canoeing is a great way to enjoy the outdoors and take in some beautiful scenery with the kids. It is a relatively easy activity and does not require a lot of equipment.

All you need is a canoe, paddles, and life jackets for everyone in your group. You can rent canoes at most outdoor recreation areas or buy them if you want to keep up the hobby.

Before heading out on your adventure, be sure to check the weather forecast and water conditions. Canoeing can be dangerous if the water is rough or there are strong currents. Always paddle with caution and follow all safety guidelines.

6. Lake Boat Rides

For a more tranquil time on the water, why not try a lake boat ride? Many lakes offer tours on boats, while some even offer dinner cruises. Depending on the age of your kids and the interests of your family, you might prefer a daytime boat ride that involves swimming and fun music, or a calm evening ride on a boat in nice clothes and with great food.

7. Snorkeling

Snorkeling is a brilliant way to enjoy the underwater world without having to wear bulky scuba gear. All you need is a mask, snorkel, and fins, and you are good to go!

There are many snorkeling spots around the world that are perfect for families. In Hawaii, there are many options for snorkeling, whether you are looking for calm waters or more adventurous waves. The Great Barrier Reef in Australia is also a top spot for snorkeling, where you can see an abundance of colorful fish and coral.

8. Water Parks

Lastly, water parks are the perfect place to cool off on a hot summer day, and there is plenty of fun to be had for everyone. From exhilarating waterslides to lazy rivers, there is something for every member of the family at the water park.

So what are you waiting for? Grab your swimsuits and head on over to the nearest water park for a day of fun in the sun!

a family having fun kayaking on a river

As you can see, when it comes to water-based activities, the choices are endless and vary in levels of adventure. Regardless of the size or age range of your family, there is a water-based activity that is perfect for all of you to enjoy together.

We have looked at SUP boarding, jet skiing, white water rafting, surfing, canoeing, lake boat rides, snorkeling and water parks. This list is not exhaustive, but it is a great place to start if you are looking for your next favorite family hobby. Make a splash and have fun!

We hope this article from Wyld Family Travel helps with your planning some family friendly adventures on the water. Please feel free to reach out to us if you have any questions.

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