Family Activity Resources

It can be challenging to figure out where to go and what to do to get your family moving. Here are some family activity resources to get you started.

Physical activity   cross-country-skiingWinter Sports

Why hibernate until spring? Take advantage of the cold and snow, embrace your adventurous spirit, and learn an outdoor cold weather sport. Winter sports are a great way to keep active during those cold winter months. Check out this article with plenty of resources too!

Other Sports

Archery, in one form or another, has been around for somewhere between 10,000 – 40,000 years and is still a great recreational activity that you can do indoors or out.

Biking is easy to incorporate into your life and a great family activity.

Bowling is enjoyed by 95 million people worldwide and is a good winter alternative for physical activity. Good family fun and sometimes Kids can Bowl Free!

Paddle Sports. Whether it’s floating down a quiet river, kayaking a big bay, rowing a small lake or rushing down white water rapids, taking up a paddle or an oar can be a fantastic way to enjoy the outdoors.

Parks and Forests

Discover the Forest a great place to learn more about the forest as well as forests to visit.

Nature Rocks is database of activities searchable by age, location, type of activity and amount of time available.

National Park Service. Our national parks have so many things to do: historical exhibits, art, photography, geology, wildlife, walking, hiking, backpacking, paddle sports, camping and more.

National Wildlife Federation Nature Finder

Rivers Physical activity   canoe

Rivers are magical places and are the artery of our country. Rivers are a perfect way to decompress and spend some quality time with family and friends.

National Wild and Scenic Rivers

White water rafting

Wetlands, Wild Life Refuges and Nature Centers

Wetlands and wild life refuges are great places to watch wildlife of all types. Nature Centers are wonderful places to learn more about nature and spend some active time outdoors. Check the web for listings in local, state, county and federal parks in your area that feature nature centers.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Audubon Society

Nature Centers (thanks Yahoo!)

Camping is a fun family outdoor recreational activity. It’s a great way to enjoy nature while spending one or several nights outdoors, usually at a campsite. Camping may involve the use of a tent, caravan, RV, cabin, a primitive structure, or no shelter at all.

State Park Directory

Zoos, Botanical Gardens and Aquariums

These are all great places to learn more about nature, spend some family time and get a little exercise!

Zoo Directory

Another Zoo Directory

Botanical Gardens

Directory of Botanical Gardens


Directory of Aquariums

KIDD-  farm-cider-millFall Harvest Activities

Apple Orchards and Cider Mills

Pick Your Own

Corn Mazes

Corn mazes are huge outdoor play areas cut through corn fields. Be sure to wear sturdy shoes, outdoor play clothing and bring the whole family for some fun.

Corn Mazes

Corn Mazes America

The Maize

Maize Play


Hayrides are a pleasure ride in an open truck, wagon or sleigh which has been decorated with hay or straw and similar farm life paraphernalia. There is a link below but you can also do an Internet search in your region.


Pumpkin Patches

Pumpkin patches are great places to have some family fun and often include, mazes, outdoor games and of course pumpkins.

Pumpkin Patches and More