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Family Trails: Creative Hikes for Kids

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Getting the kids away from their electronics and into the great outdoors is a wonderful way to educate them about the environment while bonding through an active adventure. Here are some favorite family-friendly trails, from Australia to the Americas. We focused on creative hikes that offered something beyond just the trail itself.
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Glass House Mountains QLD 4518, Australia
According to Aboriginal legend the Glass House Mountains in Queensland, just inland from the Sunshine Coast, got their shapes after an epic ancient fight amidst the family they belonged too. As such they have held supreme spiritual significance...
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Lamma Island, Hong Kong
Your little sailors will love the ferry ride from Central’s Pier 4 to quaint Lamma Island, which takes just about half an hour. At the Fisherman’s Village, they can experience the industry that the island once thrived on. Then, enjoy a seafood...
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Railway Trail, Southampton SN03, Bermuda
Grab the kids and take off on a walking or bicycling tour of Bermuda. A former NASA space shuttle tracking facility, Cooper’s Island Nature Reserve is now part of the Bermuda National Parks system. Its salt marsh habitat is home to birds and...
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Mt Baldy, CA 91759, USA
This 10-mile out and back hike begins in the middle of nowhere and dead-ends with a bungee jump into it. While relatively flat, the trail is easy to lose as it criss crosses the San Gabriel River and winds through mazes of vegetation and rock....
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100 Dorado Beach Drive, Dorado, 00646, Puerto Rico
At the Ambassadors of the Environment at the Ritz-Carlton's Dorado Beach Resort, there are a number of eco-adventure activities for kids and adults. With guides at my side, I embarked on an 1.5 hour journey into the forest. The knowledgeable...
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Teahupo'o, French Polynesia
Tahiti Iti, Tahiti's smaller sister island that's connected to the main island at the southeast coast, is home to one of the most famous surfing waves in the Pacific, Teahupoo. This powerful reef break most certainly should not be attempted...
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18333 N Thompson Peak Pkwy, Scottsdale, AZ 85255, USA
In 1995, Scottsdale residents voted to set aside a large parcel of undeveloped city land as protected open space. Today, the roughly 30,000-acre McDowell Sonoran Preserve provides an opportunity for adventure. Hike, bike, and rock...
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Routeburn Rd, 9372, New Zealand
Experience the magic of New Zealand's famous trekking with this kid-friendly outfitter that leads three-day treks through the mountains and forests of New Zealand’s Routeburn trail from November through April. This appeared in the August/September...