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Family Trails: Creative Hikes for Kids

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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Railway Trail, Bermuda
Until 1948, a train traveled the length of Bermuda from east to west, some 22 miles. Just over 15 years later the process of converting the rail lines into a paved path for bikers and walkers began, and now 18 miles are open to the public. It is...
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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 toone of the most famous surfing waves in the Pacific, Teahupoo. This powerful reef break most certainly should not be attempted by...
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18333 N Thompson Peak Pkwy, Scottsdale, AZ 85255, USA
In 1995, Scottsdale residents voted to set aside a large parcelof undeveloped city land asprotectedopen space. Today, the roughly 30,000-acre McDowell Sonoran Preserve provides an opportunity for adventure. Hike, bike, and rock climb, or take to...