U.S. CitiesCity-Data Forum Index
Go Back   City-Data Forum > U.S. Forums > General U.S.
 [Register]
Please register to participate in our discussions with 2 million other members - it's free and quick! Some forums can only be seen by registered members. After you create your account, you'll be able to customize options and access all our 15,000 new posts/day with fewer ads.
View detailed profile (Advanced) or search
site with Google Custom Search

Search Forums  (Advanced)
Reply Start New Thread
 
Old 03-18-2018, 10:21 AM
 
25 posts, read 66,268 times
Reputation: 28

Advertisements

We’re looking for recommendations for family friendly vacations that offer a lot of outdoors activities. Ideally, spots that are less touristy, less crowded— more good old fashioned fun activities you’d find in state parks (which we recognize will at times be busy to an extent). Kids are pre-teens and teens. Thanks!
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message

 
Old 03-18-2018, 11:29 AM
 
Location: New Mexico
6,544 posts, read 3,650,165 times
Reputation: 12301
Kind of an open-ended question. How far do you want to go? Where from? Summer? Winter? Camping? RV? Less touristy as in no Disneyworld or no National Parks?
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 03-18-2018, 11:34 AM
 
56,511 posts, read 80,803,243 times
Reputation: 12480
Where are you coming from or is this just to accumulate ideas of such places?

A place I went to in the past that comes to mind is this place: https://oldforgeny.com

A couple of places there: https://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/24485.html

https://www.watersafari.com
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 03-18-2018, 11:40 AM
 
25 posts, read 66,268 times
Reputation: 28
We’re open to anywhere in the states. Yes, less touristy as in no Disneyland but national parks would be great. No RV, perhaps some tent camping but more likely we’d be interested in cabins or some type of home rental. We’re looking at summertime. Thanks for the great ideas, ckhthankgod!
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 03-18-2018, 12:04 PM
 
Location: St Simons Island, GA
23,040 posts, read 34,995,637 times
Reputation: 15172
Jekyll Island State Park on the Georgia coast is great for families. They have great beaches, a golf course, a water park, a sea turtle museum and hospital that you can tour, an really good and affordable beachfront hotels and condo rentals. There are also camping facilities on the island.

https://www.jekyllisland.com
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 03-18-2018, 12:05 PM
 
Location: I is where I is
2,097 posts, read 1,521,748 times
Reputation: 2300
Quote:
Originally Posted by yosemite View Post
We’re looking for recommendations for family friendly vacations that offer a lot of outdoors activities. Ideally, spots that are less touristy, less crowded— more good old fashioned fun activities you’d find in state parks (which we recognize will at times be busy to an extent). Kids are pre-teens and teens. Thanks!
Smoky Mountain National Park is always a great option. It is touristy, but not so much during the spring so crowds won’t be an issue.

There are a ton of great hikes with waterfalls, great bike riding, historic places etc...and Cabins are everywhere in the hills, and very reasonably priced. I would recommend finding a cabin close to Gatlinburg, as that’s where the majority of attractions & hikes will be close to, as well as restaurants if that’s important. They also have the Ripleys Aquarium which is really cool.

Gatlinburg when not crowded, is a really great place.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 03-18-2018, 12:26 PM
 
Location: Aurora, CO
6,552 posts, read 10,254,632 times
Reputation: 9796
Colorado:
Great Sand Dunes NP & Preserve
Black Canyon of the Gunnison NP
Mesa Verde NP
Rocky Mountain NP
Colorado Parks & Wildlife - Mueller
Colorado Parks & Wildlife - Golden Gate Canyon
Colorado Parks & Wildlife - State Forest

Not as scenic, but ok for swimming:
Colorado Parks & Wildlife - Chatfield
Colorado Parks & Wildlife - Cherry Creek

Wyoming:
Glendo State Park
Guernsey State Park

South Dakota:
Custer State Park - Custer's a good hopping off point for the rest of The Black Hills - Mt. Rushmore, Jewel Cave, Wind Cave, Deadwood, and (a little further west) Devil's Tower, WY. Some will mention Crazy Horse. Meh. Way overpriced and not worth it.

Utah:
Arches NP
Canyonlands NP
Zion NP
Bryce Canyon NP

Bear in mind that the most prime camping sites in Colorado, Wyoming, and Utah are typically booked 6 months in advance. Some places have a small number of walk-up sites that are available on a first-come, first-served basis. You'll have better luck with those sites during the week.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 03-18-2018, 12:37 PM
 
21,182 posts, read 30,336,326 times
Reputation: 19590
Brevard NC is a largely undiscovered gem in the NC Blue Ridge Mountains and is known as the Land Of Waterfalls. There's tons of opportunity for hiking, biking, kayaking, whitewater rafting, rock climbing, river tubing, paddle boarding, fly fishing horseback riding and even river snorkeling. The town of Brevard itself is a welcoming small town, minus the overt tourist vibe and has many nice well-priced home rentals, some even walking distance into town. Summer is a great time to visit as while active isn't overrun like Asheville or Gatlinburg but active enough that you won't feel out of place as a tourist/visitor, and cooler temperatures at night at 2200-2500 feet in altitude. Brevard was a finalist in the "Coolest Small Towns in the US" contest and it's easy to see why.

http://www.brevardnc.org/
https://www.vrbo.com/results?swLat=3...y%20Type=house
https://www.visitwaterfalls.com/the-...rs/waterfalls/
White Squirrel Paddle Boards
https://www.oxbowriversnorkeling.com/mainphp.html
River Tubing Adventures : Headwaters Outfitters | Brevard Fishing, Floating & Paddling
Brevard Rock Gym - Brevard NC Outdoor Rock Climbing Guide Service & Indoor Rock Climbing Gym
Pisgah Stables
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 03-18-2018, 03:03 PM
 
Location: New Mexico
6,544 posts, read 3,650,165 times
Reputation: 12301
I always enjoyed NC. We'd get a place on the beach for a while, visit Ashville or Winston Salem, there's a couple Revolutionary War battlefields, Smoky Mountains NP, Appalachian Trail, take a car ferry to the Outer Banks, go fishing or wreck diving, and visit colonial New Bern and Tryon Palace. There's something for adults and kids -- should keep you busy.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 03-18-2018, 04:15 PM
 
Location: Greenville SC 'Waterfall City'
7,582 posts, read 3,992,169 times
Reputation: 2906
I recommend staying at one of state parks in western SC like Devils Fork State Park near clear water lakes Jocasee and Keowee, which will also put you near Blue Ridge mountains. Lot of waterfalls in the area and the whitewater river Chattooga (where the movie Deliverance was filmed).
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Please register to post and access all features of our very popular forum. It is free and quick. Over $68,000 in prizes has already been given out to active posters on our forum. Additional giveaways are planned.

Detailed information about all U.S. cities, counties, and zip codes on our site: City-data.com.


Reply
Please update this thread with any new information or opinions. This open thread is still read by thousands of people, so we encourage all additional points of view.

Quick Reply
Message:

Over $104,000 in prizes was already given out to active posters on our forum and additional giveaways are planned!

Go Back   City-Data Forum > U.S. Forums > General U.S.
Follow City-Data.com founder on our Forum or

All times are GMT -6.

© 2005-2019, Advameg, Inc. · Please obey Forum Rules · Terms of Use and Privacy Policy · Bug Bounty

City-Data.com - Archive 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35 - Top