Family Adventure Vacations

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Memories are sweeter when you forge them as a family. Our family adventure vacations allow you to skip the stress of planning and let the joy unfold.

When you book a family adventure vacation with Austin Adventures, you start off right by not having to worry about any of the details. We take care of all the planning — the lodging, the meals, the snacks, the engaging activities, the educational opportunities, and the extra “WOW” moments that will make the adventure a lifelong memory for kids and adults alike. Our trips are made for kids 6 and older, except for trips to Alaska, where the minimum age is 7 years old. Advertised child prices are applicable for kids aged 12 and below.

Enjoy the peace of mind of having an extra guide and van, special equipment (e.g., tag-along bikes), and special activities planned for the kids so grownups can have some “adult time.” Our local guides are the best in the business and excel at making every experience fun for kids.

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Best Family Adventures in North America

North America

Banff & Jasper Family Vacation

  • Duration 6 days
  • Activity Level Level 3 
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Bring the family and pack your sense of adventure. With glacier hikes, river rafting, horseback riding, and backcountry biking, this Canadian Rockies adventure through Banff, Jasper, and Lake Louise brings out the kid in everyone.

Trip Start: Calgary, Alberta Canada Trip End: Calgary, Alberta Canada

North America

Bryce Canyon & Zion Family Vacation

  • Duration 6 days
  • Activity Level Level 2 
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      On the Move

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Explore the iconic desert canyons and windswept rock terrain of Bryce Canyon and Zion National Parks on this family-friendly adventure. The action-packed days and star-studded nights are sure to impress every member of the family.

Trip Start: St. George, Utah Trip End: St. George, Utah

North America

Glacier National Park Family Vacation

  • Duration 6 days
  • Activity Level Level 3 
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Adventure awaits you and your family in Glacier National Park. Your expert guides will introduce you to the majesty of rugged mountains, jagged glaciers, alpine lakes, and wildflower-studded meadows on this active family vacation.

Trip Start: Whitefish, Montana Trip End: Whitefish, Montana

North America

Grand Canyon Family Vacation

  • Duration 6 days
  • Activity Level Level 3 
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Introduce your family to the awe-inspiring vastness of the Grand Canyon. On this six-day trip, you’ll hike, bike, kayak, and cruise by train through this incredible region to discover its dynamic history and geological wonders.

Trip Start: Phoenix, Arizona Trip End: Phoenix, Arizona

North America

Kenai Fjords Family Vacation

  • Duration 6 days
  • Activity Level Level 3 
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Spend six days exploring the Kenai Peninsula at a comfortable pace. Embark on your dream Alaska family vacation where you’ll enjoy a scenic train ride, kayak Resurrection Bay, hike Exit Glacier, cruise Kenai Fjords, and more!

Trip Start: Anchorage, Alaska Trip End: Anchorage, Alaska

North America

Mount Rushmore & Black Hills Family Vacation

  • Duration 6 days
  • Activity Level Level 3 
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Get ready for an action-packed, family-friendly adventure discovering the many surprises of South Dakota, from rolling prairies and glacial lakes to iconic American monuments like Mount Rushmore and the jaw-dropping Crazy Horse Memorial.

Trip Start: Rapid City, South Dakota Trip End: Rapid City, South Dakota

North America

San Juan Islands Family Vacation

  • Duration 6 days
  • Activity Level Level 3 
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Embark on a relaxed, fun-filled family vacation as you hike, bike, cruise, and kayak around Washington’s San Juan Islands. Search for wildlife, breathe in the fresh Pacific Northwest air, and uncover local history on this six-day adventure.

Trip Start: Seattle, Washington Trip End: Seattle, Washington

North America

Yellowstone & Grand Teton Family Vacation

  • Duration 6 days
  • Activity Level Level 2 
    • Activity Level 2

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From Old Faithful to Grand Teton – enjoy six days exploring the iconic American West. Featuring biking, hiking, rafting and more, this family-friendly adventure will reveal stunning landscapes and forge lasting memories.

Trip Start: Jackson, Wyoming Trip End: Jackson, Wyoming

North America

Yellowstone Family Vacation

  • Duration 6 days
  • Activity Level Level 2 
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From hiking to rafting, ziplining to horseback riding, you’ll discover the wonders of the world’s first national park on this family-friendly adventure. Enjoy the perfect balance of peace and adventure on action-packed family vacation!

Trip Start: Bozeman, Montana Trip End: Bozeman, Montana

North America

Yellowstone, Big Sky & Paradise Valley Family Vacation

  • Duration 6 days
  • Activity Level Level 3 
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The wild west comes alive as your family explores pine-studded forests, rafts the Yellowstone River, and rides horseback across pristine meadows with real cowboys. See famous sites and hidden gems on this beloved family-friendly adventure.

Trip Start: Bozeman, Montana Trip End: Bozeman, Montana

North America

Yosemite Family Vacation

  • Duration 6 days
  • Activity Level Level 3 
    • Activity Level 3

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Discover the iconic sites of one of America’s beloved national parks – from El Capitan to Half Dome. Try your hand at rock climbing, channel your inner Ansel Adams, and be humbled before Giant Sequoias on this family adventure to remember.

Trip Start: Fresno, CA Trip End: Fresno, CA

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New Zealand Family Vacation

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  • Duration 13 days
  • Activity Level Level 2 
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Create lifelong family memories as you step into the giant playground of the South Island. From rafting near Queenstown to staying overnight in Mt Aspiring National Park and visiting Aoraki Mt Cook National Park to kayaking on the West Coast, we'll take care of every detail.

Trip Start: Christchurch Trip End: Christchurch

Central & South America

Costa Rica Family Vacation

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  • Duration 7 days
  • Activity Level Level 2 
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From Arenal to Marino Ballena, swim crystal-clear bays, hike in lush cloud forests, rappel down refreshing waterfalls, surf in the Caribbean, and search for wildlife in Arenal National Park on this epic Costa Rica family adventure.

Trip Start: San Jose, Costa Rica Trip End: San Jose, Costa Rica

Europe

Austria Family Vacation

  • Duration 7 days
  • Activity Level Level 2 
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Step into the pages of a storybook as you bike, hike, and raft your way through incredible scenery on an Austria adventure the whole family will love. Together, you’ll discover why Austria is the perfect playground for all adventurers.

Trip Start: Munich, Germany Trip End: Munich, Germany

Europe

Croatia Family Vacation

  • Duration 6 days
  • Activity Level Level 3 
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Create lasting memories on this action-packed Croatia family vacation exploring the Dalmatian Coast. Bike through charming villages, hike mountainous coastlines, paddle enchanting bays, and explore the coastal waters of the Mediterranean.

Trip Start: Split, Croatia Trip End: Dubrovnik, Croatia

Europe

Netherlands Family Vacation

  • Duration 7 days
  • Activity Level Level 2 
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Enjoy an easygoing family bicycle tour through the Netherlands pristine northern territory. Feast your eyes on emerald pastures, wildflower-strewn meadows, cobblestone villages, and working windmills on this seven-day adventure.

Trip Start: Amsterdam, Netherlands Trip End: Amsterdam, Netherlands

Europe

Switzerland Family Vacation

  • Duration 7 days
  • Activity Level Level 2 
    • Activity Level 2

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Bask in the glory of some of Europe’s most spectacular mountain scenery on this family-friendly Swiss adventure! Hiking to biking, chocolate tastings to train travel, your family will experience all the Swiss Alps have to offer.

Trip Start: Zurich, Switzerland Trip End: Zurich, Switzerland
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How to Plan Your Family Adventure

We know that great family vacations are the result of great planning. In fact, we’ve earned top honors for creating extraordinary family adventures in our national parks and around the world because of our relentless focus on the details. If you’re still stuck planning your own family vacation, our guide is here to help.

Family Travel FAQs

What's the best family vacation destination?

Where you go is always an important travel decision, but when traveling with a family it’s also important to consider how you travel. Austin Adventures has crafted the art of family travel in almost every major destination in the world. Anywhere we travel is a great family vacation destination. But our favorite places will always be the US National Parks, especially Yellowstone. Our top 5 National Parks for Family Travel are:

5 – Bryce Canyon

4 -Yosemite

3 – Grand Canyon

2- Kenai Fjords

1 – Yellowstone

Can a Family Vacation be Fun for All Ages?

We expect all of our vacations to be fun and fulfilling for everyone, regardless of age, activity level or fitness. Our exceptional guides and operations team work with every family to make sure that their trip is finely tuned to each guest. They go out of their way to insure that everyone has a great time, and that no one ever feels like they are slowing down the group or waiting. 

Austin Adventures tries to match the age of your kids with the ages of other travelers kids. We accept kids 6 and older, except for Alaska, the minimum age requirement is 7-year-olds.

Why is family travel important?

Vacations aren’t just about going places and doing things. They are really about the time spent together, without the distractions and stress of everyday life. Our trips maximize that time for you and your family by removing all of the stress of driving, moving luggage, preparing meals, or getting lost. The pace of each day is balanced with activity and relaxation time. Meal times turn into a cacophony of voices, each eager to tell the others about the best day so far. Willful teenagers revert to playful kids while parents and grandparents cherish these moments of joy. Family travel is not only important, it is a transformational bonding experience.

What is the minimum age and do you offer child discounts?

For adult trips, the minimum age is 16.

For designated family vacations, we accommodate children as young as 6.

Child discounts are available as stated for children 12 and under at time of travel.

Active Adventure Assurance

Secure Your Spot Now, Pay the Rest Later

As members of the Active Adventures family, Austin Adventures offers booking assurance that allows you to secure your spot with a deposit now and pay the rest later. Plus, if your plans change or you can’t travel, you can transfer your booking or request a refund on any additional funds paid (less deposit) up to 90 days from your original trip start date.  

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Why Travel With Us

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Just-right group sizes allow you to get off the beaten path

With an average of 12 guests per departure and an industry-leading 6:1 guest-to-guide ratio, you’ll enjoy a highly personalized experience with the perspective of an insider.

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Award-winning guides lead the way

It’s so much easier to relax and enjoy your adventure when you have fun, caring guides who know the land, are experts in motivation, sweat all the details and whip up incredible meals, too!

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You’ll never need to sweat the details

When we say all inclusive, we mean it! Meals and snacks, activities, lodging, transportation, guiding services and more. Every detail is handled; all you need to do is show up!

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Enjoy freedom to push your boundaries – safely

Every aspect of your trip is thoroughly considered for your safety, from highly vetted vendors and well-maintained equipment to extensively trained guides and our seasoned operations team at headquarters.

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Decades of expertise mean you’ll experience only the best

Family travel and North American National Parks are our specialty. We’ve perfected our itineraries and sustained relationships for decades, ensuring you'll experience your destination to the fullest.

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"Wow Moments” take your trip from enjoyable to extraordinary

For us, the extra mile is never extra, it’s part of the way! Count on special touches throughout your trip that will amplify your experience. If we’ve done our job, they’ll have you saying “wow!”