But where do you start? There are quite a few locations where you can get outside and enjoy family-friendly activities that won’t take you away for more than a day or a weekend. Some adventures are more on the casual side if your family likes to take it easy, others will get the adrenaline pumping if you’re more the thrill-seeking type of family. Luckily, SoCal has a lot to offer to everyone when it comes to outdoor adventure.
Here are seven family outdoor adventure locations to take a look at in Southern California:
Zip Lining on Catalina Island – If your family really likes a little adventure, head to Catalina Island for the Zip Line Eco, where you can propel down five separate lines across 1,100 feet at more than 300 feet above the canyon floor. The total tour lasts two hours and offers amazing views.
Whale watching off Dana Point – Whale watching is an underrated SoCal experience for both kids and adults, and this area is a landmark spot for catching the whale migration to Baja, California. Get your family out for a tour with highly-rated guides like Captain Dave’s Dolphin & Whale Watching Safari, Davey’s Locker or Dana Wharf.
Parasailing in Marina Del Rey – Parasailing is both peaceful and exhilarating, and something a family can experience together. Plus it’s safe and offers great views. Try Marina Del Rey Parasailing.
Kayaking off the Channel Islands – Kayaking is peaceful but also offers a workout, and is a fun family group activity. There are numerous options, but kayaking off the Channel Islands National Park might sit atop the list. Check out Aquasports , Blue Ocean Kayaking, or other local options on Yelp.
Snorkeling off Catalina Island – The Channel Islands National Marine Park and Italian Gardens in the Long Point State Marine Reserve are well-known dive sites and home to some of the best snorkeling in the world. There are plenty of reputable tours, and your family gets an amazing outdoor –and educational – experience.
Hiking at Abalone Cove Shoreline Park – This beautiful location in the Palos Verdes Nature Preserve offers a nice tri-fecta for family outdoor activity – amazing views, good hiking and the chance to explore marine life in the tide pools and sea caves.