Summer is winding down but it isn’t over just yet. That means there’s still time for you and the kids to get outdoors and explore. For your next family outing why not take the kids to the lake? A day at the lake can be a fun, exciting, bonding experience with activities for everyone from the kids to the grandparents to try out. While each lake offers different things to do, here are some of the most common you can enjoy on your next family outing.
The steady flow of the lake makes it the perfect place for families to enjoy some paddleboarding. It’s a fun water activity which makes it ideal for summer fun. You’ll need to grab your best all around paddle board for you and your family as well as a paddle to help you keep your balance and get around the lake. You guys will have a blast learning how to keep your balance and get around on the water while balancing on your board. Not to mention, it’s also great exercise.
You can’t mention a day at the lake without talking about fishing. The entire family can get in on this fun activity just about any time of year. Whether you decide to hop on the boat and ride out deep into the lake or find an area near the water and toss in your lines fishing with your kids can really be fascinating – whether you catch something or not. The time you’ll spend bonding over conversation and simply being in nature is unlike any other.
The ocean or the swimming pool aren’t the only places you can go for a swim with your loved ones. You can always take a dip at the lake. Some larger lakes that get a lot of tourists actually have water slides and other activities in the swimming area to make it even more fun.
Talk about a summer lake activity that will get the entire family bonding. Canoeing is the perfect activity if your kids are a bit older. Many lakes have canoes and paddles you can rent. You may, however, want to bring along life jackets for your kids. Everyone will have so much fun learning how to move in sync to get to their final destination.
This might be an activity best left to adults and teens but jet skiing can be a lot of fun to do at the lake. If you have a need for speed and the willingness to learn you could be out there on the water racing around in no time. You can explore other areas of the lake as you take in the warmth of the sun and the breeze on your face.
Once you finally pry your family away from the water you can continue your time in nature with a hike through nearby trails. You can even up the ante on the fun by having a scavenger hunt or playing I spy with the kids. Just be sure that you pack plenty of water and food for the trip because there’s nothing like a hungry kid (or a hungry adult for that matter) to ruin the moment.
A Boat Ride
Want to take a nice long cruise around the lake? You could rent a boat and set sail. It truly is a wonderful experience to be out on the water. You can simply take a tour, have a nice lunch on the boat, or even stop for a moment in an especially nice area and go for a swim or try other water activities.
After you’ve done all those activities at the lake chances are you guys will have worked up an appetite. Most lakes have an area set up with tables and benches for everyone to use. A nice picnic is an ideal solution. You can all enjoy some of your favuorite summer foods as you observe nature and take a much-needed break.
To ensure everyone’s safety, it is recommended to carry a hiking trackerwhich tracks real-time location even when there’s no cellular service.
If you’re looking for something fun, exciting, and a bit different than a day at the beach or amusement park, head on over to a nearby lake. There are so many cool activities to try both in and out of the water that will bring you and your family that much closer together.