Great Summer Family Vacation Adventures.

It’s no secret I look for amazing family vacation experiences that are not homogenized and mainstream. For that reason I can’t resist mentioning a couple of family trips with the potential for bragging rights.

Orcas Sea Kayak Adventures BC

Vancouver Island looking for oracs.

Whale Watching along Vancouver Island. During select weeks in the summer Sea Kayak Adventures offers an amazing four-day “Orca Quick Adventure” ideal for families seeking to share a sea adventure.  This new four-day tour is in addition a repertoire of six-day kayak tours in the area. This narrow sheltered orca freeway is world renowned for its summer population of “killer whales” following the salmon runs funneled from the sea into this specific area. Why this trip? Because it’s a chance to visit the first and only orca preserve in the world; paddle among salmon-eating orcas; enjoy sheltered waters and quick tour perfect for novice paddlers. Best of all seeing orcas is guaranteed in August or you get a free orca-watching day cruise. Make it happen. For further information contact Sea Kayak Adventures www.seakayakadventures.com

Go Ziplining with Your Kids in Warren County, Ohio.  I have written about zipline adventures in West Virginia, Hawaii, Colorado, Costa Rica, St. Lucia, and Ontario. (I am waiting for news on Georgia.) Now I am including Ozone Zipline Adventures, a company that operates the largest zipline in the Midwest offering a high-adventure canopy (tree-top) tour well-suited for families who want to fly. This energizing treetop zip combines education, thrills, and fun making it a smart choice for any active family. Why this trip? In addition to ziplining the area also offers miles of hiking or cycling trails, canoeing on the Little Miami, and Kings Island one of the largest amusement parks in the Midwest. The destination is definitely a family friendly, affordable vacation destination. Make it happen.  To learn more about ziplining or to find the latest family vacation package deals checkout www.ohioslargestplayground.com

Tiptoe along the Catwalk Under the New River Bridge.

Southern West Virginia New River Gorge Bridge

Whitewater rafters under New River Gorge Bridge

Southern West Virginia always has exciting things for active families to enjoy. Scenic and wild, the area contains the spectacular New River Gorge, also known as the “Grand Canyon of the East” and now daring vacationers can walk under the bridge that is over the river – REALLY! The bridge is the largest single span steel arch in the Western Hemisphere, and the highest vehicle carrying bridge in the United States. Until now the 24-inch wide catwalk is an existing part of the structure but has always been restricted. Why this trip? The area offers enough for seven vacations. Activity choices include hiking, biking, rock climbing, whitewater rafting, live theatre, antiques, golf, fishing, sporting clays, horseback riding, caving, and spa experiences. And it is the home of ACE Adventure Resort one of my family’s favorites spots. Make it happen.  Get more details about the area by going to  www.visitwv.com