Kayaking is an activity that is fun and adventurous, yet relaxing at the same time as you can peacefully paddle away your worries amid the tranquil setting of a lake or river. The United States offers a range of options for the increasingly-popular activity of kayaking, and with different difficulty levels. This recreational sport also makes a great idea for a family holiday as everyone can try their hand at it. There is also the chance that you might spot a turtle or dolphin while kayaking in the open waters.
There are guided kayaking trips available if you do not have any experience in the sport, but it is relatively easy and won’t take you and your family members long to get the hang of it. The little ones are sure to have an enjoyable time frolicking around in the water and trying out this activity. Opt for a double kayak if you are paddling with young children, and the older ones can have a single kayak all to themselves for rowing—this way, you can ensure that there are no fights (a very important factor when dealing with more than one kid, as all parents will know), and you get a complete family fun experience. Here are some of the places in the US that are ideal for a kayaking holiday with your children.
Channel Islands Kayak Center in Oxnard, California
Opt for the History & Wildlife Tour at the Channel Islands Kayak Center, and you will get to paddle through their in-harbor sea cave, which offers you sights like a real Mammoth fossil. The children will love this artificial cave that is adorned with a 137-feet tall pirate ship, pirate skulls, a beautiful mural, and brightly-colored starfish. And for the natural experience, you can go to the harbor and have a fun time spotting seagulls, starfish, sea lions, pelicans, and boats.
If your kids are older, they are sure to love paddling by themselves on the coves and sea caves. A tour at this center includes a complete lesson on ocean kayaking, paddling gear that has a kayak, paddle, life vest, and backrest, and an informative tour about the history of the Channel Islands Harbor.
Door County, Wisconsin
Opt for a trip with the Door County Kayak Tours and enjoy memorable cave tours, bluff tours, and kayak lessons. While the Wetlands tour and Bluff tour give you stunning views of Horseshoe Island and Eagle Bluff Lighthouse, the Shipwreck tour makes for a great family experience as it allows you to paddle over sunken ships on see-through kayaks. You can also view the Cana Island Lighthouse in Lake Michigan, which is one of the most pictorial lighthouses on the Great Lakes. In addition, there are private kayak tours on offer.
Mono Lake in Sierra Nevada, California
A two-hour guided tour offers an interesting session for your children to learn about the ecosystem of Mono Lake. As you paddle by, you get to view some of the most dramatic sceneries of Eastern Sierra, from the waters of one of the oldest living lakes. You will get to kayak by beautiful tufa (limestone) formations that grow in this saline lake, and take in the views of Mono Lake’s fascinating skyline towards Rush Creek.
Millions of migratory birds visit this lake every year, and a kayaking trip at that time will leave your children completely fascinated by the sights. Mono Lake is also home to innumerable tiny brine shrimp. To add some more fun to your trip, kayak out to the water where the fish are biting, and you can have a memorable fishing experience from sit-on-top kayaks. You can also simply fill a small cup with the water of this lake, and watch your children squeal with excitement as they observe the brine shrimp from close quarters.
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