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Looking for great ideas for spending time outdoors with your family? Outbound Family's articles offer how-to advice and tips that will help your family have a great time outside.

  • A river, a canoe, and you—what could be better? Float trips are a popular summertime activity, and a little bit of preparation can make them even more enjoyable. Here are the top things that you should bring to make your next float trip fun and...
  • By Ciara Utech As the end of summer is near, you may be thinking all of you outdoor fun coming to a close as well. You can take a sigh of relief because there is still plenty of fun to be had with insects. This summer has been a very hot and dry in...
  • When it comes to vacation destinations, South Carolina is famous for the many beachfront recreational areas it possesses. There are also a great number of historically significant sites that call the state home. What many people fail to realize...
  • By John F. Taylor Snakes of the Past and Today Ever since humans have roamed the planet we have been quick to identify those creatures which might pose a danger to us. Some were obvious predators of humans such as large carnivores (cats, dogs,...
  • By J H Phillips Rocky Mountain National Park offers over 300 miles of hiking opportunities. Where should a weekend visitor begin exploring this wilderness? One option is to use Longs Peak Campground as a base camp for two spectacular day hikes in...
  • By Ciara Utech So you hear and see all types of insects around you every time you are outside. You may have realized, finding these insects may be really fun for your family, especially if you have kids. However, with so many hiding places, where do...
  • By Lise Garneau Ask a mom what she thinks is important on the topic of fishing and she will probably come up with completely different thoughts on the topic. Moms are just made that way. But seeing that I'm a mom, I think that my points are valid....
  • By Lise Garneau Ask a dad what he thinks is important on the topic of fishing and he will probably come up with lots of ideas that would be completely different than what a mom might come up with. Which are more important? I think that the best list...
  • By Greg Hanson It’s cold outside, there’s a blanket of snow covering the landscape, and the kids are going stir-crazy inside the house. If this describes your home, do not despair. This is a common winter occurrence for families living in northern...
  • By J. Greco, MyNature Inc. For most of the year, wild animals remain a mystery but once the snow starts to pile up the clues to unraveling that mystery are everywhere. Tracks, trails, bedding areas, preferred foods sites, scat and other animal...
  • By Justin Powell The true joy and benefit from spending time outdoors is disconnecting from the distractions of daily life and instead connecting with your natural surroundings. Leaving technological distractions at home is, generally speaking, an...
  • In recent years, Geocaching has grown considerably in popularity. Among the many reasons for this growth are that this activity is both fun and easy to get started. The only required piece of equipment is a GPS. When choosing a GPS model for...
  • By Justin Powell When thinking of the word "outdoors," visions of mountains, secluded lakes and mighty ocean shorelines may come to mind. However, appreciation for the outdoors begins right at home. The second you step out through the door, you are...
  • Want to have an inexpensive but fun vacation this summer? Camping's a smart option. Compared to cost of accommodations offered by hotels, the cost of camping is much lower. Despite its relative affordability, however, make sure you don't get carried...
  • Whether it's hide and seek or an Easter egg hunt, kids love to seek out hidden 'treasure'. Over the past decade, the concept of a treasure hunt has evolved for the GPS age. The activity called geocaching has grown in popularity since it's...
  • By Celeste Stewart One of the best, and least expensive, outings for a family involves strapping on hiking boots, filling canteens, and hitting the trails. Hiking the local trails is fun for the entire family. But what if you have a toddler? Should...
  • Cape May, known for its deep history and Victorian beauty, has long been a destination for Philadelphia and Manhattan socialites. Located at the southernmost point of the New Jersey coastline, Cape May is one of the nation’s oldest and most...
  • Upon driving toward the Canadian side of Niagara Falls - even before being able to see the downward tumult of vast quantities of water - we were immediately captured by the natural significance of the location. Mist rose up from the hidden chasm...
  • In the Northeastern corner of New York State, nestled among the mountains of the Adirondack region, lies a hidden getaway that is well worth the journey. Long Pond, a secluded 400-acre mountain lake, makes for a perfect adventure weekend or the base...
  • Camping is best experienced when hiking to a remote destination and 'getting away from it all.' For this reason, three principal's of packing apply: 1) you must pack everything you need for your campsite, 2) you must pack as lightly as possible, and...