Some of life’s most cherished memories are formed on family vacations. Packed with high-adrenaline pursuits to more relaxing encounters and everything in between, Idaho offers adventurous fun for kids of all ages and activity levels.
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With more than 2,000 lakes, more than 3,100 miles of whitewater suitable for rafting, kayaking and canoeing, 130 soakable hot springs and 63 named waterfalls, Idaho is a playland for water babies, big and small. Visitors can enjoy fishing, whitewater rafting, jet boat tours, indoor and outdoor waterparks or simply kicking back in a geothermal pool. In winter, some of Idaho’s frozen lakes are available for ice skating or an impromptu hockey game.
All-inclusive guest ranches provide the perfect setting for outdoor family fun. Fill your days with horseback riding, archery, swimming, hiking and biking, and then top it off with a family-style meal and a campfire under the stars. During winter, some ranches offer snowshoeing and Nordic skiing along with sleigh rides. For travelers who don’t need the full ranch experience, there are plenty of horseback riding outfitters that offer summer rides of different lengths.
Twist and turn your way through the woods at top speed aboard The Glade Runner at Bogus Basin — Idaho’s only mountain coaster — or experience the more than 70 rides, slides, shows and attractions at Silverwood Theme Park and Boulder Beach, the Pacific Northwest’s largest theme park.
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