There are a ton of places in the world to take your family on a once in a lifetime adventure. Sure, there are places in the world that are rich in culture, and amazing wonders, but there are also some locations that thrive on adrenaline and lure families that are seeking a thrill or two. Regardless of what you and your family crave, the locales that we have listed below will surely pack a punch into your adventure-craving psyche.

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Costa Rica

The Central American country of Costa Rica offers many opportunities to experience adventures that are both exhilarating and wild. Depending on the time of year that you arrive, it will determine if it is the rainy season (normally begins in May). Be sure that you come prepared by buying your outdoor gear using the Patagonia Pro Deal. If you have a family full of daredevils, then you’ll enjoy the zip lines through the tree canopies. If your brood enjoys the nature scene, then the butterfly farms or brisk hike through the rainforest will surely leave you enchanted. If you want to experience a real rush, then taking a stroll across the Sky Walk located in the Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve will be perfect as you immerse yourself in the many sloths, tropical birds, and howler monkeys that call it home. Afterward, you can zip on over to the Nicoya Peninsula to enjoy a Pina colada on the beach.

Sydney, Australia

Sydney offers many adventures for the entire family but especially for the thrill-seekers in your family. When you’re done exploring Bondi Beach, the Sydney Opera House, and Harbour Bridge, you should head on over to the harbor for a fun-filled expedition of kayaking or to Sydney Olympic Park for some fun zip lining or try your hand at some archery. If these ideas aren’t thrilling enough, then you should try a nice hike through the Blue Mountains so you can enjoy yourself among the waterfalls and Three Sisters rock formation. For all of the animal lovers in your family, you won’t want to miss out on the Australian Reptile Park and Wildlife Sanctuary which is home to many wombats, koalas, and kangaroos.

Enchanted Alaska

Nothing can be as enchanting as making a visit to Alaska. With its many snow-capped glaciers, dramatic and picturesque landscapes, and beautiful wildlife, there seems to be some awe-inspiring aspect of Alaska that easily pulls you in. This could include you wanting to catch a glimpse of the aurora borealis, or float on past some massive whales and glaciers through the Kenai Fjords National Park. Whichever activity you choose, the kids will surely have an experience of a lifetime as they embark with you on a guided expedition. It will start in the interior of Denali National Park and Preserves and finishes in Kenai Fjords via a cruise that allows you to watch the many humpback and gray whales, orcas, and sea lions that make it their home. As you complete your expedition, you can then make your way to the Backcountry Lodge in Denali to enjoy some much-needed rest and relaxation.

Iceland

Iceland is full of outdoor activities for the whole family and the beautiful country includes many natural hot springs of geothermal nature, majestic landscapes, lagoons that are beyond iconic and many active volcanoes that heat the hot springs. These sound like great reasons to take the family! As you start out on your first day there, you’ll instantly begin to absorb the attractions that nature provides including many glaciers, waterfalls that cascade down, and geysers that bubble all day. Many highlights involve taking a rapids tour through the Hvita River or going on a glacier trek while exploring Skaftafell National Park.

Cinque Terre, Italy

Close your eyes and imagine yourself surrounded by colorful villages on a cliff-side overlooking the Ligurian Sea. Soak up the majestic views in the daytime. Finish the evenings with some authentic pizza or some decadent gelato. With as many as five towns, these enchanting villages supply an aimless amount of treks that are not for the beginning hiker. Don’t worry, your family can easily hop on a train or boat and explore on your own or through a local tour company to show off the wonderful hiking paths that are lined with olive trees or castles from the medieval times.

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