The weather is finally starting to heat up and the kids are already getting restless! As we bridge into summer, now is the time to jumpstart your family activity calendar. But if your brainstorming seems to have stalled, look no further! Here are three fantastic beachy day trip adventures that will have your family summer go from thumb-twiddling to kayaking in the summer sun!
Sand Harbor in Lake Tahoe, Nevada
In just two hours you can make it to the Lake Tahoe State Park, or Sand Harbor. This park is packed full of a range of activities including swimming, scuba diving, and boating. Pack a picnic basic and feast on the beach, or use one of the park’s grills for a good old fashioned BBQ! Hiking trails within the park are a modest half-mile or less which is perfect for kids or newbie hikers.
But if by chance you and your family are looking for a bit more excitement, try kayaking or stand-up paddle boarding (SUP). Rentals are available, as well as lessons and tours. Kids must be five or older to tandem with an adult, and they must be ten-years-old to have a board of their own.
Half Moon Bay in San Mateo County, California
There’s more to the bay area than San Francisco. Take a two-hour trek over to Half Moon Bay for a day full of things like horseback riding at Sea Horse Ranch. Their guides fit the rider, whether he or she is a novice or an expert, with the right horse. Take the horse on the trails or even on the beach!
Speaking of trails, there’s a 1.3 mile trail that goes along the cliffs and overlooks the ocean. Kids can have an educational, as well as a physical, adventure by exploring the beach and tide pools. You can swim and look for marine life in the 32-acre Fitzgerald Marine Reserve at Moss Beach.
Half Moon Bay also has quite a few places offering surf lessons for people of all ages. Nothing like working on a little agility, coordination, and core and leg strength while hanging ten! If you have never surfed before, there's no time like the present. And what a great memory––to learn a new activity right along with your kids!
Point Reyes in Marin County, California
Taking the two-hour drive to Point Reyes could very well be one of the most unforgettable things you do all summer! Point Reyes National Seashore is extraordinarily breathtaking in its views, and they offer many educational opportunities to explore nature and the local wildlife.
From an activity perspective, this is the place to go hike! With over 150 miles of trails, your excursion options are endless. If you’ve never been, sign up with one of the park’s ranger-led hikes like the Muddy Hollow Adventure Hike. In addition to hiking, you can take the kids swimming at one of the beaches or lakes within the trails. Just be sure to be mindful since there are no lifeguards on duty.
Sometimes all it takes is a day out of Sacramento seeking out new active adventures to reset your system, and to give the kids a fun, exciting summer!