As summer grows closer, you may be looking for some interesting activities for your family to enjoy. By engaging in something different, your family can have fun together and bond more closely. You might even discover a new favorite hobby! Consider these ideas to help you make the most of the summer, and create memories that will last for years to come.

Paddleboarding
This can be a great way for your family to explore the world in a much different perspective and have fun while getting in some exercise. You can even bring a lunch along and stop for a picnic when you start to get hungry. You can paddleboard in a lake or in the ocean, so even if you don’t live close to the coast, you can still try the activity without traveling hours to do so.

Build a Treehouse
Everyone likes treehouses — they’re great for adventures of all kinds. One minute it could be a spaceship, and another a pirate’s lookout. The possibilities are endless, and the treehouse will seem even more special to your family knowing that they helped make it. This requires teamwork and patience, but the reward is well worth the time.

Take a Camping Trip
Get away for a week and take a technology detox. This is the ultimate family bonding experience and can help you all get some much needed fresh air and a break from the regular stresses of life. You can either rent a cabin, or, if your family is really adventurous, you can “rough it” in tents. Often, getting back to nature is enough to relieve stress and help the mind relax. Don’t forget the s’mores!

Take a Hike
If you don’t have the time to get away for a week, consider checking out local hiking trails at local parks and attractions. You may discover new things about your own community, like forgotten history or hidden natural wonders. Make sure to do your research ahead of time, though, to know which trail will best suit your family’s abilities.

Take a Train Ride
If you enjoy the outdoors, but you just want to relax, take the family for a train ride. You’ll ride in comfort as you observe the scenery, and lots of places have local train lines that offer reasonable ticket prices. It doesn’t have to be a long ride, and you don’t have to go far to find a new adventure for the whole family to enjoy. Stop at the end of the line for lunch or dinner, and take that time to explore somewhere new before hopping back on the train to head home.

Take a Drive
If you’re still feeling the need to get out of town for a little, consider a mini-road trip. Take the family on a day road trip to a neighboring city. Catch lunch at a cafe and maybe stroll around town, before heading back home. Take a moment to stop at a farmer’s stand on the way to wherever you’re going. If you live close to the coast, pile in and head to the beach for the day. Even with younger children, this can be an exciting outing, especially if there’s a new coloring book or game to get them through the car ride.

These are just a few ideas that will help you get your family together and enjoy the warmer weather. Even if you have reluctant teenagers to entertain, they’ll soon come around when they’re having fun in nature or visiting a new city. Your whole family will enjoy spending time outdoors and learning about nature or new cultures, and you’ll have fond memories to look back on for a long time.