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Whether it is spring, summer, fall or winter, daytime, night time, indoors or outdoors, a quick midweek break or a weekend family break, we’ll have a fun activity for your family. Explore America's public land / recreation areas do not hibernate for the winter. Rather, many of these areas are open to a host of recreational opportunities unique to the season.

Explore America's Public Land and Recreation Areas

Cross-country and downhill skiing as well as snowshoeing, snowboarding, and dog-sledding are just a few of the activities that you can enjoy on public lands.

For detailed information on a particular location, please contact that site directly.

Plan trips to public lands and historical sites at popular destinations across America.

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You can find all the recreation areas, campsites, tours and permit locations nearby!

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Global Outdoor Activity List

The physical and social rewards that goal-directed activity instills in individuals or groups. Some outdoor goal-directed activities are: backpacking, canoeing, canyoning, caving, climbing, hiking, hill walking, hunting, kayaking, and rafting.

  • AutoTouring
  • Biking
  • Boating
  • Camping
  • Climbing
  • Hiking
  • Historic & Cultural Sites
  • Horseback Riding
  • Hunting
  • Off Highway Vehicle
  • Visitor Centers
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Winter Sports

Awesome Family Fun Activities Guide:

Note: This is a very popular site. It is international with many visitors which makes it sometimes unavailable on the weekends. Just check back and enjoy the next visit.

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  • Outdoor Activities: Nothing is more fun than experiencing the great outdoors with siblings and parents together!
  • Indoor Activities: Do you hear rain and thunder? Maybe best to try an indoor activity!
  • Daytime Activities: Want the sun to shine on you while you hang with the family? No problem!
  • Night Activities: The moon can get pretty bright, but plenty of night activities for the whole family to enjoy!
  • Bonus Links! Arts & crafts projects, kid party ideas, fitness activities, sports for kids, and much more family-friendly content from UNICEF Kid Power!

Download the trip planning guide and checklist. Make your fun adventure a safe one too! No one plans to get hurt while out exploring in a National Park. However, nature is unpredictable, structures are historical, and your equipment can unexpectedly fail. Planning can be the key to a fun and safe adventure. Remember, safety starts with you!

pdfA National Park Service Index 2012-2016

pdfTrip Planning Guide National Park Service

 

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Adventure Activity Resources

All downloads in this category include Junior Ranger activity books available in each state park. Explore additional subcategories with activities to download for special exhibits, events and National Park Service programs. Be sure to check out other articles in this section for links to resources, information and videos.

 Public Downloads

All items are free to view, share, and download.

Public Downloads - Español (Spanish)

When available, we provide all our content with a Spanish version in our public download section. You can find additional material from sources listed in all our articles.

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