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3 Family-Friendly Activities for Enjoying the Last Days of Summer

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Summer break might be coming to a close, but that doesn’t mean the fun has to stop. Whether you have small children or teens in high school, here are a few ideas for that last minute day trip or long weekend:

Spend a day on the water.

When you’re looking for something to do on a hot summer day, what’s better than heading to the nearest lake or river to cool off? Whether you prefer whitewater rafting, paddle boarding, canoeing or tubing, the lakes and rivers across the state offer families endless opportunities to enjoy a day on the water.

If summer water sports aren’t for you, there are swimming holes throughout Tennessee where your family can enjoy a relaxing day both in the water and on the shore. Before you head out for a day on the lake, make sure to take the proper precautions to protect yourself and your children from too much sun exposure.

Learn about more family fun activities in Tennessee.

Explore a new trail.

For those of you who prefer to take your adventure by land, visit Tennessee’s state parks for biking, horseback riding or bird watching.

Hiking in the Smokies is a great way to get the family outdoors to enjoy nature. With trails ranging from basic to challenging, you’re sure to find one that’s right for you. But before you leave, check out this beginner’s guide to hiking.

Wanting to spend a little more time in the wilderness? There are several places perfect for camping, whether it’s for a night or an entire weekend.

Go on a road trip.

If spending a day on the water or the trails isn’t enough, why not pack up the car and take a road trip? If you’re looking for a day trip, try one of these picnic spots near you and enjoy the scenery, as well as a variety of recreational activities.

If you’re looking for something educational, try taking your kids to a working farm where they can explore what it’s like to be a full-time farmer by participating in preserving food, making cheese or even making wool and cashmere.

No matter how hectic your family schedule gets this school year, make sure to prioritize quality family time to get out and enjoy all that Tennessee has to offer.

How does your family spend quality time together? Share it with us in the comments section.

Most outdoor activities have some level of risk, and you may need to consult an expert before engaging in the activity. Always
check the current weather conditions before embarking on any outdoor activity.

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