5 Active adventures for the outdoorsy dad

Jun 2, 2013 at 3:00 a.m. ET

Get your active dad out in nature with these outdoor adventures.

Is it hard to keep your active dad in one place? Is he always ready to move on to his next big adventure? Try one of these active adventures for the outdoor dad to give him something he may not have tried before.


Recreational tree climbing

Recreational tree climbing

This is way different from when he used to climb the tree in his mom's yard! Recreational tree climbers are serious climbers. They use ropes, knots and special techniques to get to the tippy tops of very tall trees. Send Dad to Georgia for a two-day crash course with Tree Climbers International, based on his experience and confidence. Once he's fully trained, they'll even help him start a climbing club in his area. The cost for the classes is $475 for 16–18 hours of instruction and does not include lodging.




Your adventurous dad is probably bored with all the local trails he knows by heart. Send him to the Grand Canyon to hike the North Rim for a thrill he's sure to remember. These trails aren't for the average hiker — they are rough, rugged and isolated, with sparse facilities — but they'll give Dad an adventure, for sure! The Grand Canyon Lodge is the only place to stay at the North Rim. Lodge rooms are not cheap and they fill up quickly, so be sure to make reservations.


Stand-up paddleboarding

Standup paddleboarding

Stand-up paddleboarding can be simple, lazy and relaxing or fast paced and strenuous — it just depends on where you are and the pace you choose. Send Dad to North Lake Tahoe in California to see the beautiful sights and explore the massive lake from the surface of a stand-up paddleboard. There are several rental services in the area, and Dad can explore on his own or join a group tour.




You haven't seen real adventure until you've been white-water rafting, so make sure your dad takes it to the extreme. Arkansas River Tours in Colorado offers a variety of white-water rafting tours, from a half-day trip to a multiday trip with camping. For a real challenge, try the Royal Gorge package, a short trip that's said to challenge even the toughest paddlers.


All-inclusive adventure

Fly fishing

This is an all-inclusive adventure that works great for the whole family. Stay in the beautiful River Dance Lodge in Idaho's mountain region and start every day with a new adventure. The lodge offers hiking, rafting, horseback riding, biking, fly-fishing and more. The staff even ends every day with songs around the campfire. It's not exactly roughing it, but it's a fun time in the great outdoors for your whole gang.

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Photo Credit: Tree Climbers International