11 Fantastic Family Travel Adventures

Rafting Utah's Majestic Canyons: Once a refuge for outlaws, a trapper's hunting ground and home to ancient tribes, the canyons along Utah's Green River are now a family playground of roller coaster rapids. Raft through Class II and III rapids. At one point in the trip, the canyon walls tower more than 5,000 feet from river to canyon rim, deeper than the Grand Canyon.

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When off the river, the guides on this Abercrombie & Kent trip will set up a lavish camp on the river's sandy beaches. The tents are big enough to stand in. Enjoy a cool beverage on the riverbank in comfortable camp chairs. At sunset, dine on a delicious dinner prepared by your river chefs and served on linen-clad tables.

There will also be time to discover 1,000-year-old petroglyphs and explore places where Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid hid out. At night, gather for a marshmallow roast over open-fire storytelling sessions.

The trip is limited to 20 passengers and the minimum age is 5. The six-day trip starts at $2,170 per person.

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Swimming With the Whales: The Canadian province of Manitoba is one of the best places in the world to see large congregations of beluga whales, with more than 3,000 belugas following the tides making the return journey from Hudson Bay to the river every few hours in the summer.

They swim right up to tour boats, beside, beneath and around the boats … it's the ideal family experience, and allows family members of all ages to get in on the activity.

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When the whales show up in July and August in Churchill, travelers 12 and older can snorkel and kayak with the famous happy beluga babies through Sea North Tours. Everybody else can watch from the boat.

Three- to 12-year-old kids will marvel at the beluga chirps from the underwater hydrophone on the boat and at seeing the white backs of the whales surfacing again and again. And a walk on the beach offers the possibility of seeing our other famous white animal, the polar bear.

The cruise costs $90, kayaking is $120 and snorkeling is $170.

Roman Gladiator School: Abercrombie & Kent offers the chance to learn ancient gladiator skills as part of its nine-day Italian Adventure trip.

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