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27 California Outdoor Recreation Areas for Family Adventure

Posted by Emily Moeschler on March 26, 2018

Parents often ask us where we take kids hiking, biking, paddling and climbing at our adventure camps. Below are a few of our top spots for outdoor family adventures close to your home.

These 27 California outdoor recreation areas are perfect for the whole family. So, grab the kids, bikes, paddles, backpacks or whatever and head out to these special spots for a day of fun. What are you waiting for?

The list below is long, but it’s broken down by locations, so simply scroll down to find your community. Of course, we hope you branch out and explore other outdoor recreation areas, too!

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East Bay Area

Rock climbing

Cragmont Park

Biking

Redwood Regional Park

Kayaking

Crown Memorial State Beach

Stand Up Paddleboarding

Crown Memorial State Beach | Martin Luther King Jr. Regional Shoreline

Hiking

Tilden Regional Park

Marin County

Rock climbing

Ring Mountain Open Space

Biking

Blithedale Summit Open Space | Bon Tempe Park | Camino Alto Open Space | Mill Valley Bike Path | Tamarancho | Terra Linda Open Space | Tiburon Ridge Open Space

Kayaking

Paradise Beach Park

Stand Up Paddleboarding

Bothin Marsh Open Space | McNear’s Beach Park | Paradise Beach Park

Hiking

Bayfront Park | Blithedale Summit Open Space | Camino Alto Open Space | Ring Mountain Open Space

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Peninsula Area

Rock climbing

Aquarian Valley

Biking

Windy Hill Open Space

Kayaking / Stand Up Paddleboarding

Shoreline Park

Hiking

Bedwell-Bayfront Park | Wunderlich County Park

South Bay

Rock climbing

Castle Rock State Park

Biking

Fremont Older Preserve

Kayaking

Lexington Reservoir

Hiking

Sanborn County Park

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Have fun using this list to experience outdoor activities as a family! For instruction and confidence-building adventures in biking, cimbing, paddling, and hiking take a look at our Colorado summer day camps and overnight camp for pre-K - 12th graders.

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Topics: Tips and Tricks, California Outdoor Activities, California Family Adventures