15 Things to Do in Las Vegas Other Than Casinos

Ever since Bugsy Siegel opened the Flamingo Hotel and Casino in 1947, Las Vegas has attracted people from all over for the gambling, nightlife and entertainment. What once was a mob dominated destination with little more than casinos filled with smoke, dice and cards has evolved into what is billed as the “Entertainment Capitol of the World”. Today Las Vegas is a popular destination for weddings, bachelor and bachelorette parties, family vacations and conferences. With over 1700 licensed places to gamble in Las Vegas, you’ll have no problem finding a place for betting. Las Vegas offers more than gambling though. With all the conferences and families making Vegas their destination of choice, there’s a lot of activities that have been built to attract the non-gambler or just those wanting to take a break from the tables and slots. The following is our list of things to do and see in Las Vegas besides just the Casinos.

15. Area 51 Tour

Did you ever wonder if the little green men really exist? Take a tour to the most secretive Military base in world. Adventure Photo Tours of Las Vegas will take you on a 10 hour road trip so you can decide for yourself. The tour starts at the Airport where you will see “Janet Airlines”, the airlines that don’t exist, used to transport workers to Area 51. You will travel through the desert and make a stop at the famous A’ Le’ Inn for lunch, Then, you’ll journey to the perimeter of Area 51 where men in black watch your every move. Who knows, you might even spot a UFO.

Area 51, Nevada

14. Colorado River Rafting

Expensive but still probably cheaper than spending a day at the blackjack table, Look Tours will take you white water rafting on the Colorado River. At close to $600 this is an all day trip starting with a 4 am hotel pick-up. Your trip includes a 40 mile white water rafting trip through the Grand Canyon with an experienced tour guide. The water part of the trip lasts about 5.5 hours and culminates with a six minute helicopter flight to the top of the rim. You will experience class three to class six rapids and arrive back at your hotel around 8 pm.

rafting grand canyon

13. Drive a Race Car

There are several venues that put you in the driver seat but the Richard Petty Driving Experience gives you the best variety. You can choose anything from ride along experiences to getting behind the wheel. With different programs, you can take a NASCAR or IndyCar through a three lap race to a four hour, 50 lap run complete with an in car video you can keep. Conducted at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, there is no better way to have your moment in the spotlight behind a race car.

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Daniel Huerlimann-BEELDE / Shutterstock.com

12. Las Vegas Mob Museum

Located in a former Federal building, the Las Vegas Mob Museum bills itself as “The National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement”. The Museum’s Board of Directors include the former FBI Special Agent in charge of Las Vegas and a former Las Vegas Mayor who represented mobsters Meyer Lansky, Frank “Lefty” Rosenthal and Anthony Spilotro. The Museum has high tech theater presentations that show both sides of the conflict between the mobsters and law enforcement. From artifacts reflecting the notorious history of the mob such as the barber chair where Albert Anastasia was murdered to a look at how Las Vegas attracted the attention of the mob, the museum gives you a look at the real truth about what happened.

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11. Shoot a Machine Gun

After checking out the Mob Museum you might be daydreaming of what is what like in the era of gangsters and mobsters. What better way to get this experience than to grab a Thompson Submachine gun and blast away! Machine Guns Vegas offers everything from Thompson Machine Guns, Military .30 caliber machine guns and much more. You can even grab hold of a six barreled mini-gun. A Gatling style gun with rotating barrels, the mini gun can fire anywhere from 2,000 to 6,000 rounds per minute. Other weapons from pistols, shotguns and a variety of automatic weapons are available for you to choose from.

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Photo by: Machine Guns Vegas

10. Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition

When the Titanic sunk in 1912 it made headlines around the world. We are still fascinated today with the Titanic and its story. Located at the Luxor Hotel and casino the Titanic exhibition has been viewed by over 25 million people. Included in the 25,000 sq. ft. exhibition are artifacts recovered from the wreckage. A full scale replication of the grand staircase and a recreation of the promenade deck complete with frigid temperatures piped in, give you a glimpse of what it was like on the fateful ship.

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Photo by: Premiere Exhibitions

9. Shopping

Besides gambling, Las Vegas is known as a world class shopping destination. Everything from bargains to ultra-expensive items can be found. One of the best places to shop or just walk around and look is the Grand Canal Shoppes at the Venetian Hotel and Casino. This upscale shopping mall located inside the hotel comes complete with an indoor canal and gondola rides. Here you can shop at over 160 stores for anything from high end jewelry and fashion to toys. When your feet get tired of all the walking you can take a relaxing gondola ride.

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Jeffrey J Coleman / Shutterstock.com

8. Fremont Street

Located away from the strip in downtown Las Vegas Fremont Street is a pedestrian mall spanning five blocks. Cordoned off for safety you can walk down the street and experience the light show under the barrel vault canopy. While the lights on the strip never go off at night, the laser light show starts with all the lights on the buildings turned off so you can witness the spectacular light show. Concerts are held on three separate stages on the mall. The Slotzilla and Zoomline zip lines are popular attractions. The Zoomline will take you from 110 stories up and whisk you 1,750 feet down the street over the crowds landing at the Golden Gate Casino. Slotzilla is a 12 story zip line that will take you half way down Fremont Street under the canopy past the casinos and overhead the pedestrians walking below.

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Kobby Dagan / Shutterstock.com

7. Hoover Dam Tour

Taking five years to build, the Hoover Dam opened in 1936 during the Depression era. Involving thousands of workers and costing the lives of over 100, the Dam is considered a modern marvel of construction. Visitors can take a guided one hour tour of the Dam including the passageways of the Dam itself and also see the power plant and a stop in the visitor center. The tours begin at 9:30 am and runs every 30 minutes throughout the day until 3:30 pm. Several tour agencies run tours or you can buy tickets at the Dam.

Hoover Dam

6. Helicopter Tour

Many companies offer helicopter tours of Las Vegas and the surrounding areas. From tours to see the Grand Canyon, Hoover Dam and the Vegas Strip at night you can get an unprecedented aerial tour of the various sights around Vegas without having to walk or fight the traffic. The Grand Canyon tours take you over Lake Mead, the Hoover Dam and The Grand Canyon for the views of a lifetime. Arrangements can be made to pick you up at your Hotel and return you after the flights.

Grand Canyon National Park Helicopter Tour

5. Grand Canyon and Sky Walk

Take a guided tour of the Grand Canyon in a comfortable tour bus. Witness the beauty of the Grand Canyon where artifacts dating back 12,000 years have been found. Historic old structures, ancient dwellings and petroglyphs are located in the park. You can experience a mule ride in the canyon lasting anywhere from four hours to full blown overnight trips. If you want to get a truly unique view of the canyon visit the Skywalk where you step out onto a glass walkway 4,000 feet above the canyon floor. The Skywalk is located at Grand Canyon West and managed by the Hualapai Tribe on tribal lands.

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4. The Stratosphere Tower

Visit the Stratosphere Tower. Labeled as the tallest freestanding observation tower in the United States, you can check out the views from the observation deck or the more adventurous can partake in more extreme activities. The Insanity Ride straps you into the seat of a mechanical arm that will swing you 64 feet out over the edge, 900 feet above the crowds. The X-Scream is a roller coaster type ride that propels you head first 27 feet out over the edge of the tower. For the brave souls in your party take a leap of faith on the Sky Jump, a controlled free fall from the 108th floor.

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Andrey Bayda / Shutterstock.com

3. National Atomic Testing Museum

In the 1950’s atomic bomb testing was a tourist draw in Las Vegas. People would plan parties around the testing times and Casinos would serve up atomic cocktails. The tests could be easily viewed in Las Vegas. Learn all about the history of the Atomic Bomb and check out over 12,000 artifacts from the era. Experience a simulated atmospheric bomb blast in the GZ Theater and learn about the testing at the Nevada Test Site. Rare videos, photographs and artifacts can be viewed along with one of a kind collections from various scientists.

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Photo by: Ypsilon from Finland via Wikimedia Commons

2. Entertainment

A trip to Las Vegas wouldn’t be complete without seeing at least one show. From concerts to Vegas shows you can take your pick. Singers, bands, magicians, impersonators, comedians and dinner shows are all available. You can get tickets to see people like Celine Dion, Air Supply, Vince Gill and more. World class events such as boxing and MMA routinely held. Check out the famous Vegas show girls or check out one of the free night shows like the fountains at the Bellagio or check out the Volcano in front of the Mirage Hotel and Casino that “erupts” every 30 minutes from 5 pm to 11 pm nightly. The Mirage also has a 20,000 gallon saltwater tank teeming with fish situated behind the front check in desk.

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Kobby Dagan / Shutterstock.com

1. Dining

Las Vegas is famous for dining experiences. From $10 dinner buffets to upscale restaurants, it is easy to find a place to suit every budget. You can find several celebrity chef run restaurants in Las Vegas. Chef Wolfgang Puck has six restaurants spread across the city in various Hotels and resorts. Chef Gordon Ramsay has a steakhouse, pub and grill and a casual burger restaurant. Other famous Chefs with Las Vegas eateries, in some multiple restaurants, include Joël Robuchon, Chef Emeril Lagasse, Chef Mario Batali, Chef Bobby Flay, Chef Tom Colicchio and Chef Guy Fieri. With over 30 celebrity chefs and counting more are opening new restaurants all the time. Next time you visit “Sin City” reserve a table in advance at your favorite chef’s restaurant.

Speciality Dining

The 10 Coolest Train Rides in the World

In the 21st century, train travel has been displaced by other modes of transport, like air travel and automobiles. But many travelers laud the experience of train travel; it’s often faster than a car and, unlike air travel, it allows you to see the landscape as you roll along toward your destination. Reflecting this, many train operations now offer luxury tours for travelers who want to ride in style without missing an opportunity for exploration. Combining amazing scenery, national treasures and elegance, here are 10 of the coolest train rides around the world.

10. Maharajas Express -India

Travel through India on this amazing train journey. Five different routes are offered, departing from either Mumbai or Delhi. Choose from a four day journey or an eight day grand tour of some of the most famous and majestic places on the Indian subcontinent. Partake in Hindu rituals at the ghats of the Ganges or witness a polo match played not on horses, but on the backs of elephants. From ancient civilizations to the Taj Mahal, you’ll see palaces and museums, national parks and beaches on the Heritage of India tour. On the Indian Splendor tour, you’ll have a chance to explore an abandoned kingdom and a dinosaur fossil park. Departures are limited, usually once per month between October and April, so if you want to travel on the Maharajas Express, you’ll want to plan in advance.

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Photo by: Maharajas’ Express

9. Grand Canyon -USA

Train travel is almost synonymous with the American West; train service was the glue that held the nation together until the mid-20th century. The Grand Canyon Railway captures the Old West feel with its stops at historic train depots and the El Tovar hotel, which was built in 1905. The railway has a number of unique passenger cars, including the dome cars that are peculiar to American railways. Two of the luxury parlor cars feature open-air platforms for observation. Trains depart the Williams depot daily and arrive at the south rim of the Grand Canyon National Park two hours and 15 minutes later. The trains return to Williams around 3:30 in the afternoon. Along the 65-mile journey, the train passes through diverse terrain of the high Sonoran desert and mountainous areas, and passengers might sight any number of animals, including pronghorns, and a variety of plants.

Grand Canyon Railway

8. The Ghan -Australia

Connecting Darwin at the northern tip of the Australian continent and Adelaide on the southern coast, The Ghan makes one of the most fascinating trips in the world. The Great Southern Rail-operated train travels almost 3,000 kilometers over the span of 54 hours, with a four hour stop over in Alice Springs. The train originally ran between Adelaide and Alice Springs, beginning operations in the late 1890s; it wasn’t until 2004 that Darwin was connected. The reasons are obvious: the route runs through vast swaths of the rugged Australian Outback. With the new train in operation, getting to Darwin and seeing the Outback has never been easier, although delays and track trouble still plague the line. Stops at Katherine and Alice Springs allow time for optional tours. The Ghan generally runs once a week, although two services operate weekly between June and September.

The Ghan, Australia

7. Blue Train -South Africa

The South African Blue Train is world-renowned for its luxury service, boasting butlers, two lounge cars, an observation car and private carriages with gold-tinted picture windows. The train takes passengers nearly 1,000 miles between Pretoria and Cape Town. Originally, the service was meant to connect passengers from Johannesburg to England-bound ships in Cape Town. There was a time when four routes were offered, but all have been discontinued except the route between Pretoria and Cape Town. The train makes at least one stop in either direction, allowing guests to explore the Open Mine Museum at Kimberley Station or enjoy a glass of sherry at Matjiesfontein. The journey takes passengers between inland and coastal areas, showcasing the spectacular scenery of the South African landscape. Passengers will journey across scrubland, through mountain foothills and across rivers in the height of luxury. Bring formal wear for your dinner engagement.

Blue Train, South Africa

6. Trans-Siberian -Russia

Not just a single line, the Trans-Siberian Railway is rather a collection of lines that traverse the huge expanse of the Siberian hinterland, connecting European Russia with the Russian Far East, the Sea of Japan and branching into Mongolia, China and North Korea. It is the longest railway in the world, spanning 5,772 miles from Moscow to Vladivostok, and is still being expanded. Even before its completion in 1916, it had become a hotspot for travelers, who then wrote about their experiences. The journey from Moscow takes about six days and crosses seven time zones before dropping passengers on the Pacific Coast. The line is still incredibly important for the transportation of goods and people between Moscow and the Russian Far East, and its historical importance cannot be underscored enough. The journey might not be the most luxurious, but it is certainly a fascinating view of Russia.

TransSiberian Railway

5. Royal Scotsman -UK

If you look at many top-10 lists for rail travel, you’re almost bound to run into the Royal Scotsman, a luxury liner that offers charter tours of the Scottish Highlands in the UK. With a variety of tour options, ranging from two nights in the Highlands to the seven night Grand Tour of Britain, the journey makes plenty of time for stops at local attractions, such as castle ruins, whisky distilleries and iconic natural wonders. Some journeys even include outdoor pursuits like shooting clay pigeons. As you travel, the observation car provides spectacular views of the glens, lochs and villages that make up the Highland vistas. Dining makes use of the best local ingredients and experiences are mixed between formal and informal. Combining luxury with an amazing tour of the Scottish landscape like you’ve never seen before, it’s little wonder the Royal Scotsman ranks highly on so many travelers’ bucket lists!

Photo by: Simon Pielow via Flickr
Photo by: Simon Pielow via Flickr

4. Glacier Express -Switzerland

While the Glacier Express isn’t a very quick trip—in fact, it has a reputation for being the slowest express train in the world—you probably won’t mind as you pass through the Alps between St. Moritz and Zermatt in Switzerland. The 7.5-hour journey takes passengers across 291 bridges, through 91 tunnels and across the Oberalp Pass. Large portions of the railway use a rack-and-pinion system for ascending through the steep Alpine inclines—up to 6, 670 feet at its zenith! Running east-west almost across the length of the country, the train travels through a number of important sites: the Albula/Bernina section of the trip are part of a World Heritage Site and the train journeys through the Rhine Gorge and up to the Matterhorn in Zermatt. Since the 1980s, the trains have run year-round, which means this spectacular trip can be enjoyed by travelers no matter the season.

Glacier Express, Switzerland

3. Eastern & Oriental Express -Thailand to Singapore

The Oriental Express is an actual train service, journeying through the Southeast Asian countries of Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore and, since 2007, Laos. The tour starts in Singapore and stops in Kuala Lumpur, Butterworth and Kanchanaburi before arriving in Bangkok. A guided tour of the River Kwai and a tour of Georgetown, near Penang, are included on the most popular route, although there are nine routes to choose from. The Singapore-Bangkok route takes three days to complete. The journey has been awarded a place on the Society of International Railway Travelers’ “Top 25 Trains” list, earning points for service, dining, beauty and off-train experiences. The service is operated by Belmond, a renowned name in luxury train travel, and is considered one of the best ways to explore Southeast Asia. In 2015, two new “signature journeys” were introduced.

Photo by: Simon Pielow via Flickr
Photo by: Simon Pielow via Flickr

2. Hiram Bingham -Peru

Hop aboard this luxury liner and ride the rails between the city of Cusco and the ancient Inca capital of Machu Picchu. This ride consistently makes the top-10 lists for travelers visiting Peru, and not only because it heads up to the sacred Inca city. Part of the Orient Express, the train operates in both directions and is named after the discoverer of Machu Picchu. Combine slithering through the soaring Andes in the Incan outback with fine dining and a relaxing four hour trip. Guests have brunch on the trip to Aguas Caliente, and dinner if they catch the late train back to Cusco. A local band provides live entertainment during the trip and guests can sample the Peruvian drink pisco as the train rumbles alongside the Urubamba River, which flows from the Sacred Valley. The observation car features an open deck for passengers to better enjoy the view!

Hiram Bingham, Peru

1. Rocky Mountaineer -Canada

The Rocky Mountaineer isn’t one route, but four routes running between Alberta and British Columbia in Western Canada. Formed in 1990, the company operates the busiest privately owned passenger rail service in North America, with more than one million passengers having boarded the train since its inception. The Rocky Mountaineer is a perennial favorite among train travel enthusiasts, having been named the “World’s Leading Travel Experience by Train” seven times and the Society of American Travel Writers’ top train ride in 2009. All four routes run through the rugged Canadian Rockies, some of them following historic routes such as the Canadian Pacific. In 2013, it was announced that a three day trip from Seattle would be offered. All trains operate during the day, with some overnight stops, between May and September. The “Journey through the Clouds” takes passengers over the Canadian National railway through the Rockies, between Vancouver and Jasper.

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Top 10 Destinations for Family Adventure Travel this Summer

Summer is the perfect time to travel, take vacation and explore new parts of the world. Traveling as a family, most people tend to stick to familiar destinations, campgrounds and all-inclusive cruises or resorts where everything is taken care of. But if you are a family that is looking for a little more flexibility, more adventure, plenty of thrills and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity; we highly suggest checking out these top 10 destinations for family adventure travel.

10. Glacier National Park, Montana

If you are looking to stick within North America this summer but are still looking for an outdoor adventure for the whole family, Glacier National Park in Montana should be at the top of your list. There are lodges and campgrounds throughout the park with plenty of opportunity for hiking, biking, horseback riding and swimming. This national park features a dozen glacier peaks that are separated by clear mountain streams, pristine lakes and plenty of waterfalls to discover. Kids and adults alike will love looking out for the abundance of wildlife including deer, moose and mountain goats.  If you are looking for a more guided and organized adventure there are plenty of tour guides that offer family specific trips throughout the park, complete with adults-only meals, luxury lodge accommodations and enough activities to keep the kids busy all day long. Get into the heart of the mountains and feel like you are worlds away from home.

Grinnell Glacier - Glacier National Park

9.  Galapagos Islands

The Galapagos are best explored when kids are a little older and can appreciate what they truly have to offer. The best way to discover the islands is a family geared cruise that ensures the whole family will be involved in the fun. These family cruises are often small and intimate, which paves the way for the exceptional customer service that extends to the kids. While snorkeling with the turtles, swimming with the sea lions and watching the penguins swim by are always a hit amongst the whole family, these cruises offer so much more. Connecting with nature at a young age is important to teaching children about the planet and the guides aboard these ships know how to connect with them. Where else in the world can your 10 year old learn to anchor a boat, sleep in a treehouse and swim alongside a curious sea lion all in one day?

Galapagos Islands

8. Great Sand Dunes, Colorado

Sand, sand and more sand is what you will find at Great Sand Dunes National Park in Colorado and we promise that the kids will absolutely love it here! This giant sandbox provides plenty of opportunity to bring out the kid in anyone as you slide down the hills on either a sled or sand board. This activity is actually legal in the park and sleds and boards can be rented at one of a few retailers in the San Luis Valley. The best time to visit this park is at the beginning of the summer before the dunes become scorching hot. This time of year is also when Medano Creek is flowing and families should bring inflatable tubes to float down it. Hiking, camping, horseback riding, four wheeling and fun ranger-led programs are all activities that families can look forward to here. Whether you travel here just for a day or spend a week camping; families won’t run out of fun and exciting things to do.

Great Sand Dunes, Colorado

7. New Mexico

If your family is looking for adventure, real cowboys and Indians and exceptional food, New Mexico may just be the perfect vacation destination. Although this destination is widely known for its art galleries, boutique shops and spirituality; there is plenty more to discover if you dig a little deeper. With ranch resorts surrounding the area, families can choose adventures such as horseback riding, watching the Rodeo, fly fishing, rock climbing and white water rafting. One especially unique adventure here is the opportunity to hike and camp in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and Rio Grande Gorge area with Wild Earth Llama Adventures. Each member of the family is coupled with its own llama, which carries the gear and creates a great distraction for the little ones who often tire easily of hiking. This camping experience is complete with campfires, gourmet meals and a never ending variety of activities for the kids.

Pecos National Historic Park Santa Fe New Mexico

6. Costa Rica

If you are looking for a thrilling summer vacation that really get’s the whole family’s hearts pumping, Costa Rica is the perfect country to do so. One of the safest, if not the safest country in Central America, traveling here is easy and inexpensive. Trek through an impressive cloud forest, zip line over lush green mountains, hike a volcano and learn to surf in the warm waters. Kids will delight in listening to the howler monkeys in the trees, relaxing in the many hot springs and splashing in the waves. Eco-tourism has taken a big step in this country and there are endless choices for accommodations, whether you want a luxurious treehouse or a laid back hotel. With two major airports to fly into, English speaking guides and a plethora of adventure; Costa Rica is a perfect summer vacation.

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Max Herman / Shutterstock.com

5. Canadian Rockies, Alberta

Wildlife, mountain treks, sparkling blue lakes and hot springs are what await families in the Canadian Rockies. If your family loves to hike, mountain bike and swim; there is no better place in Canada to visit for a summer full of adventure and thrills. Many choose to make Banff their home base as it is full of kid-friendly restaurants, hotels that feature pools and waterslides and easy access to the surrounding mountains and lakes. The other option for adventure travel here is a custom designed organized tour, designed with families in mind. There are some exceptional tour operators in this area and from canoeing to white water rafting to cliff jumping to exploring the towns; these trips are perfect for families who want adventure but prefer someone else does the planning.

Canadian Rockies Alberta

4. Grand Canyon and Surrounding Area, Arizona

It would be a mistake to think that kids will be bored exploring the Grand Canyon but it would also be a mistake to assume they will want to spend a week doing so. Therefore to make the most of this adventurous vacation, we suggest splitting your time between the Grand Canyon and the surrounding areas of Page and Sedona. Hiking below the rim in the canyon is highly recommended for avid outdoor enthusiasts and the ranger led hikes are a hit with families as the ranger points out things like fossils in the rock layers, lizards basking in the sun, and desert wildflowers and wildlife. The surrounding areas of Page and Sedona offer outdoor adventures such as exploring Glen Canyon Dam, Horseshoe Bend, Antelope Canyon and Lake Powell. Combine that with the smooth water float trip you can take and the kids will have the best outdoor adventure of a lifetime.

Horseshoe Bend

3. Big Island, Hawaii

Animal adventures, outdoor thrills and the chance to sneak in some education is what await families on the Big Island of Hawaii. Start off with a heart-pounding helicopter ride over the island, introducing you to the hidden waterfalls, lava lakes and fiery fresh lava flows. Next up head to one of the many beaches were you can build towering black sand castles, take a family surf lesson and try your hand at stand up paddle boarding. Depending on the swimming levels of the kids, scuba diving and snorkeling are very popular among these warm waters that teem with colorful tropical fish. For an even bigger adventure make sure to try the manta ray night dive. Climb a volcano, zip line through the jungle and pitch your tent in one of the many campgrounds and discover the ultimate summer playground.

Big Island, Hawaii

2. Glacier Bay, Alaska

Say goodbye to overcrowded family cruises and experience the unforgettable landscape of Alaska from your own personal floating base. Tour companies are now offering intimate, family orientated cruises through Glacier Bay; set at your own personal pace. An on-board naturalist is there to teach the entire family about tide pools, the underwater songs of the whales and local botany. Kids will love kayaking to hidden inlets, walking out onto frozen glaciers and hiking through majestic old-growth forests and coming face to face with incredible wildlife such as bears, bald eagles and humpback whales. The best part for parents may just be when the kids conk out and they are privy to the on-board hot tub or an after dark paddle through the sea. Instead of watching the glaciers pass by from a typical ship, why not get adventurous and explore them with a family orientated boat trip.

Glacier Bay, Alaska

1. Zambia Safari, Africa

This is the best adventurous family vacation to take if your family includes active teenagers. Not necessarily recommended for younger children, Zambia Safaris promise high thrills, excellent wildlife spotting and a chance to hike in the national parks; keeping in mind the minimum age to hike through these parks is 12. Visit the unforgettable Victoria Falls, raft in the class 5 rapids of the Zambezi River and come face to face with big game such as hippos and lions. Walking safaris are an amazing way to discover creatures you could never see from a car such as the dung beetle, and still offer luxury accommodations in the heart of the parks. Expect to kayak the lakes, swim in a natural infinity pool, visit a local school and have an experience of a lifetime. Teens love this adventurous vacation as guides do an incredible job of making them feel independent and many companies even offer teen only dinners, hikes and more.

Zambia Safari, Africa