Top 7 Kid-Friendly National Parks in the USA

Posted on by Sarah Lafontaine

 

Summertime is an exciting time for kids. It’s a time of year that memories are created and families take part in fun activities together. It can also be difficult for parents to get enough time off to be able to take their kids on longer vacations.

In the U.S. there is a fantastic program with many national parks, called Junior Rangers. This program gives kids the chance to complete tasks to collect badges from participating visitor centers. Parents can download activity booklets online or specific park pages to make visiting the national parks fun, interactive and educational.

Here are 7 of our favorite kid-friendly national parks in the USA:

 

  1.  Bryce Cannon National Park, Zion, Utah

Bryce Cannon National Park spans over 35,000 acres of hoodoos, rock spires and hiking trails. The park receives hundreds of thousands of visitors a year to marvel at the natural structures carved out by streams over centuries. No shortage of places to explore, families can also join tours, hot air balloon rides and more.

For more info about the park, accommodations and activities, click here to visit the Utah.com website.

 

  1. Dinosaur National Monument, Dinosaur, Colorado

Dinosaur National Monument is a massive park that overlaps the Colorado/Utah border. The 210,000 acre national park houses a quarry, where visitors can view over 1500 dinosaur bones and fossils in the “Wall of Bones”. You can also enjoy rafting adventures, backcountry camping and incredible hiking. There’s never a dull moment when exploring this park!

For more info about the park, accommodations and activities, click here to visit the National Park Service website.

 

  1. Cape Cod National Seashore, Massachussets
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The Cape Cod National Seashore is everything you think it would be and more. Showcased in many movies, the 43,607 acre is bound to create dreamy memories of the warm sun, sand castles and splashing in the cool Atlantic ocean. The area is full of history, beautiful boardwalks, hikes, great places to bike and view wildlife.

For more info about the park, accommodations and activities, click here to visit the National Park Service website.

 

  1. Glacier National Park, Montana
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Located on the USA/Canada border, Glacier National Park sweeps over 1 million acres. With over 700 miles of hiking trails, biking, fishing, boating, camping and ranger-led programs, kids will never find themselves with a moment of boredom. An abundance of wildlife call the park home and your kids are bound to call it home, at least for part of the summer!

For more info about the park, accommodations and activities, click here to visit the National Park Service website.

 

  1. Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, California
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These two national parks are connected and are jointly administered. The two combined offer a wide range of national wonders and activity for families. Sequoia National Park boasts beautiful groves of massive trees, caves, hiking, swimming and more. Kids will love completing the Junior Ranger booklet to earn a badge after all of that exploration!

For more info about the parks, accommodations and activities, click here to visit the National Park Service website.

 

  1. Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park, Hilo, Hawaii
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On the island of Hawai’i, sits Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park. The park covers a diverse landscape from sea to rainforest to desert. Kids have the chance to see real time volcanic activity, join ranger led programs and guided hikes whilst enjoying the exciting views and natural wonders.

For more info about the park, accommodation and activities, click here to visit the National Park Service website.

 

  1. Everglades National Park, Florida
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Everglades National Park spreads over 1.5 million acres of forest and wetlands. The park is home to 36 protected or threatened species of wildlife such as the American crocodile, West Indian manatee and Florida panther. Families can join numerous tours of the wetlands, enjoy ranger programs, hiking, biking, boating, geocaching and fishing. Never a dull moment at Everglades!

For more info about the park, accommodations and activities, click here to visit the National Park Service website.

For more info about the Junior Rangers program and other participating National Parks across the USA, visit the National Park Service website.