Family Vacations

OARS has been perfecting family adventure vacations since 1969. We understand you want your kids to have the time of their lives. You also want to be able to kick back, relax and soak in every smile, laugh and special moment the trip throws your way. After all, it won’t be long before your kids are all grown up and out on their own adventures.

On our family-friendly vacations, not only will you be creating meaningful and joyful memories that will last a lifetime, you can count on rediscovering that adventurous, easy-going parent inside of you—the one who only comes out to play when somebody else is shouldering the work and sweating all the details.

Family Adventure Boy Playing


Family Adventure Father And Son

OARS Family Adventure Travel Vacations Include:

  • A diverse line-up of trips ideal for everyone from first-timers with children as young as age four to experienced whitewater veterans with teenagers and young adult children
  • Savory feasts (and desserts too!). All our meals are healthy, locally sourced whenever possible, and sure to delight your entire crew after an active and adventurous day
  • A designated guide/”Fun Director” who helps keep the kids entertained
  • “Fun bag” on each family-friendly vacation, stocked with games and toys for all ages


We promise a multi-day rafting trip, sea kayaking excursion or multi-sport adventure with OARS is just the hassle-free family vacation you’ve been looking for. Now, you just have to decide which trip is right for your family. Maybe it’s rafting the Main Salmon River in Idaho, floating with the littles on California’s Lower Klamath River or possibly even exploring the ancient site of Machu Picchu in Peru. Whatever your family vacation interests are, we know you’ll find it here.

Family Adventure Siblings

Don’t Just Take Our Word For It…

I believe this [Yampa River rafting] trip is truly THE most rewarding experience for children and their families. I saw reserved children blossom into confident, engaging, and independent kids. Our family is excited to plan our next trip…The leader and guides were very attentive to the children’s positive experience on the river. I believe that every child will look forward to their next river experience because of them.

– The Gooding Family ~Waimanalo, HI

As a parent, I appreciate having the week off from menu planning, grocery shopping, cooking and doing dishes. I can really focus on my family and it’s truly relaxing for me. I also look to OARS to take me to places I could not go myself.

– Kelly ~Seattle WA

What a wonderful way for our family, 3 generations, to spend our vacation on a beautiful river with breathtaking scenery, fabulous guides with skills, knowledge and great cooks all. Lars, lead guide, and his crew of 4 showed us some thrills of a lifetime. OARS is a class act and definitely know what they are doing. Tents and sleeping pads couldn’t have been more comfortable. Would go again in a heartbeat and want to experience more rivers.

– Suki ~Murphys, CA

Best family trip we have ever taken! This was a wonderful experience from beginning to end. Family of 4 ages 12, 19, 49, 50- everyone had a great time. The guides were awesome. They were always professional but at the same time friendly and personable. They made it seem like taking 12 campers for a 5 night/6 day camping/kayaking/hiking/rafting adventure trip was simple and easy. We had everything we needed when we needed it. Despite all the activity, there was plenty of time for relaxing. You got your money’s worth at every meal and then some.

– Jim ~Bogart, GA

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