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The world is filled with distractions, like social media and work deadlines, making it difficult to create strong positive bonds with your family. There is one place in this world that can help – the great outdoors. Nature naturally removes those diversions and lets you become enveloped in the moment. Suddenly the air smells fresher, conversations become deeper and most of all, relationships can grow. So, skip those excuses of being too busy and try one of these many family adventures in the High Sierra.

Teach a Kid to Fish They’ll Be ‘Hooked’ For Life

Learn more about the Tahoe Trout Farm & Other Family Adventures

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While there is a plethora of family fun options such as riding a bike to Camp Richardson for a bit of beach fun followed by a scoop of ice cream at the ice cream parlor, one of the oldest family traditions in the Lake Tahoe region is held by the Tahoe Trout Farm. This family owned establishment has been teaching kids of all ages how to catch fish as well as about Tahoe’s ecosystem for over 70 years. Bait and tackle are supplied at no extra cost, but if you’d rather use your own tackle, you’re allowed to bring it as well. Try your hand at one of the two ponds stocked with rainbow trout and see what you can find. Fishing licenses are not required. For more about this adventure and many others check out the Tahoe South website.

Connect with California’s History & Pan for Gold

Learn more about where you can do Gold Panning in Yosemite

Image appears courtesy – Yosemite Mariposa County Tourism Bureau

Ever wonder what it was like to pan for gold way back in the 1800’s when miners first arrived in California? Well, there’s still gold in them “thar hills”! It’s unbelievable but true. You can still to this day find gold. Of course, you can go after it yourself but why not make it a full day of adventure. Prospect Yosemite offers tours teaching you how to read the landscape and correctly pan for it.

Go Spelunking in Sequoia National Park

Learn more about this adventure & many others on the Majestic Mountain Loop

Image appears courtesy – Sequoia Parks Conservancy

One of more than 200 marble caverns found within the Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks, it’s a great way to see the secret underground world that exists. The standard 50-minute tour is a great choice for the mildly curious and families with young children. You’ll get exposed to the landscape of glittering mineralogical features. Note: For all tours, advance planning is required. Buy tickets at Lodgepole or Foothills visitor centers (tickets are not sold at the cave). And don’t forget a jacket! It’s about 50 degrees inside Crystal Cave no matter what the temperature is outside.

The High Sierra is a great, big, wonder-filled playground perfect for families. These family adventures are just waiting to engage, inspire and entertain everyone – and make you healthier and happier. In the face of hectic schedules & busy lives, don’t put this on the back burner. Get out there and enjoy the High Sierra today.

Author: Alex Silgalis

Alex Silgalis is an outdoors travel writer who enjoys snowboarding, mountain biking, or having a cold one from a local mountain brewery. See more of Alex’s work at

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