Family Outdoor Vacations

Looking to plan a special adventure just for your family? We’ve been doing family adventures for more than 20 years and we can help you have a great experience outdoors. Shared outdoor adventures are a special way to bring families together to discover new things about the world, and each other. No camping or outdoor experience is necessary. Celebrate birthdays, anniversaries or family reunions in a unique and special way.

All you have to do is come prepared for fun and adventure! Wilderness Inquiry makes it easy for you. We serve families of all ages, backgrounds and abilities, including teens, grandparents, aunts, cousins and young children. All of our trips are accessible for adults and youth with disabilities. Examples of family group vacations include:

Benefits for Families:

  • Have fun with your family outdoors!
  • Learn kayaking, canoeing, backpacking, and other outdoor skills in fantastic outdoor locations
  • Our trail guides are wonderful at providing age-appropriate activities for the kids
  • We plan all the meals and provide the food
  • No reason to invest in all the camping gear – we can provide it
  • No camping or outdoor experience necessary

Plan your family outdoor vacation today! Get started by completing this brief online questionnaire, or by contacting Josh Swedberg at (612) 676-9417 or

Or, join other families on a regularly scheduled WI Family Trip – sign up now!

Recent blog posts about Family Trips

Lewis belize Never too old for Adventure! Harriet’s family trip to Belize February 7, 2015 - New York native Harriet Lewis decided to celebrate her 90th birthday in a very special way. Harriet, who reads the New York Times daily, drives everyday and volunteers at a soup kitchen 3 days a week, brought her entire family together on a Wilderness Inquiry trip to Belize.
Screen Shot 2014-03-29 at 5.39.28 PM Last Family in the Woods | Land & People November 28, 2013 - Executive Director, Greg Lais, and Board Member, Marti Erickson, were quoted in this article about families spending time outdoors. Outdoor experiences build confidence in youth that is crucial for development.
Greg and family at the Little Sand Bay Basecamp Overcoming barriers in the Apostles April 25, 2013 - Not long after arriving at our Apostle Islands base camp in July, Greg Adelman and his family gathered with his group on the Apostle Islands Family Adventure for a “tip test” before paddling the chilly waters of Lake Superior. Not surprisingly, there were no volunteers to take the first plunge. WI guide Mo Mayo said, “Ok, Greg, you’re first!” In that moment, Greg thought: “Cool. For the first time in a very long time I am being treated just like everyone else.”
a group of individuals varying in age and gender standing in front of an active geyser Benefits beyond the journey December 6, 2012 - Share the Adventure is more than just a slogan for us. Our passion is sharing great places with wonderful people—people like you. As stated by our friend Michael McGowen, PhD, Chair of the Wilderness Education Association: “Wilderness Inquiry believes in wilderness exploration as an inclusive human endeavor and has enabled over a quarter of a million people of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities to develop appreciation and love, both for the wilderness and for their companions on the journey.”
2634_custom The family that camps together… June 25, 2012 - Here’s an excerpt from a great article in Sunday, June 24th’s Star Tribune about the DNR’s “I Can Camp!” program and WI. Greg Lais, executive director of Wilderness Inquiry, which offers families a wide variety of outdoor programs, ranging from canoe trips through the Chain of Lakes in Minneapolis to excursions to the Boundary Waters, said the advice he always gives to hesitant first-time campers is “grab your sunscreen and just do it.” Read more

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