Would you like some kid friendly lakes in the Southwest U.S. to visit, and some ideas for what to do there? Families always want activities for quality time together. We've been to some, and also scoped out more to help you out.
In the southwest states of California, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Texas, and Oklahoma. That's our focus, where we travel.
We also have ideas for you to consider. For what activities to involve your kids with, when you visit a lake. Come on in, and choose your preference, or just scroll on down!
Looking around, there are really fun lakes for kids. Children usually like active things, getting animals involved, & things to do at lakes that are fun in the water. Specific ideas:
FISHING - Is your child interested in learning to fish? That's a learning experience: from getting a license, knowing the laws, the fish to catch (or return to their habitat & why) & how, the equipment to use. What else can you think of?
SIGHT WILDLIFE - Take the kiddos to lake parks that have towers or blinds where they can scout out wild horses, or birds
Educational display trails at lakes explain wildlife seen in that lake's environment. Have a walk to read them together. Then try to spot animals. That's some nice family time!
KID EQUESTRIANS - Horseback riding at lakeside riding trails is loved by many children. Check nearby horse rental corrals. Some may specialize in kids' trail-rides.
GAMING PLAY - Lots of lakeside parks include playgrounds for kids. Seems pretty obvious, yet there are unique styles worth checking.
Some include miniature golf, which kids usually love. It suits them really well.
A newer rage is disc golf. You can find some lakeside parks with that option too. Usually older youths handle that better.
PLAYGROUND EVENTS - Organizations sometimes sponsor events at playgrounds. They bring in inflatables for fun lake-side activities. Watch for local city lakeside park announcements.
PLAY FOR ALL KIDS - Lakeside playgrounds are appearing, that feature many exceptionally unique things for kids to do. In particular, they have ADA included, like this One In Arizona>
SKATING - Some kid friendly lake parks with playgrounds include skateboarding, skating rinks or ponds for winter ice-skating. Yes, even things to do at some lakes in the winter time!
Many kids love camping.
We always took our kids on camping trips. Sometimes it provided an economical vacation to a fabulous place they wanted to go - Like Disney World!
Our son loved the campground style, our daughter not so much. As adults today, that same trend continued on!
But they had that childhood family experience. And sometimes brought friends along, too.
Many lakes have campgrounds. What will the lake include in that experience that makes the campground kid friendly?
TAKE A HIKE - Hiking on lakeside trails. Or trails in lakeside parks. Kids can interact with anything happening on/along the water. With oversight & input from parents, friends or other supervising adults. No rush, go at their leisure. And wildlife sightings can be really fun for them - after all animals love lake water too!
OUTDOOR MOVIE NIGHT - Some lakeside campgrounds sponsor evening movies, usually held outdoors. Kids are well-entertained with subjects to their liking.
INTERACTIVE STUFF - Many campgrounds sponsor events geared to kids. Programs can be interactive, to get the young ones involved. Texas is really good, with kids' programs.
Hume Lake Recreation Area - In Sequoia/Kings Canyon. From Fresno, take CA-180E, pass Princess Campground, take right turn-off to Hume Lake Road.
Lake Siskiyou - Accessed from I-5 Exit738, take West Lake Rd. to Hatchery Lane, left on S.Old Stage Rd., bear right onto W. A Bar Rd. to the lake.
Lake Tahoe - Summer or winter, the place to go! Adults with kids always find many super fun things to do around Lake Tahoe! What could be better?
Ski Resorts - Open year-round. Of course winter activities: slopes (including for kids).
But summers the ski resort still want you back. The ski lifts open for the vistas, & extend out for other activities. As at the Gondola, in Heavenly Village Center.
On the Lake - Boating or swimming, it's gorgeous! Water sport rentals throughout the area.
Other Local Lake Tahoe Activities - Plenty of hiking to be had, evaluate trails per the needs of youngsters' ages/abilities.
Lake Travis5 - We loved staying in this area. Huge, long, winding lake in Austin vicinity.
FABULOUS CAMPING SPOTS - Camping along Lake Travis at Camp Creek Park, Shaffer Bend, Grelle Recreation Area, Turkey Bend, Muleshoe Bend, Tatum Cove, Collier Cove, Arkansas Bend, Mansfield Dam Park, Sandy Creek, or Cypress Creek.
Whew! Take your choice, or let your kids pick out the one that suits them.
CREATE A KID PICNICK - Picnicking day areas at most campgrounds. Let the kids help prepare the food.
ESPECIALLY FOR KID FUN - A bunch of kid friendly lake fun is found throughout Lake Travis.
Inks Lake State Park - Great way to see this lake. Plus the absolutely best kid friendly lake, with fun stuff to do.
A Hill Country delight! And family-friendly budget. Tons of campsites, plus cabins.
What can kids do here?
Fishing - Borrow tackle right there & fish from piers or shore, even without a license.
Swimming - But no lifeguards, so use caution. Large inlet area restricted to no-wake, & swimming for kids is ideally shallow around the Day Use area.
Ranger Programs - For kids to take part in nature walks, geology hikes, canoe tours & more.
Nearby Road Trips - Take the kids to see the Inks Dam Fish Hatchery, or Longhorn Cavern.
Dobson Ranch Park - In Mesa, off I-10 Exit 157. Enormous playground with wide range of experiences for all children, of all ages.
KIDS HAVE LOTS OF FUN AT DOBSON RANCH PARK!
Dinosaur National Monument - Covering Utah & Colorado also.
ECHO PARK - RIVERSIDE: Though not on a lake it's along the Yampa & Green Rivers. Their confluence is called Echo Park.
DINOSAURS & FOSSILS - Now, what a terrific place for kids, with dinosaur fossils & the Junior Ranger Program.
If you'll be in Nevada's capital, where there's a couple kid friendly lake areas to scout out. Since Nevada Lakes are around, but not the most abundant as some other states, it's good when we find some gems!
Check on the kid friendly lakes and river-side activities around here!
Washoe Lake State Park - Bring your bicycles to pedal the fabulous paved bike path in this scenic, kid friendly lake park.
Carson River Parks1 - Although not on lakes, these river parks will get you some watery aura that adults need for its natural calm. And of course kids need for fun activities.
RIVERVIEW PARK - Travel all the way East on Fifth St.
CARSON RIVER PARK - With 40 acres.
Aldo Leopold Forest6 - In Albuquerque. Named for this "Father of Modern Wildlife Ecology." He spent time here in "ABQ" & in AZ with the US Forest Service. He was "glad I shall never be young without wild country to be young in."
A-1 NATURE TRAIL - Fabulous Interpretive Trail for a learning experience with kids showing their importance of nature appreciation. Accessed from...
Rio Grande Nature Center State Park - With the kids, view the wildlife ponds from indoors or the outside viewing area.
OKLAHOMA CITY - This large metro area provides some nice kid friendly lakes:
Lake Arcadia7 - Northeast of town & I-44/I-35 intersection, a couple of kid friendly lake attractions here.
Lake Overholser - Three parks abut this kid friendly lake, with much to attract little ones. The North Canadian River, south end, is dammed.
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