Ecotourism has been gaining popularity in recent years with families looking to travel sustainably in greener destinations. Ecotourism is a kind of eco-friendly travel that involves supporting the local environment instead of exploiting its resources.
While there are many different types of ecotourism that involve traveling abroad, you can take eco-tours right here in the U.S. and learn how you can help your local communities. Here are four eco-tour destinations that are great for families in 2020.
Stonehaven Farm in Westport, MA
Farm-stays in the U.S. are a popular eco-tourist choice among families. It’s not hard to understand why.
Kids can help with chores around the farm including grooming animals and gathering eggs. Your family can also pick berries and vegetables depending on the season when you visit.
Farm-stays are a great way to teach your kids about the hard work that goes into farming like producing crops, raising animals, and taking care of the land. You can even learn about the history of farming tools like how early screws used to be handmade and butter used to be churned by hand.
Elk Mountain Ranch in Buena Vista, CO
If you’re looking for something different from your regular farm-stay, consider vacationing at the Elk Mountain Ranch, instead. On this working ranch, your family can stay in a western-style cabin and eat in a large communal dining room with other guests.
You can play horseshoes, hike along the local trails, look for small animals and birds, look for arrowheads, and go fishing. Your family can even explore a local mining town nearby.
Blue Planet Kayak Eco-Tours in Key West, FL
Many families like to travel to Florida when they go on vacation, but not many take the time to learn about the local ecosystems and the animals and plants that live there. Up to 97% of the earth’s water is saltwater and many creatures call it their home.
In Key West, you can take a guided two-hour kayak tour as a family and explore all the local marine creatures like juvenile fish, crustaceans, dolphins, and manatees.
There are kayak tours offered in the evenings, too, so you can explore the marine creatures that are active at night with headlamps. Just make sure that each member of your family knows how to swim as a safety precaution. About 37% of U.S. adults can’t swim farther than the length of a pool, so it’s good to practice.
Halibut Cove on Kachemak Bay, AK
Alaska may not be the vacation destination that first comes to mind when you think of family vacations. But this enormous state offers 75 parks including national parks, preserves, state parks, and national forests.
Up to 52% of Alaska’s acreage is wilderness, so if you’re looking for a truly eco-centric eco-tourist vacation, Alaska is the place to visit. Your family can explore the natural wildlife, go on hikes, explore bird sanctuaries, go fishing, and explore the local community of artists and craftspeople.
If your kids are older, you can visit Anchorage and take a guided snowmobile tour to explore the local wildlife and take in the incredible scenery. There are over 1.2 million registered snowmobiles in the U.S. and snowmobile tours are offered at varying skill levels so you can find one that works for you.
There are plenty of opportunities to go on an eco-tour vacation right in the states. For your next family vacation, explore what your community has to offer and learn how you can make a difference sustaining local wildlife.