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Five Fun Activities To Get The Family Outdoors

July 21, 2014 6:00 AM

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September is practically around the corner, and that means another summer will soon be over. Make sure this summer is one the whole family will always remember by getting everyone off the couch and into the great outdoors. These five activities will create plenty of bonding time while promoting a healthy, active lifestyle.

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<span style=”font-size: medium;”><strong><a href=”http://boston.cbslocal.com/top-lists/americas-best-whitewater-rafting-destinations/”>Go On A Whitewater Thrillride</a></strong></span>

Whitewater rafting can be the adventure of a lifetime. Whether you’re a family of thrill seekers taking on the Youghiogheny River or just looking to wade down the American; these rafting destinations offer something for everyone.

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<span style=”font-size: medium;”><strong><a href=”http://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/top-lists/best-minor-league-baseball-stadiums-to-catch-a-game/”>Indulge In America’s National Pastime</a></strong></span>

If sitting back and relaxing is more your family’s cup of tea, taking in a minor league baseball game might be the perfect way to spend an evening out. Minor league games are often much more cost-effective than their major league counterparts and smaller ballparks like Jerry Uht Park provide an intimate family experience.

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Family camping trips are as American as baseball and apple pie. Throw some tents in the car or rent an RV to reconnect with those you love the most, away from all the distractions and stressors of everyday life. Rough it in Yosemite Valley, kick back in the Douglas Recreation Area or get the best of both worlds somewhere in between.

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<span style=”font-size: medium;”><strong><a href=”http://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/top-lists/best-outdoor-summer-volunteer-opportunities/”>Volunteer To Help Those In Need</a></strong></span>

Few experiences bring a family closer together than helping those in need. Join Habitat for Humanity to build homes for the less fortunate in your community or any number of other volunteer activities.

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The slow pace and laid back nature of this sport combines physical activity with a chance to talk and really enjoy each other’s company. From the iconic Augusta National to the gorgeous Pebble Beach, these courses are definitely worth a trip.

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<div class=”basicsection fifty50_rw divider”><em>Matt Weiss is an Associate Producer for CBS Local Best Of and Travel. Follow him on <a href=”https://twitter.com/weissy33&#8243; target=”_blank”>Twitter.</a></em></div>

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