What it is: The Beach Boys had the right idea when they sang, “Catch a wave and you’re sitting on top of the world.” You and your kids can find out exactly what they meant by trying your hand at this sport -- and its laid-back lifestyle, too.
Why your family will love it: Standing up on a surfboard is much harder than it looks, but when you do (and, with the help of a good instructor, you will!) a sense of pride will wash over you, without a doubt. We’re talking serious bragging rights, Dude.
Locations we love: Nowhere catches the true essence of surfing like Hawaii, and there are several schools to choose from in Kihei on the island of Maui. You also can’t go wrong in San Diego, California.