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Olympic Peninsula With Kids: Family Adventures in Nature

Camping, biking, kayaking, beachcombing and more unplugged fun

Tiffany Pitts

Published on: August 10, 2020

First Beach on the Olympic Peninsula. Credit Jaisril via Flickr CC

Unplug from tech and reconnect with the fam

Editor's note: This article was originally published a few years ago. Most places are open, but you'll want to double-check before heading out as open status can change day by day. Many places have special safety procedures in place as well. Please mask up and be prepared to follow all safety rules and requests for the health of your family and wider community.

Why is it that every time I ask my kids to unplug themselves from a screen, they turn into a pack of wolves? It’s as if they don’t know how to be human without some sort of device shining in their eyes.

If the thought of enduring another day filled with beeps and boops of their games and videos makes you cringe, fear not! For there is a magical place where electronic gadgets will be forgotten, a place where your wolves can howl at the moon. It’s the Olympic Peninsula and it’s amazing.

Camping, fishing, hiking, bird-watching, swimming, crabbing, rockhounding, digging huge holes in the sand — you can do all these activities and more on the peninsula. The one thing you might not be able to do is update your social media every two minutes. Wifi is close to nonexistent when you’re deep in the woods and life moves at a different speed. There simply isn’t enough time in the day to enjoy everything and be glued to a screen.

Tucked away in the northwest corner of the state, the Olympic Peninsula is often reached by ferry. And the ferry is a great mental marker. Once you’re on the other side, you are truly on vacation.

Use the arrows above the image for three areas of the peninsula to explore on your next unplugged family getaway.

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