Your tiny traveler has gone by boat, by plane and even by train. But by gondola? That’s an original that will earn her serious playground cred. After all, it’s not every day she gets to ride over rivers and rugged mountainscapes to find high altitude adventures like roller coasters, suspended slack lines and geyser-fueled splash pads. We found 12 awesome rides, so flip through to find your fave!

Squaw Valley Aerial Tram, Olympic Valley, Ca

High Camp is the place to be atop Lake Tahoe. At 8,200 feet above the lake, the 10-minute aerial tramway ride is one sweet way for families to get to the good stuff. There are tons of free perks up at the top, and we’re not just talking views. This is where you’ll find disc golf, slack lines, lawn games and hiking trails that will keep your crew soaking up the sunshine and fresh air all afternoon long. Once you’ve played the day away, cool off at the outdoor pool or hot tub, or keep the party rolling at the outdoor roller skating rink with your little athlete. Daycation or vacation, you’ll easily stay busy here!


photo: Tom O’Neill

Which one looks like fun to you? Have you ridden one of our picks? Tell others about it in a comment. 

— Allison Sutcliffe