Have you ever really watched your kids splashing about in a pool, filling buckets up in the ocean surf, or foraging knee-deep in a creek? You'll see curiosity, serenity, joy — the near-universal responses to spending time on or near the water. We've always been drawn to the water, and studies show that when we’re near it — or even just viewing pictures of it — our blood pressure drops, our heart rate slows, and we report higher levels of life satisfaction. It settles the mind, eases communication, and connects us to the natural world. This is why for our second annual Outside Issue, Fatherly is diving right on in — celebrating shores and waterways, swimming and fishing, and giving our kids and ourselves just a splash of serenity.
How Commercial Fisherman Corey Arnold Got Hooked On Fishing
And how he hopes to pass down that passion to his kids.
Olympian Cullen Jones Thinks There’s A Better Way To Teach Kids To Swim
Millions of kids in American can’t swim at all. 4-time Olympic medalist Cullen Jones has a plan.
The Icelandic Art Of Swim Lessons
Iceland is the only place in the world with universal swim literacy. Here’s their secret.
The Sunny Dreams And Sandy Realities Of The Great American Beach Vacation
From the Oregon coast to Atlantic City, the great beach destinations have a story to tell about leisure time, equality, and the shared American experience.
The One That Got Away
A dad tries to rekindle a family’s father-son fishing tradition — but his son fails to take the bait.
More From The Outside Issue
The 11 Best Family Hikes in America
From Ocean Path in Acadia to the Trail of Ten Falls in Oregon, here are the top picks for hiking with kids in America.
Parents Should Let Kids Eat Dirt. It’s Good For The Biome.
Unless it's covered in animal feces or chemicals, soil is a healthy snack.
100 Reasons to Unplug and Get Outside
Need a push to hang up the phone, put down the tablet, turn off the TV, and go explore the world? Here's your motivation.
The 10 Most Underrated National Parks in America
There are 59 national parks in the United States. These are the hidden gems.
Alex Honnold, The World's Boldest Climber, Just Became a Dad. Now What?
From awe-inspiring ropeless ascents to fatherhood, the ultimate risk taker is aiming for new heights. And not about to hold back.
"You Yourself Are a Forest"
Kim Stanley Robinson talks with Cory Doctorow about climate change, hope, and reminding kids they're fundamentally a part of the natural world.
22 Family Adventures for the Bold
For your next family vacation, paddle to your own island, bike from inn to inn, or take a road trip through the most remote regions of Patagonia. What’s stopping you?
You Call That Fun?
Maybe dad was right all along — a little hardship builds character, makes memories, and is what life is really all about.
150 Years Of Family Camping
The American family camping trip is more popular than it has ever been in history. From the Wilderness Rush of the 1870s to the car camping craze to the present day, here’s how we got here.
Open Fire and Outdoor Grill Recipes for the Whole Family
These recipes prove that with a little preparation, you can have a spectacular meal anywhere.
What The World’s Greatest Adventurers Teach Their Kids
What outdoor skills should your kids know? We went to 18 professional explorers, athletes, and naturalists for answers.