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The Outside Issue

Dives In

The Outside Issue

Dives In

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.

The 41 Greatest Public Shores In The U.S.

Beaches, lakefronts, and shorelines that are beautiful, pristine — and open to all.

by Julia Holmes, Tyghe Trimble and Anna Traver
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More From The Outside Issue


The 11 Best Family Hikes in America

ByLauren Steele

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.

ByJoshua A. Krisch

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

ByLauren Steele

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?

ByDrew Magary

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"

ByCory Doctorow

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

ByJulia Holmes and Tyghe Trimble

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?

ByJulia Holmes

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

ByMike Diago

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.

Meal Time

Open Fire and Outdoor Grill Recipes for the Whole Family

ByMatt Berical

These recipes prove that with a little preparation, you can have a spectacular meal anywhere.


What The World’s Greatest Adventurers Teach Their Kids

ByJayme Moye

What outdoor skills should your kids know? We went to 18 professional explorers, athletes, and naturalists for answers.