Family Getaways


Gather your family in the north Cascades

Connect with your family – and nature too – on the  shores of Diablo Lake. Spend quality time together while enjoying the invigorating mountain air and starry night skies of North Cascades National Park, one of the most spectacular wilderness landscapes in all of North America.

Enjoy a weekend in the mountains and leave your tent and camp stove at home and let us take care of all the details. We provide comfortable accommodations in our cozy lodges and delicious, healthful meals, with the tastes of young diners in mind, served buffet-style in our lakeside dining hall.

The most difficult choice of your weekend may be which activities your family wants to join. Will you follow our skilled naturalists as they lead kids and adults alike on adventures on Diablo Lake and the surrounding network of trails? Do you want to take part in daily outdoor games, arts and crafts, storytelling and scientific explorations? Should you spend the day hiking to spectacular views of local glaciers or simply relaxing with a book in the Wild Ginger Library? With our inspiring slate of activities designed to introduce adults and children of all ages to the wonders of the natural world, you'll be able to design your own itinerary to create the perfect weekend retreat for your family.

We welcome groups that include parents, grandparents, children, guardians, aunts and uncles and nontraditional families. Children ages two and younger can be added to the family registration at no charge. Children are the responsibility of a parent throughout the program.

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Family Getaway Video (4:45)

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Field Guide to North Cascades Institute