American rivers provide a backdrop for family adventure and discovery. Here are five to consider.

1. BLACKFOOT RIVER, GREENOUGH, MONTANA Fall asleep inside your luxury tent on the banks of Montana’s famed Blackfoot River. Have coffee and hot cocoa delivered to your swank canvas quarters by your camp butler, or join other guests in the dining pavilion for a cooked-to-order breakfast. As a Paws Up guest, you’ll spend your days horseback riding, fishing, biking, at the spa, tackling the ropes course or participating in the many enrichment programs scheduled throughout the year.

INFO pawsup.com

2. OHIO RIVER, CINCINNATI The waterway remains a focal point for modern life in this Ohio city. The Reds baseball franchise and the Bengals football team have constructed stadiums on the storied banks. The Underground Railroad Freedom Center shines a light on efforts to “abolish human enslavement and secure freedom for all people.” The Cincinnati Zoo is also a family favorite.

INFO freedomcenter.org

3. DESCHUTES RIVER, BEND, OREGON Stroll, hike or bike along riverside pathways or get in the flow on a stand-up paddleboard. Beginners and experts can be spotted paddling on the Deschutes, accompanied by others piloting rafts, kayaks, canoes or inner tubes. A variety of local outfitters provide lessons, gear and encouragement for family groups.

INFO visitbend.com

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4. RIO GRANDE, BIG BEND NATIONAL PARK, TEXAS This wild and scenic river forms the southern boundary of this 800,000-acre playground. It’s the only park in the United States that hosts a complete mountain range — the Chisos. With older children in tow, soak in the park’s scenery as well as the warm water offered by a resident hot spring.

INFO visitbigbend.com

5. CHARLES RIVER, BOSTON The Massachusetts capital serves up plenty of riverside entertainment. The 2.5-mile Freedom Trail offers a 16-stop history course including many significant landmarks from the American Revolution. Take the Boston Duck tour, which runs from April through November, and board a World War II-era amphibious landing craft for a land-based, narrated city tour that ends with a splash into the Charles River.

INFO bostonducktours.com, bostonusa.com