While Disney might be the first place that comes to mind when thinking of a vacation that will result in squeals of delight from the little one’s, we want to give you some other ideas from travelling parents!
Vacations are meant to be enjoyed by the whole family and that could mean a day of eating waffles formed to Mickey ears, but you may just find that access to a 24/7 pool aboard a cruise ship or more time in nature might create the memories you seek, with a little relaxation thrown in the mix!
If you’re strapped for ideas, consider one of these twelve trips that are especially enjoyable with your kids and see how many you can make happen before time gets away from you and they grow up!
Atlantis Resort – Located in Paradise Islands in the Bahamas, this island was designed from the top down to appeal to families. Whether you want to explore the history and lore of the “real” Atlantis, prefer to comb white sandy beaches, view some of the most amazing sea creatures from around the world or you like the thrills and chills of water parks, you’ll appreciate the beauty and excitement of this resort. With dozens of hotels and even more restaurants and entertainment options, there is truly something for everyone.
Gatlinburg, Tennessee – This town is home to one of the largest indoor water parks anywhere, multiple amusement parks, great restaurants and a safe, comfortable downtown area. What more could you want from a family trip?Caribbean Cruise – A Caribbean cruise is a great option for families. The ships themselves offer plenty of entertainment to enjoy as a family or alone and the stops are some of the most family-friendly available. With many ships stopping in Cozumel or other Mexican resort towns, it’s a great way to show your family another country too.
Seattle, Washington – Though it may not at first seem to be the most child friendly destination out there, there is so much to see and do in this town you may have trouble keeping the trip to a reasonable length! Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle is well-known for its conservation efforts and huge selection of exotic animals. Additionally, make sure you take time to check out the Space Needle and enjoy hot chocolate and the world’s first Starbucks!
The Grand Canyon – While a breathtaking experience no matter what your age, the Grand Canyon is especially amazing for children. Whether you prefer to see it from a helicopter, on foot or by burro, it’s a must for adventurous families!New York – New York, New York is a magical city and offers plenty of fun for kids too. Make sure to check out Central Park, see a Broadway show and eat at one of the destination dining options and you’ll show your kids what the Big Apple really has to offer.
Road Trip in the Plains – If you want to experience a trip of a lifetime without all the hustle and bustle of a resort or amusement park, why not road trip the plains states? There is so much history available in Kansas, Nebraska, and the other surrounding states and it can be a relaxing way to get to really bond as a family.Hot Springs, Arkansas – While Arkansas may not be the first place you think about vacationing, once you learn what Hot Springs has to offer, you’ll wonder why you didn’t think of it before! The hot springs themselves are a relaxing destination but the area has attracted water parks, restaurants, and tons of amusement park type activities that give families something to do 24 hours a day.
Las Vegas – A Vegas vacation, for the family? Sure! What other city allows you to enjoy the best of the beach, the old west, Paris, France, New York City and ancient Rome all in one town? If you plan ahead and choose your stops carefully, Vegas makes a great family trip!
The best thing about every single one of these trips is that they will be just as enjoyable for you as they are for the kids. So, make your plans and start planning—you have a vacation (or twelve) ahead of you!
Where will you take your family on their next adventure? Contact a travel agent near you to find the perfect family cruise!