Vacation season is right around the corner now and you know what that means. Planning out the next big family trip. I know it sometimes can be tough finding one suitable for everyone in the family which is why I decided to come up with a list of five sure fire bets depending on what you enjoy. From the shows and events of Disney World to the great outdoors of Yosemite National Park here are my five fun family getaway vacations ideas that you should consider this summer.
1. Washington D.C. – For those into museums, monuments, and history sightseeing
Washington D.C. is a great place for families that enjoy history and museums. It is loaded with lots of rich American history and can be a good trip to take young ones as they can have fun seeing some monuments while still having the pleasure of going on a vacation. Great places to visit when in Washington D.C. are the Lincoln Memorial, the Smithsonian Museums, and the veteran memorials. If you are the kind of person who is into tours this is the place for you.
2. Orlando, Florida – For those into family fun
When in doubt Walt Disney World and Orlando will never disappoint. For obvious reasons it is a great place to take youngsters because of its diverse amount of activities. From Universal’s Islands of Adventure to Discovery Cove to SeaWorld’s Adventure Park there really isn’t a shortage of things to do for a whole week or weekend with anything ranging from Minnie and Mickey Mouse to the John F. Kennedy Space Center all at your viewing disposal.
3. Yosemite National Park, California – For those into the great outdoors
This one goes out to all of the nature loving families that want to get out and enjoy the outdoors. What makes Yosemite National Park so enjoyable is the fact that it possesses such an impressive natural landscape which spans nearly 1,200 miles. If you and your loved ones are interested in breathtakingly beautiful scenery Yosemite National Park is a must visit with its waterfalls, gorgeous lookouts, and extensive trails.
4. Las Vegas, Nevada – For those into the glamour of games and shows.
This location might seem out of place here given its extensive adult reputation but over the last couple decades or so Las Vegas has been trying to change their image to also include elements that would draw family interest too. They have been investing lots of resources into creating a variety of family oriented attractions and because of that they have actually managed to make things somewhat geared for both kids and adults now. Venues such as their Las Vegas Convention Center, the Adventuredome, Mandalay Bay’s Shark Reef, Luxor’s Imax Theatre, New York-New York’s Coney Island Emporium, and Discovery Children’s Museum headline the list of family oriented activities in Las Vegas. In terms of family hotels the Excalibur Hotel is a fun place to bring everyone as there are lots of age inclusive events going on. Things such as their Fun Dungeon, travelling entertainers, and a Tournament of Kings show where you receive an extremely unique dinner experience are some of the many facets you receieve at Excalibur.
Bottom line is that Las Vegas may not be your ultimate family getaway given its party scene but if you know how to pick and choose the right events it can be fun to visit once when your kids are a bit older.
5. Honolulu, Hawaii – For those who want to melt away by a nice beach.
What makes Honolulu so awesome is that it has a very touristy feel to it but at the same time it carries great communal elements too. The city itself is very inviting towards families and since it is almost always warm the beach is usually packed with tons of people too. As far as things to do Honolulu is very youth friendly with the Honolulu Zoo, Waikiki Aquarium, Waimea Valley, and Diamond Head Point. If you also choose to go snorkeling that is another great activity for everyone as you can get extremely close to the fish and turtles right off the island shore. The reason why Honolulu is so great though is because of its laid back atmosphere. It’s hard to put into words but when you are there you can’t help but want to lounge around by the pool or the beach. That’s why if you and your family are looking for a nice and relaxing destination this is definitely one you should check out.