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9 Great Spots for Your Next Family Vacation
9 Great Spots for Your Next Family Vacation
Are you and your family feeling stir-crazy yet? The events of the past months might have you all chomping at the bit to get out and slake a little wanderlust.
Adventures become slightly more complicated when you have little ones in tow. However, they can also be more fun, especially if you book the right itinerary. Here are nine great spots to consider for your next family vacation.
After closures disrupted park offerings, Disney is coming back from the pandemic with a bang. They have a full slate of events scheduled for the 2021 season, so be sure to take advantage if you have the means. Check out the Cinderella castle royal makeover or the festival of the arts.
Both California’s Disneyland and Florida’s Walt Disney World Resort exceed expectations regarding accessibility, making these parks friendly to those with disabilities. Going to see the world’s most famous mouse is a rite of passage for many children. Be sure to bring extra for souvenirs, like a new lunchbox the littles will be proud to show off in the school cafeteria.
2. Branson, Missouri
Branson, Missouri, has multiple advantages, including location, location, location. It’s nearly equidistant from either coast, making this destination a hotspot for people from Redding, California to Reading, Pennsylvania and everywhere in between. If you don’t feel comfortable getting on a plane just yet, this trip is driveable from nearly anywhere.
You’ll find no shortage of things to do. Kids will delight at the Silver Dollar City amusement park and the Aquarium at the Boardwalk. You’ll also find several adventure parks to tire out the littles before bedtime and Beyond the Lens! — an inside look at the video game industry.
3. Breckenridge, Colorado
If you seek the most picturesque mountain town ever to spend your family vacation, you can’t go wrong with Breckenridge, Colorado. Walking down Main Street is like stepping back in time into an old west village.
Even though skiing takes the main stage, you’ll find fun things to do all year round. Are you gearing up for Halloween? Why not book a haunted tour and delight your spooky side?
4. Boston, Massachusetts
You can’t go wrong by shipping up to Boston, Massachusetts. You and your family will adore strolling the cobblestone streets, dining on the freshest and least expensive seafood and exploring the city’s many museums. Baseball fans must book a tour of Fenway Park, one of the most iconic stadiums in all the sport.
Take a side trip to Salem and immerse yourself in witch trial history. The town comes alive at Halloween, so stay for the festivities.
5. Maui, Hawaii
You’ll have to overcome your newfound fear of flying to reach this destination. However, you might find fewer crowds, giving you more room to roam and explore this gorgeous island.
Your children will adore snorkeling with dolphins and other aquatic creatures. Book a tour to get the most action. You can also take a helicopter ride and gaze into the eye of a volcano.
6. Outer Banks, North Carolina
If your kiddos love the outdoors, science and history, why not put the Outer Banks at the top of your travel list? Explore Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge and admire the rich fauna of the region. You’ll find several historic sites and lighthouses to explore. You can also follow the Civil War Trail and see where battles raged over Roanoke Island and Cape Hatteras.
7. Grand Canyon, AZ
The Grand Canyon is a natural wonder that every family should see at least once. You could spend several months exploring this region and still not see all there is to offer.
Most folks gravitate toward the popular South Rim. You’ll find family-friendly activities, from helicopter tours to mule rides in the Canyon. While you shouldn’t try to hike to the river and back in one day, the Colorado offers kayaking and canoeing galore.
More adventurous souls can take a trip to the western side and visit the Grand Canyon SkyWalk. This glass walkway suspends you 4,000 feet above the canyon floor but has the strength to hold 70 fully loaded jets. You can also stay at the North Rim if you book a year in advance and count the many elk.
8. New York, New York
If your littles haven’t seen the Big Apple yet, why not introduce them on your next family vacation? You’ll find much to see here, including the famous FAO Schwarz toy store. If you head to this city over the holidays, be sure to check out the tree in Rockefeller Square. Take in a Broadway production upon their reopening and dine at some of the most authentic ethnic restaurants anywhere.
9. Hershey, Pennsylvania
Why not spend your next family vacation at the sweetest place on earth? Hershey, Pennsylvania, offers a full tour of the chocolate-making process that results in the sugary treats your kids flip for every Halloween.
You can also have a blast at Hersheypark amusement park. You’ll find multiple roller coasters and other rides and attractions suitable for kids of all ages.
Consider One of These 9 Great Spots for Your Next Family Vacation
If you’ve spent too long staring at the same four walls, you aren’t alone. Consider one of these nine great spots for your next family vacation.