Remember what a typical day in your childhood looked like? Probably not, but we bet you can vividly remember a family trip that you wish you could recreate.
We’ve all got traveling on the mind now that Covid-19 restrictions are lifting across the country and certain parts of the world (though many areas still have mandates in place for international travelers), so this summer might be an excellent time to let those long-dreamt-about family vacation ideas come to fruition.
Here are a few travel destinations for families to try this year.
For years, this desert town has been a go-to family vacation destination, thanks to its outdoor attractions and cultural treasures. Whether you enjoy beautiful sunsets, art museums or just being outdoors in general, Sedona has something for you.
Things to do: Slide Rock State Park, Bell Rock Pathway Hike, Exposures International Gallery of Fine Art, Sunset Drinks at Canyon Breeze, Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village, Verde Canyon Railroad, and much much more!
Santa Claus, Indiana
If you geek out over Christmas, who doesn’t?, this should be at the top of your travel destinations for families list.
Santa Claus is a town in southwestern Indiana. It’s known for its Christmas theme. Santa Claus Museum & Village is home to the 1880 Santa Claus Church, Santa Claus Post Office and a tall, 1935 Santa Claus statue.
The nice thing about this destination is you don’t have to wait until winter to visit. They also have Pepper’s Ridge Winery, Holiday Drive-In Movie Theatre, Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari (waterpark), and lots of other fun activities.
Not only is D.C. home to the whitest house in the country, it’s also home to tons of great adventures and future memories for your family.
Things to do: Smithsonian’s National Zoo, United States Botanic Garden, The Beauvoir Outdoors Playground, The Yards Park, International Spy Museum, The National Mall, Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center (AKA the National Air and Space Museum)
Kids can be tough to please, especially when it comes to family vacations. But they’ll be grinning from ear to ear when they’re in The Mile High City, thanks to Denver’s wide array of family-friendly activities. Trust me the teens, pre-teens, and toddlers will all be having fun together thanks to the interactive museums, incredible zoos and aquariums, wide-open parks — they’re all perfect ways to entertain your little travelers!
Niagara, New York
Most people think Niagara, New York starts and ends with Niagara falls. False (technically)! While most of the activities do stem around the falls, there’s more than just the boat ride. Here are a few other activities for you to try out while in the area:
Things to do: Observation Deck, Fireworks over Niagara Falls (This attraction is temporarily unavailable due to COVID-19 but definitely should be on your future list), Cave of Winds, Platter’s Chocolate Factory, and Old Falls Street USA.
Cruise Multiple Location
If you’re short on time and want to see more than one amazing destination at a time, cruises are your friend. Some cruises even allow you to visit a new place each day of your stay. Not to mention the unlimited food, drinks, and shows onboard. Consider checking out Royal Caribbean, Disney Cruise, or Carnival for your next family adventure!
We like to call Orlando the theme park wonderland since it’s home to more than a dozen theme parks. There is literally something for everyone here. We technically could have made this one city our entire “Great Travel Destinations For Families” list but that wouldn’t be any fun.
Let’s chat through the parks to visit why don’t we:
The first is always the best, right? We’ll let you be the judge. Magic Kingdom was the first of the four theme parks at Walt Disney World resort in Orlando. If you’re in search of the classic Disney experience – this should be at the top of your list.
Universal Studios Florida™:
Expecto Patronum! If your family is obsessed with Hollywood or Harry Potter Universal Studios should be on your bucket list. Here you’ll find rides and attractions dedicated to all your favorite films, from “Despicable Me” to “Men in Black.”
Disney’s Animal Kingdom:
Lions or princesses? If your family can’t decide between visiting animals and getting the Disney experience, they don’t have to anymore. Disney’s Animal Kingdom has real animal exhibits with Disney-themed attractions. Who said you can’t have the best of both worlds?
Universal’s Islands of Adventure™:
In the mood for an adrenaline rush? Universal’s Islands of Adventure has enough rides to make your heart jump out of your chest. The Incredible Hulk Coaster® reaches speeds of up to 67 miles per hour, while Doctor Doom’s Fearfall® shoots you 185 feet into the sky. However, there are many more lower-paced rides to still enjoy if speeding through the air isn’t necessarily your thing.
Disney’s Hollywood Studios:
The theme park features seven themed areas, many of which are inspired by real-life Los Angeles areas and fictional places in iconic stories, such as Sunset Boulevard and the brand-new “Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.”
Epcot is a great place to pair education with fun. Go on and ride Spaceship Earth and visit ImageWorks: The What-If Labs, among various other fascinating and science-themed attractions. What it lacks in thrill rides it more than makes up for in interesting and thought-provoking exhibits.
Universal’s Volcano Bay™:
Volcano Bay is the newest water park on the scene, and you won’t regret going. Ever get tired of the never-ending lines?? Suit yourself up with their TapuTapu wearable technology, which virtually secures your place in line and alerts you when it’s your turn to ride. With a spot held in line, you and your crew can explore all 19 attractions. That sounds like a great idea to us!
LEGOLAND® Florida Resort:
Though not technically located in Orlando, it’s roughly a 45-minute drive away but totally worth the ride. Inspired by the popular building blocks, this park lets your imagination run wild. Your kids will love marveling at the tiny worlds made from LEGO®s, based on real cities, and building their own designs.
Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon:
Shark week is whatever week you want here. In fact, one of the most popular features is the Shark Reef, where you can snorkel around real marine animals (and even small sharks). Head to the Ketch-a-Kiddie Creek play area or float along peaceful Castaway Creek. If your kids are tall enough — and brave enough — they can plummet down the Humunga Kowabunga slide.
Maybe you have some future marine biologists on your hands or perhaps your kids are simply obsessed with “Finding Nemo.” Whatever it is, SeaWorld Orlando is a great spot for families that want to get up close to some sea life.
Disney’s Blizzard Beach:
Home to one of the world’s tallest and fastest free-body water slides, Summit Plummet, Disney’s Blizzard Beach is like summer in July. If free-body slides aren’t your thing try zipping down the 90-foot Slush Gusher slide. With that said, the park does have toddler areas and slides geared toward younger children so everyone can have a blast.
Gatorland is a wild attraction theme park with some real-life gator action. The park is a wildlife preserve, dubbed the Alligator Capital of the World™. It’s home to more than a thousand gators and crocodiles.
No matter where your family decides to choose from our top list of travel destinations for families, you’ll be sure to have an AMAZING trip! As soon as you get back be sure to let us know in the comments how you enjoyed your activities.
In case you wanted to stay a little closer to home, check out our blog 5 Ideas for Your Next Kid-Friendly Staycation