Looking for just the perfect vacation that will knock your kids’ socks off and leave memories for a lifetime? Then keep reading to find out some of the premiere vacation spots for families that may be more than ordinary by nature of their unique appeal.
1. Great Wolf Lodge (Grapevine, Texas)
Great Wolf Lodge has everything under one roof, and it runs many discount specials throughout the year. Families can look forward to story time and the Great Clock Tower Show included with every stay.
The indoor water park is only open to lodge guests so lines are not overly crowded. There are kiddie water park areas, water slides of various levels, and body surfing (Wolf Rider Wipeout). The lodge offers indoor miniature golf, bowling, and 4-star restaurants.
2. Bryce Canyon National Park (Bryce Canyon, Utah)
Nothing is wrong with a “fun” and relaxing vacation also qualifying as an educational experience for the whole family. Your kids will thank you again and again for sharing with them the majestic beauty of nature and one of this country’s great natural treasures. Visiting Bryce Canyon is a chance to see hoodoos, endless fields of the park’s distinctive red rock pillars, and stand before the park’s series of natural amphitheaters.
The colors and the geological formations at the national park are amazing: Mother Nature shows her beauty here as much as anywhere. There are numerous hiking options to explore, ranging from a simple 1-mile loop up to advanced hiking trails of 11 miles. While hiking, many visitors notice the bristlecone pine trees for which Bryce Canyon is famous. These pines are the oldest trees in the world, some dating at around 5,000 years old.
The park is open all year, but there are also many attractions close by which draw visitors who come to see Bryce. Your kids will definitely remember a visit to Anasazi State Museum Park, Boulder Mountain, Capitol Reef National Park, the ghost towns of Widtsoe, Grand Staircase National Monument, and Lake Powell.
3. Myriad Botanical Gardens (Central Oklahoma)
The nature theme continues with this choice. Take the family to a place that has been voted as a world-class urban park. Its beauty amazes visitors, and the Urban Land Institute chose Myriad Botanical Gardens for its choice as 2016’s Best Urban Open Space, beating out entries from around the globe.
There are special kids’ gardens and splash fountains at the park, as well as dog-friendly areas and horticultural education programs. You must not leave before seeing the gardens’ main attraction, the Crystal Bridge Conservatory.
4. Martha’s Vineyard (south of Cape Cod, Massachusetts)
As a change of pace, try something different and distinct to your family. Many families have traditionally spent vacation time at the Vineyard. It is cozy and relaxing, offering art galleries, cute boutiques, several quality restaurants and cafes. For recreation, the kids and their parents can golf, fish, bike, hike, and canoe. The lodging options are also endless and attractive to many budgets.
5. Volunteer Vacation (Anywhere, Earth)
Here is a novel vacation approach, one that you kids will always remember as philanthropic and humanitarian. Take your family anywhere you wish as your vacation destination, but as the kicker, make the purpose of the entire vacation to serve others through volunteerism. Build a home for the needy, clean city parks, read to the elderly. You engage with your kids wherever hearts lead you!
You decide which of these vacation types and locations works best for your family and your interests. With these five options before you, the kids will make memories to last a lifetime as they travel and recreate.