Some of our most memorable moments growing up are the vacations we spend with our loved ones. Experiencing new adventures with our family brings us closer. What better way to spend those hard earned vacation days?
If you are planning your next family adventure vacation and are feeling a little lost about where to go, this is the article for you. Let's discover six spots that are fun for the whole family and kids of any age.
New York City has a variety of fun filled activities for families. The Big Apple is full of museums, iconic sights and scenic boat rides. Take your kids through to the Tenement Museum and treat them to a living history tour, or go to the Zoo to get up close with exotic animals.
If you are visiting New York during the winter, there are plenty of places to go ice skating or holiday shopping. In the summer, there are many spots to picnic and take fun bike rides.
At any time of the year, the Empire State Building promises a good view. New York is such a lively city that there is always something going on that the entire family will appreciate. The possibilities are endless.
Sunny Orlando is a fantastic spot to go on vacation, for all the reasons you might guess and more. The city has many family resorts and theme parks that bring out the kid in all of us. No other theme parks in the world are like the ones here.
In a single day you can go from walking the cobblestone streets of Hogsmead to spending your evening watching the dazzling fireworks in Disneyworld. No city in the world embraces childhood like Orlando. You can spend your mornings riding roller coasters, afternoons watching world-renowned performances and spend an evening downtown.
The west coast version of Orlando is Anaheim, California. You have Disneyland, as well as some great aquariums to visit. Disneyland in Anaheim is the original great American theme park and is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year. The whole park has a great atmosphere and a vintage vibe to it. Your kids will love it, and by the end you even might not want to head home.
Anaheim also has activities to for the adventurous family like facing your fear of heights in a hot-air balloon. There are also plenty of beautiful beaches to sun bathe and go swimming. Anaheim has a few nature parks like Oak Canyon that your entire family will surely enjoy exploring.
Anaheim is a great place to take the whole family if you are looking for a holiday in California. If I wanted an amusement park vacation I would choose Orlando, but Anaheim would be a close second.
Let us break away from the roller coasters and big cities and get into the wilderness. One spectacular family vacation is camping in the Grand Canyon. Any description of the deep reds and subtle browns of this natural wonder won't do it justice; you just have to see it to believe it.
The park is booming with people during certain times of the year, but you are still able to find solitude if you know where to go. To escape the hordes of tourists, head to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon.
Fewer people visit this part and yet it has some of the best camping and hiking trails. Surrounded by the beauty of the canyon, it is possible to spend some quality time with your loved ones away from thousands of other tourists.
Grand Teton State Park is another spot for an outdoor family vacation. At this stunning natural gateway in Wyoming your family can learn kayaking, horseback riding or even snowmobiling in the winter months.
This area of Wyoming is scenic and there is nothing quite like riding a horse through the lush woodlands and willows before stopping at a cool pond for a break.
There are also many day hikes and snowshoe tours that your family will have fun tackling. An added bonus to all this is that you can also learn how to ski.
The park can provide all the snow gear you need. Plus they even provide a relaxing spa to finish out the evening.
Kingsmill caters to families and has many activities that will entertain your children. The resort has everything from swimming to making crafts. It is over 3,000 acres and is a perfect vacation spot for active families.
Of course the main draw to Williamsburg is the Colonial heart of the town, beautifully reconstructed to 17th century specifications. Spend a day or two exploring the history of America, but also be sure to visit nearby Busch Gardens for a break from the history.
Whether you are screaming on a roller coaster, spending an afternoon hiking through the woods or watching the sunset from the top of the Empire State Building, your adventurous family vacation will bring you closer together.
Traveling together and creating new experiences helps build a bond with the people that matter most in your life. These are just a few of many wonderful spots to start making memorable moments with your family.
Where was your favorite family vacation?
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Stephen Schreck is a world traveler, nomad, and adventure backpacker. Knowing a life of aimlessly wandering the globe in search of adventures was the only life for him he set out to make his dream his reality. Currently he is trying to conquer his fears and tackle his bucket list. Follow Stephen's adventures at A Backpacker's Tale or on social media on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram.
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