#6. Disneyland. “The Happiest Place on Earth” has been wooing children for more than 50 years. Not to be missed are nearby Knott’s Berry Farm and Adventure City as well as Hollywood, which deserves credit for family fun, too. Also, Southern California beaches like Malibu and Santa Monica Beach are great places for the entire family.
#5. Galápagos Islands. Do you want to mingle with giant tortoises, iguanas, sea lions and penguins? Well, on this island chain you can! Your kids will love these critters, and you’ll appreciate the numerous photo ops.
#4. San Diego. This American great city has emerged as one of the premier family destinations in the country. The 1,200-acre Balboa Park, which is home to the famous San Diego Zoo, is a great place to let kids be kids, and burn off some extra energy.
#3. Walt Disney World. Summer is always a popular time to visit Walt Disney World. But that’s not the only attraction in this entertaining city. Also consider a visit to Universal’s Islands of Adventure, Sea World and Bush Gardens. During the summer, be prepared for steep admission prices, hot weather and long lines across the board.
#2. Yellowstone. The country’s oldest national park is a favorite place of people of all ages for a very good reason. With its unique features such as Old Faithful and Mammoth Hot Springs, and fantastic hiking paths, your adventure is right around the bend.
#1. Oahu, Hawaii. This exotic Hawaiian island mixes cosmopolitan luxury with breathtaking scenery. Its high-class restaurants, vibrant cultural events and nightlife further showcase this island as a “Gathering Place” of Hawaiian culture.
Budget friendly vacations
All that sounds great, you say. But how about if I don’t have an unlimited budget that may include any of the above top ten vacation options? Well, if you are like me, when it comes to taking a vacation, I often think that I don’t need to go too far. After all, we live in Florida, one of the hottest vacation spots in the country.
There are many things that you can do with your family in Florida that won’t set you back several thousand dollars and still enjoy a nice vacation. Florida offers some of the best beaches in the country, so the perfect family vacation doesn’t have to blow your budget when you have a plethora of beaches to choose from. It just takes a little planning and research.
Start by selecting a beach town with lower-priced hotel or resort options such as St. Pete Beach, Fort Myers Beach or the historical St. Augustine, where you can get a clean, comfortable, and safe hotel room for about $79 per night. In St. Augustine, history comes alive in red-brick lanes leading to centuries-old churches, and in forts where soldiers still walk the grounds. Head east and you will find 42 miles of pristine Atlantic beaches with lots of fun, family activities, so be sure to order a free Official Visitors Guide from the area you are interested in visiting. Most guides will include discount coupons, maps, tips on where to stay, and information on attractions and tours.
Well, there you have it. One thing to remember is that summertime is prime time for travel, especially for families with kids who are on summer break from school. The sun, the beach, the pleasant evenings — there’s nothing better than summertime when the livin’ is easy.