Family vacations are an essential part of family bonding. With busy schedules to maintain in day-to-day life, there is far too little time for families to spend together enjoying nothing but each other’s company. Vacations allow families to experience new things together. In tough economic times be it for family holidays or honeymoon, they are harder to afford now, it’s important to get the most out your family vacation budget.
There are endless opportunities and destinations for perfect for the Year-End Holidays in all different price ranges, but the most important thing is to choose an experience well-suited for the entire family. The following are some of the best family vacation destinations where entertainment, exploration and educational opportunities abound.
Orlando makes the list of top family vacation destinations because it is centrally located in Florida and home to some of the best family attractions in the state. Boasting Walt Disney World, a long-standing family tradition, as well as Universal Studios which is now home to their newest attraction, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, and SeaWorld. All three of these major attractions are as family-friendly as it gets and plays host to some beloved family favorites.
Before departing, check out the number of deals available for week-long stays at Disney World resorts and other hotels nearest to each attraction. Multi-day passes and multi-park passes are available at both Walt Disney World and Universal Studios that will enable you to make the most of your time and money.
Hershey is a name known to most every kid, but Hershey is also a fun, family-friendly destination. Located near Harrisburg, Hershey is home to Hersheypark, an amusement park complete with thrill rides, kiddie rides, and water rides. It is also adjacent to ZooAmerica, an 11-acre zoo. Admission to the zoo is included with admission to Hersheypark. While in Hershey, families can also visit Hershey’s Chocolate World where kids can make their chocolate bar from scratch, using factory equipment and ingredients.
For families with kids under the age of 12, a visit to Dutch Wonderland may be in order. A miniature-sized amusement park atmosphere with amusement rides, water rides, miniature golf and other entertainment suitable for young children, Dutch Wonderland, is just the right pace for little ones.
Yellow Stone National Park
Families who prefer to avoid the commercialism and tourism of some of the more popular family destinations can enjoy the quiet of nature with a trip to Yellow Stone National Park. Naturally, visiting Old Faithful is a must-do, and Old Faithful the geyser will erupt every 90 minutes or so. Camping expeditions, park ranger tours, and educational programs are ideal for families with a love of nature and a desire to explore the great outdoors. Enjoy fishing, hiking, horseback riding and llama packing while you’re there. An unforgettable outdoor adventure, Yellow Stone National Park is an affordable vacation and best-suited for families with school-aged or older children.
Between the Magnificent Mile, Lincoln Park Zoo, and the American Girl Store, virtually any family can find fun things to do in Chicago. There are numerous family-friendly attractions ranging from museums and amusement parks to shopping. Being situated on the shores of Lake Michigan, there’s plenty of water fun to be had as well. Chicago is a great family value as there’s there something for all ages and Lincoln Park Zoo is the only admission-free zoo you’ll find. There are many great travel deals and packages for Chicago so do a bit of research, and you’ll have a family vacation planned in no time.
All-Inclusive Family Vacations and Cruises
If you’re looking for the simplest way to plan a vacation and travel, then an all-inclusive family vacation to any one of these or other great family destinations, such as Washington D.C., New York City, or the Bahamas, may be your best bet. Also, keep in mind many of the kid-friendly themed cruises like Disney and Nickelodeon. When the itinerary for your trip is planned for you, it can make traveling with kids much easier, especially if there’s always something to do.
When planning a family vacation, especially with young children, be sure to request accommodations like cribs, strollers, and other necessities from your hotel before you book. Several great packages are available for families, especially those with young children and may include kids staying free, eating free, or free admission to nearby attractions. Whatever destination you choose, a family vacation will prove a rewarding and memorable experience for everyone.