Family-Friendly Vacation Ideas
A few years ago, Sean left his job as a social worker to spend more time with his kids. Today, he writes for LearnFit in his spare time.
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Easter weekend can be the perfect time to plan a quick family vacation or extend one if you can get a few more vacation days from work. Picking a destination might be the hardest part. There are so many places to choose from, so you will have to narrow it down based on your family’s interests and how much time and money you have to spend.
The Best Vacation for your Family
What type of activities does your family enjoy doing? You don’t want to pick a place where the options might be limited to some activities that members of your family might hate. Decide whether winter or summer weather is what you are craving and start looking at places that might have a variety of fun things to do that will make everyone happy.
Your budget will also come into play when determining a vacation destination. If you are on a more limited budget, look for cabins or campgrounds in a national park or near public beaches. You can also look for cheap vacation rentals online for less than $100 per night or destinations with inclusive family packages.
If budget is not an issue, you can check out luxury vacations or cruises with many activity options to choose from. Many offer pampering spa sessions, golf, ski or surf lessons, along with a plethora of kid’s programs to keep them busy.
Warm Weather Destinations
The Atlantis Paradise Island Resort is located in the Bahamas and is an amazing family vacation destination. The kids can take part in their Atlantis Kids Adventure Program, which includes culinary classes, a lego construction room, a life-size Victorian dollhouse, performance galleries, gaming systems, and more. The whole family will enjoy this luxury resort with its waterslides, river rides, rock climbing, and marine habitat to explore together.
San Diego is another great destination for families. You can stay at luxury hotels or rent a small beach condo, and there are many places to see and visit for free. San Diego is also known for its Zoo and separate Wild Animal Park. Legoland, Balboa Park, Seaport Village, Mission Beach, and Old Town are some more tourist spots to check out, just to name a few.
Rancho de Los Caballeros in Arizona might be a vacation spot your family might enjoy to get off the beaten path. This dude ranch has been giving families a taste of the cowboy experience since 1947. They offer horseback riding, swimming, campfires, and cozy accommodations for the whole family. The kids program keeps kids busy with swimming, scavenger hunts, trail or corral riding, crafts, and more.
Cool Weather Adventures
If your family would rather brave the cold to seek adventure in the snow, Smuggler’s Notch Resort in Vermont would definitely be a hit. Their Snow Sport University guarantees that you will learn or improve in your ski or snowboarding skills or they will refund your money. Ice skating, indoor pools, inflatable Fun Zone, and a 22-foot giant double lane water-slide will also guarantee a good time for the whole family.
The west coast also has some great ski destinations up at Mammoth, Badger Pass, and Snowmass. And if you get tired of the cold weather, it’s not a long road trip down to the beautiful coastal towns.
The coast of Maine can also be a scenic, cooler weather destination on the east coast to explore. Vermont, New York and Michigan have many beautiful parks and campgrounds, and also make for great family-friendly outdoor destinations.
Regardless of where you decide to go, it’s a great time of year to get a way for a bit. There’s still a while to go before summer, and chances are, you haven’t had a break since the holidays. It wouldn’t hurt to plan ahead to reduce the stress of returning from your vacation either. Consider things like having your home cleaned (it may not cost as much as you think - consider it a part of your vacation expenses) or see if your neighbor would mind taking care of your yard while you’re away.