Epic Family Vacations
After a year of postponed vacations and families choosing to do staycations, it’s about time to get ready and gear up for family fun. Whether you’re looking for a rustic getaway, seaside retreat, a thrilling adventure, or city escape, there are many ways to enjoy your epic family vacation. Here are some great ideas to help you choose your post-pandemic getaway.
Cruise lines are practically made with families in mind. Whether you’re young or young-at-heart, cruises have all the adventure and relaxation your family could want – and that’s without leaving the ship! You’ll never hear “I’m bored” on a family cruise vacation with onboard activities like arcades, outdoor movies, themed parties, sporting activities, designated pool areas, water parks, challenging games, and even bumper cars that will keep them moving all day long. And grown-ups will enjoy relaxing at the onboard spa, taking a dip in the adults-only pool area, or trying their luck in the casino. There’s truly something for everyone on a cruise vacation.
AAA’s suggested cruise lines for families: Royal Caribbean, Disney Cruise Line, Carnival Cruise
Take the stress out of your family getaway on an all-inclusive vacation. All-inclusive resorts make travel planning a breeze with typical rates including your lodging, dining, most drinks, and many activities and entertainment all into one single price. Parents can enjoy alone time as many all-inclusive resorts have supervised camps that are run by professionally trained and certified child-care workers. The kids will love it and will be occupied with games, watersports, crafts, and more.
Most all-inclusive resorts are located in Mexico and the Caribbean, but there are a few hotels in the United States, including Hawaii.
AAA’s suggested all-inclusive resorts for families: Aulani – A Disney Resort & Spa, Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya, Beaches Turks & Caicos
Get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and get back to nature while connecting with your family on a camping trip. From rugged to luxurious, camping can be any type you want. Pitching a tent under the stars is what most people would think of when they hear the word “camping.” The spots are nearly endless where you can set up camp: parks, wooded areas, beaches, and more. Looking for something more comfortable with a bit more privacy? Rent an RV that you can take to state or national parks or campgrounds for an epic adventure. You’ll enjoy the luxuries of having a home on wheels while still enjoying the fun things about camping…like toasting gooey marshmallows for s’mores!
AAA’s suggested camping trips for families: Arcadia National Park, Lake Placid, Florida Keys
Theme Park Vacation
It’s a no-brainer, a theme park vacation is the ultimate destination for families. With so many thrills, chills, twists, turns, fun meet-and-greets with favorite characters, interactive role-playing, and so much more, visiting a theme park is an epic experience that the entire family will enjoy. And best of all, theme parks are available almost any time of the year! While visiting larger theme parks like Walt Disney World® or Universal Orlando® that have multiple theme parks within the resort, it’s best to plan your trip around visiting one park or land each day.
AAA’s suggested theme parks for families: Walt Disney World Resort, Universal Orlando Resort, Knoebels Amusement Resort
U.S. National Parks Vacation
There are over 60 protected lands known as national parks in the United States, so there’s a good chance you won’t have to travel too far to find a park to explore. These breathtakingly beautiful parks are hosts to tens of millions of visitors every year. A trip to a national park offers more than just great photo ops, it’s an opportunity to educate your children about nature, science, conservation, and history while discovering America’s wonders, like caves, glaciers, geysers, snow-topped mountains, and volcanoes.
AAA’s suggested national parks for families: Yellowstone National Park, Everglades National Park, Glacier National Park
A Trip to the City
Cities are filled with world-class museums, historical sites, restaurants, beautiful parks, shopping, and more, making it a fun destination for a family trip. A great time to visit a city, such a New York City, is during the holiday season as there are many festivities taking place. You can get pictures with a dazzling lit tree, go ice skating at a park, enjoy a meet-and-greet with Santa, and more.
AAA’s suggested cities for families: Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., Boston
Odds are a favorite family vacation of yours is a trip to the beach. As the saying goes, “life is always better at the beach.” From sandy toes and seashells to boardwalks and tropical drinks, beach vacations have all the ingredients to create a memorable family vacation.
AAA’s suggested beaches for families: Rehoboth Beach, Outer Banks, Maui
Photo Credit: ©Royal Caribbean