11 Amazing Summer Getaways for the Whole Family

11 Amazing Summer Getaways for the Whole Family

Traveling is challenging enough when you’re “just” doing it solo, with a significant other or with a friend. However, add the whole family into the mix including the kids, pets and grandparents, and suddenly you’re charged with pleasing everyone. There’s good news; you actually can please them all if you know the top destinations that appeal to every generation (and come with pet-and budget-friendly options). Before you call it quits and demand a staycation, consider these 11 amazing summer getaways that are sure to have everyone calling it the best trip ever.

1. Paradise Island, Bahamas: Atlantis Resort & Casino

If one person in the family wants to head to the casinos, another wants a beach vacation and yet another just wants to sample endless fine dining and get massages, there’s one place where you can do all of this: The Bahamas. Specifically at the Atlantis Resort and Casino, this massive resort is a reincarnation of the Lost Continent and features 20,000+ guest rooms with 38 restaurants, endless activities and more than 50,000 animals on-site. You can get your beach getaway, gourmet meals and indulge in your favorite casino games all in one family-oriented spot. With 11 pools, seven water slides and miles of sandy beaches to explore, there’s never a dull moment in Atlantis.

2. Tanque Verde Ranch in Tuscon

If you’d rather fly domestic, the ultimate ranch escape is right in Arizona at Tanque Verde Ranch. It’s designed to take the cheesiness factor out of ranch vacatiosn and is nestled next to the Sonoran Desert and Saguaro National Park so it’s easy to get back in touch with nature. At this dude ranch with more than 120 horses, it doesn’t matter if you’ve never rode a horse before or if you were a barrel competitor; it’s the perfect place to learn or practice your skills. Indulge in the famous breakfast ride, guided hikes, and get a glimpse of the secret waterfalls. Special kids programs cater to younger crowds and include everything from swimming to tennis.

3. The best Hawaiian retreat

There are many resorts on the islands of Hawaii, but one stands out above them all for families: The Hilton Waikoloa Village which sets the standard for island luxury. It’s completely child friendly, especially with programs like Camp Menehune to allow the adults for some private time. Opt for a day or night camp for the kids that involves feeding swans, exploring tidepools, golfing and hunting for treasure. The Dolphin Quest is a kid favorite, filled with dolphin interaction to fulfill bucket lists. As a family, try kayak trips, snorkeling sails or whale watching excursions.

4. The Shakespeare Festival in Southern Oregon

Nestled in the charming college town of Ashland, this Oregon town is a mecca for all things Shakespeare, and it’s the perfect place to share your love of the bard with your little ones. Don’t worry, this isn’t a dry and boring festival that’s just for adults. There are endless outdoor and kid-centered plays and events and exploring the lush Lithia Park complete with the duck pond and famous “Lithia water fountains” is a throwback to another time. If you’d rather slow things down while enjoying nature and the arts, it’s the perfect spot.

5. Tap into your Tarzan in paradise

 

Costa Rica is known for many things including the best ziplining in the world, the most waterfalls, and a friendly culture that’s built around tourism. The best part is that it’s only a four-hour flight from Atlanta or Miami, making international travel with little ones easy. Try out the Sky Trek Tram, a guided tour of Manuel Antonio which is home to more species than any other park, and the endless beaches from Puerto Viejo to Guanacaste. The boutique hotels are often American-owned and cater to families.

6. Bum around at Utah’s Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort

Skiing is a favorite family tradition, and Snowbird is the ultimate winter escape. Located in Little Cottonwood Canyon, you have 5,000 acres of mountain at your disposal. This resort has been in operation for over 30 years and features 85 runs, 10 lifts and the ability to serve 16,000 people from beginning skiers (at age three and up) to professionals. There’s also ice skating, luge sledding, snow tubing and snowshoe tours available, or slip into the spa for an adult-only treat, but rest assured that the whole family will be entertained here.

7. A bite of the Big Apple

Don’t dismiss NYC as an adult vacation destination, because the greatest city in the world has something for everyone, including hotels that cater to families complete with on-site nannies available. Explore Central Park with a carriage ride, check out the endless dessert hot spots like the famous shop that birthed the cronut, or show your kids some holiday magic on 34th Street. With easy public transportation, hop on hop off tours designed with kids in mind, and the opportunity to see a real Broadway play, it’s never too early to introduce culture (especially when many museums are free).

8. Outdoor fun at Kingsmill Resort in Virginia

Located near Williamsburg and boasting over 3,000 acres, the Kingsmill Resort has endless rec options but is close enough to historical Williamsburg and Busch Gardens to get a little something of everything. Head to the amusement park for an adrenaline rush, or enjoy family activities at the resort such as the three 18-hole golf courses, game rooms and 15 tennis courts.

9. Anywhere near Anaheim

Southern California is a mecca for travelers, considering the many amusements parks including LEGOland that’s built for kids. Whether the family wants to spend time on the beach, at family-friendly restaurants or amusement park hopping, Anaheim and the surrounding area is idea. Tour celebrity houses, go to the newly named Grauman’s Chinese Theater or partake in a guided hike.

10. The fabulous Las Vegas

 

Sin City is no longer an adults-only hot spot, especially with Circus Circus having revamped their hotel and packages to make it family-oriented. Full of whimsy and entertainment, this lavish resort had 3,800 rooms and 70 acres all designed to take the sin out of the city. It’s basically a massive fun house with on-site babysitting available around the clock.

11. Go wild at Orlando’s Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge

Orlando is more than SeaWorld considering that Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge brings the excitement of Africa to the states. A veritable Serengeti, there are 200 animals and suites overlook the many “savannahs.” Meet a giraffe, explore museums, and experience sheer decadence at the restaurants featuring African fare that’s sure to sate everyone’s appetite.

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