Sunny, hot days are around the corner, which means the kids are out of school for summer break. Does your family have those summertime vibes as temps heat up? Make this another unforgettable summer by planning family vacations all generations can enjoy.
Broadway or Bust
The Big Apple may be one of the largest cities in the world, bustling with 24/7 action, but it’s also a metropolitan hotspot where people of all ages can experience the excitement of the theater. Your family can enjoy an urban getaway centered around a top-reviewed Broadway play, right in the heart of Manhattan. Featured family favorites like “School of Rock” or “Tuck Everlasting, the Musical” bring the stage to life, captivating the whole group.
Don’t forget to research senior discounts for museums and other city sights to add to your urban adventure and itinerary. USA Today Travel highlights exciting NYC attractions at senior and child discounted rates, like the New York Aquarium and Lincoln Center.
For a family-friendly (and affordable) oceanic excursion, ditch dry land and cruise along at sea. Cruises are typically all-inclusive with packages that include accommodations, entertainment, transportation and food for everyone. Cruise lines also make it convenient to hop from city to city and island to island without worrying about transportation or lagging behind on schedule while rounding up the troops. According to Cruise Critic, cruise ships are also family-friendly with activities for tots, teens, adults and grandparents. From play areas for the little ones to onshore exploration, a cruise vacation has highlights for everyone.
Crisp, fresh air, tranquil vibes and expansive views; what more do you need? If your family loves experiencing the outdoors in peaceful seclusion, then resort to a cabin rental near a sparkling lake or nestled in the mountains. Your family can forget about time and enjoy long lazy days while cooking out and relaxing in the wilderness, surrounded by the beauty of Mother Nature. As the kids swim in the water, grandparents can retreat with the Kindle, you can snooze on a hammock and the whole family can reunite for a leisurely hike.
Unsure where to travel? VacationRentals.com lists 10 destinations for renting a cabin, from Rocky Mountain National Park to the North Georgia Mountains. And by staying in the cabin, your family’s elders can easily store medical necessities and enjoy homey conveniences.
Quaint Bed and Breakfast
Travel to Charleston, South Carolina, for some southern charm and comfort the whole family will love. Rather than staying at a standard hotel, experience a B&B where you and the brood can hide away and unwind. BedandBreakfast.com offers a list of top B&Bs, including inns perched on the historic King’s Street or in the historic district of downtown Charleston. Everyone will feel like royalty (southern style) kicking back in a B&B near waterfront Victorian homes, rich history and views overlooking the harbor. Aside from true southern hospitality and a gourmet breakfast, your family can enjoy Sullivan’s Island, Folly’s Beach and bike rides on Ravenel Bridge. And of course, you must indulge in local southern fare like she-crab soup or shrimp and grits.
Natural Wonder of the World
Recognized as one of the most majestic places on earth, Niagara Falls is a natural masterpiece you must experience at least once in your life. These jaw-dropping falls take your breath away, no matter what your age. And since Niagara Falls caters to all types of tourists, there’s plenty to do and see, like wine tasting for the elders with a vino palate or an exhilarating helicopter ride over the falls as a family-friendly adventure. Everyone can come together for the Hornblower Tours of Niagara. This boat ride adventures into the bottom of the falls for a thrilling, yet very wet one-on-one with nature. Once dried off, head to Clifton Hill, an action-packed street where everyone can jam out to live music, visit the Louis Tussaud’s Waxworks museum or play a round of mini golf.