With most restrictions lifted and the holidays fast approaching, you may be a part of the 74% of American families planning to take a family vacation. Perfect family destinations this year are those that have something for everyone, without complicated restrictions. While you may want to just unwind, your kids will enjoy swimming or exploring the city. You’ll want your kids to have as much fun as you do on your vacation. So, where can you visit with your children? Here are five perfect vacation locations you should consider.
1. Mohonk Mountain House, New York
Overlooking Lake Mohonk, Mohonk Mountain House is the perfect Adirondack vacation spot for families that love kayaking, swimming, and rowing. With the surrounding beautiful acres of lush forest, the Mohonk Mountain offers an all-inclusive resort for your family. It is also a lovely spot for hiking and picnics during the fall foliage season.
2. Miami Beach, Florida
Miami is often associated with loud parties, spring break crowds, or a great location to live during your retirement years. However, Miami Beach can be an excellent destination for families with young children. Miami has great weather year-round, and with the most tropical beaches in the US, you won’t have any problem finding the perfect beach for your kids.
The Miami Children’s Museum and Jungle Island share an island. Likewise, there are several child-friendly parks, the zoo, aquariums, museums, art galleries, direct beach access, and ideal accommodation facilities for your family.
3. Aulani, A Disney Resort and Spa, Hawaii
On Oahu, Hawaii, a family trip to Aulani creates a magical Disney atmosphere. Most of the Resort’s all-inclusive rates cover character experiences, bonfires, walking tours, live entertainment, kids club, ukulele lessons, gaming rooms, and the children’s pool. While Aulani may not offer the typical Disney experience, the Resort delivers several other amenities to make up for it. Additionally, it is much less expensive to stay in Aulani compared to the usual Hawaii vacations. This means you won’t have to scale down your family vacation dreams this year.
4. Lakeway Resort and Spa, Texas
The Lakeway Resort and Spa is located on the shores of Lake Travis, near Austin, Texas. There are three large pools, but your children will likely spend most of their time in the pool with the giant adventure water slide!
You can rent out a jet ski, boat, or pontoon if you want to go to the lake. In addition to the ping pong and basketball hoops available, there’s also a bounce castle and a huge kids zone where your kids can run around. This means you can hit the spa for an excellent massage while they’re playing in the castle.
Being so close to Austin, it would be a shame to miss its many museums, galleries, restaurants, or Lady Bird Lake. And it’s an easy day trip to San Antonio and the Alamo.
5. Gatlinburg, TN & the Great Smoky Mountains
Gatlinburg, Tennessee is just one more of the perfect family vacation destinations this year. The Great Smoky Mountains make the perfect backdrop for a fun-filled vacation that keeps you close to nature.
While you can take the family to hit the slopes in the winter, there’s plenty to do before snow arrives. Visit Ober Gatlinburg for amusement rides and a tramway or the Gatlinburg Space Needle observation tower to see captivating views. There’s river rafting, hiking, a Hollywood stars auto museum, and Dollywood, rated one of the world’s best theme parks.
While these are all great family vacation destinations in the US, you can check out this guide to the best all-inclusive family resorts in Puerto Rico if you’re feeling adventurous and want to explore destinations outside the US. Be sure to squeeze in some relaxation time, as well as lots of fun-filled family time to create lifelong memories this festive season. The most perfect family vacation destinations this year are those that bring your family together!