Family Weekend Vacation Ideas

Family Weekend Vacation Ideas #1: Take the family for a long weekend to the beautiful Middle Fork of the Salmon River in Sun Valley, Idaho. This is the premier Idaho vacation destination with lots of activities to pack into an exciting 3 or 4 day weekend getaway.

A great way to make the best of this vacation idea is to let Far and Away Adventures be your guide. They have some excellent vacation packages that combine the adventure of the world famous river vacation spot, Middle Fork of the Salmon River, with the fun of the excellent resort vacation spot, Sun Valley.

River rafting will be an exciting part your trip with African safari style river camping and organic meals cooked by your river-side chef.

On land, in Sun Valley, you have an array of activities such as festivals, arts galleries, museums, spas and shopping.

Outdoors you have everything from hiking and horseback riding to fishing and rock climbing.

Far and Away Adventures has a wide variety of ways to create your special weekend getaway in Idaho’s Sun Valley.

Family Weekend Vacation Ideas #2: If you love the outdoors and animals, then the Poconos located in Pennsylvania is a great place for a weekend getaway. With the woods all around you, it's impossible for one to get bored.

Hiking is just one activity that you can do. Located all through this area, you can find horseback riding farms. You are instructed on how to ride a horse and get to experience the fun of riding on a trail.

If that isn't your cup of tea, then perhaps fishing is. Since the Poconos has lakes all around, there are a few pay to fish places. This is great for the children.

No one ever leaves these pay to fish places without catching something. Seeing little kids excited about catching their first fish will bring a smile to anyone's face.

If you're not the type who prefers activities in the outdoors, shopping is also great in the Poconos. From outlets to little shops that sell just about anything, it's not hard to go home empty handed.

One of the biggest reasons why so many individuals flock to the Poconos is because it's known as a hot honeymoon spot. Many hotels provide newlywed services creating a setting that is perfect for the newly wedded couple.

The Poconos was by far the best vacation I have ever had makes a great weekend getaways idea. I plan to do it another time in the future. I never got bored, had always something to do, and just enjoyed my entire stay. - By Mary from Atlanta

Family Weekend Vacation Ideas #3:
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Spend a fun weekend in Savannah, Georgia for St. Patrick’s Day. Surprisingly, Savannah hosts one of the largest Paddy’s Day celebrations in the country. They are outdone by only Chicago, New York and Boston.

Their parade is estimated to be the second largest in the country and the incredible growth of the festival the last few years has drawn comparisons to the New Orleans Mardi Gras celebration.

Having attended both festivals I have to say Savannah St. Paddy’s Day is the next best thing to Mardi Gras. No worries families, there are plenty of activities appropriate for the kiddies during the day. Take them to the parade and the annual “greening of the fountain” in Forsyth Park. Historic River Street is a sea of green both the 16th and 17th banked on the river side by food and beer vendors and on the other by restaurants, bars and shops.

Don’t miss the chance for a Wet Willies frozen daiquiri, second to only the New Orleans Original. Up the steps toward City Market the streets are blocked off to accommodate more festival goers. There is a bandstand at city market with live music and DJs all day and late into the night.

Check out Kevin Barry’s Pub on River Street and Murphy’s Law Pub near City Market. There will be crowds, this year the festivities attracted over one million visitors to the area, but the fun and camaraderie are worth it. You will need to book your room far in advance as there will be absolutely no vacancies by the time the festivities get under way. - Amy Lou - St. Louis

Family Weekend Vacation Ideas#4: Camp Dearborn, located in Milford, Michigan. I've been vacationing here, my favorite vacation spot, since I was a child. My father before me vacationed there with his parents, who have been vacationing there since it opened in 1950.

True, it isn't an exotic beach or European hotspot, but some of the best memories I have are the ones I made there. Designed as a family campground, Camp Dearborn allows visitors to spend their vacation in various ways: in tents they bring themselves, RV's, cabins on the property, or tents they provide. We always used their tents as they slept 6 comfortably, had a kitchenette with a fridge, stovetop, and sheltered picnic table.

We would spend our days doing various planned activities - arts and crafts, tournaments, sporting challenges - or just relaxing at one of the two beaches or pool. At night, we'd all head down to the canteen for the evening dance and ice cream. The options are limitless and fun lies around every corner for both child and adult. Whether it’s just a weekend or a full week, I plan to continue visiting Camp Dearborn and one day visit with my children to keep the family tradition alive. - By Emily from Kentucky

Family Weekend Vacation Ideas #5: My favorite place to visit is Mackinac and Mackinac Island in Michigan. I can remember going there as a child all the way until I was an adult and have always had things to do there at any age that I have visited. The best time to go is during the fall, when on the ride there you can see the beauty of nature among all of the trees that are turning colors. They display such amazing beauty and are captivating to see.

Once in Mackinac, there is a beautiful beach that you can go out to (and is right outside of your door if you stay at the Best Western-Dockside Inn!) You can walk right outside your room and see the sunrise and watch the sunset. It is so beautiful and peaceful there.

There are a tons of shops that one can visit with items from homemade candies to western style pictures! To top it all off, there is a ferry that you can take to Mackinac Island. I love riding the ferry across the water to the island and seeing all of the boats in the water.

The Island presents a whole different dimension to the vacation. On the island, there are no motorized vehicles so there are bikes that you can rent or even take the horse carriage around the island. The governor's mansion is there as well as numerous shops and restaurants to experience. There are things to do for the young and the old. It's an experience that I will always remember and will take my own kids to experience whenever I have them. - By Jarvis from Michigan

Family Weekend Vacation Ideas #6: For a weekend getaway in Virginia I would like to suggest a trip to Front Royal. The town of Front Royal, Virginia is exactly the type of town my family would look to vacation in if we didn’t already live here!

A lot of folks don’t know about the true Front Royal, because as the town at the northern tip of Skyline Drive, many visitors drive through on Rte 55 and never get to see the rest of this gem. For a small town, it is amazing how there really is something for everyone.

Nature enthusiasts can hike in Shenandoah National Park or the Andy Guest Shenandoah River State Park. Both have excellent trails and educational programs running regularly.

The views at either park or on Skyline Drive are gorgeous. Nature buffs can also canoe, kayak, or raft down the Shenandoah River, courtesy of a couple of local outfitters. There are also several stables offering guided horseback rides within Warren County, the home county of Front Royal.

If you’re into caverns, make Skyline Caverns a definite stop—it’s the only place in the world with anthodites, which are beautiful crystals that grow in odd directions—gravity means nothing to these little things.

At the caverns, you’ll also find a miniature train ride and a mirror maze, both at reasonable costs, to entertain the kids for a weekend getaway in Virginia. There’s also a picnic area.

History buff? With Front Royal as your vacation idea, you will have will have plenty of US history — Front Royal changed hands several times in just one day during the Civil War, and on Chester Street you’ll find the home of Belle Boyd, the famous Confederate spy.

You can also wander over to Killahevlin Bed and Breakfast (an AWESOME place to stay, by the way) and see the descendant of the tree on which John Mosby and his men were hung.

Shopping, you ask? Well, don’t miss downtown Front Royal, which is NOT just Rte 55. Main Street, Chester Street, and North Royal Avenue have quaint antique and specialty shops, as well as some excellent restaurants.

If you’re looking for home-style cooking at good prices, you need to go to Wynn’s or the Mill, both on Main Street, or South Street Grill on Rte 55.

Want something a little more upscale for your a weekend getaway in Virginia? Try Element/Apt 2G, Soul Mountain Café, Lucky Star Lounge, or Wine & Duck, all in the historic district.

And if you just can’t live without Target and Wal-Mart...well, we have those too, just north of town off of I-66. To sum it up, you will definitely enjoy a Virginia family vacation in Front Royal.

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