Summer Vacation Ideas For Kids

Summer Vacation Ideas For Kids #1: Snowbird, Utah - Snow bird is a popular ski town during the winter, but it also shines as a summer family vacation resort. Snowbird is just a half hour drive from Salt Lake City in beautiful Little Cottonwood Canyon.

The location and its proximity to major transportation routes make Snowbird Resort accessible and an excellent vacation idea for a weekend getaway. There’s a long list of fun things to do for the kids.

ATV riding is popular including guided tours of Mineral Basin and American Fork Canyon. There are lots of mountain trails for hiking, mountain biking and scooters. Ride the Aerial Tram up 11,000 feet to the top of Hidden Peak.

Try the mining sluice and pan for real gold and gemstones. Take a 30mph zipline ride from the top of Chickadee down the 1,000 foot zipline to Snowbird Center.

Summer Vacation Ideas For Kids #2: Whistler, British Columbia, Canada is the home of the Whistler Blackcomb Ski Resort. This is a great family ski resort with over 8,000 acres of skiable terrain. They have several fun family activities for summer time vacations.

Their Peak 2 Peak Alpine Experience features scenic walks with gondola and open-air chairlift rides. At the Adventure Zone you can spin on the human gyroscope, bounce and flip on the Bungy Trampoline, kid-friendly rock climbing, mini golf paradise, spider web climbing for kids and more.

Take an Ecology Tour and visit a bear den in the coastal hemlock-cedar forests. Enjoy an incredible family meal at the 6,000 foot high mountain-top BBQ experience at the Roundhouse Lodge on Whistler Mountain. Whistler Blackcomb’s Mountain Bike Park has over 4,900 vertical feet of trails that can accommodate kids of all skill levels.

Summer Vacation Ideas For Kids #3: Lake Placid, New York was the site of the 1980 winter Olympics. Today Lake Placid offers a wide variety of attractions for a family vacation with kids. You can tour the complex where the Olympics were held.

The Adirondack Mountains provide an idyllic and scenic setting. In winter there’s alpine skiing, bobsledding, cross country skiing and dog sled rides. Summer brings hiking, fishing, horseback riding and biking.

Lake Placid, Mirror Lake and Saranac Lake - where you can rent a boat at the marinas. Tour the six million acre Adirondack Park with a ride on the Adirondack Scenic Railroad. Special train excursions are fun like the murder mystery train trip, the train robbery excursion and the kids really enjoy the magical Polar Express trip to see Santa Clause at the North Pole.

Summer Vacation Ideas For Kids #4:
Aspen, Colorado
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Aspen, Colorado could be considered the ultimate family vacation playground. You’ll find endless mountain trails to bike and hike including extensive bike paths within the town of Aspen. Paragliding is a big draw here. You can watch enthusiasts as they leap off the top of Aspen Mountain. If you are feeling adventurous you can join in and take a tandem flight. Kids as young as three can try it.

The ponds, lakes and rivers around Aspen are great for kayaking. Whether you want the thrills of a rushing river or the quiet stillness of floating in a pond, you will find a spot for family kayaking. Blazing Adventures offers all these kayaking adventures with guides to provide maximum enjoyment and safety. Another vacation activity the kids will enjoy is a mine tour. There are two old mines in the area where you can go down into the cave-like mine and tour the maze of tunnels.

Summer Vacation Ideas For Kids #5: Belize is a small country in Central America only a two-hour flight from Miami. Here the kids can have an adventure vacation in the jungles on the Mexican border. The Caves Branch Adventure Company & Jungle Lodge is an exciting and rustic place with thatched bungalows and open air showers. Cave diving and jungle adventures are there specialty as well as kayaking, mountain biking and horseback riding.

They also offer cave tubing where you slap on headgear with a lamp and ride an inner tube down an underground river. These Belize adventure trips are all designed with kids in mind and the guides are trained to handle the needs of families. Another fun activity offered by Caves Branch is a trip to the Black Hole Drop. You hike through the jungle and then rappel down into the 280-foot deep sinkhole called Black Hole Drop.

Summer Vacation Ideas For Kids #6:
Dolphins at Sea World, San Antonio
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I was looking for a place to take my toddler son for s short mini-getaway. Since he was turning three, I wanted to visit some place close to home, as we would not be able to stay overnight, and age-appropriate.

After looking at the choices near the Austin, Texas area, I settled on Sea World, which is located in San Antonio. San Antonio is about an hour and a half away from Austin, so the distance made it reasonable for a day trip. Sea World is not only educational, but fun for children too.

The admission prices are moderate, but I had a coupon which really helped. Even without the discount, I feel Sea World is more than worth a visit, especially if you have young children. My son had a wonderful time, and I plan to take him back again next summer.

While in town, we ate at Sea World, which is expensive, as is to be expected at a theme park. We also stopped by the IHOP restaurant in the Westgate shopping center, near Highway 151. The food at this IHOP was fine, and the restaurant was clean. However, the service was lackluster and quite slow; the restaurant was hardly busy when we were there.

Still, I lucked out and visited the restaurant during a period of time where each kid's meal was free with the purchase of an adult entree. Based on that alone, I would patronize this particular IHOP again, if I were in the area. Without the free meal? Skip IHOP and go to one of the many other restaurants in the Westgate shopping center. - By Marie from Texas

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