Vacation Ideas for Kids

Vacation Ideas For Kids #1: YMCA of the Rockies is a family vacation center situated in Estes Park, Colorado. Thousands of families come back year after year because YMCA of the Rockies specializes in year round activities for the whole family. Their location, in the heart of the gorgeous, pristine Colorado Rocky Mountains, makes a wonderful family setting.

Wildlife viewing is something that kids really enjoy and there’s plenty of wildlife around. They have cabins and lodge rooms that can accommodate any size family and the rates are easy on the family vacation budget.

Through much of the year YMCA of the Rockies holds special themed family weekends. The activities focus on a theme like outdoor winter time activities, crafts, family magic tricks or guided hikes.

Vacation Ideas For Kids #2: Sesame Place is a fun vacation spot for kids with rides, parades and shows all based around the Sesame Street characters. There are over a dozen water rides but also plenty of rides where the kids can stay dry.

The kids will love Elmo’s World, Big Bird’s Balloon race, Ernie’s bed Bounce and Monster Maze. Some of the wet rides are Bert & Ernie’s Slip & Slide, Rubber Duckie Pond and Tiny Tiny Tidal Wave.

Special events are held throughout the year such as fireworks displays in July or Holiday Dining with the Characters during December. Sesame Place is located in Langhorne, Pa which is 30 minutes north of Philadelphia and 90 minutes south of New York City.

Vacation Ideas For Kids #3: Kids love water parks and Water Country is arguably as America’s Number 1 water park. That’s because Water Country knows how to do water rides. They have high intensity looping inner tube rides.

The kids can race against each other as they dive-boggan head first down the slide. Play and get drenched under a giant tipping bucket at the Tahiti Tree House. They can hide and slide and play in the 40-foot pirate ship in Pirates lagoon. Water Country is located in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

Vacation Ideas For Kids #4: Sandpiper is a Club Med family resort in Port St. Lucie Florida. For over 40 years the Sandpiper Resort has been focusing on family activities and welcomes children of all ages. They have childcare and children’s programs that accommodate kids 4 months old all the way up to 17 years old.

A few of their innovative and fun things to do are inline skating, circus school for children and flying trapeze. They have a Tennis Academy and Golf Academy with 18-hole and 9-hole courses. Sports are a big part of the experience here with facilities for basketball, beach volleyball, soccer, volley ball, water polo and weight room.

Vacation Ideas For Kids #5: Dreams Resort & Spa Cancun is an all-inclusive luxury resort at the very tip of the Yucatan Peninsula, near the ancient Mayan city of Tulum. There are three great beaches here for the family to relax and play on.

There is plenty of luxury here for the adults with private balconies with ocean views, marble floors, Mayan architecture, top restaurants and spa. The Explorer’s Club for Kids has daily programs for ages 3-12. The activities are based on science, nature, and exploration.

The kids can have an adventure sleeping on the beach or in tents. There are sandcastle competitions, a game room and arts & crafts projects. While staying at the Dreams Resort & Spa Cancun you can take the family to explore ancient archeological sites at Tulum, Chichen Itza and Uxmal.

Vacation Ideas For Kids #6: The Buffalo National River, in Arkansas is one of the best rivers for family canoeing and camping. An act of Congress has protected its 132 mile length from development so this is truly a wilderness experience. Yet despite the wild natural setting, the river has many sections that are calm and scenic. There are clear deep pools for swimming.

And there are plenty of faster water sections that mildly challenging for families seeking a little more thrill. Day trip opportunities abound. But you can easily map out a week long overnight camping-canoeing vacation.

You will find lots of hiking trails and riverside campgrounds. The best way to plan your vacation on the river is a stop at the Buffalo Outdoor Center in Ponca, Arkansas.

While you are in Ponca, make a visit to the mineral-water baths and folk art craftsmen at Eureka Springs. It’s about an hour away and be sure to ride the steam-powered train there.

Vacation Ideas For Kids #7:

A great fun and very different vacation idea is to spend your vacation on a houseboat. One place you can do this is at the Seven Crown Resorts in northern California. Their houseboats are located on clear pure waters of Lake Shasta which is a couple hours north of San Francisco near Redding. This is a huge lake which is fed by four rivers and has 370 miles of shoreline.

That means there are plenty of places to explore as you guide your houseboat around the lake such as uninhabited islands, coves, river inlets, historic towns along the shore and the Shasta Dam.

You can also take the houseboat to the Shasta Caverns where you can take a tour of the caves. The houseboats have room up to 10 people and are equipped everything the family needs. Just bring your own food and drinks.

Vacation Ideas For Kids #8: In Albany, Oregon there's a company called Hurricane Creek Llama Treks. As the name suggests, this family vacation idea is a trek with kids and llamas across the rugged and beautiful northeastern Oregon landscape.

The Hells Canyon National Recreation Area is the place and it's full of streams, lakes, meadows, granite peaks and lots of wildlife. The llamas are the perfect hiking companions. These gentle creatures happily carry your provisions and they are also very good at alerting you to wildlife nearby.

It's just plain fun to explore nature with a llama at your side. The kids will love them. Your llama trek vacation sets up in a base camp. You then set out into the wilds to hike, explore, fish and see the elk, mule deer, mountain goats and bighorn sheep. If you are looking for fun and unusual family vacation activities, try a llama trek vacation.

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