Vacation ideas with kids #1: Cedar Grove Cottages Family Resort. This is one of the many children friendly vacation spots along the shores of the Great Lakes. It’s located in Tobermory, on the tip of Bruce Peninsula - a strip of land that juts out into waters of Lake Huron on the Canadian side.
This is such a good location for getting the kids outdoors and enjoying what nature has to offer. On the land side of Tobermory is Bruce Peninsula National Park and on the bay side is Fathom Five National Marine Park.
From Cedar Grove Cottages Family Resort you can head to Fathom Five for a unique glass bottom boat tour; take a ride out to Flower Pot Island; go fishing for Pickerel (Walleye), Perch and Small Mouth Bass in the nearby inland Cameron lake.
The peninsula is home to lots of birds and wildlife. You can take advantage of the many trails to go hiking and bird-watching.
Canoeing, swimming, picnicking, nature photography are all fun things to do here. You should be able to arrange a very nice and inexpensive family vacation here on Bruce Peninsula.
#2: Colonial Williamsburg is a small town in Virginia that has been completely restored to replicate the colonial period in history. Its sole purpose is to give the visitor a real look at life as it was in the 18th century.
This is one of the best vacation spots for children because they will become engaged in the experience as they see history acted out before their eyes by the real life artisans and costumed actors that inhabit the town. Teenagers will see the characters and culture that they learned about in school come to life.
The children will see the toys that the kids played with back 200 years and get a chance to play some of the popular games from the time period. At the Military Encampment, the kids can march and drill and even pretend to fire a cannon. There are loads of hands-on activities for the whole family. Colonial Williamsburg Virginia is a fun and educational family getaway idea.
#3: Family trip to the Arkansas Ozarks - At the Ozark Folk Center State Park, in Mountain View, Arkansas, the family can learn about and celebrate a bygone culture that is vanishing from the United States. The Ozark way of life was instilled by the pioneers who originally settled in the Arkansas Mountains. It was characterized by a strong work ethic, religious beliefs and ingenuity.
Set in the misty blue mountains, the Ozark Folk Center is a fort-like enclosure that holds 24 small craft demonstration buildings. Plus the General Store, some actual log cabins, and a 1,000 seat theater. There are music shows and craft demonstrations. The kids will love the special hands-on activities like making yarn, square dancing and using feather pens. The mule swing ride is lots of fun. This is where they can ride an old-style primitive carousel pulled by mules.
#4: Vacation Ideas With Kids - The Steamboat Village Ski Resort is committed to being a children friendly vacation spot. It is on Storm Mountain in northern Colorado and it is one of the country’s premier ski locations. They work hard at maintaining a family atmosphere. They have racing clinics for the kids. They have special deals where children can stay and ski free. There is a popular Kid’s Vacation Center where children from ages 2 to 6 can have fun learning to ski and playing games.
The Kids Adventure Club allows kids age 5 to young teen to participate in a "Kids Night Out" where they can play games and watch movies in a supervised camp environment. There are five kids-only lifts and two special beginner teaching areas with their own lifts. Some of the other activities available at Steamboat are Horseback Riding, Snowmobile Rides, Sleigh Ride Dinners, Hot Springs and Spa Services.
#5: Family adventure in Mammoth Cave- Most kids love caves and Mammoth Cave National Park has a whopper. Over 350 miles long, Mammoth Cave lives up to its name. It’s located in the rolling hills of Cave County in central Kentucky. The cave is a thrill to tour with huge underground rooms, mysterious passages and exotic rock formations. Plus there’s the fun of being underground.
There are a variety of different cave tours at Mammoth Cave National Park including a boat tour, special teen tours and tours for small kids. Back above ground there are nearby lakes where you can swim, fish, kayak and canoe. There is a scenic river boat tour on the Green River. Jesse James Riding Stables offers horseback riding.
#6: Portland, Oregon is one of the best kids vacation spots especially for children that enjoy outdoor activities. Portland has an abundance of excellent parks where the kids have access to biking trails, rollerskating, swimming pools, lake boating, horseback riding and lots of other fun.
Waterfront Village in Tom McCall Park has a nice petting zoo for the kids. Only five minutes from downtown Portland, is the Oregon Zoo. The MAX Light Rail has a stop that drops you off right at the entrance to the zoo. The Portland Children's Museum has loads of children-friendly exhibits and fun ways to explore and learn new things.
#7: Children love Parrot Jungle Island - If your kids love animals, and what child doesn't, they will love Parrot Jungle Island in Miami, Florida. Parrot Jungle Parrot is a bird sanctuary where 1,100 exotic tropical birds fly free. Although it's more like a theme park than a zoo, birds aren't the only creatures that live here. Lions, tigers, orangutans, chimps, alligators, crocodiles and exotic fish are just a few of the creatures at Parrot Island.
Parrot Jungle Island has a private beach with a thrilling 3-story high water slide named The Hippo Slide. There are fun exhibits like the Kangaroo Feedings, Tiger Tales or Crocodile Care. At the Serpentarium you can watch the reptile show with baby alligators, enormous snakes and Crocosaurus, the largest crocodile in the Western Hemisphere.
#8: Vacation Ideas With Kids - Take the kids to the Red Earth Native American Cultural Festival in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. This fun festival is held each June and over 100 Native American tribes come together to celebrate their history and culture and artistry.
One of the main features of the festival is the Red Earth Dance Competition. Here you can witness thousands of participants demonstrate a wide variety of native dances like the war dance, the victory dance, the jingle dance and others. The competition also includes a competition of childcare's dances. You can hear traditional storytelling, Native American music and lots of crafts.
The main parade is a popular event that starts the Red Earth Native American Cultural Festival and is the place where all the tribes can be seen showing off their traditional costumes and face paint.