Vacation time, no matter the time of year can be stressful. Finding amazing family-friendly
vacation locations can be daunting, especially if the place you wish to visit is overly popular.
Unique Family Summer Vacation Spots
For a one-stop shop vacation destination, check out Wisconsin Dells. With attractions numbering close to 100, there are no shortage of things to do. Experience Noah’s Ark, America’s largest water park, measuring over 70 acres and having over 80 family activities to choose from. Feed the deer and other wildlife by hand at the 28 acre forest setting Wisconsin Deer Park. Learn the lore of the lower Dells through the one hour guided Army Duck Tours. Wisconsin Dells is definitely worth a visit if your family likes to keep busy on vacations.
Michigan West Coast
Michigan isn’t the first place you think of when you want beaches, but, if you travel the west
coast of Michigan, you will witness just how beautiful the ocean-like shores of Michigan can be.
Pack your picnic basket, grab your beach blankets and head to the coast. Travel down scenic
highway M-22 to the atmospheric Glen Arbor, the gateway to Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Ice cream shops, breweries, and lighthouses dot the coast, so outline your trip with well-timed stops.
San Diego, CA
Beaches and vacations go hand-in-hand, and one of the best places to soak your feet in the
water, while still having plenty of activities to keep the kids engaged, is San Diego. Year-round
warm temperatures and 70 miles of pristine sandy coastline make San Diego an amazing
vacation spot. For the kids, there is La Jolla Shores, perfect with its low and slow waves; for
older kids, surf lessons in the gold-flecked waters (naturally occurring from pyrite or “fools gold”)
fronting Hotel del Coronado. If you’re looking for seals and sea lions, visit. Visiting one of the best zoos in the world, San Diego Zoo, should definitely be on your to-do list. The San Diego Zoo is home to 4,000 animals representing 800 species, most famous of which is their giant pandas.
You only have 18 summers to spend with your kids, why not spend it on 37,000 acres of
unspoiled wilderness? You can experience the ultimate summer camp for families at Resort at Paws Up. They offer near-endless programming, including river floats, fly fishing, electric fat-tire biking through trails, horseback rides, ATV tours, and spa treatments for all ages. Stay in a modern, comfortable cabin fronting the creek-like river fork that flows through Lone Mountain
Ranch or stay above the Blackfoot River at Paws Up’s Cliffside Camp where the rushing water doubles as an amazing nighttime noise machine.
Looking to experience Alaska in all its beauty? Try a cruise! If you have younger travelers with
you, Carnival Cruise Line has plenty of kid-friendly options available on board alongside great
ports of call and excursions. Your stops include Ketchikan, Skagway, Juneau and Sitka, where
you can do everything from glacier hiking, dog sledding, and canoeing to helicopter flightseeing
and kayaking the fjords. Plus, it isn’t uncommon to spot whales, bears and moose and other
wildlife while out and about. The on-board naturalist will explain the regions rich and natural
habitat full of amazing animals and marine life.
If cruise ships don’t tickle your fancy, then take a flight far inland for a stay in the old mining
town of McCarthy at historic Ma Johnson’s Hotel, right in the middle of mountainous, glacier-packed Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve, the biggest national park in
There is a vast country out there with hidden gems. With all of the beautiful locations available
to you, the hardest part will be picking where to visit first. Just remember though, it is not the
destination that is important, but the journey that gets you there. Make every moment count and
create a lifetime of memories with your family.