This week, we’re bringing you 15 hotels and resorts perfect for the experiential summer “edu-vacation.” Find a number of ways to enrich, excite, educate and have fun with the kids on your family travel this summer.
Two National Geographic Expeditions will delight the family. The National Parks Family Journey: Yellowstone and Grand Teton takes families on a week-long journey through Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks, as kids work to earn junior ranger badges from both parks. On the Morocco Family Journey: Ancient Souks to the Sahara, families discover bustling markets, desert dunes, musicians, storytellers and much more.
The Ritz Kids Clubhouse at The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee opened in 2021 as a state-of-the-art facility with a floor-to-ceiling Amphinomus Aquarium housing various species. The BEAM projector system turns the space into a virtual, interactive playground. There are also full- or half-day Ritz Kids Lake Adventures programs.
Beaver County, Utah, boasts a plethora of activities for outdoorsy, adventurous families. Eagle Point Resort can be your clan’s base camp for hiking, biking, disc golf, paintball courses and other unexpected adventures.
Kids can play in the sand, snorkel and explore sea life at King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel and along its 13 acres of sandy beach. There’s also stand-up paddle boarding, kayaks, bocce ball, cornhole, the Island Breeze Luau and tours with Atlantis Adventures. All ensure a culturally rich family vacation.
The ART Hotel Denver delivers a premiere location nearby many of Denver’s museums, like The Denver Art Museum and its free admission for kids under 18. And the art continues at the hotel, which boasts its own collection of more than 50 pieces of art. Complimentary TeePees create an in-room glamping experience.
It’s time to start dreaming of your next family trip. Here’s some destination inspiration for you. Take a visual journey through the U.S. Virgin Islands with us.
Embark on a family journey through The Last Frontier with Celebrity Cruises® and experience an unforgettable luxury vacation in the untouched natural beauty of Alaska. The breathtaking landscape of this pristine wilderness sets the stage for every memorable moment from up-close, awe-inspiring views of glaciers to observing native wildlife, including whales, bears, bald eagles, and moose. This corner of the world offers not only spectacular scenery, but also opportunities to learn about the history and culture of Alaska — from the native people who’ve lived here for centuries to the adventurers seeking their fortunes during the gold rush. No matter which sailing you choose, you’ll journey through the ever-popular Inside Passage — one of the most popular experiences on any Alaska vacation — and visit Hubbard Glacier or Endicott Arm and Dawes Glacier.
What can three generations of a family expect when they rent a houseboat 72 feet long and 7 feet wide for a week of family travel exploring the British canals? They are sure to have a lot of fun, enjoy new experiences and create a family vacation they will talk about for years.
If your family travel brings you to the greater New York City region, opt for a taste of nostalgia (or the grown-ups and fun and imagination for the kids at American Dream’s Nickelodeon Universe. Since I don’t have children, I recruited my best friend and her 6-year-old twins, Declan and Delaney, to help me check out the Nickelodeon-themed theme park and all the ways it brings to life favorite characters from cartoons both past and present, like Rugrats!, which I watched as a child, and Spongebob Square Pants, which is more Declan’s speed.
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Blue Mountain Resort, located in the Pennsylvania Pocono Mountains, offers plenty of activities for family travel. This past weekend, Blue Mountain Bike Park officially opened for summer. The park offers Pennsylvania’s highest vertical and largest bike park where all mountain bikers, from beginners to experts, can navigate 29 thrilling bike trails.