Family travelers who want to spend a vacation doing more than just relaxing should consider a hotel or resort with unique programs and activities that allow you to build a new skill. From learning some survival skills to understanding how to care for bees, check out these destinations for a fun and educational trip.
Beekeeping at Ojai Valley Inn
The southern California-based Ojai Valley Inn teaches guests how to help the environment through beekeeping. Guests follow the resort’s resident beekeeper to learn about the life of the honeybee. The tour allows guests to experience firsthand the job of an apiarist and even enjoy a honey-tasting session with local varieties or raw honey.
Cultural Crafting at Mauna Kea Resort
Situated on Hawai’i’s rugged Kohala Coast, Mauna Kea Resort invites guests to take part in its Aloha Ambassador programming to learn more about the land and its rich history. Aloha Ambassador Healani Kimitete Ah-Mow leads a variety of skill-building experiences, like Hawai’ian language lessons, lei making, basic hula and ukulele lessons.
Survival Skills at Big Cedar Lodge
One of the country’s premier wilderness resorts, Big Cedar Lodge sits near the 10,000-acre conservation Dogwood Canyon Nature Park. In addition to guided bass and trout fishing excursions on Table Rock Lake, guests can also follow naturalist and survival instructor Bo Brown to learn important skills when venturing out into the wild. Brown teaches guests how to identify wildflowers, edible plants and medicinal plants. He also offers stone-age survival methods like making cutting tools.
Develop Animal Instinct at JL Bar Ranch, Resort & Spa
In Texas Hill Country lies JL Bar Ranch, Resort & Spa, boasting more than 13,000 acres of land for guests to unleash their inner cowboy. Unplug from city life and enjoy horseback riding excursions led by husband-and-wife team Jon and Sydney Joseph. In addition to these excursions, guests can also take part in the property’s horse psychology experience to better learn how to interact with horses and train them by diving into horse behavior and optimal upkeep and engagement.
Become a Tennis Pro at La Quinta Resort & Club
La Quinta Resort & Club, located in southern California, features a renowned tennis program. Drawing top tournaments and talent from across the world each year, the property invites guests to also try their hand at the sport. The resort offers one-on-one or group tennis lessons with a certified tennis professional on one of the resort’s 21 tennis courts.
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.
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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.
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.
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.