If your kids spend their summer vacation at the beach watching sand crabs scurry, looking for sharks’ teeth and spotting dolphins from the balcony, this Hawai’ian resort has your animal adventurers in mind.
Turtle Bay Resort on Oahu’s North Shore is situated on 840 acres, with five miles of unspoiled beach, 12 miles of hiking trails, Banyan tree groves and 482 spacious accommodations including three- and four-bedroom Ocean Villas and 42 beach cottages with swaying hammocks. It’s so easy to connect with nature here in the ocean, on land and in the sky.
Glass-bottomed kayaks will help guides spot and identify these docile creatures, which used to be endangered. During your ride you’ll even stop at a station to watch honu line up to be cleaned.
A new program called HorSeat Yoga lets you explore yoga principles with a horse. If that’s too zen, you can take a horseback ride on oceanfront trails through groves of exotic Banyan trees at sunset. (Younger riders can book the Pony Experience or Horsemanship 101.)
North Shore native Rocky Canon is super excited to share his surfing dogs Hina and Kahuna with you. Take them for a ride on a surfboard or paddleboard (Hina loves rolling around in the sand and Kahuna is just an all-around goofball.)
Fearless? Go for a cage diving experience of a lifetime during which you can spot Galapagos, Sandbar and Tiger sharks (with sightings 100 percent guaranteed.) Each cage can hold up to eight people so the entire family can unleash their adrenaline; during the dive you may also spot dolphins, honu and humpback whales (through May).
Among the most endangered mammals in the world, these cuties lounge along the five miles of shoreline; staff takes precautions to make sure they are left alone and protected.
Dream of swimming with the dolphins? A tour of the remote west shore of Oahu features aerials stunts from spinner dolphins along with the opportunity to see bottlenose and spotted dolphins.
Tote a pair of binoculars during a guided walking tour of the James Campbell Wildlife Refuge, one of Oahu’s last remaining natural wetlands and a habitat for endangered fowl as well as native plants, monk seals and honu. (It’s home to all four endangered native Hawai’ian water birds: the Moorhen, Coot, Stilt and Duck.)
In between spotting and interacting with these gorgeous members of the animal kingdom, there are lots of other family-friendly things to do. Keiki Adventures is a base camp for kids to immerse themselves in the North Shore experience, with adventures on all 850 acres of the resort. Families will also love exploring the historic surf town of Haleiwa and its famous Giovanni’s Shrimp Truck; scoop up an original Hawaiian shave ice at Matsumoto; attend a luau and the Breath of Life show at the Polynesian Cultural Center; encounter an old bunker from WWII paired with a view of the North Shore on the Ehukai Pillbox hike; or stroll through an old pine forest followed by a refreshing swim at Laie Falls.
Father’s Day is right around the corner and Destin-Fort Walton Beach, Florida, is ready to help you spoil and celebrate the great men in your life. Destin-Fort Walton Beach is home to 24 miles of sugar-white-sand beaches and emerald waters with plenty of dad-favorite experiences and activities for the perfect Father’s Day celebration. With nearshore and offshore fishing to unique water adventures and delicious dining options, there are endless ways to celebrate dad.
With vaccinations now available to young teens, we wanted to celebrate our newfound freedom to travel with our teenager, Mary. As we considered where to go, June’s unusually warm weather immediately made Mary think of Maine’s beaches, uncrowded before the summer tourist season.
Velas Resorts in Mexico offers summer savings, perfect for a family getaway. Guests can take advantage of suite upgrades, 50 percent discounted stays for kids and teens, half-off round-trip airport transfers, complimentary hydrotherapy and up to a $300 resort credit for couples or family experiences. Early check-in and late check-out are available at select properties.
After the past year, no one really needs an excuse to get away and go on a well-deserved vacation. Whether you are looking for a weekend family getaway or a week-long trip, Virginia Beach is the place for you. With brand-new amenities, offers, activities and more, you can’t go wrong.