While school is (almost) out for summer, the kids are about to have a lot of free time on their —and your — hands. It might be a good time to follow along a growing trend in the family travel industry: grandparents traveling alone with grandchildren.
Across the country, there are endless outdoorsy wonders worth exploring on a summer trip. Try camping with a luxury twist, water park fun or beachside attractions that lend well to all ages and interests.
For all the grandparents and grandkids ready to take in the warm weather, adventurous activities and relaxing campsite vibes, a “gramping” trip may be on the horizon. Check out this list of family-ready locales.
With 17 resort locations across North America, finding a Great Wolf Lodge to enjoy is just a matter of deciding how far you want to travel. With an epic indoor water park, the kids can boogie board, run and play through thousands of square feet of aqua-centric fun. Dry off and spend some time at the indoor arcade, or stretch it out with daily yoga. The little ones can head to story time, while the grandparents head to grown-up events like Wine Down — there’s a little something for all ages on this skip-gen trip.
Specifically designed with grandparents and kids in mind, the Gramping Package at Surf and Sand Resort, situated on Laguna Beach, includes a one-night stay for the family, playing cards, a key chain per grandchild and an area map — all inside a Surf & Sand Resort backpack. Enjoy fresh seafood at Splashes, or treat yourselves with a treatment at Aquaterra Spa. Kids and grandparents can splash around in the oceanfront pool or in the ocean waves a short walk away.
If your family has a more natural landscape in mind, Utah should be on your list. Goblin Valley State Park welcomes travelers this summer to explore the region’s incredible natural beauty and geology through camping. Star gaze with the grandkids, head out on family-friendly hikes, try canyoneering or get active with some mountain biking through the otherworldly terrain. While there is enough activity to keep any age busy, the park is actually pretty accessible for all levels of athleticism. Treat yourselves to Glamping Getaway Yurts, pack up the RV or camp out under the stars in your own tents.
Speaking of under the stars, Under Canvas is an adventurers’ hospitality group catering to all the glampers, outdoor adventurous and active families seeking an elevated national park experience. Enjoy the comforts of home in a completely stunning locale, available across the country. Check out the 7 Parks in 7 Days package, where your family can visit seven national parks by way of private aircraft during a week-long vacation.
Cruising seems tailored for families. With great deals (and there are a lot right now), endless entertainment and great shore excursions catered to children, it seems like you can't go wrong, but not all cruises are created equal. Choosing a line specially designed to accommodate families with children is crucial when planning a family vacation and Norwegian Cruise Line makes your decision easy.
When you have little ones, every experience can be a teaching moment and travel is no exception. Through travel we learn compassion, tolerance, history, an appreciation for different cultures and cuisines, and the value of having an open mind. But one thing often overlooked is that travel can teach budgeting.
THE START OF A JOURNEY. Apprehension mingles with excitement. What lies ahead? Standing on Scotland’s west coast, we know the bare bones of what we’re facing: 134 miles of hiking, a coast-to-coast traverse of the country. But what will we see along the way? Who will we meet? How wet will we get?
This summer, family travel at The Peninsula receives an upgrade with the debut of Camp Peninsula, a children’s experience that recreates the spirit of camping right in the heart of Beverly Hills. The journey begins with a special welcome from Peter Bear, the hotel’s lovable mascot, at check-in. After taking a picture with the life-sized teddy bear, kids will be whisked away by a Peninsula Camp Counselor to a luxurious guestroom where a charming teepee awaits. An afternoon of camp-themed games and activities, including a hotel-wide scavenger hunt, rounds off the family-friendly experience, fun for children of all ages. Whether it’s a luxe staycation or an extended holiday, Camp Peninsula is an ideal way to ensure the little ones are happy campers.