Summer is an ideal opportunity for family vacations. The sun is shining, the kids are already off from school and making plans is that much easier.
While the possibilities seem endless, many families opt for fun trips to the beach or Walt Disney World. These are great, fun places for a quick family vacation, but maybe not necessarily great for keeping kids’ brains growing during the summer months.
The first, and probably most obvious, way to increase the academic merits of the family vacation is by introducing museums to the family trips. Washington, D.C. is the perfect candidate for trips of this type. From the National Museum of Natural History to the Newseum and the National Air and Space Museum, there are tons of museums in the area to supplement the sightseeing and make the trip all the more educational.
New York City
New York City is another great destination for families with museum-hungry kids. Museum is home to the New York Hall of Sciences and the Children’s Museum of the Arts. New York is home to countless shows and great dining opportunities, making it great for parents as well as kids.
For some education outside the realm of museums, consider a family trip to one of the country’s many national parks. National parks give kids and families as a whole a great opportunity to experience some of the wonders of the natural world firsthand. The great thing about national parks, you can often tack one onto an existing trip. If your family is making a trip to the Pacific Northwest, consider a trip to Mt. Rainier National Park. To see which parks you can add to your summer vacation, see which parks are nearby.
For a historic vacation, consider Colonial Williamsburg this summer. This small town experience brings visitors back to the days of colonialism in an immersive way. If the trip isn’t exciting enough, consider taking a daytrip to nearby Busch Gardens to satisfy the rest of the family hoping for an amusement park.
If your family already has your summer trip planned, it might not be too late to add some educational elements. If you’re planning a trip to Walt Disney World, for instance, you can always visit the Hall of Presidents for a quick history lesson.
Lake Powell, a family-favorite vacation destination in the American Southwest, lies between Utah and Arizona — an ideal place to rent a houseboat and spend your time exploring the lake and its shores as a family, enjoying the sun, the water and plenty of adventure.
While urban wine country might sound like an oxymoron, it’s actually a reality at the stunning City Vineyard in New York City’s Tribeca neighborhood. The water-side venue is the perfect host for your next event — whatever that may be, from 20 to 200 guests and from cocktail party to plated dinner.
If you’re looking for a charming new island escape on the East Coast, get away to a locale many have yet to discover. Daufuskie Island considers itself the Nantucket of the South, a hidden gem off the Southeast Coast, near Savannah, Georgia, and Hilton Head. The luxurious environment is unpretentious, but filled with all the amenities discerning family travelers need.
A beach vacation is a family favorite in the summertime; the weather is nice, towns are thriving and there are fun activities all season. For families looking for the ultimate summer beach vacation, consider Ocean City, New Jersey.
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.