Just because the kids have gone back to school and the days have started getting shorter doesn’t mean summer fun has to end. There are still plenty of opportunities to enjoy what’s left of the dwindling season. You can extend your warm weather adventures with these activities all over the country.
Get your zen on to ward off winter gloom at one of the largest outdoor yoga music festivals in the world. BhaktiFest originated on the stage of Woodstock when founder Sridhar Silberfein looked over the crowd of 500,000 before introducing his Swami for an invocation, and promised he would someday bring together this many to celebrate the power of love with kirtan music and yoga. Forty years later, he did just that by assembling the best yoga teachers, Eastern spiritual leaders and musicians from around the world and bringing them to Joshua Tree. BhaktiFest, which loosely translates to a devotional opening of the heart, was soon followed by ShaktiFest, a celebration of the feminine divine that coincides every year with Mother’s Day. This year, BhaktiFest is offering families a special rate for two adults and up to four kids for only $315, that’s more than half off the regular rate of $700. This includes all activities in the Family Village and kids are welcome in all workshops and yoga classes in this drug- and alcohol-free event. This is your family’s chance to salute the sun while it’s still shining. BhaktiFest runs Sept. 25–30.
Endless Santa Monica Summer
Everyday through Sept. 30 is an opportunity for family fun at Santa Monica’s Third Street Promenade’s Experiment Stage. Bring your kids, your honey and your dance shoes to Salsa Familia Sundays, where you can sway to the setting sun with instruction offered before the dancing begins. Monday afternoons, celebrity fitness instructor Selah Victor will incorporate her 14-month-old son into a challenging fitness routine you too can practice with your baby or child. A good laugh can relieve the sadness of saying goodbye to summer on Thursdays when the Westside Comedy Theater will have you laughing into fall during the family-friendly comedy routines. Fridays are a grab-bag of family fun as activities vary so check the website for details. All events are free.
Lost Paddle Rafting
Get lost in summer on the Arkansas River in Cañon City, Colorado, to escape the coming snow by taking one of the full- or half-day river rafting trips with Lost Paddle Rafting. About 120 miles from Denver, you can soak in the last bits of heat with a splash in one of the many swimming holes you’ll float by. You may even spot some wildlife as they stock up their food supplies along the river for the winter. Your guides will help with everything. This is the perfect way to learn about white water rafting and kids as young as 6 are welcome. Your end of summer adventure can even include an overnight trip with a chef-created dinner and dutch oven dessert. Half-day trips start at $52, overnights at $369 and go until October. If you like the idea of a Colorado river, but not the actual river part, you can still float in a river-like setting at Gaylord Rockies Resort and Convention Center’s lazy river. They’re saying goodbye to summer with a special Swim and Stay deal that gives the kids access to all the waterpark activities and even a sweet little summer gift bag.
You can ditch the crowds in Yellowstone National Park in September, when temperatures average in the 60s and everyone but the wildlife has left the park. Austin Adventures creates customized, all-inclusive tour packages that will let your little explorers savor every last bit of sunshine while they witness Old Faithful blasting into the air and giggle at the belching antics of Mud Volcano. You’ll navigate the landscape on horseback and raft, hiking in to discover many still untouched bits of park land. At the end of the day, slip into one of the natural hot springs for some R and R, Mother Nature style. There’s no better way to end the season.
Pasadena gears up for a lot of attention as it prepares to host its annual Rose Parade on New Year’s Day, but it won’t just be the parade that makes it the place to be for family travelers in 2024. The coming year is full of great things for the city, like interesting anniversaries and fun kid-friendly events, which means great ways for visiting families to explore and discover.
As the only major U.S. airline to own a flight school, United Airlines already hit a major milestone, and now the carrier celebrates another important — and historic — step as the inaugural class of United Aviate Academy pilots graduates, leading the next generation of aviators. The 51 students in the graduating class were majority, at 80 percent, women and people of color — another stride toward United’s goal of training 5,000 new pilots by 2030 with half women or POC.
If you’re trying to travel with the family on a budget, you might feel like there’s no way you’ll be able to truly enjoy all the culinary experiences you might if you were to travel solo or just with your partner. However, that’s not necessarily the case. Don’t make the mistake of thinking every culinary capital across the globe is going to cost you a pretty penny every time you head to dinner as a crew. A new study from Sail Croatia uncovered the cheapest foodie destinations in Europe, so you can plan your next trip accordingly.
United Airlines is in the midst of a major initiative to modernize its fleet over the next several years. After first announcing the plan in 2021, planes fitted with United’s signature interior are finally beginning to appear across the airline’s narrowbody fleet of Boeing and Airbus planes. United flyers are sure to notice these enhancements from the moment they step on board: Each new or updated plane sports remodeled seats, seatback entertainment screens for everyone, Bluetooth connectivity and more, all adding up to a better experience on every journey.
Dude alert: If you’ve fallen out of touch with the other guys in your family, Cody Yellowstone is the perfect place to catch up — and autumn is the ideal season for doing so in the great outdoors. From off-road adventures to historic ghost towns to plenty of wildlife, there’s something in this dynamic destination to please family travelers.