Family travelers love taking trips to Grand Rapids, Michigan, thanks to its many parks, trails and outdoor events. This spring and summer, plan a trip to Grand Rapids for some outdoor fun for the whole family to enjoy.
Adventure seekers must head to Reeds Lake, located just minutes from downtown Grand Rapids. Here, you can hike one of several trails, go fishing from the shore or enjoy a picnic on the lawn by the lake. At Kent County Parks, families will find 50 picnic areas and plenty of outdoor space for kids to run around.
Or, opt for a bike ride through the region’s more than 100 miles of trails connecting Grand Rapids with the surrounding landscape. Many bike trails are smooth and perfect for even the youngest of bikers.
Those wanting more of a water-filled vacation can canoe, kayak, raft or stand-up paddleboard down Grand River. This river flows out of Lake Michigan and through the heart of Grand Rapids.
For more of a park-centric experience, take the kids to the Children’s Garden at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. Here, the kids can explore, play and learn through interactive features. The children’s garden includes the Kids Sense Garden, where kids can discover leaves that feel like lambs’ ears; the Rock Quarry, where kids can dig for buried fossils; Treehouse Village, where climbing is encouraged; and Great Lakes Garden.
Family travels don’t necessarily need to be in theme parks or resorts with massive kids’ clubs. In fact, more upscale properties across the world cater to both adults and kids, and wellbeing brand Sensei joins the growing trend of family wellness travel. Sensei’s Wellness Science team, led by Dr. Vishal Patel, emphasizes the importance of family travels and exposing young travelers to wellness pursuits. Developing healthy habits at a young age can have long-lasting effects on an individual’s life, and bonding via family trips alleviates some of the main drivers of loneliness and isolation.
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.
While the United States offers a plethora of bike-friendly destinations, a recent study by personal injury law firm Bader Scott found some counties across the country are far more dangerous than others. Family travelers might be surprised to find many lie in popular vacation states.
Ever dreamed of being a mermaid? Well, your dreams could come true on your next family trip. With March 29 National Mermaid Day, these two resorts offer experiences for guests of all ages to enjoy.
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.
Make Best Western your hotel of choice during spring family travels for a sweet reward. This spring, BWH Hotels offers members of its Best Western Rewards loyalty program the opportunity to earn a free night stay.