Check out even more fun and educational destinations for your family vacation this summer. If your kids are feeling sporty this season and they want to bring home more than a suntan this summer, it might be time to learn a new skill. This list should help you add a few extracurriculars to their life.
Fly-Fishing in Virginia
Over in Virginia’s stunning Shenandoah Valley region, the kids can learn to fly-fish, practice patience and appreciate the peaceful serenity of the Blue Ridge Mountains. South River Fly Shop in Waynesboro can help you and the kids learn the art of trout fishing with full-service instructions and expert guides. Don’t worry about bringing along your own gear, as this one-stop shop provides an extensive selection for all levels of expertise. Enjoy a guided excursion at nearby watering holes in Shenandoah National Park, like the Shenandoah and James rivers. Catch and release for the day, or make it an overnight stay at the nearby Iris Inn. Rest up for some scenic hikes in the morning, with varying levels of paths for easy walkers to experienced.
Set Sail on the Chesapeake Bay
While the famously beautiful shores of Maryland’s Eastern Shore are worth a trip alone, you can feel better about all the shopping, dining and sightseeing with a project in mind for the kids — teaching them to sail the Chesapeake Bay. Known for a rich boating culture, this summer is a perfect time for visiting families to sign the kids up for the Junior Sail Program, offered at the Miles River Yacht Club. Kids can hop in a sailboat with the Sea Kids class, or choose the advanced Adventure Sailing program. There’s something for all sea-faring travelers, with varying prices per class. Stay in town, right on the waterfront, with a touch of luxury at St. Michaels Harbour Inn, Marina & Spa. Rates begin at $219 a night.
Baseball in Aberdeen
An easy trek for East Coasters and not far from the scenic shores of the Chesapeake Bay, Aberdeen, Maryland, is a home away for baseball enthusiasts. Let the little ball players in your family learn from the pros with the Ripken Experience. This baseball camp was founded by local legends and professional ball players, Cal and Bill Ripken. Learn the “Ripken Way” with various levels of fun and educational lessons, beginning with ages 7–8. The four-day camps and courses are easily access from the Courtyard by Marriott at Ripken Stadium and the Residence Inn Aberdeen at Ripken Stadium.
Not a fan of giant cruise ships? This might be the year to put Celestyal Cruises on your radar, especially if your dream family destinations are the Greek Islands, the eastern Mediterranean and, new for next year, the Adriatic.
The sun-soaked beaches and piazzas of summer often come to mind when we envision what makes the perfect Italian holiday. However, there’s something to be said for visiting the country during the off season, as it presents itself as an entirely different place, with unexpectedly delightful new ways to appreciate its dolce vita in the forms of food, wine, art, culture, and sophisticated urban life. This is particularly true in Piedmont (a.k.a. Piemonte), which sits at the top of the “boot” and attaches to France.
Christmas is always a fun time of year to explore a new city. This year, head to San Antonio for Christmas with a Tex-Mex flair. This Texas city may not get snow for a white Christmas, but there are still plenty of holiday decorations and festivities to create a memorable, family-friendly experience.
No matter how old your kids are, having a mother-daughter spa day is probably one of the most relaxing things a mother-daughter duo can do together. With Waldorf Astoria properties all over the world, making a special trip to one of its world-class spas is a great way to spend a day with your daughter.