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.
Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit now offers a new, 90-minute Mexican Doll Workshop perfect for families. Children are invited to design their own Mexican rag doll using colored ribbons and fabrics. Offering a unique bonding experience for families, the workshop also supports the local community and honors the indigenous women who started the craft.
The Marriott Bonvoy Bold™ Card recently launched BoldFamilyTravel.Chase.com, an interactive, online resource allowing families to plan future travel together. The launch followed the Marriott Bonvoy Bold™ Card Survey of parents and grandparents that revealed most parents believe children are important resources for planning family vacations and that one-third of parents don’t currently involve their children in planning but would like to.
Valley Forge National Historical Park is a great place to bring your history-loving family. Located in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, the park is the site of the 1777–1778 winter encampment of the Continental army during the American Revolutionary War. Today, the 3,500-acre park boasts trails, replicas and other historical markers perfect for learning more about Valley Forge’s place in our nation’s history.
LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort, on the shores of the Gulf of Mexico, amplifies the family vacation with a new partnership with KidsDreamFactory to provide themed glamping experiences customized for children at the resort.