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.
If you and your multigenerational brood dream of venturing to a land Down Under, you’ll be happy to know a leading small-ship cruise line is soon featuring new itineraries that will take you to the land of koalas, kangaroos and kiwi fruit.
Mana is the life force Tahitians believe connects all things. Feel the mana for yourself on a visit to the islands of Tahiti, and sample some of these activities as you connect with the breathtaking nature of the South Pacific. Fly Air France from the United States to Tahiti in the most convenient and comfortable way and let your holiday start on board.
One of South Korea’s most-visited and famous cities, Incheon is home to nearly everything your family could want from a vacation. Between the city’s stunning temples and historic landmarks to its modern shopping centers and world-class amenities, including golf courses, spas and dining establishments, you’ll have your hands full in just choosing what to see and do.
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Zermatt’s colorful ski boutique-lined Bahnhofstrasse, stylish apartment-style lodgings of every description and views of the Matterhorn from every angle make up one of Europe’s most family-friendly destinations — and it certainly does not hurt that it is proclaimed the “world’s best ski resort” by organizations like SnowOnline.com year after year. During the warmer months, meanwhile, you will see many family groups with kids strolling the shopping streets (sometimes alongside a herd of about 50 free-range Valais Blackneck goats around 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.), enjoying fondue and pizza at nearby cafés, and taking advantage of the many hiking and bike trails.