Alaska is one of those destinations that enjoys a top spot on many family travelers’ bucket lists, and for good reason. Miles of untamed wilderness, fascinating culture and endless adventure, it definitely has the makings of an ideal family vacation, and Fairbanks is a great place to start. Whether you visit when the Aurora Borealis is visible or when the sun stays up around the clock, the city’s amazing attractions give family memories to last a lifetime.
Indoor attractions like Fairbanks Children’s Museum is a great place for kids to engage in play-based learning, especially with unique events like Baby Mingle and Sensory-Friendly Sundays, programs designed to create an ideal environment for families with kids with sensory processing differences or for babies age 2 and under.
For families wanting to interact with nature and meet some of the local wildlife, head to Running Reindeer Ranch, where you can have unique experiences with reindeer year-round. In winter, take a guided nature walk through the snow alongside the ranch’s gentle reindeer, while during summer, you can enjoy the Alaskan version of goat yoga, but with reindeer!
To introduce kids to Alaska’s fascinating cultural heritage, head to Morris Thompson Cultural and Visitors Center, where you can discover local history, culture and traditions through artwork and educational exhibits showcasing the native peoples who call Alaska home.
While these are just a few of the ways your family can discover Fairbanks, it is sure to give you more than enough reasons to make it a family favorite you’ll want to visit again and again.
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.
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.
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.
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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.