If New Orleans’ party scene isn’t your idea of family travel, look less than an hour north in St. Tammany Parrish for a vacation full of adventures. Louisiana’s North Shore boasts wildlife and nature experiences and active outdoor sports for all ages.
Get your trip off to an exciting start and meet some local wildlife on a Honey Island Swamp Tour through one of America’s most pristine cypress swamps. Ride in a small, open boat along waterways that thread between the spooky half-submerged roots of cypress trees and learn about the history and ecology of the more than 70,000 acres of protected wildlife area. Look for snapping turtles, deer, pelicans, eagles, racoons or red wolf, as well as the great alligator, on the two-hour cruise.
For an even more up-close and personal alligator experience, take the children to Insta-Gator Ranch and Hatchery in Covington. The farm is home for more than 2,000 alligators, allowing visitors to see the creatures at all sizes and learn about their habits. A visit to the farm will also entail learning about the ranch’s work in restoring the diminishing wild population by releasing adults raised here into the marshes.
Children can touch and hold baby alligators, even feed them. If visiting in August or September, kids can help hatch them from eggs. This is one of those experiences children will always remember.
See more of this beautiful Gulf Coast countryside while exploring Tammany Trace, a paved hike and bike trail between Covington and Slidell. The old rail line goes through several towns, creating easy access throughout the ride for a stop for lunch in one of the towns. Rent bikes at any one of the three locations of Brooks’ Bike Shop, in Covington, Slidell or Mandeville.
If your family travel brings you to the greater New York City region, opt for a taste of nostalgia (or the grown-ups and fun and imagination for the kids at American Dream’s Nickelodeon Universe. Since I don’t have children, I recruited my best friend and her 6-year-old twins, Declan and Delaney, to help me check out the Nickelodeon-themed theme park and all the ways it brings to life favorite characters from cartoons both past and present, like Rugrats!, which I watched as a child, and Spongebob Square Pants, which is more Declan’s speed.
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There was a time when traveling by private jet was reserved for the ultra-rich and celebrities looking for luxury and privacy, but, in recent years, a new model of private jet travel opened the door for all of us, including family travelers, to experience this mode of luxury travel.
Family travelers, there’s a new attraction coming to Saudi Arabia, as it prepares to welcome the country’s first and the region’s largest water theme park, currently under development at Qiddiya, the future Capital of Entertainment, Sports and Culture. Qiddiya will sit outside the capital of Riyadh. Falcon’s Creative Group is behind the park’s master plan.
Embark on a family journey through The Last Frontier with Celebrity Cruises® and experience an unforgettable luxury vacation in the untouched natural beauty of Alaska. The breathtaking landscape of this pristine wilderness sets the stage for every memorable moment from up-close, awe-inspiring views of glaciers to observing native wildlife, including whales, bears, bald eagles, and moose. This corner of the world offers not only spectacular scenery, but also opportunities to learn about the history and culture of Alaska — from the native people who’ve lived here for centuries to the adventurers seeking their fortunes during the gold rush. No matter which sailing you choose, you’ll journey through the ever-popular Inside Passage — one of the most popular experiences on any Alaska vacation — and visit Hubbard Glacier or Endicott Arm and Dawes Glacier.