A beach vacation is a family favorite in the summertime; the weather is nice, towns are thriving and there are fun activities all season. For families looking for the ultimate summer beach vacation, consider Ocean City, New Jersey.
The eight-mile-long beach is perfect for families looking to relax, sunbathe, swim and go for a stroll. For families looking to rent beach chairs and umbrellas, find a spot along the boardwalk — these beaches tend to be more crowded than others, but chair rentals and access to the boardwalk are a plus. If your family is looking for a more secluded beach, head to the higher numbered streets where it’s less crowded and families tend to spread out. For the surfers in your group, look for specified beaches.
The 2.5-mile boardwalk is the place to be. Families flock here for food, fun and nightly entertainment. With two amusement locations, a waterpark, miniature golf courses and more, you’ll never get bored.
During July and August, Thursday night on the boardwalk is family night, offering plenty of free activities, including face painting, magic shows, karaoke and more. For families looking to enjoy rides, Castaway Cove is filled with thrilling fun for older kids. Looking for rides catered to the little ones? Head toward Gillian’s Wonderland — the amusement locations are open day and night — or take a break from the beach during the day at OC Water Park.
While on the boardwalk, make sure you grab a slice and a birch beer at Manco and Manco. After you eat, play a round of mini golf with the family — Congo Falls is a personal favorite. Before ending the night, stop at Polish Water Ice for a delicious treat.
Wearing sunscreen at the beach is a given, especially for little ones running in and out of the water — and anyone who forgets that usually regrets it with a vengeance the next day. One aspect of sunscreen I admittedly didn’t think about until just a few years ago is how detrimental its impact is on marine life and reefs. Oxybenzone is a chemical found in most mainstream sunscreens — it works to prevent sun damage, but is also carcinogenic and harmful to coral. The chemical makes coral more susceptible to bleaching and damages its DNA, interfering with reproduction and killing dependent marine life in the process.
This summer, family travel at The Peninsula receives an upgrade with the debut of Camp Peninsula, a children’s experience that recreates the spirit of camping right in the heart of Beverly Hills. The journey begins with a special welcome from Peter Bear, the hotel’s lovable mascot, at check-in. After taking a picture with the life-sized teddy bear, kids will be whisked away by a Peninsula Camp Counselor to a luxurious guestroom where a charming teepee awaits. An afternoon of camp-themed games and activities, including a hotel-wide scavenger hunt, rounds off the family-friendly experience, fun for children of all ages. Whether it’s a luxe staycation or an extended holiday, Camp Peninsula is an ideal way to ensure the little ones are happy campers.
IMAGINE SETTING SAIL IN AN EXOTIC, far-flung destination, just you and your family or group of friends aboard a private yacht. The sun warms the deck, a soft breeze dances off the water, and an über-attentive crew caters to your every whim while the personal chef whips up the finest of the local cuisine with all of your culinary preferences top of mind. All the while, the captain navigates the yacht into secluded coves; to pristine, seemingly undiscovered beaches; or even to the hottest spots along the coast for a night out on the town.
An interesting and accidental beneficial side effect of recent travel bans is that large swaths of the world affected by over-tourism are beginning to heal themselves. Major cities from Los Angeles to London and Beijing are reporting their best air quality in years with less nitrogen dioxide and carbon dioxide emitted by cars and industry. The canals in Venice are so clear, schools of fish and even a dolphin were easily spotted by locals — all of this and more taking place before Earth Day’s 50th anniversary in April.
While urban wine country might sound like an oxymoron, it’s actually a reality at the stunning City Vineyard in New York City’s Tribeca neighborhood. The water-side venue is the perfect host for your next event — whatever that may be, from 20 to 200 guests and from cocktail party to plated dinner.
When you want to get away without getting behind the wheel, Amtrak has news for you — and budget-friendly news, at that. Enjoy the ride this summer to your next destinations from the comfort of a private Roomette room on Amtrak with a two-for-one deal on select one-way routes.