San Diego is one of the most popular vacation destinations in the country. With beautiful beaches, tons of fun and sunshine galore, it’s no wonder. Balboa Park is home to many of the city’s most beloved places of interest, all conveniently located within one area, giving visitors a chance to make the most of this beautiful town. With dozens of attractions spanning 1,200 acres, there is sure to be something to excite every member of the family.
Home to museums, theaters, gardens and gift shops, not to mention the world-famous San Diego Zoo, Balboa Park has plenty to choose from. Families with young children will have no worries finding entertaining and educational activities to choose from.
The EthnoBotany Children’s Peace Garden is a great place to start. In the midst of a bustling city, Balboa Park is packed with some of the most beautiful and peaceful gardens in the country. The Peace Garden is the first sustainable and edible garden within the park and is specifically designed with children in mind to give them a special opportunity to explore and understand the relationship between nature and society.
The Marie Hitchcock Puppet Theater is a great way to spend a few hours entertaining your little ones. The theater presents 15 shows a week during the summer months (and 12 a week during the winter) and is open Wednesdays through Sundays. Performances are designed to entertain and engage young minds and consist of an assortment of classic fairytales and original creations.
The Balboa Park Carousel is a throwback to simpler times when amusement park rides didn’t require high speed and hair-pin turns to excite riders. Built in 1910, this classic Herschell-Spillman carousel consists of two tiers of carved animals and beautiful murals. The elaborate decorations and lively carnival music awaken feelings of nostalgia in adults and bring young imaginations to life as guests ride intricately decorated horses, camels, ostriches and zebras — there is even a dragon!
If you’ve got some train enthusiasts in the family, you are in the right place. The Balboa Park Miniature Train is a great way to let little (and big) train lovers have the thrill of a real train ride within the confines of the park. Located just outside the San Diego Zoo, this antique G16 train ride lasts only three minutes but manages to cover four acres of the beautiful park.
After your train ride, head over to the San Diego Model Train Museum to see the world’s largest operating museum of its kind. There are incredibly decorated and detailed recreations of some of the nation’s most iconic train routes, not to mention an interactive Lionel Train layout designed especially for children.
Although San Diego has a practically endless list of exciting sites and attractions for visiting families, Balboa Park has more than enough within its boundaries to entertain the whole family for days. The beautiful weather, fascinating culture and commitment to family fun is what makes it such a great place for families to enjoy their time together.
Part of a family who just loves a good scare or ghost story? This fall, wherever your travels might take you, chances are you’ll be near an Omni hotel or resort with a history of haunted sightings and other scary happenings. So, why not learn a bit about where you’re staying to make the experience all the more eerie …
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.
Overshadowed by nearby Portland and overlooked by tourists bound for the popular coastal towns of Camden and Boothbay Harbor, Brunswick is not on the radar of most family travelers in Maine. But couples looking for a cozy getaway will find fine dining, antiques, art and quiet streets for strolling, many lined by distinguished homes and well-kept gardens.
Not quite ready to say goodbye to summer? If the weather is forcing you to head indoors, you can still take advantage of a few opportunities to splash around in the waves, without even being that far from the beach — thanks to the world’s largest indoor beachfront waterpark, which opened this summer in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
United Airlines is in the midst of a major initiative to modernize its fleet over the next several years. After first announcing the plan in 2021, planes fitted with United’s signature interior are finally beginning to appear across the airline’s narrowbody fleet of Boeing and Airbus planes. United flyers are sure to notice these enhancements from the moment they step on board: Each new or updated plane sports remodeled seats, seatback entertainment screens for everyone, Bluetooth connectivity and more, all adding up to a better experience on every journey.
Halloween is right around the corner, which means its time to start making plans for spooky and scary stops for having fun with the family this fall. New York’s Cayuga County is always a fun visit for family travelers, but if you plan on being in the area this October, you will definitely want to explore its haunted history with some choice spots along New York’s Haunted History Trail. This curated list of haunted and spooky stops throughout New York features incredible locations showcasing the perfect combination of the state’s beautiful charm and fascinating history.