Here are five top adventure travel companies that offer terrific family vacations.
G Adventures offers families trips that will excite and educate you and your children. How about a Costa Rica family experience, a land-based, multi-adventure trip to the Galapagos or a China family adventure? This company also offers teenage adventures.
Austin Adventures has written the book on creating successful family trips led by top guides. This adventure travel company offers a variety of family trips that will take your family to fascinating places around the globe. Take the children to Iceland, the land of volcanoes and waterfalls. Why not book a multisport trip that includes sea kayaking in Croatia, or one that includes biking in Austria? You could take the family rafting on the Salt River, biking on old railroad beds and exploring the South Rim during a Grand Canyon adventure.
REI is a popular sports store, with equipment for every activity imaginable. But, the company also has a division offering weekend and longer adventure trips, including several designed for families. Would you like to take your kids on a family-friendly, five-day hiking trip through Brice and Zion Canyons in Utah? How about seas kayaking, cycling and hiking in the San Juan Islands. REI makes it easy for you to take a Scotland Family Adventure, head to the Greek islands on a family trip and even hiking, kayaking and zip-lining in Thailand. With each trip, REI include a list of what’s needed for the various activities.
Intrepid Travel’s niche is creating trips where travelers have more of a chance to travel and stay like the locals. The company offers family vacations around the globe, and suggests it would be even more fun to get a group of families to vacation together. How about a Peru family trek or a family vacation in Morocco. With each trip description, the company includes a useful, “Is this trip right for you?” list of questions to help you decide.
Butterfield & Robinson was voted No. 1 by readers of Travel & Leisure because of the imaginative trips designed to inspire and educate both kids and parents. An exploration of Japan from Tokyo to Hiroshima, or the Sydney family adventure may change your children’s perspective about the world. Hiking with your kids on a Dolomites family adventure gives you time to talk to them away from cell phones and computers.
While each Disney park offers something exciting for all ages, EPCOT is most known for its World Showcase and, for many adults, its “Drinking Around the World” experience. Although Disney does not sponsor that activity, it does offer an “Around the World” activity for kiddos.
The Peninsula Beverly Hills makes staying in a suite even sweeter! Guests who book one of the hotel’s elegant suites are offered complimentary use of a luxury BMW for the length of their stay. While Beverly Hills has so much to offer, having a car gives you the freedom to see even more of Southern California, whether it is driving up the Pacific Coast Highway to Malibu, or continuing on, past Santa Barbara, to Santa Ynez wine country.
Following Orlando's Walt Disney World Resort's discontinuation of the Magical Express, Transportation Management Services launched The Sunshine Flyer as a new option for park-goers traveling to and from Orlando International Airport (MCO). The Sunshine Flyer steps in to not only transport passengers between the parks and airport, but also to transport passengers into a place reminiscent of the 1920s.
Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort in Northern Thailand introduced transparent Jungle Bubbles in 2019. The bubbles allow for the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to spend the night observing majestic elephants in their natural habitat during a stay in the unique accommodation. Now, the resort is offering families and small groups the chance to take part in this unique opportunity with a new, two-bedroom Jungle Bubble Lodge.
The Family Vacation Guide analyzed more than 100 resorts in the United States to find the top-rated ski resorts for U.S families. Factors such as the total length of ‘easy’ runs, the cost of a lift pass for a family of four and the availability of people movers went into the ranking of each ski resort.