Kids are fascinated by mysteries, so spotting the enigmatic stone structures dotting the English countryside can be a great treasure hunt to keep kids engaged during your family’s travels in England. These stones and the museums that explain the larger ones are a tantalizing glimpse into the Bronze and Iron Ages.
Stonehenge, the best-known, is one of England’s most popular tourist attractions. Although it is crowded and you can’t walk among the stones except at specially reserved times, Stonehenge is a good place to begin. The huge stones are impressive (as is knowing how far they were carried to this site), and Stonehenge lies close to London and even closer to Heathrow Airport. The museum gives kids an excellent picture of life in Britain’s pre-historic times.
Impressive as Stonehenge is, our kids were far more fascinated by two sites at nearby Avebury. Also a UNESCO World Heritage site, the double stone circle is one of Britain’s largest. Even more exciting to kids is West Kennet Long Barrow. You can explore inside this long stone tunnel of megaliths and discover more about the dolmens you’ll see elsewhere. Both sites are free.
While these are popular historic sites, your kids will have as much fun looking for more stones on the landscapes of Dartmoor in Devon. The largest stone circle is at Brisworthy, with others including the Sittaford Stone Circle and Grey Wetehrs, both at Okehampton, as well as Fenworthy Circle at nearby Newton Abbot.
Throughout Dartmoor National Park and in surprising spots elsewhere in southwest England, you’ll find dolmens. These consist of standing stones supporting one or more stone slabs that form a roof. These are the remains of ancient tombs once covered in earth (remember West Kennet Long Barrow) that has since washed away.
Kids can spot these in pastures, even occasionally in a country churchyard. If your kids are really interested in searching for these, you’ll find directions to dozens more at the Megalith Portal website.
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.
Filled with hidden treasures waiting to be discovered, Seoul invites travelers to unearth its many gems, and Seoul Tourism Organization is here to help travelers do just that. Through thoughtfully created initiatives like the Theme Tourism County Competition, Seoul Tourism Organization works closely with local districts to identify and showcase what makes each district unique and charming in all seasons.
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.
Known for its clear, vibrantly blue-green waters and varied and historic ports of call, the Adriatic is the new Mediterranean for cruise enthusiasts and family travelers. An Adriatic cruise is especially suited to multigen family trips, since it appeals to all ages with its beautiful beaches, water sports, rich marine life, historic cities, ancient archaeological sites, colorful cultures and varied cuisines. There is truly something for every traveler.
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.
Parents, it’s time to ditch family travel and embark on a romantic vacation at Solmar Hotels and Resorts in Los Cabos. Renowned for its breathtaking landscapes, pristine beaches and unparalleled hospitality, Los Cabos sets the stage for couples looking for a romantic escape away from the kids. At Solmar Hotels and Resorts, guests are invited to take advantage of the romantic accommodations, spa experiences, gastronomic delights and more.