Laredo, Texas, should be on everyone’s summer family travel list. Located in the heart of South Texas along the banks of the Rio Grande River, the town offers a special mix of U.S. and Mexican cultures, blending into one unique place.
Throughout the year, the town offers a couple festivals, traditions of yesteryear and an array of activities for travelers of all ages. One of the major festivals is Laredo International Sister Cities Festival, July 15–17. This event highlights the two cultures and features more than 190 artisans, entertainment, cuisine and more from all over Mexico, Central and South America.
This one-of-a-kind event is an awesome way to experience the city’s unique, bi-national charm and Mex-Tex authenticity. For three days, Sames Auto Arena transforms into a beautiful indoor mercado, where the artisans showcase and sell goods from their native city and pay homage to the rich blend of cultures. Vendors sell items like leather goods, home décor, handcrafted jewelry, clothing and more.
Guests can also enjoy authentic Mexican dishes and an array of cultural exhibits, performing arts and more. The event is free to the public. While visiting, make sure to stroll the streets of Laredo to get a better understanding of the charm and cultural significance this Texas border town has to offer.
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.
As ecotourism and responsible travel become more popular, destinations look for ways to promote their rural and natural areas and preserve local ways of life. Agritourism — staying in farms or rural houses — is perfect for family travel, offering a chance for children to meet and interact with local people. It is not only a highly sustainable form of tourism, but also a more relaxing vacation compared to trips trudging through cities with children in tow.
Australian adventure travel company Aurora Expeditions announced its partnership with Australian-based education platform UpSchool on an Arctic education program, perfect for family travelers. The 10-week course explores the importance of the Arctic region. The program encourages children to create a plan for how their community can contribute to positive environmental change.
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For many, a Hawai’ian vacation is the family trip of a lifetime, one that will make memories the entire family will cherish. If the island of Oahu is on your itinerary, be sure to check out these top three activities the family is sure to love.