With all the excitement of an island getaway, but only a short ferry ride from the Massachusetts mainland, Martha’s Vineyard is ideal for family travel.
Begin having fun upon arrival at the ferry dock in Oak Bluffs, as Inkwell Beach lies just a short walk away. The water is shallow and safe for small children to play in, and the sandy beach has a lifeguard on duty in the summer.
Apart from the beach, the kids’ favorite attraction in Oak Bluffs will be the historic Flying Horses Carousel. Built in 1876, it’s been an Oak Bluffs institution since moving here from Coney Island in 1884. The oldest of its kind in the country, the carousel was restored to its original condition; the horses have glass eyes and real horsehair manes and tails.
Take a stroll through Ocean Park to see the fanciful “Gingerbread” cottages. Kids will delight at these colorful, fairy tale-looking houses. You can even rent one for your Martha’s Vineyard vacation, but you’ll need to reserve early. You’ll also find lots of green grassy spots for a picnic in Ocean Park.
State Beach is a long stretch of soft sand, and across the street are kayaks and paddleboards to rent for exploring the large Sengekontacket Pond and its coves and islands.
Don’t miss Edgartown, with its streets of historic homes and its smart boutiques. Be sure to take a ride on the “Chappy On-Time” ferry, shuttling back and forth across the narrow body of water separating Chappaquiddick from the main island. The on-time title signifies only that it has no schedule, so it is always on time. It is constantly in motion, transferring bicyclists, walkers and a few cars to the idyllic island.
The Cape Poge Wildlife Refuge covers miles of fragile sand dunes along the outer eastern end of Chappaquiddick island. More than 14 miles of trails wind through the reservation with views of the Atlantic beaches and Cape Poge Bay.
You can drive to the reservation, park at the gatehouse and take one of the frequent guided tours to get the most out of the visit. In addition to an 1895 lighthouse, the reservation also offers guided kayak tours and maintains the Japanese-style Mytoi Garden near the entrance.
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.
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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.