FX Excursions

FX Excursions offers the chance for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in destinations around the world.

The Best States for Family Adventure Travel

by Kimberly Inlander

Nov 29, 2022

© Rawpixelimages | Dreamstime.com

North America

The Ellie Sparkles Show, a children’s entertainment show, recently analyzed all 50 states against eight key metrics to determine the top states for adventure-filled family travel in the United States.


The eight metrics included:

  • Accommodations (number of family-friendly hotels per 100,000 people)
  • Things to Do (number of child-friendly tourist attractions in the state)
  • Gas Prices (average state price for regular gas)
  • Local Transport (average cost of a family ticket in the most-populated city)
  • Walking Trails (number of child-friendly walking trails)
  • State Safety (state’s personal and residential safety rank)
  • Restaurants (number of child-friendly places to eat per 100,000 people)
  • Family Meal (average cost of a meal for four at inexpensive restaurant)


According to The Ellie Sparkles Show’s Family Adventure Index, the top 10 states for a family vacation are:

  1. California
  2. Florida
  3. Maine
  4. Wisconsin
  5. Massachusetts
  6. Pennsylvania
  7. Connecticut
  8. Texas
  9. New Hampshire
  10. North Carolina


California’s family adventure score was 6.17 out of 10, as home to Disneyland, several zoos, more than 3,232 kid-friendly tourist activities and more.


Other findings include:

  • Missouri is the cheapest state to grab ice cream with your kids
  • American families spend $3,189 a year on family days out
  • Georgia’s Savannah Historic District and Florida’s Dry Tortugas National Park rank as America’s best-rated, free, family-friendly attractions


Check out the full findings of the survey here.


Insta Feed

United Airlines Celebrates its First Class of United Aviate Graduates

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.

Apr 16, 2024

3 of the Best Hotel Lazy Rivers for Summer Fun

What better way to both escape the heat and soak up the summer sun than floating down a lazy river? From Mexico to South Carolina, these hotels invite family travelers to book a stay to relax but and take on the calming currents of the lazy river.

Apr 15, 2024

Some of Europe’s Best Day Cruises

A week cruising along the Danube or the Rhine may be the stuff of dreams for many, but family travelers can enjoy views from the water in ways kinder to the family budget. Many riverside cities offer scenic cruises, and some Baltic or Mediterranean ports have daytrips to nearby islands or coastal attractions. In several cities you can cruise the canals, and in Switzerland you can spend a day cruising on Lake Geneva, with sightseeing stops in lakeside towns.

Travel Tips to Help Protect Your Health and Your Trip

Five Tips to Help Minimize Potential Travel Problems

Apr 15, 2024

Enjoy Multigenerational Travel in New York with Motto by Hilton

Family Travel Agent recently found family travel will continue to grow this year, as 81 percent of families expressed their likelihood of traveling in 2024. Of that group, more than 50 percent plan to take part in multigenerational travel. If that multigen travel is taking place in New York City, two hotels, Motto Times Square and Motto Chelsea, prove ideal options.