Virginia Beach provides an impressive lineup of family-friendly attractions for parents, kids and teens.
Extending from 40th Street to Rundee Inlet, the Virginia Beach Boardwalk is a great place to take the family. Kids and teens ride beach buggies or rent bikes and roller blades and hit the boardwalk’s separate bike path. Enjoy Italian ices with the family and don’t forget to take a picture with King Neptune, the 24-foot bronze sculpture located at the entrance of Neptune Festival Park on 31st Street — another great destination for family fun.
Families of all accessibility levels head to Grommet Island Park, also known as JT’s Grommet Island Beach Park. This 15,000-square-foot playground is completely accessible for EveryBODY and the first of its kind. All entrances are wheelchair accessible with raised sand tables and sandcastle corners for children at any height. There is a sensory board for the visually impaired and children with autism. Kids play on the jungle gym and make believe on childproof sculptures with the ocean in the background. Beach wheelchairs are provided on loan for families in need.
The Virginia Aquarium is a Virginia Beach mainstay, rain or shine. Check out the wide variety of animals and sea life from harbor seals and North American river otters to sand tiger sharks and blue crabs. Take a boat tour around the aquarium, spotting dolphins in their natural habitat.
Head outside the aquarium and zip line through the Adventure Park’s aerial forest adventure course. Climb trees and weave through the 15 trails on the six-acre course. Strap in a harness and zip through the forest or watch the kids swing from tree to tree. After a little adventure and adrenalin, head out in the park with the family and enjoy the beautiful natural surroundings.
Boating and Cruising
Bring the family on the open seas with Captain Jack’s Pirate Ship Adventure. The ship, Lost Pearl, offers a Family Fun Cruise for parents and children ages 2–15 where pirates in training set sail in search of treasure. Grab the older kids and head out on a Rundee Tour. Rundee offers everything from fishing trips and dolphin watching to winter wildlife tours and Rundee Rocket speed boat excursions.
Get your 2018 season passes early for Ocean Breeze Waterpark access all summer long. Open May–September, Ocean Breeze Water Park boasts rides for all ages from treacherous water slides to park rides specifically for little buccaneers.
Many powerful and exceptional women have left a mark on the history of Slovenia, from Barbara of Celje, one of the most influential women of the 14th century, and Alma Karlim, an adventurous pioneer of her time who traveled the world with a typewriter, to Ita Rina, a celebrated actress from the 1920s and 30s. What better destination to celebrate International Women’s Month than a destination with a lot of her-story? Slovenia invites female travelers to explore its unique gastronomy experiences with friends.
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.
South Seas, located on Captiva Island on Florida’s Gulf Coast, welcomes family travelers this spring break with two offers that include complimentary nights. The destination offers warmer temperatures, bright blue skies and the water, as well as the chance to take in some of baseball’s spring training games as Fort Myers is home to the Boston Red Sox and Minnesota Twins facilities.
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.
Germany is a fascinating destination with so much to see and do; each member of the family is sure to have an incredible time no matter what time of year you go. This may just be why Germany has been ranked No. 1 cultural travel destination in Europe for the past 10 years. This year, the country has even more reasons to make it a top family travel destination. Read on for three reasons why you shouldn’t miss this European destination.