St. Augustine is a long-time family travel favorite, with Castillo de San Marcos to explore, an alligator farm, the Pirate Museum and Ripley’s Believe It or Not Museum to keep kids entertained. The 42 miles of beaches within easy reach further assure its popularity, with places for surfing, kayaking and even for finding fossilized shark’s teeth in the sand, onPonte Vedra Beach.
The long history of St. Augustine comes to life for kids by costumed interpreters and reenactments — often noisy ones — at the May 11–13 reenactment of Francis Drake’s 1586 raid on the Spanish town.
Part of the 2023 St. Augustine History Festival, the event includes an encampment of reenactors at the Oldest House Museum Complex throughout the weekend, with drills and 16th-century living history demonstrations on Saturday. The battle will be reenacted Saturday evening, beginning at Santo Domingo Redoubt near the City Gate and ending at Plaza de la Constitución.
Throughout the weekend, special programs will be offered by other historic and cultural sites, including free family programs at Ximenez-Fatio House Museum. Also new is a performance tour telling the story of the of the 225-year-old house from the perspective of its former enslaved residents. They Lived Here, as Well — Together will be presented on Thursday, Friday and Saturday mornings.
Families will enjoy getting outside and learning about Florida’s coast and can join free outdoor programs by naturalists at St. Johns County Parks and Recreation or park rangers at Anastasia State Park. The park has beautiful white-sand beaches as well as a campground.
Family travels don’t necessarily need to be in theme parks or resorts with massive kids’ clubs. In fact, more upscale properties across the world cater to both adults and kids, and wellbeing brand Sensei joins the growing trend of family wellness travel. Sensei’s Wellness Science team, led by Dr. Vishal Patel, emphasizes the importance of family travels and exposing young travelers to wellness pursuits. Developing healthy habits at a young age can have long-lasting effects on an individual’s life, and bonding via family trips alleviates some of the main drivers of loneliness and isolation.
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.
While the United States offers a plethora of bike-friendly destinations, a recent study by personal injury law firm Bader Scott found some counties across the country are far more dangerous than others. Family travelers might be surprised to find many lie in popular vacation states.
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.
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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.