As most parents will tell you, animals tend to go over well with kids and adults alike. Walt Disney World is packed with attractions and tourism opportunities for travelers to see animals up close.
Here are several tour ideas for families looking to get closer to nature.
Perhaps the most obvious place to start this list: Walt Disney World’s Animal Kingdom. Like any self-respecting theme park, Animal Kingdom offers thrilling rides, themed dining and shopping options, but with the added value of animals and wildlife opportunities, including a number of zoo-like walks and a safari tour. The Kilimanjaro Safari is a ride through Disney’s conservation land, giving riders the chance to see lions, elephants and more in carefully maintained habitats.
Aside from the safari ride and park animals, Animal Kingdom also offers a number of personal experiences perfect for families yearning to get a closer look at the animals.
Much of the wildlife tourism sector revolves around doing as little harm as possible, and often helping the communities and animals the tours visit. Responsible Travel is a tour agency working to help travelers leave destinations better than they found them.
Responsible Travel has tons of itineraries available on its website, from adventure tourism to wildlife. African safaris, Antarctica cruises, bear watching and much more are available for families looking for a bit of wildlife exposure. The tours are family-friendly and the perfect opportunities to teach kids about the world. The site even has family-specific wildlife tours.
Depending on your family’s next destination, wildlife will vary. Africa is always a safe bet for safaris as the continent is absolutely packed with things to do and animals to see. Tanzania, Kenya and South Africa are just three countries in Africa worth visiting for wildlife tour offerings.
Asia is home to incredible wildlife, some animals unique and exclusive, given the region. Tigers, orangutans and Asian elephants all call the continent home. India, Sri Lanka and other countries all have incredible tours to show every member of the family wonderful wildlife. Tourradar.com even has a Jungle Book tour, perfect for kids who love Disney’s film and would like to see the animals in the real world.
Zermatt’s colorful ski boutique-lined Bahnhofstrasse, stylish apartment-style lodgings of every description and views of the Matterhorn from every angle make up one of Europe’s most family-friendly destinations — and it certainly does not hurt that it is proclaimed the “world’s best ski resort” by organizations like SnowOnline.com year after year. During the warmer months, meanwhile, you will see many family groups with kids strolling the shopping streets (sometimes alongside a herd of about 50 free-range Valais Blackneck goats around 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.), enjoying fondue and pizza at nearby cafés, and taking advantage of the many hiking and bike trails.
Mana is the life force Tahitians believe connects all things. Feel the mana for yourself on a visit to the islands of Tahiti, and sample some of these activities as you connect with the breathtaking nature of the South Pacific. Fly Air France from the United States to Tahiti in the most convenient and comfortable way and let your holiday start on board.
In a recent survey by Orbitz, 63 percent of millennial travelers said the hotel amenity they'd like to see more of is plants in hotel rooms. The same number said they seek plant-filled spaces and activities on vacation, including parks and botanical gardens.
San Diego is a great destination for families looking for fun no matter what time of year it is, but this fall, there is plenty to do for everyone — even when you have a budget. Thanks to year-round sunshine, the best way to explore this city is by heading outdoors and enjoying the beautiful weather.
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Just because the kids have gone back to school and the days have started getting shorter doesn’t mean summer fun has to end. There are still plenty of opportunities to enjoy what’s left of the dwindling season. You can extend your warm weather adventures with these activities all over the country.