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.
Halloween is right around the corner, which means its time to start making plans for spooky and scary stops for having fun with the family this fall. New York’s Cayuga County is always a fun visit for family travelers, but if you plan on being in the area this October, you will definitely want to explore its haunted history with some choice spots along New York’s Haunted History Trail. This curated list of haunted and spooky stops throughout New York features incredible locations showcasing the perfect combination of the state’s beautiful charm and fascinating history.
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.
The next two seasons see Franklin, Tennessee, come alive with festive events, fun pop-ups and colorful lights. Family travelers planning a trip to Tennessee this fall or winter must make time for Franklin, a city just south of Nashville with plenty of history and festivities awaiting.
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.
Mysterious glowing seas? Yes, actually! Through October, Florida’s Space Coast waters within Mosquito Lagoon, Banana River and Indian River Lagoon glow with blue-green bioluminescence — a phenomenon resulting from the presence of comb jellies and dinoflagellates (tiny, single-celled marine plankton that exist in some freshwater locations).