While many families come to southern Lake Garda just for the theme parks — Gardaland, Caneva World Resort, Parco Acquatico Cavour and Parco Naturo Viva — there is a lot more to do than visit amusement parks that are much the same as those at home.
North of the lively town of Garda, and connected to it by a bike and walking path, the beautiful headland of Punta di San Vigilio is occupied by a luxury resort. But the beaches on either side are public. The best is Baia dell Sirene, with playgrounds and cafes, one of the nicest places around the lake to go swimming. The road runs close to the lake’s eastern shore, and along it are other little beaches where you can swim or stop for a picnic.
Farther north along the east shore, Malcesine is a hit for its winding cobbled streets that lead ever upward to a stone castle, where adults will appreciate the outstanding lake views while kids explore its ramparts. Rising sharply above Malcésine is the 6,000-plus-foot Monte Baldo, which everyone will enjoy “climbing” via state-of-the-art cable cars (funivia). The second stage of the ascent is in a large cabin that rotates so all passengers can see the 360-degree panorama unfolding.
Although it’s more crowded and chichi, Sirmione, on the southern shore, is also a highlight because of the tiny (by castle standards) 13th-century castle that guards its entrance with a drawbridge over a moat. Older children will appreciate the Grotte di Catullo on the end of the point, the remains of an extensive Roman villa from the first century BC. Younger kids will like the little train that runs between the villa and the center of town.
At neighboring Peschiera, kids can walk the walls of La Rocca, a fort complex whose grass-topped walls form a bridge over the end of Peschiera’s river-mouth harbor. Also on the walls is a playground, and below a little enclosed harbor is lined by cafes. La Vela is a good lunch or dinner stop — children are sure to feed their bread to the ducks in the water below.
The southern shore is ringed with family-friendly hotels and campgrounds that are mini resorts, with beaches, playgrounds, cafes and watersports equipment for rent, and even the modestly priced hotels have swimming pools. It’s easy to get to all the lake towns by boats, which stop frequently, so you can hop on and off to explore. And the boat ride itself is fun for children — and parents, too.
With cooler weather and fall colors on its way, it’s time to plan your fall family travels. Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp-Resort PA Wilds in Mansfield is the perfect destination, and with both scary and not-so-scary events, kids and parents alike can celebrate the festive season with trick-or-treating, fall crafts, fun with the Yogi Bear characters and more.
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.
Oktoberfest is not all about beer. Although beer does play a major role, many of these German-themed fall festivals include activities fun for the whole family. You don’t need to travel to Munich to enjoy the oom-pah bands, lively dances, colorful Bavarian dress and traditional German foods; you can find them in almost all regions of the United States this October. Here are some good choices for families:
Rome is a city full of musts for visitors. You must visit the Colosseum, the Trevi Fountain, the Spanish Steps. And the list goes on, all the way down to trying gelato. No trip to Rome would be complete without the obligatory sweet treat, and for good reason. Gelato is delicious, refreshing and it comes in every flavor you can imagine. But while you can find it just about everywhere you turn in the Eternal City, it’s important to know not all gelatos are created equal. The city is brimming with fakes, and once you know how to tell the difference, not only will you see the fake stuff everywhere, but you will also refuse to settle for less than authentic.
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.
Looking for a unique, fun and educational activity for the kids during your next family travels? Well, Kidzania has you covered. Located in Dallas, Texas, this city is not only built for kids but also run by kids. It’s unlike any other entertainment parks; in Kidzania, kids learn useful knowledge, skills and experiences, all while having the chance to be independent.