Planning a vacation for the entire family is a difficult process as one needs to worry about the suitability of the location for every member. Fortunately, there are new breed of family friendly resorts and vacation spots that provide numerous options for all age-groups.
If you are thinking of an exquisite vacation in the mainland US (hence pre-empting Hawaii, Bahamas, Mexico etc), the following are the top family vacation spots that could provide you all the excitement and fun.
Top Family Vacation Spots
(Not in any particular order)
1. Kingsmill Resort, Williamsburg, Virginia
Kingsmill Resorts is amidst wilderness of more than 3000 acres of land and it has a huge list of recreational activities. Multiple golf courses, numerous tennis courts, indoor and outdoor pools, billiards, game rooms, fitness centers with personal trainers are some of the activities that you can think of.
For your kids, there’s a Kids camp that introduces them to all types of sporting activities, fishing, arts, crafts etc. And for the fun-loving kids, there is a Kids Night Out where they can enjoy their pizza and game party while parents can indulge in their own romantic world or enjoy dinner at one of those great restaurants in this property.
Check out the Kingsmill Resorts website for more details and reservations.
2. Tanque Verde Ranch, Tuscon, Arizona
The 640 acre Tanque Verde Ranch in Arizona is a place that wannabe cowboys will relish. Tanque Verde means “Green Pool” and that’s what it’s all about. It’s ultimate greenery amidst desert and it’s very near to the Saguaro National Park. The ranch offers great cowboy riding opportunities as they host 100+ horses there. You can opt for one of the many horse rides based on the time and duration. And of course, newbies get to learn riding lessons as well.
For nature lovers there are hikes through the deserts and canyons. One can watch a variety of cacti and even mini waterfalls. As for kids there’s this popular Buckaroos & Wrangler team programs. Just like other resorts they offer riding, swimming, tennis lessons as well as arts and crafts to kids.
Visit their website for further details.
3. Snowbird Ski & Summer Resort, Utah
If you are into skiing there is no better place than this beautiful resort. By the way, this place is not just for winter but good for a fall get away or even during summer.
This resort is in the Little Cottonwood Canyon and very near to the Great Salt Lake. It boasts 5000 plus acres of mountain terrains to explore. Guests can make use of the lift cars for the uphill ride. Skiing and snowboarding fun is offered for all age groups from 3 year olds to adults and training is available at Snowbird Mountain school. The resort also offers ice skating, snow tubing and snowshoe tours. If your goal is to relax, there is is the Cliff Spa where stone massage, herbal wrap etc are in offer.
4. Out ‘n’ About Treesort, Takilma, Oregon
Amidst the woods of Oregon lies the Treesort which is one of its kind and very unique. This is a treehouse type of resort that offers fourteen treehouses and each of this can accommodate up to eight people.
Climbing up to your room is quite an adventure that takes ladders and a 90-foot suspension bridge. However, once you are there it’s an exciting place with kids and parents units separated by swing access mechanisms and firepoles for ground level access. The units are very well appointed and offers all the luxury that you can think of.
The Treehouse Institute teaches various treehouse building techniques for guests. Also in offer are horse riding, rafting, ropes courses, pools and arts and crafts classes as usual.
5. Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, Orlando, Florida
If your family wants to experience African safari at an affordable price, look no further! Disney’s Animal Kingdom lodge is an exciting 30-acre property which has a entrance lobby with a 65-foot window through which you can have a good view of what’s in offer. The animal kingdom hosts over 100 species of animals and the rooms with traditional African ambience overlook the savannahs. From the room balconies, you can get very close to animals such as giraffes.
The resort features a lot of antiques and wood carvings of the African origin. The dining experience in their restaurants is awesome as well.
Learn more about the Disney’s Animal Kingdom lodge here.
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