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5 Summer Getaways for Families

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Kid-friendly vacation ideas for summer holidays.

1.      Alaska

Sail the Inside Passage on many large cruise lines including Disney, which has 5, 7, or 9-night cruises aboard the Disney Wonder departing from Vancouver B.C. This is a great option for multi-generational families and those with young kids.

2.      Acadia National Park

Called “America’s best idea” by the historian Wallace Stegner, these national parks offer families a wonderfully affordable way to visit our most cherished and beautiful landscapes, view wildlife in their natural habitat, learn about geological and cultural history, and appreciate the great outdoors.

3.      Florida

When you think Florida you probably conjure up beaches, watersports and theme parks, and, why not? However, many people are not as aware of Florida’s extensive park system which features its natural wonders. These parks, located in central and northern Florida are family crowd pleasers.

4.      Puerto Vallarta

Puerto Vallarta is popular because visitors can do so much in the region, whether on a one-day cruise port call or a whole week’s vacation. Tour the Estero del Salado Lagoon to look for some of the exotic bird species, iguanas, monkeys and other wildlife, or assist in a seasonal crocodile and turtle release program. Take some basic Spanish classes, ride an ATV (ages 6+), join a guided Jeep tour, or horseback ride with a local ranch guide past rivers, waterfalls and through picturesque mountaintop villages (recommended for ages 10+). Everyone will enjoy getting to know the locals and their cuisine on a taco tour at the many village taquerias.

5.      Oregon

Southern Oregon is a family vacation paradise just seven hours north of San Francisco and four hours south of Portland by car. The Oregon Shakespeare Festival is one of the main attractions, and the popular Family Days feature a play to be shared between an adult and a child (ages 6-17) and include a Prologue presented by the Education Staff.

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