Kid-Friendly Trips and Fun Family Vacation Ideas

By Jennifer Noble | Dec 02, 2017

It's time for a family vacation, and the votes are quickly coming in as to where everyone wants to go. Everyone has their own opinion as to the best type of trip, and some of them include these unique suggestions:


Go Local

It is often true that residents of a city or area often think of visiting faraway places, but don't even consider the landmarks and sights to see within their own town. Many times individuals and family never tour what is right there within a few miles of where they live. This type of trip is commonly referred to as a staycation. For example, there are many who live in San Antonio, Texas, who have never visited the Alamo, the Riverwalk, or the local missions. Research all of the tourist destinations that are close to you and make a point to take day or even afternoon trips to visit them. This is a great suggestion if you are on a limited budget or only have short, sporadic amounts of time to spend on these excursions.


Visit State Parks

Make a list of state parks that seem interesting to you and your family members and then make plans to visit them. Fish, camp, hike, swim, take scenic photos, and have a great time touring all the areas inside their boundaries. Costs for staying at a state park are minimal, and you can spend several days at the larger ones without even seeing everything there is to see. This is a great way to visit several states at one time. If you are interested in seeing the upper Midwest, consider visiting the parks of Iowa, Minnesota, South Dakota, and Nebraska, as these states almost all meet at one point on the map. This is a perfect vacation for nature lovers, large families, die-hard campers, and young couples.


Be Random

Sometimes the best types of trips are the most spontaneous. Have your family pack their clothes, some camping equipment, a cooler full of drinks and snacks, and take off for parts unknown. Just begin driving. Follow the signs and visit random landmarks and unusual sites. You never know where you will end up, as the main part of the plan is to not have a plan at all. Teens love these vacations as they appeal to their sense of adventure. Take plenty of photos and collect unique souvenirs to document this unusual trip.


Have a Plan

A planned trip can also be a fantastic project. Get the family together and pull out road maps of the United States. Use highlighters or markers to draw out a route that will take your family members to their personal areas of interest. Load up your motorhome, camper van, or RV and head out when you have enough vacation time saved up to do this for several days. RV expert George Maddock from Avida RV states that the open road calls just about everyone at some point in their lives, and that the best way to travel is with all the comforts of home.


Make a point to stop at a variety of places such as city and county parks, museums, water parks, national landmarks, zoos, theme parks, and shopping malls. Visiting relatives who live in distant towns and cities is also a great idea, especially if you are able to park your camping unit on their property during your stay.


You want your family to have fun, but realize that it doesn't have to be a costly or complicated process. These suggested trips will provide fun, excitement, and family togetherness that will last for years. Make plans now to engage your household in many of these vacations in the years to come.


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