Travel can be a wonderful way to spend time with the people you love and connect in an intimate way. It can also help you reconnect with your childhood memories, rekindle your bond, and create new family traditions that will last a lifetime.
There are many ways to enjoy a family vacation, from staying at a resort or getting outdoors to visiting a theme park, hitting the beach and even cozying up in a cabin. But no matter what you choose, one thing is for sure: These days, family travel doesn’t have to be limited to expensive airfare and long road trips.
Whether you’re looking for a classic family vacation, a fun, unique trip with the kids or a relaxing staycation, we’ve got you covered with some of the best ideas around. These family-friendly vacation destinations offer something for everyone, so you can rekindle your connection, find new ways to spend quality time together and create lasting memories.
Located on the northern coast of the state less than 90 minutes from Portland, this town offers a laid-back and inexpensive getaway with a three-mile stretch of sand and plenty of affordable hotels. It’s also a great place to catch the Seaside Aquarium and explore the promenade. Depending on the age of your kids, you might want to try some of the cheap rides or arcade games at the Funland Arcade, rent bikes to ride along the promenade or hop aboard a Big Bus tour that narrates all the attractions and landmarks that you’ll be seeing in Seaside.
Estes Park, Colorado
If you’re looking for a National Park trip with small-town charm and big-city day trips thrown in, Estes Park is your dream vacation spot. It’s filled with hiking trails, scenic views and lots of wildlife. It’s also a fun main street town with tourist shops, candy stores and even an ice cream parlor.
Ocracoke Island, North Carolina
Sullivan says her family loves to return to Ocracoke every year. The island is a little off the beaten path, but it’s perfect for families who enjoy quiet places where they can get away from it all. It’s also a great spot for families who have younger children and are looking for a place where they can play, hike, swim and take in the natural beauty of the island.
Ounasvaara, Rovaniemi, Finland
If you’re hoping to witness the incredible Northern Lights during your stay, this Lapland destination ticks all the boxes. In winter, you can head up to the mountain resort Ounasvaara for skiing and snowboarding, or take a snowmobile tour. In summer, the area is a great place to hire bikes or go bobsleighing.
Lake George, New York
If your kids like a little bit of thrills, this southern Adirondacks town has plenty to keep them busy. The famous Niagara Falls is a popular draw, and there’s a variety of amusement parks and waterparks. There are also tons of family restaurants to try.