Friday, April 26, 2013

Top 5 Places to Travel to This Summer With The Children

Family vacations offer lots of opportunities for learning, bonding, and making memories. Children and adults alike can benefit from some time away from the rigors of everyday life. If you’re looking to schedule a getaway this summer, consider one of these family friendly destinations.

Williamsburg, Virginia - For a Historical Trip through Time

Colonial Williamsburg
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Williamsburg, Virginia offers many opportunities for families to step back in time and experience a rich part of American history. This educational vacation is ideal for children because it offers a variety of kid-friendly activities that will get them excited about what they’re learning. Colonial Williamsburg spans 301 acres and offers many activities. Young girls may particularly enjoy An Evening of Dance at the Palace while children between the ages of 5 and 10 will get a very memorable experience from the Apprentice Goes to the Farm program.

Anaheim, California - Parks of All Shapes and Sizes

Sleeping Beauty Castle
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Anaheim is best known as the home of Disneyland and Disney California Adventure. However, this area has many other attractions for families and children as well. Knotts Berry Farm is another theme park in the city. Golfland features several miniature golf courses, laser tag, and water slides. Anaheim is also home to over 40,000 acres of parks and historical sites.

Orlando, Florida - The Theme Park Capital

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Orlando, Florida offers theme parks to suit any interest. The Universal Orlando Resort includes two theme parks, one of which is home to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Walt Disney World includes four theme parks, two water parks, and the indoor interactive theme park DisneyQuest. SeaWorld Orlando combines theme park attractions and live marine life. Aquatica and Discovery Cove are SeaWorld’s richly themed water parks.

Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, Tennessee - Down Home Fun

Ober Gatlinburg
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Nestled at the foot of the Smokey Mountains, Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge offer lots of kitschy attractions and unforgettable experiences. The area is home to many dinner theaters including Dixie Stampede. Museums range from the Hollywood Wax Museum to the Hollywood Star Cars Museum. Ripley’s has a strong presence in the area with a Ripley’s Believe it or Not Museum and Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies. Visit Dollywood for a theme park experience or take the family into the Great Smoky Mountains National Park to get away from it all.

Yellowstone National Park - For Getting Away from it All

Yellowstone National Park
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If your family needs to get back to nature for a bit, Yellowstone National Park is an ideal destination. Activities include hiking, camping, picknicking, fishing, boating, horseback riding, and wildlife viewing so there’s something for all ages. Children between the ages of 5 and 12 can earn a special Junior Ranger patch by completing designated activities at Yellowstone National Park. Several online activities and printables are available to help kids prepare for their visit.

If you’re lacking reliable transportation for your next vacation, head to a nearby Chevy Dealer Harrisburg PA location to get set up for your journey. Escaping your everyday life together with the kids is well worth the investment.

Author Bio:
Mandi Rogier writes regularly on various travel topics. Many blogs and websites feature her pieces including USA Today's Travel Tips,,, and


  1. Oh I love this list. Especially where Harry Potter is involved.


  2. We took our kids to Williamsburg, VA and it was one of our most successful trips. It was a learning experience for both kids and parents and there was so much to do in the area.

  3. We are visiting Disney this Summer and I can't wait!

    Bobbie Anne


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