vacation ideas with kids

Vacation Ideas with Kids

Vacation Plans after Memorial Day

The school year is almost finished and it is time to start thinking about your vacation plans for Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day and all other days in between.  Your plans should include getting to new places and turn off the the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Disney Channel, and Netflix for a while (although I do like to binge watch like anyone else).  Planning a vacation with the kids can be stressful but it doesn’t have to be, when you have a list of the best places to vacation with kids!

Anchorage, Alaska and the Kenai Peninsula – Anywhere in Alaska will surely be a treat for your whole family.  Sure, it may not be known for amusement parks but the great outdoors  is where it is at.  From stunning views, to beautiful wildlife, great seafood, and plenty of midnight sun, you kids will be talking about this majestic place for quite awhile.  To read more about our recent trip to Alaska with our kids, click here.

The views driving in Alaska

The views driving in Alaska is a vacation in itself

Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin – Did you know that Wisconsin Dells is the Waterpark Capital of the World?  You betcha!  Don’t worry, there are plenty of indoor and outdoor water parks so if the weather is less than perfect it won’t ruin your plans.  Even the hotels have water parks so you don’t have to venture too far and won’t miss out on the fun.  Plus the town of Wis. Dells is loads of fun for those who like to shop.  Fudge shops, salt water taffy, lots of gift shops, and take a ride on the “Ducks” and view Lake Delton like the ducks do.

my family guide wi dells

Just one of the many water slides at the hotel

Breckenridge, Colorado and surrounding areas – Our family vacation to Colorado last summer was a great success with our kids.  Breckenridge has great summer activities on Peak 8 like a slide on rails, bungee jump, obstacle course, and more.  The best part is the Gondola ride to the top of Peak 8.  Not too far from Breckenridge you can ride the rapids on the Arkansas River or visit some old ghost towns.  Golden, CO also has Heritage Square which was a huge hit with our kids.  It has rides for all ages like bumper boats, go-carts, kiddie rides, arcade, and so much more.  Who says Colorado is only fun in the winter?

Visit the top of Peak 8 in Breckenridge, Colorado on your next vacation

Visit the top of Peak 8 in Breckenridge, Colorado on your next vacation


Austin and San Antonio, Texas – The Lone Star state has plenty to offer to keep the family busy.  Start off in corky Austin and visit the SoCo (South Congress Ave) where the shops and food carts will keep your curiosity going for blocks.  History buffs can make a stop at the Lyndon B Johnson Library (which is more of a museum than library) and find out what this President accomplished over 50 years ago.  If you prefer the outdoors, try kayaking on the Colorado River.  At sunset you can watch the largest urban bat colony, over 1.5 million bats, make their way out from under the bridge to catch their evening dinner.  Something to be seen!  If you have an extra day, be sure to make the 75 mile drive south to San Antonio.  This historic city is worth the day trip.  Take a free tour of the Alamo and find out why this church is such an important part of American history.  Afterwards, take a quick stroll over to the Riverwalk and check out the shops or take a 40 minute river cruise and learn about the history of San Antonio.

Visit the Alamo in San Antonio, Texas

Visit the Alamo in San Antonio, Texas

Northern California – If you want to escape the city life and see what nature has to offer, make your way to the California Coast or visit the majestic Redwoods.  The California coast is rugged and beautiful and sunsets are amazing.  On your way to the coast and Eureka experience the awesome Redwood Trees by visiting the Avenue of the Giants.  A great side road that takes you through some of the largest and oldest living species on the planet!

Now of course there are many other destinations that are just as great as those listed above.  Unfortunately we haven’t been to all the great destinations that America has to offer but this is a pretty good start.

What are some destinations that your family likes to vacation too?  Share your comments and experiences below for other families.




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Not too far from Austin is the original Schlitterbaun water park that is magical! I spent a lot of time there as a kid in the summers. It’s well worth the short drive to spend the day playing in the water!

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