Taking your grandkids on vacation is a great way to give them the gift of memory-making experiences. Plus, there is no better way to bond than through shared adventures.
If you’re looking for a destination that you and your grandkids can enjoy equally, try one of these trip ideas.
A Family Friendly Cruise
Royal Caribbean’s Allure of the Seas® & American Cruise Lines
Cruises are ideal for families traveling together with people of varying ages and activity levels. In fact, cruises practically pioneered the trend of multigenerational travel. Parents and grandparents won’t have to worry about entertaining active kids all day long—they will likely have more activities to choose from than they could possibly do in just on one trip. And many cruise lines offer day care and activity groups for older children, all aimed at giving parents and grandparents a break during the day.
Royal Caribbean’s Allure of the Seas® is its most awarded cruise ship and claims the title of the most awarded ship in the world, making it a great place to start your search. You can view all of the amenities that can keep kids happy—and their grandparents too—for hours on end at https://www.royalcaribbean.com/cruise-ships/allure-of-the-seas/things-to-do.
Older children and teens who don’t need constant supervision or entertainment might be the perfect fit for a trip aboard one of American Cruise Line’s (ACL) small but expertly appointed ships. One of their most acclaimed adventures travels through Puget Sound and the San Juan Islands, navigating the stunning seaside cliffs and even spotting orca whales on the go. The company caters to an older crowd than many other cruise lines and prides itself on top-notch service and a calm, relaxing experience without the huge crowds typical of cruises.
“The company’s ships, some of them riverboats, are all small, with 185 guests maximum,” states Meg Grant from AARP The Magazine. “ACL caters to cruisers whose age averages 70…”
You can learn more at https://www.americancruiselines.com/cruises/alaska-and-pacific-northwest/puget-sound-and-san-juan-islands-cruise.
An All-Inclusive Family Resort
Tyler Place Family Resort – Lake Champlain, Vermont
You may have the ultimate flexibility to travel whenever you please, but kids’ school schedules leave them little room to travel. That means summer accommodations always fill up quickly, so it’s never too soon to start making travel plans for the next time school lets out. The vacation season at Tyler Place begins at the end of May and typically runs through the beginning of September. That gives you plenty of time to start planning a trip with your kids and grandkids to enjoy the 2018 season.
This resort is famous for its family friendly amenities and activities, and it is situated on beautiful Lake Champlain—what more could you ask for? Oh, and it’s all inclusive to boot, so the kiddos can eat, play and explore to their hearts content. Check out all that Tyler Place Family Resort has to offer at http://www.tylerplace.com.
An Indoor Waterpark Adventure
Sahara Sam’s & Kalahari Pocono Mountains
A waterpark may not be your idea of a perfect vacation, but to your grandkids, nothing could be a better treat. Plus, getting the opportunity to hit the indoor waves is a great way to beat the cabin fever that can set in when the weather gets too cold for extended outdoor recreation.
One great option is Sahara Sam’s in West Berlin, N.J., which has several family-friendly rides. Or you can head straight to the country’s largest indoor water park, which is Kalahari Pocono Mountains in Pennsylvania.
A Leaf Peeping Weekend
Leaf peeping season (as it’s known in the Northern reaches of New England) is upon us, but that doesn’t mean it’s too late to plan a weekend getaway to see the landscape in its full fall splendor with your family. If you need a little extra incentive to hit the road and find the best views, consider this: forecasters are predicting that this will be one of the best years for fall foliage in recent memory.
“It’s the most optimistic forecast I’ve had in a couple of years,” Jim Salge, who forecasts the autumn foliage annually for Yankee Magazine, reported to the Associated Press. “The biggest thing that can go wrong with foliage is a really wet couple of weeks leading up. We’ll really need that typical fall weather in New England — warm, sunny days and cool, crisp nights — to make it pop. But we’ve had a great setup.”
Woodstock, Vermont is one of the most charming places in the state to view the fall colors, with plenty of local attractions to keep you busy when you aren’t leaf peeping, such as the glass blowing demonstrations at Simon Pearce and the educational and fun farm activities at Billings Farm & Museum. Learn more about the Woodstock area at https://www.woodstockvt.com.
A fun trip is the perfect gift to give your grandkids this holiday season. Plus, the chance to spend some quality time together making memories that you will all look back on fondly for years to come is like getting a gift yourself.