Tuesday, May 18, 2010

5 Fun Family Vacation Activities Your Kids Will Love

From experience, I know that these are vacation activities that kids enjoy! At least all of my kids enjoyed them and now my grand kids are also enjoying some of the same activities.

  1. An all time favorite when my kids were little was tent camping. What fun to be outside all the time even while sleeping! My kids loved this. They loved the outdoors and sometimes in the evening we had a great time around the campfire! What kid does not like a campfire? Sitting around as a family and telling stories, throwing sticks into the fire, and of course roasting marshmallows or hot dogs or making s'mores!
  2. If you can find a cabin to rent for a few days, then take a trip to the mountains where there are plenty of hiking trails and cool streams in which to wade or swim. You may even find a spot like the Y in Townsend, TN where you can enjoy tubing or cliff jumping. Or maybe consider Sliding Rock in the Pisgah Forest of NC. Oh what fun my kids had sliding that huge rock down into ice cold water, only to jump out as quickly as possible and start all over again!
  3. Take time to visit an aquarium or to do other amusing activities in a town like Gatlinburg. What fun riding the Aerial Tramway. Or how about Cherokee, NC? A picture with an Indian was always a delight and picking out a souvenir from one of the shops such as a bow and arrow or an Indian headdress was the greatest!
  4. Historical Williamsburg, VA is a great activity for kids. Last year we were able to go with my son, daughter-in-law and two granddaughters during home school week. If you home school, this is the time to go. September when it is not too hot, but still pretty. A great discounted price for homeschoolers and family members and so much to see and do and learn. It will make memories for years to come.


    From Williamsburg you can go on to Jamestown where America was first settled.  What fun exploring the ships and seeing an Indian village.





    A first time ferry ride is always an enjoyable activity for kids. 


  5. Have you been to the beach lately? If you can't stand the heat or your kids need a break during school, then October is a great month to visit the beach, at least in North or South Carolina. So beautiful and the kids love just digging in the sand or wading in the ocean. Four of my grand kids go to the ocean every October with their family. They look forward to it and talk of it constantly. It satisfies easily and best of all you can stay in one place! Or you can visit a light house, an historical fort or Patriots Point home of the USS Yorktown.


USS Yorktown, Charleston, SC


Want to see more great ideas for fun vacation activities for kids.  You'll find many right here.



I wrote this blog post while participating in the Williamsburg Tourism and TwitterMoms blogging program for a chance to get a $50 gift card. For more information on how you can participate go here.

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