With summer just around the corner, there is no time to lose — the most popular family-friendly resorts have already started to fill up. To help you plan an unforgettable vacation, the Travel Office has assembled a list of some favorite destinations sure to delight kids and adults alike.
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Almost all kids love the beach, and you can rarely go wrong incorporating sand and sea into your vacation plans. After exploring the rich heritage of gracious Charleston, relax at a resort on the Atlantic, playing golf, kayaking in the salt marshes and building sand castles.contact us to learn more »
With glacier-hewn mountains and valleys, limitless prairies and evocative old mining and saloon towns, Montana never fails to impress kids. In between majestic Glacier National Park in the north and the geologic wonders of Yellowstone in the south, atmospheric family guest ranches offer hiking, fly-fishing and horseback riding.contact us to learn more »
Although many think of this state as a ski destination, its glorious alpine landscapes are just as enjoyable in the summer. Colorado also has its share of family guest ranches, as well as world-class golf resorts. One remarkable property comprises an entire converted mining town!contact us to learn more »
According to Andrew Harper, this Caribbean archipelago is "home to some of the most captivating white-sand beaches and pristine shallow-water coral reefs in the Americas … " With dedicated swimming pools for children, kid-friendly casual restaurants and an array of supervised beach and water activities, family-oriented resorts ensure that everyone has a fantastic time.contact us to learn more »
A visit here will confirm the most optimistic of expectations — Costa Rica has a world-class tourism infrastructure, a friendly populace and a tropical landscape teeming with exotic wildlife. We can help plan a journey for just your family, or you may take advantage of the many exclusive experiences we've added into our Costa Rica Family Adventure Tour (July 28-August 5).contact us to learn more »
This sensationally scenic archipelago possesses a unique and otherworldly atmosphere. Where else do bizarrely tame birds and animals live contentedly on the slopes of active volcanoes? A cruise through these islands, including walks among sea lions and snorkeling with sea turtles, would be a vacation to reminisce about for decades.contact us to learn more »
Easy to reach with nonstop flights from many North American cities, London is an ideal introduction to Europe. There is no language barrier, many of the hotels Mr. Harper recommends delight in treating children like royalty, and because of the Olympics, the city has never looked better.contact us to learn more »
If your kids like going to the zoo, they will love South Africa. What child wouldn't jump at the chance to see lions, giraffes and elephants in the wild, while staying at a property straight out of "Robinson Crusoe"? Many of the safari lodges welcome children with open arms, with special activities geared to kids of varying ages.contact us to learn more »
The City of Light will captivate travelers of any age. Iconic monuments such as the Eiffel Tower and the famous masterpieces in the Musée d'Orsay and Louvre make quite an impression on children, and magnificent green spaces like the Luxembourg Gardens provide some air. Of course, a trip to Disneyland Paris is de rigueur.contact us to learn more »
Many children take Spanish classes at school, and a trip to this stupendously beautiful country gives them a perfect chance to practice what they've learned. Perhaps start in colorful Barcelona before heading to the Pyrenees for some mountain hiking, followed by a relaxing stay near the beaches of the Costa Brava.contact us to learn more »
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