Top 10 Summer Holidays
Let’s fast forward a bit to the holidays. Are you looking to take your teens on a trip to escape the hustle and bustle of holiday traffic and shopping? I know I love to get away with my kids during the holidays, but how do you know where to go so they won’t be bored?
The worst thing is getting to a destination just to realize on day 2 that you are ready to head home. It is important to find a place where your teens will enjoy themselves and you will also. Here are the top ten summer holiday destinations for those on a healthy budget!
This warm destination is relaxing and stimulating at the same time for teens and their families. Some great things that Oahu has for teenagers include Kualoa Ranch ATV tours, where scenes where Hollywood movies are filmed, surf school in Waikiki, and even shopping in Ala Moana Center.
While your teens are attending surf school or just watching professional surfers ride the giant waves, you can sit back and enjoy some tropical cocktails by the beach or pool. Oahu is a beautiful Instagram opportunity for your children to make memories.
Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas
This Ritz-Carlton is especially attractive to teens because of its opportunities for adventure. With its Ambassadors of the Environment Program, teens can spend some time at this resort learning about the aquatic world that is around them.
Additionally, this will give your teens some exciting adventures to enjoy. For example, they can go on snorkeling trips to coral reefs and ocean kayaking trips. Is your teen the artsy type? This Ritz-Carlton even offers an underwater photography class. There is no time for boredom at this resort.
Big Cedar Lodge
This midwest lodge offers a camp-like experience for the whole family. Teens can travel to the Dogwood Canyon Nature Park, which is a nearby attraction that offers private Jeep and segway tours, along with guided horseback riding trips.
When it comes to the Lodge itself, there are miniature golf courses, volleyball, hot tubs, and endless other ways to fill your teens’ day while also getting some fresh air and exercise.
Grand Teton National Park, WY
There are hundreds of trails in Wyoming’s Grand Teton National Park, along with amazing geysers, a lot of wildlife, and campgrounds all around. Teens can spend their days hiking, horseback riding, canoeing, rock climbing, and white water rafting.
With the beautiful scenery and Native American culture, your teens are likely to have the experience of a lifetime while discovering these new things.
With its incredible landscapes, glaciers, and plethora of sea and wildlife, Alaska is a great place to visit for people of all ages. The best idea if you have teens is to opt for an Un-cruise.
This offers a mix of family-friendly onboard activities as well as and water- and land-based tours so your family can explore Alaska. These eight-day cruises allow your teens to touch anemones in tide pools, see and collect plankton, and have movie nights and dance parties.
Families also have the opportunity to see harbor seals in Endicott Arm, humpback whales in Stephens Passage, and take classes in other cultures, like Tlingit and Haida.
La Fortuna, Costa Rica
There are so many adventures to be had in Costa Rica. From kayaking and zip-lining to surfing, there is always an opportunity to have an exciting adventure. You can also spend your time watching fascinating wildlife like monkeys, exotic birds, and sloths.
One great thing about this exotic destination is that it won’t kill your budget. You can easily take your family zip-lining, whitewater rafting, and mountain biking at Sky Adventures Arenal Park, or take a long walk across the hanging bridges that are high in the canopies.
Your daredevil teen will love gliding 3,200 feet above the rainforest in a Sky Tram and going down the water slides at Baldi Hot Springs Hotel.
You will also find a lot of activities near the Arenal Volcano, such as lodging options, hot springs, and plenty of on-site natural pools. There are many family suites available to accomodate larger families, which makes this a perfect destination for a family getaway.
Grand Caymen, Caymen Islands
The Cayman Islands are perfect for families who are looking for a lot of beach time, some historical opportunities, culture, and a relaxed atmosphere. There are nonstop flights available to the main island from several major airports in the U.S., which means it is easy to travel there with your family.
One must-do excursion for families with teens is going to Stingray City, where your teens will be able to touch and snorkel with giant stingrays. You can even reserve a half-day excursion with Captain Marvin’s rather than booking a smaller tour. The Seven Mile Beach offers families the opportunity to take long walks together and take in the scenery.
Eleuthera/Harbour Island, The Out Islands of the Bahamas
These sophisticated two islands are considered to be “The Nantuckets” of the Bahamas. Take your teens to explore local history by taking a day trip to Governor’s Harbour, or even rent some bikes to get some exercise around the island.
Your teens will love the memories of shelling in the morning and watching stars at night. If your family is more adventurous, you can go horseback riding on the beach at Oceanview Farm.
Some resorts even offer on-site boating and paddle boarding, while others have self-catering condos that offering the conveniences of washers and dryers so you will feel right at home.
Princess Cruises, Alaska
With twelve top awards naming them the “best cruise line in Alaska” from Travel Weekly’s Readers Choice Awards, Princess Cruises is able to cater to the needs of your whole family.
Teenagers are offered their own space at Remix, including DJ workshops and hip-hop dance classes. Later, the family can rejoin to attend the Klondike Festival that includes sled-dog presentations.
This family vacation also offers excursions like going to a gold mine or even watching lumberjack competitions. This is definitely a chance to offer your family some great memories to be made together.
Orlando – Walt Disney World
Walt Disney World is no longer aimed towards small children. In fact, U.S. News has named it one of the best destinations for a family vacation. There is actually no other city quite like Orlando in the United States. It celebrates childhood without you having to be a child to enjoy it.
From Epcot Center’s Spaceship Earth to your first drink of Butterbeer in Hogsmeade to Shamu’s shows at SeaWorld, all of the activities offered are great for people of any age.
The truth is, Orlando has a little something for everyone and there is a lot more to do here than just visit theme parks. Orlando has a subtropical climate that is ideal for golfing and downtown Orlando offers an attractive landscape that is waiting to be explored.
Have you found some other great vacation destinations to bring your teens? Share your ideas in the comments so other people can start planning their memorable vacations for the year.