With so many to choose from, I’ve broken this into two segments. Part one offers you four family vacation destinations and what to do when you get there.
Palm Springs, California
The Palm Springs Air Museum is dubbed as one of the best aviation museums to visit in the world. A claim that is backed by their friendly and knowledgeable staff, and the fact that you can book rides on one of their vintage aircraft.
The Palm Springs Aerial Tram holds the title of world’s largest rotating aerial tramway. As a passenger you will get marvelous views of the canyon and desert area. Keep in mind that the end station at Mount San Jacinto can be 40 degrees cooler than the desert floor so dress accordingly.
Stay: Oasis Resort, Desert Vacation Villas
The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum will be a guaranteed hit with you and your children. This attraction is mainly outdoors and is dedicated to the flora and fauna of the Sonora desert. Bring your own bottles with you to refill with water.
If you play an instrument or at least enjoy listening to music then head out to the Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix. You can find “celebrity instruments” alongside global collections. Their “Experience Gallery” invites visitors to try their hand at creating a musical masterpiece.
Stay: Varsity Clubs of America – Tucson, Scottsdale Villa Mirage
When the snow starts melting, it’s time for action at Peak 8 Fun Park. You can race down the mountain on the Gold Runner Coaster (also open in winter) or Alpine Slide, give your kids the opportunity to go zip-lining for the first time or take it down a notch and enjoy some scenic Mini Golf or a ride on the chairlift.
Take a tour of the Country Boy Mine to learn about how tunnels were created and to experience how it felt to be a miner. You may even end up with a gold nugget, while reliving those “Gold Rush Days!”
Stay: Lodge by the Blue
Visit the Titanic Museum to get a better understanding of the tragic fate that fell upon the world’s most (in)famous ship. Kids can find out how to send an SOS signal, how much the decks of the ship had sloped and experience the actual size of the lifeboats. You will also receive a boarding pass of an actual passenger. At the end of your tour, you can see if your passenger survived the disaster.
A ride on the Branson Ducks will add a splash of fun to your vacation. The amphibious vehicles are replicas of the DUKW, which were used during WWII to get troops and supplies from ship to shore and back. More recently, these vehicles have assisted in evacuating residents from areas that were hit by Hurricane Katrina. Tours are available for Table Rock and Taneycomo lakes.
Stay: Pointe Royale, The Cabins at Green Mountain
What are your favorite family activities while you are on vacation? Let us and other members know in the comments below and stay tuned for part two of our Family Vacation Ideas!
Top Photo Credit: Branson Convention and Visitors Bureau/Flickr