Great Places to Take the Grandkids on Vacation

By on July 19, 2016
Great Places to Take the Grandkids on Vacation

Many grandparents are now taking an increased interest in taking their grandkids on vacation. Although in the past, the immediate family would travel together, many grandparents are now choosing to take their grandkids away without mom or dad, so that the children’s parents can enjoy some alone time. However, not only do these vacations give mom and dad a chance to relax, but they also offer some great bonding opportunities and the perfect opportunity for some quality time together.

If you’re a grandparent looking for an easy to get to vacation destination, keep reading. Below are six of the best locations to visit with grandkids right here in the USA.

1. Orlando, Florida

Orlando is home to the world famous Disneyland resort, which is sure to be a popular destination for young children. However, Orlando has a lot more to offer including theme parks, museums, country parks, and of course beaches. The weather in Orlando is lovely all year round, even during the winter. If you’re looking to save money, consider taking the children to one of Orlando’s nature parks. These beautiful locations offer hiking trails, swimming, and a range of other activities that the kids will love for a fraction of the price of the top amusement parks.


2. Cape Cod, Massachusetts

Fancy an East Coast beach escape? If so, you won’t find much better than Cape Cod in Massachusetts. A proper family resort destination, it’s a local favorite with children of all ages. This beach is a lot quieter than others in the Cape, making it ideal for relaxing, family times. There’s also plenty of space so you won’t feel crammed in amongst lots of other families. Children can have fun on the beach building sandcastles, enjoy paddling (or swimming!) in the water, and can also check out the local wildlife. There are also a number of cycle trails that are perfect for family bike rides.

3. Las Vegas, Nevada

Okay, we know what you’re thinking. Las Vegas for children? Although it may seem like it’s a mostly adult orientated resort, there are actually a lot of fun things for kids to do as well. Adventuredome, for example, is the largest indoor theme park in the whole country – and is the perfect place to take teenagers. Whilst the Discovery Children’s Museum is another good choice, perhaps more suited for little ones. And, if you want to visit somewhere that both younger children and teenagers will love, Hershey’s Chocolate World is the place. Your grandkids will truly be in chocolate heaven after a trip here!

4. Colorado Springs, Colorado

If you want to take the grandkids on a holiday full of outdoor exploration, Colorado Springs is a fantastic choice! An incredibly picturesque mountain town, there are tons of hiking trails and adventure activities to take part in. If you have grandkids who aren’t too keen to try anything sporty, no matter how much you try and persuade them, don’t worry as there are a variety of other kid friendly attractions that can be enjoyed. The North Pole (a themed amusement park), the Pikes Peak Cog Railway, the Dinosaur Resource Center, and the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo are great locations for a family day out.

5. San Diego, California

The reason many families head to San Diego is probably obvious: the 70 miles of sandy beaches, and the consistent all year round sunshine are the two biggest draws. However, this isn’t all that San Diego has to offer. If your grandkids start to get a bit bored of days at the beach, family friendly wildlife attractions like SeaWorld and the San Diego Zoo are great places to spend a full day out. You could also take the kids to see the US Navy Fleet or the museums at Balboa Park if you want to give them an educational experience.

6. Flagstaff, Arizona

Finally, we have Flagstaff, Arizona to round out this list. Another mountain town, Flagstaff offers warm weather and low humidity, ideal if you want to escape the humid weather elsewhere in the state. Active families will find numerous walking and biking routes just waiting to be explored, with the Coconino National Forest being an especially good location to spend at least a day. Flagstaff is also only 85 miles away from the Grand Canyon, where you can not only check out the amazing scenery, but can also experience the National Geographic Visitor Center for some education.

Can you think of any other great places to take the grandkids on vacation? Let us know in the comments.

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Great Places to Take the Grandkids on Vacation