Summer is rolling just around the corner. Before we know it, kids will be out of school. The car will be packed and families will be driving off to summer adventures. But before you pull out of your driveway, it’s best to do planning. What type of adventure do you want this summer? There are all sorts of adventures you can take with your kids. Some of these are day trips, while other involves a hotel or camping. The choice is yours, but adventure awaits.


First and foremost, the Grand Canyon is the place to be this summer. This is more than a “big hole in the ground” as so many tend to call it. It’s a national park that offers visitors natural beauty of the land that was formed thousands of years ago. If your family is into the outdoors, this is the place to be. It offers hiking and camping. There is horseback riding and water raft trips along the Colorado River. If you plan to spend time camping overnight, there is that opportunity. Take in the full experience of the Grand Canyon while experiencing the wildlife. This is the dessert, however; it gets cool at night at very hot during the day. You’re going to want appropriate clothes and lots of water.

Another summer trip is taking the family to Honolulu, Hawaii. This is going to be a child-friendly destination. You are going to be surrounded by beaches. If you want to give your children an educational vacation, well—you have come to the right place. In Honolulu is the USS Arizona in memory of the crew that died during the attack on Pearl Harbor. Another Pearl Harbor historic site, Battleship Missouri, is also located in Honolulu. There are also places you can learn to snorkel, surf or even take tours around the island. Honolulu offers activities for everyone that is any age.


Disney theme parks are also family friendly. There is Disneyland in Anaheim, California and Disney World is in Orlando, Florida. Your child will love getting their own Mickey Mouse ears and seeing all their favorite characters. They’ll enjoy going on famous rides such as Space Mountain, The Haunted Mansion, or It’s A Small World. (Days after you leave, that song will still be in your head!) Disney has fireworks each night at their resort and puts on an astonishing show. You’re going to want to stay to see it. Try to stay at a hotel within a resort if you can. This means you can get to the park sooner and not have far to go when your feet are tired after a fun day.


If your children love animals, the Monterey Bay Aquarium in Monterey, California would make a great vacation. The aquarium offers different showings and tours that visitors can do while they are there. For instance, they can see a trainer feed a sea otter or watch a film of how the trainers handle the most delicate animals within the aquarium. There are tanks full of marine animals that you or your child may not have the opportunity to see anywhere else. Take your time to slowly stroll through the aquarium, admiring the animals and taking advantage of all this aquarium has to offer,


Finally, take your children to New York City. While you’re there, get tickets to the Ground Zero Memorial. This may be something that your child may have only read about in their history books. Make it sink in by telling them how important it is to our nation, explaining that each person that gave up a life is a hero. While you’re in New York, take in Broadway or visit the Statue of Liberty. New York City is rich in culture. Head down to Times Square and take in the shopping, while exploring Manhattan or Queens.


It doesn’t matter where you go for your child’s summer vacation. What matters is that everyone involved has fun. Don’t choose your activities in relevance to yourself or a particular child. Rather, have a family meeting and agree on an agenda. Then, pack everything (and everyone) in the car. Adventure awaits!


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