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Let’s face it kids grow up way too fast. One day they’re toddlers and the next they’re moving out on their own… or at least it seems that way.
If you love to travel as a family, there are tons of places to take your kids before they grow up. The hard part is deciding on which locations to add to your “bucket list.” These are a few to consider when looking for places to take your kids on vacation before they grow up.
Disney World (Florida)
Honestly, you’re never too old to visit Disney World. It really is a magical place for children. There’s so much to see and do… rides, shows, yummy food, water sports, animals and princesses, just to name a few.
If your finances allow you to stay at an on-site resort, please consider doing so. Why? It makes your vacation all the more magical and memorable! It also makes it easier to get around the resort.
Grand Canyon (Arizona)
Don’t make the mistake of thinking that the Grand Canyon is just another hole in the earth. It’s much more than that! Millions of years old, the canyon is approximately 277 miles long and four to 18 miles wide, depending on where you stand.
Grand Canyon National Park features lodging options, tours, restaurants, hiking and biking trails and a whole lot more. It really is one of Mother Nature’s finest accomplishments. This is one I haven’t been to that I still hope to make it there someday.
San Diego Zoo (California)
San Diego Zoo has the distinction of being rated (at one point) the number one zoo on the planet. How cool is that?
The current location opened in 1922. A visit there means interacting with 4,000 animals representing a whopping 800 species. This includes the world-famous panda bears. Here’s a tip. It’s best to visit them in the early morning. It’s when they’re awake and enjoying the day and it isn’t as hot out yet.
Statue of Liberty (New York)
A trip to Liberty Island should be on every family travel docket. It represents a rich part of history and is the perfect place to spend the day… just ask the 4.5 million people who visited in 2016.
If you feel ambitious, climb 20 stories (354 steps) to the lady’s crown. The view is more than fantastic! It is possible to make your way up to the torch. However, it’s necessary to book reservations with StatueCruises.com.
Kennedy Space Center (Florida)
Do you have a future astronaut in your family? If so, why not plan an adventure to Kennedy Space Center? Not only will everyone learn all about space, you may even get lucky enough to watch a real live rocket launch!
Old Colonial Williamsburg (Virginia)
Old Colonial Williamsburg makes it super-easy to step back in time to see how people lived in 18th-century colonial America. Visit the largest living history museum in the world and learn while you have fun.
Activities include a ghost tour, and educational musket range, a variety of day camps, tons of hands-on demonstrations and more.
Carlsbad Caverns (New Mexico)
Carlsbad Caverns is aptly located in Carlsbad Caverns National Park. No one knows exactly who discovered it, but word has it that it was a cowhand who originally entered the massive expanse in 1898. It’s been extremely popular ever since.
Open every day except Thanksgiving, Christmas and January 1, the cavern is the place where hundreds of thousands of bats call home. It’s recommended you take the self-guided tour during the off-season… after Labor Day and before Memorial Day. The crowds aren’t as large and the temperature much more comfortable.
These are just a few places to take your kids before they grow up. Quite honestly, this is just the tip of the travel iceberg. Talk to your kids about where they want to go on their next vacation. Chances are, one of these destinations just might make the cut for your family travel plans.