Planning the perfect family vacation can prove to be incredibly difficult. Finding a trip that addresses the needs and interests of every family member can end up making your head spin. Let us take a bit of the edge off of that vacation planning and suggest a couple of family-friendly outings that are sure to keep everyone interested.
The Kennedy Space Center: Cape Canaveral, Florida
Just an hour from Orlando, Florida sits the Kennedy Space Center. Here family members get the opportunity to experience what it might be like to be an astronaut for a day. Kids can experience what it is like to rocket into the stratosphere by using the Shuttle Launch Experience flight simulator. During their visit they can take tours of mission control, take a journey to a replica of the International Space Station, lunch with an Astronaut, and perhaps be regaled with stories of what it was like to leave, and return to, Earth.
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park: Hawaii
If you have a family member who is interested in geological wonders, this might be the trip for you. The Park is home to two huge volcanos, including Kilauea, one of the most active volcanos in the world. When you arrive, you and your family can swing into the Visitor’s Center and pick up maps that will guide you through your day’s exploration. Stops along the way include viewing “Born of Fire. Born of Sea,” a movie that tells the story of how the volcano was created. After the movie, you and your family can head out along a number of different trails, including the Earthquake Trail, which is the most family-friendly one onsite. In addition, you can explore the Thurston Lava Tubes, a unique tunnel system that was created when hot lava flowed through the base of the volcano, creating a number of intricate chambers.
National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum: Cooperstown, New York
If you have a baseball lover in the family, then this is a must-see vacation destination. One of the things that makes this location particularly family-friendly is their “Discovery Tour” scavenger hunt that you can take part in while touring the facility. Kids solve a collection of clues as they work their way through the museum utilizing interactive exhibits and artifacts. Also, there are a ton of hands-on experiences throughout the display to help teach the kids about the history of America’s favorite past time.