Magical Family Vacations
Taking the kids away from the stress of soccer practice, homework, and chores is not all that difficult. When the family needs time to reconnect, why not do it in a magical, exciting place? They don’t call it “The Magic of Disney” for no reason. Take the kids away from the humdrum everyday routines and give them an experience they will never forget!
When you walk into the Magic Kingdom, you’ll be transformed. With Cinderella’s castle in the center and a circle of whimsy spread around it, there are memories just waiting to happen. Experience the rides or step into Fantasyland. There is even a beauty salon on the premises where girls can be magically transformed into little princesses. Keep your eye out for Disney characters walking around the park. Maybe you’ll see Mickey Mouse as the Sorcerer’s Apprentice; watch out, or he might pull a rabbit out of a hat!
Join Elmo, Big Bird, Oscar the Grouch, and all the other furry, colorful puppets from Sesame Street at this Pennsylvania theme park. Geared toward the younger crowd, Sesame Place lets everyone be a kid. You can meet all the characters, and the rides are created for kids to go on all by themselves. You can even walk through a recreation of the classic Sesame Street set complete with the characters. When it’s hot and sunny, you can cool off at the water park. Splash and spray each other with water, or just relax on an inner tube floating down the lazy river. Just watch out for the tipping coconuts filled with water; the Sesame Place water park is full of surprises!
At Sea World in San Diego, California, visitors can see turtles close up, watch the whales glide through crystal-clear water, or chill out with the penguins. The interactive California Tide Pool is a hands-on experience where kids can both pick up and learn about sea creatures like sea stars or urchins. Feed and pet bottlenosed dolphins or just watch the sea otters play.
At Legoland in California or Florida, the family becomes one of the toys. With attractions made of millions of Lego pieces and rides that will take your breath away, Legoland offers fun on both dry land and under sprinklers, fountains, and water cannons. With a special Duplo section of the park designated for smaller kids, everyone in the family will find his or her fit.
Go on thrilling rides, learn about the world, or interact with animals at Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, Virginia. Those looking for adventure can ride the Loch Ness Monster or the Battering Ram. Preschoolers and younger children can play at the Sesame Street Forest of Fun. Learn about eagles and wolves, or interact with horses in the Animal Encounters section of the park. Parents will enjoy the educational experiences, and children will enjoy the excitement at Busch Gardens.
If your kids are into reptiles more than fish, then Gatorland in Florida is the theme park for them. You’ll walk in through the sharp teeth of an alligator, and from there, you can visit both gators and crocodiles at Alligator Island. Walk down a wooden path through a cypress swamp and view Gatorland’s breeding area, or see the unique pink flamingos and take a picture with Dolly Llama at the petting zoo. It’s a manageable park that’s fun for a day trip.
Whether it’s spring break or summer vacation, getting out of the house can be all it takes to put a smile on your kids’ faces. Traveling to theme parks is always an adventure, watching your kids discover what the world has to offer is one of the most magical aspects of a family vacation.