Summer vacations are the beauty of childhood, a time to make memories and explore new places with family. It’s a time for kids to be carefree and enjoy the company of their parents, especially when the weather is so pleasant. From splashing around in the pool to chasing fireflies on the hilltops, there are a million things that kids can do to make summertime even more special.
Whether you want to take a road trip or explore a new city altogether, a destination is waiting to capture your laughter and bring a grin to your child’s face. So, here are some of the best places to explore with your kids during the summers:
Let’s have a look at them:
The Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee
Unreal views, a wide variety of animals and plants, and the Appalachian Trail make this national park one of the best (most-visited) in the country. Families can explore the out-of-the-world Rainbow waterfalls or hike the challenging trails of Andrews Bald. Or, take a scenic drive on the Little River Road while singing your family’s favorite song.
The Smokies are also home to several historic buildings and sites like Walker’s Sisters Cabins, which might give your kids a feel of Hansel and Gretel’s cottage in the woods.
There are several fun things to do in the Smoky Mountains, from bike rides to fishing, horseback riding to picnicking, and even gem mining. Here, you’ll come across various thrilling activities suitable for every family member.
Never underestimate the thrilling power of a good roller-coaster ride. In Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, Dollywood is a theme park with a few major thrills and Southern charm. It’s the perfect summer destination for families who want to enjoy quality time together. From the carnival rides to a feel of the fantasy world, Country Fair to the classic carousel, Dollywood has something for everyone.
The park also hosts some spectacular shows and events throughout the season. You can watch your kids be in awe of the live performances, including acrobats, magicians, and even a few appearances by Dolly Parton herself.
And if your kids enjoy thrills like a good old-fashioned roller coaster, Dollywood has some of the best in the country. The Lightning Rod is the fastest and most fun wooden coaster to date, and the Wild Eagle will make your kids feel like they’re flying.
They can also ride on the Tennessee Tornado, the Thunderhead, and the FireChaser Express. Once exhausted, let them cool off on one of the park’s water rides.
Gili Islands and Bali
The Gili Islands are an awestriking group of three small islands off the northwest coast of Lombok in Indonesia. They’re perfect for families with water babies as the clear blue water and white sand beaches make for a stunning backdrop. The islands are also home to a wide variety of marine life, making snorkeling and diving a must-try activity.
There’s plenty to do for those willing to stay on dry land. Families can explore the markets, take a cookery class, go on a bike tour, or even relax in a beachfront hammock.
After spending some time on the Gili Islands, head over to Bali for added fun in the sun. Bali has no shortage of adrenaline-pumping activities, from surfing and stand-up paddle-boarding to zip-lining and hiking.
And with its stunning temples, rice terraces, and waterfalls, Bali is also a terrific place to learn about the local culture. Families can take a cooking class, tour a coffee plantation, or even visit a traditional Balinese village.
Havana is a must-visit destination for families. It’s an ideal place for families seeking an unforgettable summer vacation with splendid ancient architecture, finger-licking Caribbean food, music-filled air, and friendly locals.
The city offers a sight of beautiful Spanish colonial buildings, which your kids will love to explore. They can also ride in one of the vintage cars that line the streets or go for a horse-drawn carriage ride.
Also, visit the Havana Zoo, where your kids can meet lions, tigers, and even an elephant up close. And don’t forget to stop by El Morro, a 16th-century fortress that offers stunning views of the city and the sea.
After a day of exploring, let your kids relax with a scoop (or two) of Cuban ice cream from Coppelia, Havana’s iconic ice cream parlor. They can choose from over 30 flavors of deliciousness.
Mackinac Island, Michigan
This car-free island is perfect for families who want to enjoy a relaxing, unwinding vacation. Mackinac Island is home to numerous fudge shops, bike rentals, horse-drawn carriages, and other kid-friendly activities.
Your family can explore the island on foot or by bicycle and take in the fresh air while enjoying the spectacular views. Don’t forget to stop by the Wings of Mackinac Butterfly Conservatory and the Mackinac Island State Park. Your kids deserve to live a magical summer in the butterfly world filled with colors. What’s more, you might find yourself transported back to your childhood.
The island also has crowd-cheering historic sites like Fort Mackinac, piquing your children’s curiosity.
Disney Theme Park, Florida
Disney is known to be the most joy-inducing and happiest place on earth. From meeting their favorite Disney characters to going on exciting rides, your kids will have a blast at Walt Disney World in Orlando. No chance we wouldn’t involve this heaven of fantasies and desires in our article.
The Magic Kingdom is perfect for young kids, with its fairy-tale castle and rides like It’s a Small World and Dumbo the Flying Elephant.
Older kids will love the thrill rides at Epcot, like Soarin’ Around the World and Test Track. And every family member will enjoy a visit to Animal Kingdom, where they can see exotic animals up close and even go on a safari. Berfore going do make sure you make a complete Disney packing list.
Everyone wants to have the time of their lives during their vacations, and what better way to do that than by exploring these fabulous destinations. So, pack your bags, and get ready for an unforgettable summer adventure.
Remember to pack along your enthusiasm, your energy levels should be high, and most importantly, don’t forget the camera. Trust us; you’re going to need it.