Although my kids have to make up 6(!) snow/hurricane days this June, their summer vacation is still right around the corner. For us, summer is the perfect time to travel, because we have a lot more flexibility with travel dates, and don’t need to worry about our kids’ vacation or travel schedule.
Wondering where to go on vacation with your kids during the summer? Here are seven of our picks for a summer family vacations. Let us know if we’ve missed your favorite summer spot. Please note that we were hosted at some of these places at no cost, but all opinions are my own.
Summer Vacation Destinations for Families
Smuggler’s Notch/Stowe, Vermont
Canoeing, kayaking, swimming, arts and crafts, alpine slides, and kids’ camps are just a few of the activities that families can enjoy in Vermont in the summer. Our recommendations are Smugglers’ Notch and the resorts of Stowe (Stoweflake and Stowe Mountain Lodge are two that we’ve reviewed). Families can enjoy fun family activities, beautiful weather, and the crisp, clean, Vermont air.
Quebec City, Quebec
Bonjour! Expose your children to European culture without leaving the continent. Quebec City is a great place to visit in the summer, with fun sidewalk cafes, great hotels, outstanding culture, and beautiful sights. Fly into the convenient airport (stay in the Old City, and you don’t even need a car), or drive the short distance over the border.
San Diego has the same beautiful weather year round, so summer is as good a time as any to visit. Attractions like Legoland, SeaWorld, and the San Diego Zoo are perfect for families with younger children.
Years ago, I did an internship with Microsoft in Redmond, Washington, and I fell in love with Seattle (I also fell in love IN Seattle, but that’s another story). While Seattle is known for their rainy, damp winters, the summer is usually beautiful. If you are vacationing there for a week or more, consider a trip up north to Vancouver and Victoria, British Columbia.
Virginia Beach, Virginia
Not only is Virginia Beach a beach, it’s also home to one of the best aquariums in America. Make sure you spend a day out on the Eastern Shore, and then drive out to Williamsburg for Colonial Williamsburg and Busch Gardens.
Dude Ranches (Various locations)
For more of a family adventure, consider staying at one of the many dude ranches located in the Western part of the United States. These ranches offer loads of activities for families, including horseback riding, fishing, whitewater rafting, and more, and many offer meals as part of a lodging package.
I anticipate lots of tourism inflow into Boston this summer after everyone in the nation has seen what a strong, vibrant city it is. It’s also a wonderful place to visit with kids, with loads of things to do.