When you are the parent of teenagers, it becomes more and more challenging to travel with kids. Gone are the car seats, and need for so many baby supplies to carry. It would seem, on the surface, to be so much easier to travel with teens. While the travel itself is easier, actually finding a time to go can be a challenge. You’ll be dealing with scheduling conflicts from sports and other activities, as well as part time jobs.
Teens also have a very difficult time missing school, because it can really put them behind on their work. As a result, you may find that summer is really the best time to go on vacation. For my family, our summer vacation is really our big vacation for the year. We spend so much time deciding where to go, and it’s really a great time when we go.
If you are looking for some fun family summer vacation destinations for your next summer vacation, here are some of our favorite places. I did exclude some of our favorite destinations that are not great in the summer, because of the weather.
Disclosure: We received complimentary stays for some of these destinations, through press trips or individual trips. All opinions are my own.
Family Summer Vacation Destinations
Visit this North American city, which feels like a quaint European town. It's loaded with delicious restaurants, quaint shops, great hotels, and fun museums.
Home of the famed River Walk, the Alamo, Sea World, Schlitterbahn, and more, this Texas city offers lots of activities for families.
The bustling city of Portland Maine is known for its vibrant arts scene, trendy shops, delicious restaurants, beautiful waterfront, and modern breweries. Located about 2 hours from Boston, Portland Maine is an easy city to get to.
North Conway NH
One of my favorite places to visit in New England is North Conway, New Hampshire. This town is located just past the scenic Kancamagus Highway in the White Mountains National Forest right in the heart of the White Mountains. It offers outdoor activities, shopping, and other family-friendly activities.
Located about 2 hours by plane from Boston, MA, Bermuda is an easy destination for a family vacation. This English-speaking country features a number of family-friendly activities, and offers beautiful pink sand beaches, delicious food, and wonderful resorts.
This European city is one of the best to visit for a first-time European family vacation. Because there is no language barrier, it's an easier place to visit and isn't as far from the East Coast of the US as other European cities.
The City of Lights is known as the most romantic city of the world, but Paris is also very kid-friendly. When we were deciding where to go on vacation this past summer, my kids (aged 12 and 13) definitely wanted to visit Paris. My daughter especially wanted to see the Eiffel Tower in person.
New York City should definitely be on your family travel list, and the summer can be a great time to visit. While you are there, enjoy taking a Circle Line Tour, seeing a Broadway Show, and visiting the number of museums and other attractions the city has to offer.
With beautiful temperatures year round, you never have to worry about it getting to cold or too warm in San Diego. There are also lots of things for families to do there.
Raleigh, North Carolina
I was so impressed with my first visit to Raleigh, North Carolina. It was an easy flight from my home in Boston, and the city offers lots of great free museums and fabulous outdoor activities.
My home city of Boston is absolutely beautiful in the summer, and is filled with so many wonderful family activities. Be sure to take advantage of the summer weather by spending some time near the waterfront.
Mystic Connecticut, located between Boston and New York off of route 95, offers more than just pizza. Other great activities in Mystic include Mystic Seaport, Mystic Aquarium, and Olde Mistick Village.
This often underappreciated city is a must visit for history and music lovers. During my visit, I was so impressed with the Henry Ford, a museum featuring so many rich history. There's also Motown, where you can learn about that period of music history.
Growing up in Rhode Island, I always loved visiting Newport. This seaside town offers lots of family activities including the Fort Adams State Park, the International Tennis Hall of Fame, and the Newport Mansions.
I absolutely love Atlantis in Nassau/Paradise Island. This resort is a destination in itself, and you could absolutely spend the whole time there. You can enjoy the beaches, pools, water park, and so much more.
The first time I visited Grand Cayman, it was July. We absolutely loved the weather on the island, as well as the warm Caribbean Sea. There's so much to do in Grand Cayman, including the Cayman Turtle Farm, Stingray City, and the gorgeous beaches.