When summer arrives, there is one thing that almost all of us think about . . . VACATION. While vacations are meant to be a time to relax and have fun, that isn't always the case. We've had some amazing vacations as well as some horrible ones in our past. This year we're hoping for only good . . . and here are five activities that we think will make for a fun vacation for the kiddos as well as the adults in our group.
- Amusement Parks - We are fortunate to live close to an amazing amusement park. Oddly, as close as it is, we hadn't visited in years until at the end of last season. We took the girls last year and were shocked at all the fun things there were to do for kids and adults. Many amusement parks have specific areas that cater to either a younger or older crowd. We were able to take the kids on rides as well as to enjoy some for "taller" guests. While we didn't get a chance to see any of the shows, there were plenty of those as well. This year we actually have season passes and will be able to go whenever we want.
- Museums - Museums aren't what they used to be (or at least they aren't what I used to think of them as). There are now plenty of hands on museums that kids and adults can go to and enjoy. These museums are great places to go and learn as you play. We've been to several, including the Duke Energy Children's Museum and we all loved it!
- History - As a child, we often took trips "up north". (For those of you not from Michigan, "up north" refers to any place in Michigan that happens to be north of where you live where you can engage in fun outdoor activities at a nearby lake.) One of our favorite places to go was Mackinac Island. I remember watching the history re-enactments at Fort Mackinac and touring the old buildings. It always amazed me to see the differences in how we live now and how people used to live. No matter where you live, your town or a neighboring one must have some history to it.
- Water - It is summer time! Nothing is more fun on a hot summer day, then getting wet. Whether it is a trip to a small day water park, an overnight water park resort, or even a local lake, it will be fun. Just be sure to practice good water safety!
- Picnics at a Park - To this day, I still love a good picnic. You can almost always find a great park with good walking trails or a playground. For a nice relaxing and inexpensive vacation you can pack a lunch (or buy one . . . I love to eat Fried Chicken on a picnic.) and set out on a park adventure. While at the park you can have a bird or wildflower scavenger hunt. Some parks rent canoes or bicycles. Parks are a great family vacation where you can sit back, relax, and enjoy nature and each other!
Thanks to Twittermoms and Williamsburg VA for their inspiration to write this post. I haven't been to Williamsburg yet, but after checking out their site I think I might just have to give it a try.
About Williamsburg Tourism (from Twittermoms)
The Williamsburg area – Williamsburg, Jamestown and Yorktown, VA – is one of America’s favorite family destinations, with adventure around every corner. Experience more than 400 years of American history and culture brought vividly to life at hands-on historical sites and world-class museums; share thrills and entertainment at exhilarating theme parks; discover unique finds and bargains, and enjoy outdoor activities in scenic parks, byways, nature trails and waterways. Whether it’s traveling backing to the 17th and 18th centuries, or forward into the 21st, the Williamsburg area offers vacation fun for all ages. http://www.VisitWilliamsburg.com
I wrote this blog post while participating in the Williamsburg Tourism and TwitterMoms blogging program for a chance to get a $50 gift card. For more information on how you can participate, click here.