July 25th, 2013
The Top 5 Destinations for Family Vacation Fun
“Are we there yet?” “I’m tired!” “I’m bored!” Kids! They can certainly be hard to please on vacation. That’s why you have to check out these five family-friendly resorts, which have adventurous and relaxing activities that appeal to grown-ups and kids alike. If you’re looking for a place with a little bit of everything that screams “less whine” (and maybe even more wine for Mom and Dad) this list is for you.
Tanque Verde Ranch: Tuscon, AZ
Leave your iPhones at home (or at least pack them deep in your suitcase) and mosey on over to Tanque Verde Ranch in Tuscon, Arizona. You and your little buckaroos can participate in horseback riding, hiking, and herding. If you need a break from the wild frontier, book a spa treatment while the kids partake in “daily kids club” adventures, which may include horse grooming or a trip to a nature center.
Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort: Snowbird, UT
Whether you’re hitting the slopes at this ski in/ski out resort in the winter or taking a leap on a bungy trampoline when the weather is warm, there’s never a shortage of activities at the Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort in Snowbird, Utah. Challenge your family with a ropes course, feel the exhilaration of a mountain coaster, or in the winter sign up for snowboard lessons. Your kids will especially enjoy Camp Snowbird, where they can explore Little Cottonwood Canyon. At night, gather the family for dinner at one of the property’s 15 eateries.
Out ‘n’ About Treesort: Takilma, OR
Your kids will reach legend status back at school after spending their vacation sleeping in a tree house at the Out ‘n’ About Treesort in Takilma, Oregon. What it lacks in high-end luxury, it makes up for by providing a unique experience for the whole family. Pack a backpack, so you’re prepared for a day filled with “activitrees,” including zip lining, swinging like Tarzan, rafting, and (of course) tree climbing!
Arenas del Mar Beachfront and Rainforest Resort: Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
Explore beaches and a Costa Rican rain forest at Arenas del Mar Beachfront and Rainforest Resort. Swim at the beautiful beaches during the day and discover mysterious creatures in the woods during a guided night walk. When it comes to cooking, your kids may start helping in the kitchen after learning how to make tortillas with a local señora. Put together your own adventure by choosing from a huge list of outdoor activities or follow one of the comprehensive itineraries at this eco-friendly resort.
Ojai Valley Inn & Spa: Ojai CA
Looking for a place to chill? Ojai Valley Inn & Spa in Ojai, California is the place to go. Decompress by doing yoga as a family and trail biking together through the scenic hillside. When you need alone time, kids can enjoy supervised activities during the day and evening while you play a round of golf, hit tennis balls, or sample wines from the local vineyards. Don’t forget to check out the resort’s artist cottage and apothecary, a “haven for self-discovery and expression” where you can paint with water colors and blend various scents to create a customized perfume.
Caila Ball is a freelance writer and full-time travel enthusiast. You can see more of her work at CailaBall.com