More and more families are looking to travel during the holiday season, as it provides unique and lasting memories while escaping some of the stress of planning a family holiday event at home. If you’re wanting to make an escape this holiday season, check out these five family friendly destinations that are sure to keep the whole clan smiling.
This city’s motto is “Keep Austin Weird” and the locals love to keep the tradition alive. During the day there’s no end to the activities, from the children’s museum downtown to events and performances at the university the bat bridge at dusk. Austin’s temperate climate means you can enjoy its wealth of outdoor activities even during the holiday season, such as hiking, mountain climbing, or kayaking and stand up paddling on Lady Bird Lake. Austin’s historic sixth street district may be a partier’s dream at night, but during the day the area is full of charming shops and fantastic dining establishments. At night the grown ups can enjoy the live musical capital of the world by catching a show any night of the week at one of the town’s numerous venues.
Lake Tahoe is the best destination to give your family the “White Christmas” treatment. In addition to the stunning mountain views and vast array of winter sports, Tahoe really comes alive during this time of year. There are many events to choose when filling your family’s social calendar, from Parades and family movie nights to live music and after hours parties. If you can wear the kids out on the slopes during the day you may get a chance to experience Lake Tahoe’s upscale nightlife scene, perfect for the older members of your clan. Speaking of older fun, if everyone in your family is over 21, Lake Tahoe is within walking distance of the Nevada state line, meaning you can visit a casino to earn some extra holiday cash if that’s more your speed.
Disney World, Orlando
When planning any type of family getaway, it’s hard to beat Disney World. The same holds true for the holiday season. With daily festivities, light shows, and plenty of family friendly excitement, Disney World is sure to have something for kids big and small. Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is an annual event that’s extremely popular for families with small children. Kids get to meet and play with their favorite characters while the adults enjoy complimentary hot cocoa. To top it all off there’s a real snowfall on Main Street U.S.A., ensuring a classic holiday experience for the whole family. In addition it’s easy to explore other parts of Orlando while there, such as Universal Studios or beachfront activities.
Boston is teeming with one of a kind activities sure to satisfy every member of the family. For a zany adventure head over to the Museum of Bad Art (it’s exactly what it sounds like), or for some all-American fun you can check out Fenway Park. There’s also an aquarium, plenty of parks, and a whole lifetime’s worth of historic attractions to explore in the city. The holiday season is a great time to check out Boston as every year the city hosts a Christmas Festival. This giant celebration features everything from gift vendors and gingerbread competitions to specialty foods and performances.
Savannah is an excellent choice for your family’s holiday travels as it offers old world Southern charm, a plethora of activities, and fantastic hospitality, all at an affordable price point. During the holidays Savannah really turns up the charm, offering tours of historic antebellum homes replete with holiday decor. There are many excellent dining options, and a healthy nightlife scene for after the kids go to bed. The next day you can visit Savannah’s history museum, which shows the evolution of the city from its formation in 1733 to present day. Top off your trip with a trolley tour of the city in a car that’s been decked out in over the top holiday fashion.
No matter what kind of holiday experience you and your family are looking for, you are sure to find a destination that lines up with your needs. Vacationing during the holidays is an excellent way to keep the focus on making memories that will be cherished for years to come.