With the long Memorial Day weekend ahead of us, the unofficial beginning of summer is about to commence. The kids will soon be out of school and if you’re like the rest of us parents, you’ll need to keep them occupied and entertained to maintain your sanity. But where do you take them?
We’ve rounded up three kid-friendly summer vacation spots below to consider when planning your family trip this year. From amenities created with littles in mind to local attractions like parks and beaches, you’ll find yourself clicking “Book” faster than you can say “Don’t forget the SPF!”
The “Windy City” has so much to offer families and beautiful Lake Michigan during the warmer months just cannot be beat. Head out for a day on Navy Pier with its miniature golf course, famed ferris wheel and children’s museum. Visit the Lincoln Park Zoo to give your Minis their cute animal fix, the Adler Planetarium to inspire your little space explorers, or the Shedd Aquarium for a glimpse of sea stars, whales, and jelly fish galore! If the weather behaves, take the family to Millennium Park to take selfies in the “Bean.”
Where to Stay: Four Seasons Chicago, The James
This southern locale is full of charm, beautiful weather, unforgettable dining, and stunning sandy beaches. Grab your shove and pail and spend a sun-filled day on Sullivan’s Island, Kiawah Island, or Folly Beach. The kids will love the South Carolina Aquarium and the Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry, not to mention taking a ride on the Charleston Water Taxi. This kid-friendly vacation spot is perfectly walkable, but you can always rent a bicycle to explore the town like a local or take one of the picturesque bicycle tours.
Where to Stay: The Restoration, Market Pavilion Hotel
You may think a trip to the West Coast is not complete without a day at Disneyland, but we’ve got another suggestion— San Diego. Spend the day at beautiful Balboa Park, allow your kids to get creative at the Children’s Museum, or pack the SPF and head out to one of the city’s lovely beaches like Coronado Central or La Jolla Shores. This California cool destination is also home to the world-famous San Diego Zoo as well as the San Diego Botanic Gardens.
Where to Stay: Omni San Diego, Manchester Grand Hyatt
Where are you headed on your summer vacation this year? Tell us below!
Pick up one of these 15 Cute Kids Swimsuits to Buy This Summer for your trip then read these 10 Things to Do Every Time You’re Flying with Kids.
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