It can seem like an impossible task to plan a family vacation. You want activities that will entertain the kids, with something that won’t bore the teens, and you want your parents to have fun on the trip too – and it’s also your vacation, so you want some time to relax! Balancing the interests of every member in the family on a vacation together seems challenging, but it’s not just a dream – there are great destinations that are perfect for pleasing everyone.
1. Ocean Cruise
Ocean cruises are a great way to offer activities for everyone to enjoy, as well as time to enjoy together as a family. Most major ocean cruise lines offer amazing kids’ clubs for kids to enjoy guided activities and free play throughout the day. Teens also have their own spaces where they can participate in group fun or just hang out with their friends, or they can enjoy incredible experiences like zip-lining and surf simulators. Adults can get active in state-of-the-art gym facilities, indulge in a spa treatment, or lounge by the pool - there’s something for every age and activity level. Ocean cruising also gives you time together as a family – delicious dinners together, activities and shore excursions for the whole family, and shows everyone will enjoy.
2. Universal Orlando Resort
Make your vacation epic – Universal Orlando offers dozens of attractions with something for everyone. Thrill-seeking teens can go wild on some of Orlando’s most intense roller coasters and immersive 3D simulator rides such as Transformers: The Ride 3D and The Incredible Hulk Coaster. Kids can explore the tales of Dr. Seuss at Seuss Landing or cast spells in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Adults can enjoy amazing dining and night clubs at Universal CityWalk, as well as dazzling entertainment like Universal’s Cinematic Spectacular and Blue Man Group. Families can also enjoy both classic and new attractions together like E.T. Adventure and the Hogwarts Express.
3. Beaches Resorts
Beaches Resorts offer the breathtaking beauty of the Caribbean along with activities for every member of the family. Take in white sand beaches, incredible dining, and luxurious rooms and suites. Kids can enjoy the Kids Camps, designed with age-appropriate activities, while teens hang out in their own spaces like the Trench Town Arcade Lounge and Liquid at Beaches nightclub. Thrill seekers can spend their day at the amazing water parks with multi-story slides, lazy rivers, and a surf simulator. Beaches also has a great selection of activities for adults from waterskiing and wakeboarding to unlimited scuba diving. No one has to compromise because there’s something designed for all ages. Best of all, everything you can imagine is included!
4. Adventures by Disney
See the world without all the exhaustive planning, and with activities everyone can enjoy. Adventures by Disney offers a unique perspective on iconic world destinations with VIP access, hands-on activities, and authentic experiences. Each itinerary is designed with families in mind – kids, teens, and adults enjoy activities made for them! Kids can explore with a scavenger hunt in the Louvre, teens can go horseback riding in the Canadian Rockies, and adults can indulge in private dinners while the kids have fun at a Disney movie night. Adventures by Disney also takes care of all the details, from hotels and transfers to attraction tickets and dining, so that you can focus on special moments with your family.
5. Walt Disney World
The goal of Walt Disney World Resort is to provide a vacation destination where families can enjoy world-class attractions together – and they deliver. Families can enjoy dozens of classic attractions and entertainment that are fun for all ages, and parents and grandparents can see little ones experience the magic of Disney for the first time. With four amazing theme parks, two water parks, the Disney Springs shopping and dining district, and over two dozen on-site resort hotels, there are plenty of options to design a vacation that fits your family. Families with small children can enjoy attractions perfect for little ones like Peter Pan’s Flight and Toy Story Midway Mania, and families with teens can take on thrilling roller coasters and groundbreaking attractions like Star Tours: The Adventure Continues and Avatar: Flight of Passage. You can also coordinate your family’s planning and save time waiting in line with online tools as part of the new My Disney Experience. Plan time for everyone’s individual interests, as well as time for everyone to come together to enjoy the magic.