Great vacation ideas for the whole family

Coming up with activities for large groups of people can be difficult — especially when it comes to your family.

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  • Coming up with activities for large groups of people can be difficult - especially when it comes to your family. Here are some ideas on things that you can do that are fun for everyone:

  • Family Reunions

    • Rent a large beach house and have the whole family chip in.

    • Meet at Grandma and Grandpa's house for their 50th anniversary.

    • Schedule an upcoming reunion around a wedding so everyone can share in the joy.

  • History Tours

    • Tour the old town cobblestone streets of Boston or majestic Ellis Island in New York City.

    • If you'd like the kids to learn about the Lewis and Clark Expedition take them to The End of the Trail in Seaside, Oregon.

    • The Smithsonian and other Washington, D.C. museums can also be an excellent educational family getaway.

    • For a bit of world history, research Rome, Italy and wander among ancient monuments.

  • Camping

    • If you're low on funds, have a neighborhood campout over a summer weekend. Your own backyard is the perfect place to roast marshmallows and stargaze, or reserve a campsite at your local state park.

    • Go camping in one of over 1000 National Parks in the United States. Get a yearly pass and you can enter any park in America.

    • The Appalachian Trail spans 13 states and is ideal for camping and hiking for a fantastic family vacation.

  • Amusement Parks

    • Disneyland and Disney World are perfect theme parks for any family.

    • Sea World, Six Flags, and Knott's Berry Farm are also family favorites. They are a relatively cheaper option depending on how many days you plan to visit.

    • Check locally for state or county fairs that feature amusement rides, rodeos, and other activities.

  • Cruising

    • Disney Cruise Line is perfect for families. Some destinations offer a Kids Sail Free option. Remember to budget extra money for excursions off the ship.

    • Norwegian Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean Cruise Line, and Carnival Cruise Line also have many onboard activities and fun for the whole family.

    • If cruising is not an option, you could rent your own boat and hang out on the lake for the weekend.

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Virginia Bell is a bookworm and resides in Saratoga Springs, Utah with her husband and two girls.

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