Maybe you want a vacation that will provide your active kids with tons of entertainment and activities but also provide you with that much needed relaxation. There are some great all inclusive resort options here in the US. One option that appeals to the whole family is Rocking Horse Ranch in Highland, New York. This resort has literally something for everyone and is one of the few all-inclusive resorts in the US. Each day you get 3 all you can eat meals and every night there is family entertainment including magicians, comedians, jugglers, a Wild West Show, and circus acts. The daytime activities are amazing. They offer kids clubs, indoor waterpark, Red Ryder BB Shooting Gun Gallery, Archery Range, video arcade, a lake with water skiing and water skiing instruction, water rides, kayaks, paddle boats, fishing, heated outdoor pool with cabanas and a poolside bar and a heated children’s pool. They also have unlimited horseback riding, beautiful gardens, organized family activities, and a beautiful spa. In the summer all inclusive packages start at $299/adult/night and kids stay free (up to 2 kids per room).
Maybe you are looking for an option that is a little more sport oriented for your family. Another all inclusive option here in the US is the ClubMed Sandpiper Bay located in Florida. This resort is located on the St. Lucie River and offers world class instruction with professional coaches in tennis, golf, and volleyball. It has an onsite golf course at the ClubMed Golf Academy and also hosts the ClubMed Fitness Academy and the ClubMed Triathlon Academy. In addition, it offers a waterpark for families and a flying trapeze training facility. Plus there is a L’Occitane Spa. The resort is able to accommodate special dietary requests and because it is all-inclusive, all dining is included with the price. For an adult in the summer, the cost is approximately $911 for a week stay. Most times, kids 4 and under are free while kids up to 15 travel at reduced rates.
Maybe your family loves the outdoors and loves camping. A great option for your family is a camping trip in the Grand Canyon. This trip is great for families with kids over 12 years old. Through Western River Expedition, you can book a 7 day camping and rafting trip through the Grand Canyon. Your trip will start in Las Vegas and end in Marble Canyon, Arizona. You will raft and hike your way through the Grand Canyon wth a guide leading you the whole time. This trip includes rafting over 200 miles, hiking, all supplies needed for camping, all meals, a helicopter exit from the canyon, and a scenic flight to Las Vegas or Marble Canyon. The price for this trip starts at $2699/person in the summer.
Maybe your out of box vacation includes teaching your kids the importance of giving back to the world while still allowing you a vacation as a family. Fathom tours is offering the best of both worlds. Fathom is a new cruise that combines the love of travel with the desire to make a difference. In its inaugural year it will offer cruises to both the Dominican Republic and Cuba. On the Dominican Republic cruise you will work with local residents on projects like reforestation, providing clean drinking water, helping to teach English, helping local entrepreneurs make chocolate, and providing concrete floors for homeowners. You get to do all of this while enjoying the beautiful beaches of the Dominican Republic. You are free to participate in as many community activities as you want and also as many relaxation activities as you want. Your days on the boat can include yoga, a workshop on creating and telling amazing stories, visiting the spa, training for your upcoming community event, followed by a Dominican inspired dinner. Your day on shore might consist of doing community work in the morning and then spending the afternoon at the pool or beach with your family followed by a night on the town. Some other on shore activities include snorkeling, ziplining, and learning about Dominican culture. As Fathom describes the trip, “because the basic planning has already been done for you, you can put your energy into what matters: spending this time with your children. As you watch them function in new environments, as you talk with them about their adventures, you’ll realize your kids aren’t just growing in stature: They’s growing in empathy.” These trips are ideal for families with children 8 years and older and start at $974/person. The Cuba trip is based on cultural immersion and introducing the US to the vibrant culture of Cuba. You will visit the 3 historic ports of Havana, Cienfuegos, and Santiago de Cuba. This trip starts at $1800/person.
Maybe you want to give your kids a once in a lifetime summer camp experience while you relax on the beach and by the pool. Resorts have started to offer kid camp opportunities at their all inclusive resorts. Think of it as a sleep away camp for the whole family. Club Med Punta Cana is now offering Creactive by Cirque de Soleil. This is a playscape for children and adults alike that includes the flying trapeze, tightrope walking, dancing, juggling, acrobatic bungee jumping, trampoline and lots of other fun circus training by circus professionals. This all inclusive resort in the Dominican Republic starts at $1079/adult for a 7 night stay. Also opening this year is the renowned Woodward Camp at the Hard Rock Hotel in Rivera Maya. Camp Woodward will offer children numerous camps at this property including snowboard, skiing, skate, BMX, parkour, cheer, and hip hop dance. It will also offer a Digital Media Camp. Though pricing is not yet available for this option, it is sure to be an amazing experience.
These ideas are only scratching the surface of family vacation adventures. Planning that amazing summer does not have to be a stressful experience. Harrigan Holidays can help you find that perfect out of the box option for your family. We will work with you to find the trip that meets the needs of everyone.