5 Fun Family Vacation Ideas Kids Will Love

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Living in Cleveland, we struggle through long, cold winters and chilly, damp Springs. One of my favorite ways to escape our ugly weather is to daydream about vacations. But I don’t just daydream.

I’ll visit travel sites, read reviews, take notes, and file everything away for the day when we’ve saved enough to take a trip. Then I’ll pour over everything I’ve jotted down in hopes of finding the perfect vacation.

After consulting my vacation file, I put together a great list of family vacation ideas every kid is sure to love.

5 Fun Family Vacation Ideas Your Kids Will Love

Disney Cruise

Disney Cruise

The number one thing I want to do with Kora & Logan as soon as we have enough money is go on a Disney Cruise.  I’ve looked into their cruises and they look like so much fun for the whole family!

Their kids club gets rave reviews, which allows the children to have an incredible time while mom & dad soak up some sun or just hang out together for a bit.

There are also so many dining, activity, and off-shore excursion options the trip would be fun-filled and exciting. We did go to Disney World a year ago and Kora & Logan had a wonderful time and they would think it was amazing to see Mickey and friends on a big cruise boat.

Beaches All-Inclusive Family Friendly Resort

Kids on Beach

I’ve only been to an all-inclusive resort once and had a fantastic time. It was so nice not having to worry about how much anything cost all week that I would do it again in a heartbeat.

I’ve heard good things about the Beaches Resorts and see them advertised on PBS quite a bit. The resort offers a nice kids club as well and plenty of child and family friendly activities to keep everyone busy and happy. To top it off they are all located in the Caribbean where warm weather is practically guaranteed.

Rocking Horse Ranch

Rocking Horse Ranch Logo

This property is received the AAA Three Diamond Award for 2010/2011 and it site states it is “America’s Favorite Family Resort.” Rocking Horse Ranch offers 4 pools, 6 waterslides, 75 activities, and 100 horses on 500 acres all in Highland, NY.

It seems like such a different and unique vacation opportunity that I would enjoy taking not only my family but my extended family as well. I think everyone would have a great time at the magic shows, marshmallow roasts, the climbing wall, swimming pools, the unlimited horseback rides, and much more.

Swim with Dolphins at Discovery Cove

Discovery Cove

On my “Some Day” list is swimming with dolphins. I have always wanted to do this. It looks like so much fun and I think it’s something Tired Dad Dave and Kora & Logan would love too. It’s really a once in a lifetime experience that would create incredible memories for us all.

The Beach (Anywhere)

We are a family of beach-lovers especially Kora and I. We could stay outside on the beach all day. Tired Dad Dave and Logan enjoy the beach, but get too hot and usually have to head inside after awhile.

Building sandcastles, digging holes, finding shells, and playing in the water are all things we enjoy whether it’s for a couple minutes or hours on end. It doesn’t look like we’ll be flying  to a beach destination anytime soon but if not, it’s okay because there are a number of great beaches in our area that we will be happy to spend our summer days at.

Those are my 5 fun family vacation ideas that I think kids will love.

What about you? Do you have any favorite vacation activities you would like to do with your children?

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  1. During the long dreary Cleveland winters take a get away at Great Wolf Lodge indoor waterpark. It’s a fun thing to do with the family while most are snowed in.

  2. So fun! Your family is so cute!

  3. saminder gumer says:

    these are all great ideas. i like the all inclusive places because they help save us money.

  4. Amanda E. Buccieri says:

    I would love to swim with dolphins! It’s on my bucket list! I think our daughter would love it too!

  5. Amanda E. Buccieri says:

    Taking our daughter on the Disney Cruise is on my bucket list! Have to wait until she’s a bit older tho!

  6. Great tips. Thank you!

  7. I really want to do a Disney Cruise as well. They look like a blast!

  8. Stephanie from CT says:

    I grew up near a beach, so it wasn’t a “vacation” spot for me, but now that I live inland, it is my #1 go to!

  9. Thomas Murphy says:

    I love the Disney Cruise idea, that would be awesome!

  10. We got to swim with the dolphins at Discovery Cove years ago and it is still one of our most memorable vacations. We got some great pictures too!

  11. Thomas Murphy says:

    great ideas!

  12. i love the idea of a disney cruise if i had the money we would have been there done that! the kids would have so much fun! im hoping to save enough money out of income tax this year to be able to take them somewhere they will love.

  13. It’s been so fun to watch your kids grow up on this site!

  14. When I was 12 and my sister was 10 our family went up from Colorado, across Canada, down the East Coast and back to Colorado in 3 weeks. 52 years later I still remember that trip and many of the places we visited.

  15. Great vacation choices. Its been so hot lately, I’m waiting till it cools off some to take my dd to the beach, since she can’t get too hot. Disney World is on tap for her birthday in December ) fingers crossed).

  16. Samantha says:

    Awesome!! Some great tips.

  17. Betty Baez says:

    i live 15 minutes from rocking horse ranch and believe it or not i’ve never been i think we need to check it out!

  18. heather hayes panjon says:

    The beach ANYWHERE, I love that I agree a beach anywhere is great!:)

  19. Heather hayes panjon says:

    I know all about ohio’s cold winters I’m in columbus, Swimming with the dolphins looks like the perfect winter getaway !:)

  20. Rocking Horse Ranch looks amazing! We love going hiking in forests – definitely prefer mountains and lakes to beaches!

  21. Maralea says:

    Thanks for the tips! Love the Disney Cruise picture! :)

  22. Bonnie F says:

    These trips look like so much fun!

  23. I love the beach, too!

  24. shaunie says:

    I would love to vacation on the beach!!

  25. Stephanie says:

    great tips

  26. Great ideas! We like camping

  27. Cynthia says:

    I live about 20 miles away from South Padre Island so im lucky I can take my kiddos there often ^_^ They always have a blast at Schlittebaun and the restaurants there are amazing!

  28. Kenny F. says:

    great tips!

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