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Popular Summer Vacation Spots for Kids

By Charles Hopkins Published 04/7/2006 | Travel

There are thousands of resorts around the globe as well as in the United States. But which would be the best for you? Now that's a tough one. Most vacation spots will advertise that they have the best facilities for a family vacation. But when you actually choose, you should not do so in haste.

In fact, one of the simplest things to do first would be to discuss the options with your children. They may have a good idea about where they want to go this year. Choose the vacation spot all by yourself, and chances are that you will not see happiness in their faces the whole vacation time. Kids are moody and they need patient handling.

There are no hard and fast rules as to which resort or vacation spot will be the best for your family. It all depends upon what your family is like. If they are attracted to the huge gadgetry of amusement parks, its probably best to head for some place like Disneyland in Florida or Cedar Point in Ohio. Even this would depend heavily upon personal choice. Disneyland is more urban, whereas Cedar Park beautifully brings together the charms of both nature and amusement. Situated next to Lake Erie, the park offers a number of exciting rides, coasters and activities.

If your family is more comfortable staying away from the thrill of coasters, you can always choose a vacation by the seaside. And there is no dearth of choices in that category. You can choose Hawaii, you can choose the Bahamas or you can visit the breathtakingly beautiful new resorts in the islands of Malaysia and Indonesia. You might also prefer to go for Australia, there are abundant beaches in this country.

If you are decided that Florida is the place for you, do not forget to take your kids to the Kennedy Space Center and the Astronomy Hall of Fame. It is a great experience.

While choosing your resort, try to choose the one which has its own arcade for the kids, so that your child does not get bored by too many adults around them.

In case your family loves Nature, the best place to head for would be a national park. Choose the Yosemite National Park for its scenic beauty and astounding geographical phenomena, but if you are keen on seeing the natural wonders of the world, be sure to choose the Yellowstone National Park. You can do your national park trip in Hawaii even. There is the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park if you want your kids about volcanoes from close quarters.

For the person who has always liked being different, a vacation at a horse ranch will be ideal. One such ranch is near the Ozark mountains in Arkansas. The ranch is completely family friendly and has good facilities to look after your kids.

If you want your kids to learn from their travel, you can head for an aquarium. There are about five aquariums in the West Coast from which you can pick and choose.

If you want a vacation completely secluded from the speed of city life, you can go to Martha's Vineyard. You can rent a house there for your family, thus avoiding the crowd of a hotel. The Vineyard is one of the best family destinations in the United States.

There are a lot of options before you to choose fro,. Therefore, best will be to select the proper vacation spot together with your kids, to calculate the budget for the trip, and after you have weighed all the pros and cons, to embark on the journey!