Planning a vacation for yourself is a pretty easy prospect, since you know exactly what you like to do. However, planning a vacation for your whole family, where everyone is happy and having a good time, can be a little more difficult. Even with the challenges it requires, planning vacation activities that your whole family will enjoy is a rewarding venture that everyone will appreciate.
Pretty much everyone can enjoy shopping, especially when you’re in a unique vacation locale. Shopping at beach shops is a fun way to get souvenirs and learn a little bit more about your favorite vacation spot. Most beachside areas have a variety of fun shops ranging from swimwear and souvenirs to great bakeries and interesting curiosities. Make sure that everyone has a little bit of spending money so they can make the most of their beachfront shopping experience and don’t forget to give everyone plenty of time to visit each store. It’s also a good idea to ask your family members for their input about what stores you should visit and how they would like to spend their shopping time.
Relax at the Beach
The beach is full of relaxing activities for all of your family members to enjoy. Some members of your family may want to lay on a beach towel and simply read or even take a nap. Others may enjoy spending time with a shovel and a pail building sandcastles and trying to catch sea creatures. Still others may want to swim in the ocean or boogie board to catch a little excitement while you’re at the beach. No matter what activities your family members are participating in, you want to make sure that they have adequate protection from the sun. Sunscreen and umbrellas can give you great protection and help keep you cool. Also be sure to pack a lunch and plenty of water as well, so no one goes hungry.
Whether you’re vacationing near the ocean or a lake, boating is an awesome activity that everyone can enjoy. Older kids may want to learn how to drive the boat, which is a learning experience and a lot of fun for the whole family. You just have to make sure they are of the proper age in your state to be able to legally operate the boat. Waterskiing and knee boarding are fun physical activities that are challenging to learn but exciting to conquer. Tubing is an easier activity that boaters of all ages can enjoy. Make sure everyone has life jackets for safety and bring great snacks, so family members have something to munch on during their busy day on the boat.
Have a BBQ
One of the best parts of a family vacation is enjoying delicious food with the people you love. Having a barbecue is a great way to make this happen. You can go a traditional route for your food with hot dogs and hamburgers, which are always crowd pleasers, or you can choose to Do smoked meats or even have fun with kebabs. Bamboo skewers have many uses and are biodegradable. Having a selection of finger foods will make your barbecue even more fun for guests of all ages.
Hiking in the Mountains
No vacation is complete without a little bit of adventure and going for a hike as a family is a fun way to bring your vacation to life. When you’re choosing a hike for the whole family, it’s important to think about the difficulty level and the length of the hike itself. Packing a picnic full of delicious treats and savory options will give everyone something to look forward to at the end of the journey. If you can find a trail with a stream or waterfall it will increase the adventure level and ensure that you have a way to cool off. Let your kids help plan the hike and they will be even more excited to have a great time in the mountains.
One exciting part about vacationing is learning more about the local culture. One great way to do that is to visit museums. In many touristy areas there are a variety of museum options that can get every member of your family excited to learn and explore. Some of the best museums are designed specifically for children with interactive displays and fun activities for your whole family. Plan your museum trip in advance so you can be sure everyone has a great time and that there’s plenty to do. A museum scavenger hunt can be a fun way to incentivize your children to learn and explore.
Go to a Drive-in Theater
There’s something really nostalgic and fun about visiting a drive-in theater as a family. A truck is the best vehicle for a successful drive-in, since your whole family can pile in the bed to watch the movie together. Putting a mattress in the bed of your truck will make things a lot more comfortable and packing in a takeout meal adds a level of fun. Most drive-ins show double features, and often they offer both new and classic films, so you have plenty of options. Plan a grocery store trip before your movie night and let everyone choose a couple treats for themselves. Don’t forget to bring a radio so you can hear the audio from the back of your truck.
Hit Up a Bowling Alley or Arcade
Playing games together as a family is a great way to spend your vacation. Some of the best gaming options available are bowling alleys and arcades. A nickel arcade can be a lot of fun and give you plenty to do on a small budget. Setting up a ticket winning tournament can add an extra layer of excitement for the whole family. When bowling, it’s fun to make up silly names for each family member and to take turns coming up with your silliest throws down the lane.
Your vacation with your family should be a great time for everyone, so make sure to talk to each other and figure out what you each want to do most. The more you communicate with one another the better your vacation will be. Take time to relax and have fun with your family so you can return home feeling better than ever.
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