Five Destinations Both Parents and Kids Will Love

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When you have kids, settling on a vacation destination that pleases everyone can post a challenge. You don’t want the little ones to become bored, and you don’t want to miss out on the activities that appeal specifically to adults. What are some destinations with something to offer to everyone?

New Orleans

New Orleans welcomes guests of every age. A visit to the Audubon Zoo will light the spark of adventure in kids’ eyes, and you’ll enjoy getting close to nature, too. At the Louisiana Chilldren’s Museum, kids can feast their senses in a 30,000 square feet package of fun hands-on exhibits. Then you can hop in a streetcar and explore New Orleans’s different sections, including the famous French Quarter.

Things to do in New Orleans go beyond what you can enjoy with the kids. Experience the city’s amazing music scene as you visit different drinking establishments. Order drinks like the Sazerac and the Obituary Cocktail, which are a couple of the city’s signature libations.

If the kids are squeamish, leave them at the hotel (or task big brother to entertain them) while you take in the spooky and fascinating beauty of the “cities of the dead,” cemeteries that are laid out like real cities.

Las Vegas

Though there are plenty of online casinos in the U.S., there are even more in Vegas, but Vegas offers so much more than what the “Sin City” sobriquet implies. The largest indoor theme park in the United States, Adventuredome, is sure to fill an afternoon with fun, and anyone who isn’t creeped out by Madame Tussaud’s will have a blast there. The view from the Stratosphere Tower will definitely impress. Check out this link for more kid-friendly Las Vegas attractions.

When it comes to entertaining adults, Vegas serves up more than just gambling. Dive into luxury at The Spa at Encore or Spa Bellagio (or any of numerous other spas in the city). After you relax, check out an over-the-top show or rock out at a night club.

New York

Ah, yes, the Big Apple. It is home to awesome architecture, fascinating history, and great cheesecake. A family vacation to the city isn’t complete without a sojourn in Central Park, a walk through the Museum of Natural History, and some pictures taken at the top of the Empire State Building. Kid-friendly NYC also boasts the famous FAO Schwarz toy store, Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory, and the Children’s Museum of the Arts.

All the walking involved in a visit to New York will wear the kids out by the end of the day, so after they retire for the night, you parents can dive into the NYC nightlife. Start out the evening at a Broadway or off-Broadway show, and then stroll through Times Square. Enjoy delicious food and indulge in a drink or two. Or if the kids are too young for you to leave them by themselves at the hotel, make sure you book a room with a great view so you can still experience the magic of New York at night.

Orlando

TripAdvisor lists 187 things to do in Orlando, more than enough for your next several vacations. If you don’t have a lot of time, however, some highlights that will delight the young include Universal theme park, Discovery Cove (a water park), and, of course, Walt Disney World. The John F. Kennedy Space Center is also worth a stop.

Orlando isn’t all about the kids, though. Adults can play some holes at the Shingle Creek Golf Club, drive a magnificent machine at the Richard Petty Driving Experience, and check one some of the city’s fine dining spots.

Grand Canyon

If a city-bound getaway isn’t what you’re after, visiting a national park like that at the Grand Canyon, can help you feel closer to nature and your family members. The Grand Canyon offers oodles of activities, including tons of hiking trails, and the breathtaking Cape Royal Drive. If there is an opportunity for it, parents can sneak away for a romantic picnic with a view.

Adults want to wind down while on vacation, and kids get wound up. Fortunately, many destinations offer activities and attractions for every member of the family, regardless of age.

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