Family Vacations

Written by Serena Berger
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Family vacations are often an exercise in compromise. The more people you have in your family, the more likely you are to be pulled in multiple directions by diverse interests; some family members may outright hate doing things that others love. It can be a real challenge to find activities that everyone can participate in and enjoy.

Family Vacations with Something for Everyone

That's why the best family vacations typically offer many different activities within close proximity. There are a number of places in the country that fit the bill, depending on the kind of weather you prefer and the time of year. There are particularly impressive vacation sites in the northwest, northeast, southwest, and mid-Atlantic where outdoor sports thrive, but people can also just relax by the water, swim, or walk around leisurely.

Sometimes taking sporting lessons together is a great idea for a family vacation. Boating, for example, is something where family members who want to learn to sail can take the lessons, while someone who just wants to enjoy the sun and the water can have a couple of drinks and relax on the deck. You could also consider taking riding lessons, rock climbing lessons, or staying at a family resort where there are a variety of classes from tennis to archery to improv comedy.

Some families look forward to family vacations as a time to have adventures together and really challenge themselves. Something like whitewater rafting can really give the whole family a sense of working together and sharing an exciting and unique day. If your family enjoys camping, you can take advantage of camp grounds where there are basic facilities and a staff to take care of all of basic maintenance and cleaning and providing essential cooking supplies, leaving you free to enjoy the family time however you choose.

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