Any parent knows that planning a trip with kids can take a lot of planning and patience. A vacation should be fun for the whole family, and include a little something for everyone. We've got you covered with some ideas for family-oriented vacation spots to help minimize stress and maximize fun!
Grand Canyon, Arizona
This massive canyon in Arizona is truly a natural wonder that will leave anyone awestruck. It's no wonder that 4.5 million visitors flock to this site every year to gaze out and explore its grandeur. There's no bad time of year to visit, but keep in mind that spring and summer can attract large crowds, as it is a popular time with kids out of school.
Sightseeing, hiking, camping, traditional Navajo dance performances, and rafting are just some of the popular activity options. This trip is sure to be filled with adventure and leave everyone with memories that will last a lifetime. Don't forget to take a lot of pictures!
Closest city: Flagstaff, AZ
The Windy City is filled with activities that are fun for everyone. Head over to Millennium Park and take pictures in front of "The Bean" (Cloud Gate sculpture), cheer on the Cubs at Wrigley Field, shop until you drop on the Magnificent Mile, or soak up some culture at The Art Institute.
Finish the day with a big slice of deep dish pizza or a classic Chicago style hot dog that the kids will love. Even the pickiest of little ones are sure to find something to love here.
Rehoboth Beach, Delaware
This family-friendly Mid-Atlantic beach boasts calm waters, life guards, changing rooms, and, of course, an awesome boardwalk. It's the largest beach resort in the state of Delaware and known as the " Nation's Summer Capital."
Spend a couple of hours playing in the surf and sand, then hit the boardwalk for some classic arcade games, famous Grotto Pizza, fries (don't forget the Old Bay seasoning and vinegar—you won't regret it!), and top it off with a trip to The Ice Cream Store which has over 70 flavors. This charming and friendly town will make you want to make this an annual tradition.
Dinosaur Valley State Park, Texas
Let your kids' paleontologist fantasies play out with some of the world's best preserved dinosaur footprints! While the extinct giants no longer roam the park, you can feel like they do with giant models on site, that were originally built for the New York World's Fair Dinosaur Exhibit.
The visible tracks are located on the riverbed—but sometimes can be hard to find, depending on if it's rained recently and water levels are high. Don't worry though, you can call ahead to check on the status of visibility.
Feel free to camp, picnic, swim in the clear waters, bike, fish, and more in this scenic and well-kept park. It's a great place to explore and learn about what life was like millions of years ago when dinosaurs roamed the Earth.
Closest city: Glen Rose, TX
Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin
It's the Water Park Capital of the World! In this popular Wisconsin vacation spot, there's something for everyone. Kids can spend the day splashing, swirling, and playing in the world-famous water parks, where a new attraction is just around each corner. Live entertainment, endless accommodations, spas, golf courses, and more make this a trip for mom and dad, too.
Plus, there are more than 90 restaurants, breweries, and wineries in the Dells, so there are plenty of options for everyone. Here, the possibilities are endless.