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Fun Family Memories — The Best Places to Go in the U.S., Texas, & Houston
Traveling with your family is one of the best ways to create lifelong memories. Who doesn’t remember those long road trips with Mom and Dad while you sat in the backseat of the car when you were a kid? Everyone’s got a great road trip story from when they were children. Now it’s your turn to share one of these iconic vacations with your own little ones. They are sure to remember these family trips fondly for the rest of their lives, just like you.
The first goal is to choose a family-friendly destination that will delight adults and kids alike. There are several options in the Houston area, all across Texas, and for those wishing to range further out, the rest of the United States. The best destination for you and the kids will be the one that appeals to your family’s interests the most. Let’s take a look and see what we can find!
Houston has tons of family-friendly restaurants and hotels. If you’re local to the area you won’t need lodging, but for those looking to stay awhile, try the kid-friendly Omni Houston Hotel. They offer the Omni Kids Crew for their youngest guests and a kids’ beach-themed sensory suite connected to Mom and Dad’s room, giving everybody privacy when they need it.
The best attraction for families in the Houston area is the Splashway Water Park. Voted the best for kids in 2016, this water park and camping destination has it all. It’s located in Sheridan at the halfway point between Houston and San Antonio. It offers countless activities for kids and grownups alike. They have zip lines, wave pools, kiddie areas, and a lazy river, just to name a few of the attractions. It’s a great opportunity for fun in the sun and will tucker out the little ones so Mom and Dad can have a relaxing evening after the kids go to bed.
One of the coolest things to do with the kids is going camping! Texas has outstanding campsite destinations to choose from. There’s really nothing like sitting with the kids around a campfire, teaching them to roast their first marshmallows and eating smores for the very first time. Mom and Dad can also introduce them to ghost stories and sing-along around the fire.
During the day, cool off by swimming in a nearby lake. Show your kids an appreciation for nature by taking them hiking through the campground trails. You can perfect the art of the cheeseburger at the barbecue grill and laugh while eating with messy hands. Your kids will love it and remember those camping trips they went on as a kid for many years to come.
Biking, canoeing, kayaking and swimming are all a part of the camping experience. It’s also one of the least expensive options and offers the most opportunity to bond as a family. You’re out in nature, without Wi-Fi or television to distract you. It’s a great time to get to know your kids and see what makes them tick. Getting back to nature in our hectic modern world is always an excellent choice.
For those of you interested in the great American road trip, there are so many options across the United States for a family trip that it would be impossible to list them here. It will always depend on your family’s goals and tastes. Would a tour of the Old West appeal to you and your kids? You could drive up to the Dakotas and experience the Wild West in Deadwood and visit Mt. Rushmore. Maybe your family loves the beach and a drive down the Florida coast, stopping at different towns along the way would be ideal. Kids can collect seashells and Mom and Dad can work on their tans while traveling down the highway.
California beckons with its rugged cliff side and quaint seaside towns, the magic of the Pacific in your rearview mirror. Or maybe a fall trip to New England to watch the colors change on the trees while you sample maple syrup and visit different places to discover the best clam chowder on the East Coast. Whatever your family’s interests, somewhere in the United States offers the perfect drive and the ultimate family holiday you’ll be talking about for years to come.
Regardless of where you choose to travel, family vacations are times for bonding and fun. You’ll remember the happy times you had together visiting with your kids and watching their curiosity about the world. Time goes by quickly, so it’s important to have these experiences with your kids while they are still young. They’ll be gone and out of the house before you know it, so this is the time to make sure to fill their childhoods with wonderful memories.
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