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With the holidays just around the corner, it’s a good idea to plan that perfect family vacation. As a mom with a family of four, it helps to have our trips planned in advance, so that everyone has a great time.
Below are five vacation spots great for families. Some of these are places I haven’t travelled to yet, but plan to visit in the future.
This resort is great for families with small children because they have events and activities tailored to toddler and elementary aged children. Our family enjoyed our time there, especially since most of their fun-filled activities are free.
The Great Wolf Lodge has a gigantic indoor water park that includes water slides, pools, and water activities that are fun for adults and children.
My daughter’s favorite part of the water park was Fort Makenzie, the kiddie area. Features, such as the water slides, were safe for small children. There were water sprouts in front of the playground and my daughter enjoyed sticking hands in the water and walking through the streams.
The Great Wolf Lodge even has children-friendly events like the Jammie Jamboree where employees teach children dance moves to classic songs like, the La Macarena, Cha Cha Slide, and the Electric Slide (an activity my children loved!).
They also had an event called the Great Games Bing where the employees played games with the children that involved hula hooping, limbo, and dancing.
Other activities for children include; yoga, the magic game, an arcade, a playground and an activity room.
Forgot something? Don’t worry, because this resort provides personal items and beach towels. They also have stores that sell swimsuits, clothes, shoes, and accessories.
For a more detailed look, read Great Wolf Lodge Review from The Young Mom.
If you love the outdoors then check out Jekyll Island. Me and my family have never been here but plan to go next summer.
For privacy, warm weather, and maximum enjoyment of the tranquil view, September is the best time to visit. It’s during the off-season, meaning less tourists in all the popular areas.
You can have a picnic at St. Andrews Beach Park while watching the birds and dolphins play, enjoy a guided tour of Ranger Park that includes education about local wildlife, and experience a 90 minute tour of the historic sites on a red tram.
Other activities include boating, fishing, paddle boarding, kayaking, and more.
Jekyll Island is home to the well-regarded restaurant, the Beach House, where they serve their signature Shrimp and Grits.
3. City of Helen
Helen, GA is a great city to visit during the month of October.
Helen is hosting its 48th Oktoberfest starting September 6. With Germanic bands, hailing from all over the world, playing live on stage, and polka dancing in authentic Bavarian clothes, this festival boasts entertainment for the entire family.
The Oktoberfest has a variety of German style dishes that your family will love. The Bodonese restaurant serves lunch and dinner, and also has a bar during the Oktoberfest. For lunch they offer schnitzel, which is oven baked chicken schnitzel breaded with fried onions, mushrooms and bacon. At dinner time you can enjoy Hungarian goulash, wursts, and sauerbraten with potato dumplings and red cabbage.
This scenic locale has other family friendly activities like hiking, walking trails, and historic sites.
Read Oktoberfest in Helen, Georgia to learn more about this event.
Callaway Gardens is a great place to visit in November and December.
It has many beautiful attractions like their bike trail, gardens, and the butterfly exhibit for your family to explore. During the fall the leaves change colors making the gardens a beautiful sight.
They also have events like Fantasy In Lights, the Santa Claus shop, and carnival games which are great for the Christmas Holidays. My husband and my daughter went to see the Fantasy In Lights show in December and it was a magical experience.
At Callaway Gardens you can stay at the Mountain Creek Inn, lodge, cabin, or villa. I like Mountain Creek Inn because it includes everything you need such as WIFI, room service, personal items, mini-fridge, access to swimming pool, and onsite restaurants.
You and your family can eat a nice meal at the elegant Gardens Restaurant, where you can enjoy dishes like filet mignon and Chilean sea bass.
If you like nature and want to retreat from your daily routine visit Lanier Islands.
Here you can set up your tent and escape from technology as you enjoy the beauty of nature. You and your family can enjoy the tranquility of Lake Lanier and its breathtaking waterfalls.
For those with furry family members, Lanier Islands is pet friendly, so no need to leave your babies behind.
Lake Lanier also has a fancy resort called the Legacy Lodge. The lodge is conveniently located near two restaurants, a coffee shop, spa, gift shop, and a sea water lounging swimming pool.
It has as a variety of activities for the family to do such as horseback riding, zip lining, golf, and water sports.
Going on vacation is important because it’s a great way to spend time and bond with your family. Me and my family enjoyed every minute we spent at Callaway Gardens and the Great Wolf Lodge together.
I hope that you found my list of five vacation spots helpful. Which vacation spot did you like the best or what is your family’s favorite place to have a vacation?
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