May 23, 2011

Five Summer Getaways Every Kid Should Experience

Summer is here, well almost. Here in Florida the temperatures have been in the 90's so it really feels like Summer is here. School will be ending soon and summer vacation will begin for the children. This means we need to begin planning our Summer vacations! SocialMoms and Alamo are hosting a campaign to find out what everyone's five Summer getaways are and here are mine.

Number 1: The beach is a great and enjoyable vacation for my family. We live about 10 minutes from the beach and go their often. It is great for children because they can play in the sand and cool off in the water. There are so many activities that can be done at the beach, the options are truly endless. From building a sand castle to learning how to surf, the beach is a perfect place for a Summer vacation.

Number 2: This Summer we are planning on taking our children to Nickelodeon Suites and Resorts. They have Nickelodeon theme hotel rooms, two water parks, a mall, a kids spa, as well as a 4-D experience. I cannot wait to take my children there. This is a great Summer vacation idea because it is fun for the entire family. They have a teen "hangout" area and parents can rent their own cabanas. The rates are also extremely reasonable considering the amenities.

Number 3: We cannot forget Disney World! Disney is a great place to visit for a Summer vacation. Disney offers amazing rides and entertainment. Disney is a place that the entire family can enjoy. They have great rides for young children and fast paces rides for the parents and older children. And who doesn't love the characters? They are always walking around the park and you are sure to snap pictures of them and get their autographs.

Number 4: The springs is one of my favorite places to visit during the Summer. Here in Florida, we have numerous springs. The springs offer a nice cool place to cool down on a hot summer day. Most springs are extremely affordable at under $10 a car load. Most springs all have paddle boats and canoes that you can rent and visit the natural areas of the springs. If you are looking for a budget-friendly Summer vacation, definitely look online and see if you have a springs nearby, your family is sure to have a great time.

Number 5: Camping is definitely a Summer vacation that every kid should experience and is another budget friendly vacation idea. There are so many places to camp that you are sure to find one nearby if you cannot afford to travel far. The activities are great and can include fishing, kayaking, and hiking to name a few. Camping is also a great way to get your family to wind down from all the hustle and bustle and a great way to connect with nature.

I hope that these ideas will help you plan a Summer vacation if you haven't planned one already. If you have planned one please comment below and let me know what you are planning. I love hearing from my readers!

I wrote this blog post while participating in the SocialMoms and Alamo blogging program, for a gift card worth $25. For more information on how you can participate, click here.

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  1. We really want to go to the beach this year but the closest beach to us is 10 hours away and it will take a lot of gas to get there but hopefully we can make the trip just once!

  2. You've listed some exciting activities, Kathleen! Last summer, my wife and I planned a camping at our backyard. We organized some activities like a campfire, a time for cooking together, board games, and storytelling. The kids enjoyed it so much they even want to have it again this summer. =)

    - Darius Cartmell