Winter is fun and exciting. It means pulling out your favorite sweaters, watching the snowflakes fall from the sky, and enjoying all outdoor activities, from sledding and tubing to ice skating and building a snowman. But as quickly as winter comes – it wears out its welcome. All the excitement soon gets overshadowed by short and dark days, the hassle of scraping ice off your vehicle, and always having to wear layers of clothes to leave the house. That’s where the best family travel destinations come into play.
Finding The Best Family Travel Destinations
While there is no magic formula to finding the best family vacation spot, you can charter a private jet and head to where the sun is shining, and the temperatures are warm. Bring warmth and vitality back to your family with your kids in tow by escaping the cold. Here are five family travel destinations that are sure to be a hit.
1. Tucson, Arizona
Tucson, AZ, is a well-kept secret regarding warm family vacations. Many other cities throughout the state get all the attention – but Tucson has a lot to offer.
What better thing to do than go horseback riding through the desert – and visit a dude ranch? Or visit the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum (a zoo combined with a natural history museum and botanical gardens). You will also get to learn something new while seeing local wildlife.
Depending on the age of your kids, the older ones may find a trip to Biosphere 2 fascinating. Guided walks through this world under the dome are so neat – it is no wonder it is one of the 50 wonders of the world. Tucson is full of outdoor hiking, desert fun, dining, and shopping. There is a lot to do here – without the heavy crowds. And, hey, the weather is warm.
2. Miami, Florida
Heading to the southeast, Miami is calling you. This time of year is considered the season in Miami, so it is bustling with things going on that your kids will enjoy. Warm tropical weather, beautiful beaches, and a vibrant culture welcome you and your family.
First, of course, is the beach. Lots of swimming, wave jumping, snorkeling, and sandcastles here. Outdoor adventures of boating in the ocean or airboat rides throughout the Florida Everglades. The latter gets you up close and personal with all sorts of wildlife in their natural habitat – including gators.
Depending on when you visit, check out the many festivals around town, and indulge in local cuisine and shops. Want more? Miami is a close drive to the Florida Keys (or take a private jet straight into the southernmost point of the U.S. – Key West). Make it a day trip – or longer – and visit the area. This is how you make memories.
3. Cancun Family Travel Destinations
Cancun is a tropical paradise with some of the most beautiful beaches ever. You can swim, go snorkeling and see the sea life, take a boat ride, go fishing, swim with whale sharks or dolphins, or build sand castles on the beach.
Your family will love having fun out of the water, too. Spend an afternoon at the Interactive Aquarium in La Isla Shopping Village or get up close and personal with wildlife at the Croco Cun Zoo. Take the kids on an ATV ride off-roading through the jungle. Or take a pirate dinner cruise with Captain Hook – where kids enjoy all the games and fun onboard.
There is so much fun in Cancun that your family won’t want to return to the cold weather once it is over.
4. Las Vegas, Nevada
Sure, there is gambling and partying – and it may not be everyone’s go-to option for a family vacation. However, Vegas is a lot more family-friendly than people may think.
What do you do as a family in Las Vegas? Let’s take a look.
First, many different hotels are unique and have many different offerings the kids will love. Visit Discovery Children’s Museum, drive go-karts at Las Vegas Mini Grand Prix, the Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay, Hershey’s World of Chocolate, and the indoor amusement park at Adventuredome, go ziplining, etc. And, for those who are daring- try indoor skydiving. Of course, there is always incredible dining, shopping, and shows here, too.
The possibilities are endless in Vegas. Oh, and the weather is perfect, too!
5. San Antonio, Texas
Another destination that is off the beaten path in San Antonio. There is a lot of exploring to be done throughout the city that will keep your little ones intrigued, regardless of their age. For instance, you can head down deep below the earth’s surface into the caverns at Natural Bridge Caverns. While here, you can go ziplining, mining, or try out a ropes course.
Visit The DoSeum Children’s Museum, San Antonio Zoo, Six Flags Fiesta Texas, SeaWorld San Antonio, SeaWorld’s water park – Aquatica, Legoland, and so much more. You can enjoy the warm weather while visiting one of the many amusement parks and attractions or walking along the San Antonio RiverWalk. San Antonio may not be on the top of everyone’s family vacation list, but it should be.
Reaching Your Family Travel Destinations
While you plan your family’s escape from the winter weather, remember one thing – book a charter flight to get there. Winter can wreak havoc on air travel and cause delays and cancellations throughout commercial airports. Don’t find yourself – and your kiddos – stuck in this mess. Instead, travel smart by booking a private jet charter.
Private jets can often fly when others are grounded – and you don’t have to worry about any disruptions in your travel. You can relax and enjoy your trip, confident you will get there and back without a struggle.