With summer wrapped up and autumn hard upon us on the East Coast, we decided to take one last look back at some of our favorite teen and tween family vacation blog posts from the second half of summer and the beginning of fall 2010. You can read about our visit to the Jersey Shore with the waves from Hurricane Earl. Then stop by some of these great articles written by many of our favorite bloggers.
We’ll start off with Dana Rebmann who wrote about visiting Jamaica with her 9 and 12 years-old girls in her article Jamaica, Mon! on the Ciao Bambino Blog. Although Jamaica wasn’t her top choice for a family vacation, the all-inclusive resorts, beautiful beaches, Jamaican dog sledding (seriously!) and swimming with dolphins won them over.
Getting Outdoors in Summer and Fall
In the summer and fall, many families head to the mountains, parks and outdoor spaces for hikes, festivals and together time. You can read all about our jam-packed getaway to the White Mountains of New Hampshire’s Mount Washington Valley which featured a hike to New Hampshire’s largest waterfall.
Lisa T. Bergren of The World is Calling describes an eventful family trip to Breckenridge, CO to take a hike and visit the town’s annual Oktoberfest in her article Fantastic Fall Family Hike: X10U8 Beats Oktoberfest in Breckenridge. They found the Oktoberfest a little too boozy for their tastes and quickly escaped to the mountains to explore hiking trail X10U8 and abandoned mines.
Even self-described geeky families drag their teens and tweens outdoors in the summer in search of quality family time. Sandy Nielsen of Sleeps5.com relates the adventures of her teen and tweens during a summer week in Sun Valley, Idaho in her article Sun Valley for the Non-Outdoorsy Family. By mixing movies and bowling with tours of lava fields and scenic gondola rides they surprised themselves with how much fun they had.
Cruises with Teens and Tweens were Popular in Summer 2010
ColoradoGal from The Vacation Gals, shares the experiences of her family, including an 8 year-old, a 10 year-old tween and 2 grandmothers, aboard a 7-day Holland America cruise of Alaska’s Inside Passage and Glacier Bay National Park in her article 5 Reasons to Take your Family on a Holland America Cruise to Alaska (Grandmas Optional). Wildlife and glacier viewing, dog sledding and a wide range of kids and tween activities on board sounded perfect for this multi-generational group.
CajunMama from Traveling Mamas took her 12 and 14 year old kids on the Carnival Fantasy departing out of Charleston, SC to The Bahamas. In her article Top Things Kids Love About Carnival Fantasy Cruise, the kids reported that mini-golf, the Club C for 12-14 year-olds, and waterslides as well as the chance to make new friends and meet crew members from all over the world were high points on their voyage.
What Matters Most on Vacation?
Finally, we were deeply touched by CollegeVisit TravelingMom from Traveling Mom who wrote about 13 Hours in San Francisco with her daughter age 15. This article is actually a look back at a vacation cut short due to a sudden death in the family. Their trip to see old friends and the sights of San Francisco was compressed to just 13 hours. We felt her conclusion about that trip summed up the most important reason that we take our kids on vacation. She wrote “my answer to the question about what to do in San Francisco is to embrace the city and the people your with. It’s not always what you do, but who you do it with that matters most.”