If you are looking to have a great time with your children, then look no further than right here in the United States. If you love to go to the beach and love to play in the sand, then don’t wait, get your snorkel and let’s get going.
For many families vacation time usually hits for Spring Break or during the hot summer months, mind you many places will be rather busy, but in some cases it will be well worth it.
Are you looking for a place that the temperatures are cool and the area quiet? When we travel with children, it can be difficult to find such places. One great place to visit with your little ones, Old Orchard Beach, Maine. Summers are typically on the mild side in the beautiful state of Maine. The water is cooler, so many tend to just sit on the beach and play in the sand. However, you may venture to stick your toes in the water then run giggling up to the kids feeling playful as they may be.
There is a lot of great places to stay while visiting Old Orchard Beach, one that comes highly recommended is Aloutte Beach Resort. Not only can you get a beautiful room with a view but, the resort also has cabins that you can rent. Prices for this resort start at $49.00 and up. Some of the rooms have kitchenettes available for use, jacuzzi tubs and more. The hotel is located on the beach, so going for a morning stroll is one event that your whole family is sure to enjoy. Visiting the city of Old Orchard is a must to do. There are many great shops to check out, if you enjoy shopping, but there are also a lot of great activities that you can do around the area.
If you are seeking an adventure, why not visit the amusement park, Old Orchard Beach has one that gives you the full view of the ocean from atop the roller coasters and ferris wheels. Or if this is a bit much for the little ones, how about a family game of miniature golf. Its always great fun to get the little ones out there with a golf club.
Now if your kids are older, not really in the mood for roller coasters, golf or other activities like these, then how about some fishing or going on an adventure in a Kayak. There are many fine places to set up schedules with in Old Orchard beach for these fun events.
If your kids are old enough to leave at the hotel for an evening, time to give mom and pop a little night life, for pop it may be to check out the wonderful breweries that can be found around the area. Great local beers and lagers of all kinds may be the ticket for him, while mom can still enjoy a bit of shopping and maybe a spa treatment or two. A massage is a great way to finish of the day.
There is also a great amount of history to be found around Old Orchard Beach, so if it is going to be a learning trip, you will be excited with the amount of history that can be learned in the great State of Maine.
If you are up for a little bit of a longer adventure and money is no object, then why not fly to the great state of Hawaii. There are beaches almost very where you turn. If you want to spend time with the kids and feel they may be a little young for the rough waters, not to worry, there is a great resort located on the island of Oahu called Ko’ Olina beach resort. Around the resort are wonderful coves that are protected by large rock formations that keep pools of water calm for the children to play in. Water can get up to about 18 feet as you move towards the rock formations. If you take a snorkel along, the kids can actually get to see some of the little fish that live in these coves swimming around. No worries about larger fish being in the area, the fish and game have actually placed fencing between the rock formations to protect visitors from being bothered. Around each cove, you will not only find lots of sand to play in, but you will also find lovely stretches of grass that you can lay upon and read, you may even here the soft music of a local playing a Ukelele as they too enjoy the beach. Ko’ Olina is away from a lot of the busier area of the island of Oahu, but, there is still a lot to be seen.
Oahu, is a great place to stay if you don’t feel like doing the island hopping that so many do like to go for. Island hopping can get expensive and tiresome especially when you have little ones in tow, this part of a trip is best done when you are alone.
Paradise Cove is a great place to visit if you want to have a fun time. Not only do you get to experience a fun luau, but there is a lot to see and do at the cove. For example, getting to watch how a coconut is harvested from a tree then watch as the coconut is broken apart and shared with everyone around. You may even get to sip a bit of the sweet juice or milk of the coconut. Interested in Poi and what it is and how it is made, not a problem, you can find out this at Paradise cove as well, several of the locals will give you a brief history about Poi then show you how it is harvested from the taro root then served as part of a native staple. Heck, you can probably venture to one of the local markets and have some Poi for your very own.
Are you up to a bit of shopping but, don’t want to spend a lot on souvenier? Why not check out the huge flea market that takes place around the Aloha Bowl. You can find great deals on many local items. From lovely wraps to beautiful wind chimes and more.
Up for more adventures with food, then head off to the Dole Pineapple plantations and learn how the plantations grow one of the most interesting foods around. Did you know that a Pineapple actually grows on a plant? Then maybe it is time for you to venture and see the huge fields of pineapples that can be found all over the island of Oahu.
Looking for a bit of local cuisine, then you might want to sit back and nibble on a plate lunch. Don’t laugh, but this is an every day meal that you will find in most restaurants around the islands. Plate lunch is simple but good, you get a main dish, two scoops of sticky rice and typically a scoop of potato salad or coleslaw depending on the place you go. In the mood for a little more, why not visit one of the most famous Hawaiian Chef’s around, Sam Choy. He has a great casual restaurant in down town Waikiki called, Sam Choy’s Breakfast, Lunch and Crab, great eats and reasonable prices, and the kids will love it too. Sam may even come out and see how you are doing himself. He loves visiting with his customers and making sure that the food is the best there is for his customers. You may even get a lucky visit where he sits with you at your table. Yes, this does happen.
If its nature you want to see, there are many great places to adventure to get your fill, visit the blow holes on the southern side of the island of Oahu, venture to Waimea Park and see all the many beautiful plants and animals, you can even see the Pipeline from the park. Or once you are done visiting, hop across the street stand and watch the huge waves curl and the surfers practice for one of the biggest surfing events to hit the North Shore, the Pipeline Classic. Want the kids to see how animals live in the tropics, then you might want to take a trip to the local zoo in Waikiki or you can even go to Sea Life Park where they get to see sea animals play.
Be prepared to spend a bit more than you normally would on the mainland, but also be prepared for a huge amount of adventure and fun with your little loved ones.
There are many additional great beaches around the United States that are great for family adventures. However, it is best to make sure you do your research and make a list of what you are looking for in a family beach vacation.