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The USA has a whole range of experiences to offer families of all ages. From road-trip adventures, to wonderful nature parks or beach and water-sport fun. Here are some of our recommendations on the best places for you to go - see the resort introduction pages for more details.
Teenagers will love the discovery of a road trip and the USA is bursting with activities for young and old. Treat yourself to a great family touring car and see it all, from nature through to cultural modern cities. We have some fantastic Self Drive Tours that take in some of the region's best known destinations.
Popular family attractions include the Children's Museum, the American Museum of Natural History and the Hayden Planetarium. At Christmas it's like a fairy tale - take in the wonder of the Rockefeller Christmas tree and the Radio City Christmas Spectacular at the famous Music Hall. In the summer, beat the heat on Long Island at Splish Splash® Water Park with water cannons, hideaways, rope climbing, slides and more!
The Freedom Trail offers an educational but fun way to explore the history of the city by foot or public transport. In the winter, pop to Frog Pond on the common to have a go at ice skating. The New England Aquarium is full of wonderful exhibits that teach visitors about the waters of the world and the marine life that lives there. The boys will love the USS Constitution - one of the first US naval ships ever to be commissioned and still the oldest warship afloat in the world.
The San Francisco Bay area offers an array of entertaining, innovative, educational and fun attractions for the whole family. Angel Island State Park, a short ferry ride from Fisherman's Wharf, has miles of hiking trails and bike paths (bike rentals are available at Ayala Cove). Visit the newly re-opened California Academy of Science, which houses it's own rainforest and aquarium amongst other things!
Western USA holds the natural treasures of Yosemite, Death Valley, Sequoia, Joshua Tree, Grand Canyon and Zion. Straight from a Wild West film, the kids can get back to nature on a driving tour through real mountain wilderness. They can even go ranching for a real Taste of Adventure experience.
An ocean playground, with its 9km of white sand beach, surfing and waterfront attractions. Anaheim hosts Disneyland® Park and Disney's California Adventure Park just outside the city, packed with all the roller coasters and entertainment you would expect! Great for combining the thrills and spills of a theme park with some relaxation for mum and dad.
San Diego has a warm beach city atmosphere and is a popular destination for US families with its great attractions like SeaWorld® San Diego and LEGOLAND®. The San Diego Zoo, with 4,000 animals, is one of the largest in the world, and hosts some of the rarest specimens in captivity.
There's a variety of safe boat tours to take you and the kids up close to the thunderous waters. You can even Journey Behind The Falls to see the mighty river explode right before your eyes! There are spectacular FREE fireworks over The Falls every Fri and Sun through the summer. The surrounding lakes and mountains offer plenty of water-based sports to exhaust the teenagers.
American and Canadian skiing has the benefit of English-speaking ski schools for the kids. New England is very family friendly with the bonus of short transfer times, and we offer great child and teen prices there. In Canada try Whistler, Banff or Tremblant for the best family facilities.