Multigenerational traveling is growing in popularity because it provides an opportunity to spend quality time with the elders of the family and create memories.
A multigenerational vacation requires some planning to meet the requirements of all age groups such as reduced mobility of older family members and perhaps dietary needs of the very young ones. Flexibility and planning for leisure and downtime for everyone are some of the essential requirements to keep in mind while planning a multigenerational vacation.
In honor of Grandparents Day, we have put together some suggestions for a multigenerational family vacation, which would cater to all ages.
Family-friendly cities in the US
Orlando is a traditional destination for families, with its plethora of theme parks such as Walt Disney World, SeaWorld, Universal Orlando Resort, and LEGOLAND® Florida Resort. These theme parks offer myriad avenues of entertainment that provide enjoyment to adults and kids alike.
Orlando being the leisure capital of the world, offers an extensive range of accommodations targeted to families or large groups. You can easily find suites with separate bathrooms or convenient adjoining rooms.
If the family is leaning towards a beach holiday, then the city of Destin on Florida's northwest (Panhandle) coast may fit the bill. Destin has miles of stunning white-sand beaches, and these oceanfront enclaves offer a smorgasbord of beachside activities such as whale and dolphin watching, fishing and harbor cruises, and snorkeling and diving expeditions along with water sporting activities like paddleboarding and parasailing. Other attractions in the city also include an outlet mall, the Big Kahuna Water Park and the Track Recreation center and a vibrant dining scene.
Accommodations range from hotel rooms to apartment-style suites and houses.
3. New York City
The Big Apple is a huge favorite with both international and domestic tourists. The fast-paced city is chock a block with renowned attractions such as the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, the 9/11 Memorial, the Empire State Building, Central Park and the Highline, Rockefeller Center amongst others.
Added to this mix are top-notch museums such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Natural History, the Whitney Museum of Art, the Solomon Guggenheim Museum and the Brooklyn Children's museum. Other big draws in NYC include its vibrant Theater district and the city's constantly evolving and diverse restaurant and dining landscape.
As a foremost tourist capital of the world, NYC offers an abundance of accommodation options to suit all needs and budgets. The city features an extensive public transport system that includes the subway, buses, taxis and popular e-hailing services like UBER, VIA, Gett, Juno, and Lyft, many of which have provisions for riders with reduced mobility.
Atlanta, the bustling capital of Georgia, is another big city that may fit the bill as a choice location for a family-friendly vacation.
The city offers a variety of outdoor activities such as the famed Georgia Aquarium, the Centennial Olympic Park, the World of Coca-Cola, the High Museum of Art, the stunning Atlanta Botanical Gardens and the rapidly developing district of Atlanta Beltline - home to pedestrian trails, parks, and art installations.
5. San Diego
San Diego, with its year-round amenable weather, is a prime contender as the choice for a multigenerational vacation on the west coast of the USA.
The city offers a wide variety of attractions such as the San Diego Zoo and the Safari Park, the Aquatica Water Park, SeaWorld, Legoland, and the Birch Aquarium. The city is also home to excellent museums such as the USS Midway Museum, the Automotive Museum, the Maritime Museum, the Natural History Museum, and Balboa Park.
International destinations becoming popular for family travel
While the destinations mentioned above are within the USA, if family members are able and willing to travel overseas, then listed below are some international destinations that are perfect locales for a multigenerational vacation.
London, the exciting capital of England, is another massively popular vacation destination. This historic city is home to several old-world regal attractions such as the tour of Buckingham palace (abode of the British royal family), Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, the Tower of London, Trafalgar Square along with spectacular museums such as the British Museum, the National Gallery and the Victoria and Albert Museum.
Newer attractions in London include taking in the views from the London Eye and the Shard, visiting the waxworks of famous personalities at the Madame Tussauds, exploring the Tate Modern Museum and learning about marine creatures at the Sea Life London Aquarium.
London, like New York City, boasts of numerous dining and shopping options. Visiting families to the city are bound to enjoy quintessential London experiences such as devouring a cream tea (afternoon tea with scones, jam, and clotted cream), visiting the world's finest toy store, Hamley's along with a whirl of a typical London market and a stroll along the city's famous shopping street, Oxford Street.
If the family is willing to travel further, then the famed Southeast Asian hotspot, Singapore is another viable option. There is no perfect time to visit Singapore as this tropical island features hot and humid weather year-round situated as it is near the equator.
Singapore is a relatively small, self-contained island nation that is home to a multi-cultural population. The city has a well-developed, efficient public transport that features taxis, subways, buses and e-hailing ride shares like Grab and Go-Jek.
This efficient transport system makes it easy to get around inexpensively and visit family-friendly attractions such as the Singapore Zoo, the Jurong Bird Park, the Singapore Botanical Gardens and the Marina Bay Sands complex with its spectacular Gardens By the Bay tropical paradise.
8. Go on Safari in Africa
Aside from cities, you can also plan a multigenerational vacation as an experience of a lifetime, for instance, going on a safari with grandparents in tow.
Folks of all ages enjoy spotting the spectacular wildlife, especially one of the big five. Moreover, you can tailor the safari to suit your individual needs and budget. The most popular African safaris are the Masai Mara in Kenya, the Serengeti National Park and the Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania, the Kruger National Park, South Africa and Etosha National Park in Namibia.
9. Set sail on a cruise
Going cruising is another natural choice for a vacation trip with grandparents. A cruise offers a wide selection of entertainment options for all age groups. Additionally, staff are on hand to look after every need of all members of the family. Cruises of the Caribbean, the Mediterranean, Alaska, and Galapagos are sure-fire winners.
10. Holiday at an all-inclusive resort
Similar to cruises, all-inclusive resorts also offer a wide array of entertainment and sporting options. Families can decide to spend time together and even participate in the activities on offer.
No matter where you decide to vacation with your grandparents, you will create memories that will be special and unforgettable.
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