Tip 1: Choose a spot where opportunities for activity are plentiful.
U.S. News labeled locations such as the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, the Outer Banks and Sedona as the Best Adventure Vacations in the USA. But if you can’t make it there this year, there are still plenty of other options close to home.
Go camping and hiking at your state park, go canoeing or kayaking, or visit a national landmark within an hour’s drive. National landmarks normally provide an afternoon of outdoor and indoor activities.
Tip 2: Get the kids involved in choosing the destination.
Give your children multiple trip options and photos of the locations. This allows them to feel like they are part of the planning process. Let them choose some of the activities, giving them incentive to participate. Doing the planning together as a family encourages good feelings about the trip from the start.
Tip 3: Leave the electronic games at home.
Vacations are a great time to unwind. Leaving electronic games at home and turning off cell phones, when possible, encourages a more active vacation and better communication.
If traveling by car, bring travel games to play together, such as cards, bingo or crossword puzzles. When it’s time to take a break, scout out parks or rest areas where you can stop and burn some built-up energy with a quick game of Frisbee or catch.
If you’re waiting in an airport, take walks from terminal to terminal.