Spring Travel

4 Vacation Spots With Amazingly Awesome Activities for Kids

kids horsesFunny thing about kids and travel: While most moms and dads dream of vacations involving little more than lying on the beach with a frozen drink and a book that doesn't rhyme or involve pictures, kids tend to like getaways with a bit more get-up-and-go. You know, they want to actually do stuff. As opposed to nothing. Sigh.

Luckily there are some super-fun destinations with plenty of stuff to do for kids & grown-ups alike. Whether you prefer to play alongside your children or send them off for some age-specific activities so you can nap under an umbrella uninterrupted, we found a vacation spot to fit every family's needs.

La Costa Resort & Spa, Carlsbad, California

Need to relax? Of course you do. At this gorgeous Southern California retreat, parents can indulge in an Ayurvedic massage or take a yoga class at Deepak Chopra's Chopra Center, let off some steam in Spa La Costa's Roman pools, and more while kids (ages 5 to 12) have a blast playing tennis, swimming, hiking, and more at Camp La Costa. Sadly, you will eventually have to go home.

Out 'n' About Treesort, Takilma, Oregon

Adventurous, outdoorsy types will love this back-to-nature getaway, made up of 14 treehouses sleeping 2 to 8 people each. Just getting to your room is an athletic event, involving everything from stairs to ladders to a 90-foot-long suspension bridge; activities include ropes courses, horseback riding, rafting, and even a treetop pool made of river rocks.

Club Med Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Better than running away to join the actual circus, this resort is a mix of Big Top-themed fun and tropical luxury. Kids learn how to swing on a flying trapeze, juggle, do acrobatics, and other tricks -- then put on a show for the family at the end of the week -- while parents soak up sun on the beach or by the pool and rejuvenate at the Club Med Spa* by L'Occitane. 

Tanque Verde Ranch, Tucson, Arizona

A true desert oasis located right next to the majestic Saguaro National Park, this modern-day dude ranch has over 120 horses and lessons for all ages and skill levels (little kids are "Buckaroos" and older tykes are "Wrangler Kids"). Plus: Tennis, swimming, nature programs, and yet another glorious grown-up spa.

Happy trails!

What's your family's favorite vacation spot?


Image via Tanque Verde Ranch

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Casey Dalbey

Really, I don't know about the Tucson resort, but Tucson is freaken hot in the summer. My Montana girl butt almost melted off last June on vacation there. Hiding inside in the AC was not my kids idea of a fun vacation and we stayed at a beautiful resort that did not help with the experience at all.

la_be... la_bella_vita

No favorite, we just like to travel.

elasmimi elasmimi

Same as just about everyone, WDW. Not going til fall though. We go to Dollywood/Gatlinburg fairly often, because it is close and full of things to do.

Madel... Madelaine

No favorites here, just like to travel.

allie... alliesmom112

We live in East Tennesse so we do several day trips to the smoky mountains, Dollywood, Gatlinburg and even up to Bristol and sometimes Kentucky

allie... alliesmom112

Our vacations usually consist of trips to see our families. We take a few days to go to Indiana every year and a week to go to Kansas City

Three... Threes.Company

We love to go to southeast Michigan, on the lake.  Beautiful views and great cities along the eastern coast there.

MamaM... MamaMandee

We love to go camping or to the beach.

count... countrygirlkat

North Fork Guest Ranch in Shawnee, Colorado is by far our favorite.

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