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Perfect American Hidden Getaways for Family Bonding

  1. Visit Belmont Park at the Mission Beach Boardwalk, San Diego, California
Belmont Park

The Mission Beach Boardwalk is a family-friendly area. One of the most popular attractions in the region is Belmont Park. It is an amusement park which is traditional and simple in nature. A visit to San Diego is not complete without a visit to Belmont Park. The park offers many rides, one of those being the giant roller coaster. It is also home to four restaurants facing the ocean. Other than the rides, other activities at the park include playing mini golf and rock climbing.


  1. Charter a Boat at Folly Beach, South Carolina
Folly Beach Lighthouse

Chartering a boat as a family can be a great bonding exercise. It also provides a welcome break from all the swimming and the sand. Every year, hundreds of families take a boat to enjoy the scenery along Folly Beach. It is a fun way to explore the waters. Once you get on the boat, do not forget to stop by the Morris Island Lighthouse.


  1. Spend a day at Baytowne Wharf at Destin, Florida
Baytowne Wharf Destin

Baytowne Wharf is a small village located inside the ‘Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort’. The whole place was designed with family trips in mind. The village has enough attractions to engage even the most fussy of visitors. There are some very nice restaurants and ice-cream parlors. The scenery surrounding the village is also very enjoyable. During the evenings, the houses all light up, making for a great view. As a family, you can spend a whole day here — or even better, a weekend.


  1. See the Ethel M. Chocolate Factory and Cactus Garden at Las Vegas, Nevada
Ethel M. Chocolate Factory and Cactus Garden

Las Vegas has been trying for a while to shed its ‘adult’ image. The Ethel M. Chocolate Factory and Cactus Garden is a result of that effort. It is an attempt at making the city more family-friendly. The park is one of the most unusual ones in the whole of America. At the park, you and your kids can watch how chocolates are made. You can even try out a few of them. After you finish with the chocolates, you can go out into the desert and see the cacti. There are several different types of cacti, including ornamental and drought tolerant ones. The garden is home to about 300 species of cactus plants.


  1. Be amazed at the March of the Peabody Ducks, Orlando, Florida
March of the Peabody Ducks

The Peabody Ducks is a long running tradition at the Peabody Hotel. It started way back in 1940, when the general manager of the hotel left behind three ducks in the lobby. The guests loved what they saw and since then the Peabody Ducks have been entertaining people. The ducks march into the lobby twice a day. They walk over a red carpet, parading like celebrities while a band plays music. Kids absolutely love these ducks and their antics. The ducks are nothing short of celebrities and have appeared on shows like ‘Oprah Winfrey Show’ and ‘Sesame Street’.


  1. Ride a horse at South Padre Island, Texas
South Padre Island

Riding a horse on a beach is an exquisite experience. It is an experience which should be enjoyed with the whole family. The South Padre Island is the perfect location for indulging in this activity. The ride is ideal for exploring the entirety of the island. If possible, go for an early morning ride before the beach gets too crowded. Kids adore animals like horses and this is usually a great experience for them. Book the popular ‘Family Favorite Horseback Ride’ at just $40 per person. Depending on the time of the year, this ride may be scheduled in the morning or afternoon.


  1. Be awed at Mackinac Island, Michigan
Mackinac Island

People mostly visit Mackinac Island as part of a bigger trip. The island offers a relaxed, retreat-like atmosphere and is ideal for a family trip. Mackinac Island is especially famous for a shop named ‘Joann’s Fudge.’ Many people go to the island just to visit this shop! Other than the fudge shop, there are plenty of other attractions on the island. There is ‘Fort Mackinac’ for the history lovers and there is the ‘Mackinac Island State Park’ for nature lovers. The park is a treasure trove of historical monuments, limestone cliffs and geological formations. You and your family can book a carriage and take a ride through the park.


  1. Explore the Pismo Beach at California
Pismo Beach

Pismo Beach is ideal for indulging in outdoor activities. It is located in a town by the same name. Popular activities at the beach include horseback riding, bicycling, hiking, scuba diving and playing tennis. The area boasts of several caves and coves which you and your family can explore together. Another great attraction of the beach is the pier. The ‘Pismo Pier’, as it is called, is a 12,200 foot pier! It is an ideal spot for watching the sun go down across the horizon. It is also good for a casual stroll, fishing, or simply sightseeing.


  1. Feel different at Kodiak Island, Alaska
Kodiak Island

Kodiak Island is one of the best kept secrets of America. It is a beautiful place and a haven of delicious seafood. Located near the Gulf of Alaska, the island is the second largest of its kind in the US. It is inhabited by 7 communities. The island boasts  both Russian Orthodox churches and Native American monuments. It looks remarkably different from the rest of the country and its history is quite different too. One of the biggest attractions of the island is the Fort Abercrombie State Historical Park, which explains the history behind the island. Visitors to ths island can also engage in biking, hiking and camping.


  1. Explore the Wild West at Ruidoso, New Mexico

Ruidoso is the place for you if you are fascinated with the ‘wild west’ of America. It is a small village in New Mexico which is steeped in history. A former gold mining area, it is a unique blend of both the past and present. The village is surrounded by the Sierra Blanca Mountains which offer the best skiing experience in the state. Other popular attractions include the Lincoln National Forest and Lincoln and Fort Stanton.

Originally posted 2017-06-19 06:20:24.

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