Family Vacation Ideas for Summer Fun in the Sun

Family Vacation Ideas

Planning family vacations can be a challenge. Here are three family vacation ideas for summer that offer fun for the whole family, and maybe even some relaxation time for Mom and Dad.

Hawaiian Vacations

If you live on the west coast, you can get great deals on Hawaiian vacations. Hawaii is one of the best family vacation ideas for summer because its laid back atmosphere allows kids to be kids, and parents to relax. Pick one island that has lots to do: Maui, Oahu, and Hawaii (a.k.a the Big Island) are all good picks. Parents can carve out a relaxing day on the beach watching the kids make sand castles. There are plenty of activities for everyone, including horseback riding, hiking, snorkelling, and scuba diving.

Washington D.C.

If you’re looking for family vacation ideas for summer that are educational as well as fun, look no further than the U.S. capital. You can take great bike tours of the National Mall Monuments, and of course there are plenty of museums. The National Zoo has pandas, and is free to visit! If you happen to be in Washington D.C. on July 4, you will be treated to spectacular fireworks. If you happen to have a rainy day, you can spend hours wandering around the Smithsonian.


If you’re within driving distance, California is one of the best family vacation ideas around. Consider heading to San Diego and enjoying the world-class San Diego Zoo and a giant Sea World. Half an hour’s drive north is the city of Carlsbad, which is home to LEGOLAND California. Of course, Disneyland’s California Park is a huge attraction for kids. Located in Anaheim, it’s a must-see for any family vacation. Santa Monica is also a lovely seaside city – kids will love the gymnastics equipment on the beach, the rides, and biking along the beach.

We’d love to hear your family vacation ideas for summer. Where is your favorite place for a family vacation in the summer?