Over the years, the Thanksgiving holiday has progressed from celebrating blessings over a large family meal to standing in line for the hottest retail bargains. But if you’re looking for a way to eliminate the stress of having to cook the holiday bird, Thanksgiving is the ideal holiday to plan your family getaway. With the reasonable rates for rooms and activities, and the fewer swarms of people, the following are five destinations you may want to consider for the upcoming holiday.
A large portion of the country may be enduring brutal cold temperatures over the Thanksgiving holiday. But the southwest portion of Florida is ensconced in warm weather and sunny skies. Sanibel Island is the prime spot if you’re looking to relax on the beach and enjoy plenty of fun activities for your kids. Bowman’s Beach offers interesting opportunities for your child to search for seashells or build sandcastles. This special time of year also is more affordable, so you’re sure to find an inexpensive hotel to stay in. Other water activities best enjoyed in Sanibel Island are sailing, paddle boarding and kayaking.
If you’re looking for a sunny location where you can enjoy family fun, Orlando is a great place for your family to escape this holiday season. The theme park capital offers up some of the craziest coasters and rides for your family. You can also get up close to the marine life at Sea World and be entertained at Disney World. While it’s impossible to see all that the Magic Kingdom offers in one visit, you can save some attractions for the next time. If you’re watching your pennies, WG Resorts offers budget-friendly accommodations and holiday discounts that can help you save money.
A trip across the pond during the Thanksgiving holidays may be a more affordable option for families than if you ventured overseas in the summer. With a 6 hour flight and plenty of entertainment to keep the kids busy in-flight, it’s another great option. Upon arrival, you’ll find history and scenic grounds to peruse such as Hyde Park, Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, Parliament, and the British Museum. The Harry Potter Museum is another must-see spot when making your way around London. Both adults and children are sure to enjoy the elaborate costumes, awe-inspiring sets and special effects.
You may not think exotic destinations are good for children. But they can be a great way for your child to experience worldwide cultures. For travelers interested in a unique destination, you may want to consider jetting off to Iceland. Here you’ll find nature and tons of places to explore outdoors. Iceland is also one of the best spots to share the beauty of the Northern lights with your family. Dependent on where you need to fly out of, you are sure to find affordable rates from various airlines.
New York City
The change of leaves and brisk autumn weather make the Big Apple a great destination to take the family over the Thanksgiving holidays. Here they can enjoy the iconic attractions and bustling neighborhoods. Central Park is the perfect location to start and admire the brilliant colors of the oak trees and red maples. You can get a bird’s eye view of the city when you soar to the top of One World
Observatory. If you’re looking to expose your kids to culture, and the arts, check out the Met’s exhibits. You can also start your holiday shopping early with a trip to SoHo. If you want to get into the holiday spirit, the Macey’s Thanksgiving Day Parade offers massive character balloons and unique floats where your family can build their own special memories together.
If you’re looking for an escape from traveling over the river and through the woods to visit relatives, the Thanksgiving holiday is a dynamic time of year to plan a vacation. Whether you travel overseas or cross-country in the United States, you’re sure to find the above locations the perfect place to begin your adventure.
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