There are many places to go on vacation with your kids. Some like amusement parks can be costly or a once-in-a-lifetime memory for all. However, if you are trying to have a vacation that will be a family event and not have everyone scatter once you reach your destination, then vacations that include outdoor activities can be a good way to go.
Visit a national park. These locations usually have many trails of varying difficulty that your family can hike, nature programs, campsites and various other activities, depending on the park. This is a good way for the family to have some quality time together and work as a unit to get things done such as setting up camp. As a bonus you typically learn a few things about the national parks like history, area culture or nature facts; if your kids are 12 or younger, they can try to find all the information needed to earn a junior ranger badge.
Try your hand at luxury camping. This is a newer term for camping with all the amenities of a resort. These resort campgrounds are set up with cabins and RV sites, depending on your needs, and offer all kinds of things for you and your family to do. From planned activities and crafts for the kids to tennis courts and trails, there are many options, depending on the resort; some even having lakes and water fun as well. An example of a camping resort is Ocean Mesa Campground located at El Capitan Resort on California's Central Coast. This location not only has outdoor activities and planned events, but also a spa and live entertainment.
Ocean Mesa Campground at El Capitan
100 El Capitan Terrace Lane
Santa Barbara, CA 93117
Check Out Your Own State
Travel the state you live in and see the historical sites and state parks. It's a shame that many people travel far away from home for a vacation when there is usually many things to see and do not far away in their own state. Research your own state for state parks, historical sites, museums and other fun activities that the kids might enjoy. By doing this, you will save some money in travel alone and the kids will enjoy finding out about their own state. Examples of might include visiting the state capital, rafting a local river or touring a battleground.