January 1st kicks off new beginnings, goals and…vacation planning commences. According to Family Vacation Critic®, an online family travel planning guide, January peaks as the month for family-vacation related searches (via Google). With spring break just around the corner, it is so important to move quickly on your plans as family suites often get scooped up the fastest.
To help narrow down the choices, Family Vacation Critic offers this list of the top family vacations for 2013, based on family-friendly appeal and recent additions:
- Amelia Island - With 13 miles of beaches, this barrier island has a rich history and laid-back, outdoorsy vibe. In the spring of 2013, the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort will unveil its massive $85-million renovation.
- Montreal - Montreal’s cobblestone streets, marvelous boutiques and creperies make it the ideal destination for those looking for a distinct change of pace. Kids will love the Biodome and La Ronde, the second-largest amusement park in Canada.
- Bahamas - Convenient, relatively affordable, and teeming with activities for kids, the Bahamas is always a popular choice for families. Princess Cruise Line’s new ship, Royal Princess, begins sailing in 2013, and will stop in the Bahamas on its maiden Caribbean voyage in October.
- Park City - A visit to the 400-acre Utah Olympic Park, a venue for the 2002 Olympic Winter Games, is a must. Widely known as a hotspot for skiers, families can trade in their skis for hiking boots and bikes in the summer and explore miles of biking and hiking trails.
- Galveston Island - Galveston Island offers families tranquil beaches, the 242-acre Moody Gardens, and Schlitterbahn Waterpark. The historic Pleasure Pier reopened in 2012 with major renovations after being damaged by Hurricane Ike in 2008.
- San Diego – San Diego has it all for traveling families. Wander through Balboa Park, visit the Natural History Museum, Air & Space Museum and SeaWorld. Don’t forget to venture just outside city limits to LEGOLAND. Families everywhere are eagerly awaiting the arrival of the new LEGOLAND Hotel, set to open on April 5, 2013!
- Nantucket – Located just 27 miles off the coast of Cape Cod, this small island has been a favorite of well-traveled families for years. The new Nantucket Hotel arived in 2012 and offers 60 rooms as well as two pools (one just for kids) and a children’s program. It was designed by the same owners who created the infamous Winnetu Resort on Martha’s Vineyard.
- Alaska (by Cruise Ship) – What better way to explore Alaska then by ship? This popular itinerary is one that appeals to every generation. Disney Cruise Lines added Alaska to their itinerary a couple of years ago and Princess Cruise Lines is known for their excellent Alaskan cruises. Keep in mind – they book up fast so move quick!
- Turks and Caicos – This island boasts sugar white sand, calm turquoise waters and one of the best beaches in the world. Beaches Turks & Caicos is a favourite among families and excellent choice for all ages.
- Jersey Shore - You don’t have to travel oh so far to find a good beach. New York’s next door neighbour has so much to offer. The Jersey Shore offers plenty of family friendly beach spots and accommodations are usually quite affordable. There is a fee for visiting the beach however kids are generally free.