6. Huntsville, Alabama
Huntsville, aka the Rocket City, is a place that has grown a lot in the last few years. There is so much to do there. There is the U.S. Space & Rocket Center. Bridge Street Town Centre has shops, restaurants, a movie theater, train rides for children (and their parents), and a carousel. The Element by Westin is in this town Centre, making these amenities in walking distance. Visit Big Spring International Park to feed the ducks and see the famous red bridge from Japan. 45 minutes from downtown Huntsville is the Unclaimed Baggage store in Scottsboro, Alabama.
5. Nashville, Tennessee
Nashville, the Music City, is full of fun things to do. The Opry Mills outlets has an aquarium restaurant, the Rainforest Café, Madame Tussaud’s Wax museum, a Build-A-Bear Workshop, Dave & Buster’s, the Disney Store, and many other shops & restaurants. Take a stroll downtown to eat at one of Nashville’s many restaurants or catch a horse & carriage ride. Visit the Nashville Zoo to see a white rhinoceros, spider monkeys, clouded leopards, and more.
4. Washington, D.C.
D.C. has so many museums, restaurants, and tours that it’s hard to become bored in such an eclectic city. See cool art exhibitions at the Hirshhorn Museum. Or visit the Newseum, Museum of the Bible, the National Museum of African American History and Culture, and others. Take a Hop-on/Hop-off tour on a trolley or double decker bus. Eat at the Eastern Market. Go 20 minutes to the National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Maryland to ride the Capital Wheel, attempt to hit the jackpot at the casino, shop over 160 stores, rent a kayak or paddleboard, or dine at the Gaylord National Resort. There is so much to do in the D.C. area. Click here for more.
3. Wilmington, North Carolina
So, I may be a little biased because this is my hometown. It’s located near several beaches; Wrightsville Beach, Carolina Beach, Kure Beach, etc. Go to Jungle Rapids Family Fun Park; they have arcade games, a kid’s jungle with bouncy houses, go-karts, mini golf, a water park, and laser tag. For $5 per child, under 5-years-old, (parents free) visit the Fit for Fun Center. For $6 per child, under 5-years-old, (parents free) take your kids to Carolina Gymnastics Academy to play on trampolines, foam pits, etc. Visit the Children’s Museum of Wilmington. Need time to yourself? Simply Play is a drop-in daycare where your kids (ages 12 months-12 years) can have lots of fun for just $8 an hour and $3 for pizza. Visit the Fort Fisher Aquarium, the Cape Fear Museum, the Wilmington Railroad Museum, and the Battleship North Carolina. Take the ferry over to Southport. Shop at The Pointe at Barclay, Mayfaire Town Center, or Independence Mall. Or take your children to one of our many parks! Go skating at Scooters or ice-skating at the Wilmington Ice House. Walk the boardwalk downtown or one of the piers at the beach. Dine at restaurants you will only find here: Henry’s, Elizabeth’s Pizza, P.T.’s Olde Fashioned Grille, S&L New York Style Deli, Boca Bay, Boombalatti’s Homemade Ice Cream, Elijah’s, Fat Tony’s Italian Pub, The Foxes Boxes, Kate’s Pancake House, The Pirate’s Table, Jamaica House, etc. You can also have your food delivered to you through Surfside Express or Cape Fear Delivery.
2. Orlando, Florida
Orlando is a child’s paradise. There is Disney World, the Crayola Experience, SeaWorld, Universal Orlando Resort, and Legoland. Shop Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Bvlgari, and Gucci at the Mall at Millenia. Other fun attractions are the Kennedy Space Center, the Holy Land Experience, and the Orlando Science Center. Shop or dine at Disney Springs, just 25 minutes away. Cocoa Beach is about an hour away. About 45 minutes away from the Orlando International Airport is Port Canaveral, a popular cruise port. Get to Orlando a few days before your cruise to explore.
1. Disney Cruise
Hop aboard the Disney Dream cruise from Port Canaveral in Florida. Ride the, part water slide, part lazy river, Aquaduck. Catch theatre performances of the Golden Mickey or Beauty & the Beast. Experience Pirate Night and see fireworks. Take pictures with your favorite characters like Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Donald, and Daisy. Catch a movie in theatre or under the stars by the pool. Get a princess makeover at Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique. Dine at a different restaurant every night or head to the buffet at Cabana’s. Get off at Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay, in the Bahamas. There you can shop for souvenirs, enjoy the beach, bike ride, rent a kayak, and eat free food. To check out other Disney cruise ships and destinations: Click here
Where will you go this summer?