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TravelHaven Destination — Kid-friendly Vacations

Memorial Day traditionally marks the beginning of the family vacation season. The kids may have a couple more weeks of school to go, but it’s high time parents laid those travel plans that will result in happy memories for years to come. Living.msn.com has this slide show suggesting twenty great family vacation spots.

Since we’re based in Orlando, Florida, we’ll skip their first recommendation (Head to Orlando), but here are a few of the others we think are particularly exciting.

Travel back in time

For a truly unusual vacation experience, take your family to Colonial Williamsburg in Virginia, where actors and volunteers portray people from the 1770s to show what daily life was like just before the American Revolution. Combine this trip through living history with more fun at the nearby Busch Gardens Europe them park or the giant water park at Water Country USA.

Visit a national park

U.S. national parks, from Yellowstone to Yosemite, showcase America‘s natural wonders and provide a wide range of kid-friendly activities such as camping, hiking, boating and horseback riding. Many national parks also have educational programs for kids that teach them to identify local plants and animals and to appreciate the environment.

Take a cruise

Cruises offer big family fun without a big price tag to match. Many cruise lines have special packages designed to appeal to families, which often includes shore excursions that are tailored to children of various ages. Most cruise ships have multiple swimming pools, and some have water slides and other special features as well as programs and activities specifically for kids.

Drift away

Rent a fully equipped houseboat and take your family cruising on one of America’s scenic lakes or rivers. Vacation houseboats are available in many states nationwide. Explore secluded coves, have your meals on deck in the open air, and go swimming whenever the spirit moves you. No boating experience is necessary for most houseboat rentals.

There are fifteen more super ideas for your next memorable family adventure. Be sure to take a look.