When choosing family vacation destinations, hobbies and interests often guide the decision-making process. Consider identifying one activity the whole family enjoys and simply building your vacation around it. For families who love horses, surfing, history, or fishing, consider these adventurous destinations:
Horseback riding in Cave Creek, Arizona
Spur Cross Stables in Cave Creek, Arizona, offers guided trail horseback rides through deserts, creeks and canyons— all at a reasonable cost. Families can choose to experience hour-long horseback rides and scenic views of the desert, or spend a half day riding into the Tonto National Forest to see Native American petroglyphs.
Surfing in Kauai, Hawaii
Surfing was once reserved for Hawaiian royalty only, but today any family can take a few lessons and hit the waves. There are a variety of surf instructors and schools on the island of Kauai, but one of the more popular options is The Kauai Surf School. Located in Poipu Beach on the ‘Garden Isle,” this particular surf school offers a “family camp” option, which enables a family to custom build their curriculum, take lessons together for a week, and explore the island while not surfing.
Touring the Antebellum South in Charleston, South Carolina
Charleston, South Carolina, offers five beaches within 25 miles of each other, picture-perfect weather, and a historic downtown with plenty of shopping. But it’s also the historic center of the antebellum south, with Fort Sumter (where the first battle of the American Civil War occurred) and a number of remarkable southern plantations dating back to the 1600s. Magnolia Plantation & Gardens, Charleston’s most visited plantation, dates back to 1676. Visitors to the plantation can enjoy a walk through the gardens, a boat ride through the swamps, and a trip to the petting zoo to visit gray fox, beaver and bobcat.
Fishing in the Florida Keys
Made up of six islands in the Florida Keys, Islamorada is the sport fishing capital of the world. The saltwater waters of the Everglades and the deep blue waters of the Florida Strait meet here to create an extremely attractive habitat for a diverse variety of marine life. For a true fishing experience and a chance to catch mahi-mahi, sailfish and even sharks, families can book a fishing charter with one of the several highly skilled fisherman guides in the area.