When choosing family vacation destinations, hobbies and interests often guide the decision-making process. Consider building your vacation around one activity everyone enjoys. For families who love horses, surfing, history or fishing, check out these four adventurous getaways.
4 Destinations to Explore Favorite Family Hobbies
Go Horseback Riding in Cave Creek, Arizona
Do your kids love to saddle up? Spur Cross Stables in Cave Creek, Arizona, offers guided trail horseback rides through deserts, creeks and mines — all at a reasonable cost. Take the reins and go for 90-minute horseback rides with scenic views of the desert, or spend a half-day riding into the Tonto National Forest to see Native American petroglyphs.
Surf in Kauai, Hawaii
Surfing was once reserved for Hawaiian royalty, 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 a popular option is the Kauai Surf School. Located in Poipu Beach on Hawaii’s “Garden Isle,” this surf school offers a family camp option, which lets family members custom-build their curriculum, take lessons together for a week and explore the islands when they’re not surfing.
Tour the Antebellum South in Charleston, South Carolina
Charleston, South Carolina, offers five beaches within a 25 mile radius, 230 days of sunshine a year and a charming downtown with plenty of shopping. The historical center of the antebellum South, this city offers plenty to explore and learn for families who love history. Visit Fort Sumter, the site of the first American Civil War battle. View well-preserved ruins on the ground on a tour with a national park ranger, or by water via a harbor cruise from either Patriot's Point in Mount Pleasant or downtown Charleston. Tell your kids to keep an eye out for dolphins as the boat approaches Fort Sumter National Monument.
Fish in the Florida Keys
Made up of six islands in the Florida Keys, Islamorada is the sport fishing capital of the world. The saltwater of the Everglades and the deep blue waters of the Florida Strait meet here to create an attractive habitat for a variety of marine life. For a true fishing experience and a chance to catch mahi-mahi, sailfish and even sharks, families can book a charter with one of the area’s highly skilled fishermen guides.
Can’t get enough of the coast? Consider flying into Miami and booking a one-way rental car so you can leisurely drive along the shore and explore Florida from Miami to Islamorada to Key West, where you can conveniently return your rental. Make stops at exciting sights along the way, like John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, the first underwater park in the U.S.