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Last Call For Summer Travel


Oh hello, August! Is it just us, or did the summer go by
particularly quickly this year? And even as the days are getting shorter and
thoughts are turning to fall, there’s still plenty of time left to squeeze in
some spectacular summer travel. To help you plan your last-minute family
getaway, we’ve compiled all of our travel-minded resources to
put together an end-of-summer travel tutorial. Whether you’re looking for a
day trip destination, a local summer festival or a voyage across
the country, we’ve got you covered. Bon Voyage! —

Feeling like escaping the city, but only have a
day to spare?
Why not check out our day trip destinations, with family fun-filled
locations like the Crayola Factory,
Bear
Mountain
State
Park
and White Post
Farms.

If your family is feeling festive, peruse our round-up of late summer festivals; it includes everything from the Maine Lobster Festival to the Hong Kong Dragon Boast Festival to the Curious George Cottage Family Festival.%uFFFD


If you want a location with enough amenities to keep your family busy and
entertained for a long weekend,
check out our destination suggestions for a
few-day-stay.



If your family is looking specifically for an outdoor adventure, we've still got you covered! Check out our favorite nearby locales for outdoor activities, from kayaking to oyster shucking to water sports.

And speaking of
water fun,
how about a trip to a nearby water park? Some destinations are close
enough for a day trip, while others are just a bit further, but provide enough
activities, rides and attractions for a multiple day stay!


Of course, if you're looking to travel across the country (or even the world) we have some great ideas for that, too! Here, we've compiled a few great resorts and cities that are especially great for families from Arizona to Jamaica to New Zealand!

Once you've picked your desired destination, take a second to look over our recent story about getting the most of traveling with kids; it includes
suggestions about
how to get the
kids excited about the destination,
encourage learning throughout the vacation, and squeezing in some “adults only” alone
time to truly relax and unwind.


Last Call For Summer Travel

So the summer flew by before you could take a family vacation? Don’t worry—late summer is a great time for last-minute trips.

In fact, many schools in other parts of the country are already back in session, which means your family might just get that museum, amusement park or beachfront all to yourselves (well, almost). Here are some of our favorite vacation ideas for August.

Golf Around in Myrtle Beach, SC

The whole family can practice their swing at some of the best courses on the South Carolina coast. Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday, an association of golf courses, golf package providers and golf schools, is offering a special (and affordable) “Golf Summer School” for all ages. After taking lessons at one of three acclaimed golf schools, players can practice what they’ve learned at one or more of 46 area courses (kids under 16 play free when accompanied by a paying adult), and family golf tournaments are being held through August 26. For more info: golfholiday.com, golfsummerschool.com, flymyrtlebeach.com.

Soak Up The Sun (And Some History) on the South Coast

The coastal towns of Mississippi, Alabama, Florida and Louisiana offer more than just great beaches—they’re also rich in history and heritage (ever been on a swamp boat tour?). This summer, Pensacola Bay, FL is celebrating the 450th anniversary of its establishment as a Spanish settlement in 1559, with parades, exhibits and festivals continuing through August 15. For more info: southcoastusa.com.

Rock Out in Cleveland, OH

Whether your children are tiny dancers or hardcore air guitarists, they can explore the past, present and future of rock ‘n’ roll at Cleveland’s Rock ‘N’ Roll Hall of Fame. Check out the latest exhibits on Bruce Springsteen, Michael Jackson and Johnny Cash’s famous tour bus.For more info: rockhall.com.

Hit The Waves At Bethany Beach, DE

Looking to expand your beach options beyond the Jersey Shore? Head a little further south to Delaware. Bethany Beach offers families a beautiful beach and boardwalk plus a town full of family-friendly activities, like weekend concerts at the bandstand, and kids will love riding the town trolley. Rent a beach house or try Sea Colony’s oceanfront one- to three-bedroom condos, which offer themed camps and activities. For more info: resortquestdelaware.com

Wind Down At The Woodstock Inn, VT

For a relaxing getaway offering natural beauty and outdoor fun (think hiking, biking, swimming, kayaking, golf, tennis, and more), visit The Woodstock Inn & Resort. Built by Laurance Rockefeller, the stately inn graces the picturesque village of Woodstock in Vermont’s Upper Connecticut River Valley. Guests enjoy free access to the neighboring Billings Farm and Museum, a working dairy farm where kids can have up-close encounters with Jersey cows and enjoy some maple walnut ice cream. For more info: woodstockinn.com.

Have Some Beachy Fun in Westerly, RI

Why not escape to somewhere a little off the beaten path? The town of Westerly, RI offers three different beaches to choose from and kids will love riding The Flying Horses Carousel. The Pleasant View Inn on Misquamicut Beach features ocean-facing suites with private balconies, two on-site restaurants, and tennis and mini golf nearby. (pvinn.com)

—Aisha Gawad, Carol Kuruvilla, Katie Main and Amanda Orenstein

Last Call For Summer Travel

So the summer flew by before you could take a family vacation? Don’t worry—late summer is a great time for last-minute trips.

In fact, many schools in other parts of the country are already back in session, which means your family might just get that museum, amusement park or beachfront all to yourselves (well, almost). Here are some of our favorite vacation ideas for August.

Golf Around in Myrtle Beach, SC

The whole family can practice their swing at some of the best courses on the South Carolina coast. Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday, an association of golf courses, golf package providers and golf schools, is offering a special (and affordable) “Golf Summer School” for all ages. After taking lessons at one of three acclaimed golf schools, players can practice what they’ve learned at one or more of 46 area courses (kids under 16 play free when accompanied by a paying adult), and family golf tournaments are being held through August 26. For more info: golfholiday.com, golfsummerschool.com, flymyrtlebeach.com.

Soak Up The Sun (And Some History) on the South Coast

The coastal towns of Mississippi, Alabama, Florida and Louisiana offer more than just great beaches—they’re also rich in history and heritage (ever been on a swamp boat tour?). This summer, Pensacola Bay, FL is celebrating the 450th anniversary of its establishment as a Spanish settlement in 1559, with parades, exhibits and festivals continuing through August 15. For more info: southcoastusa.com.

Rock Out in Cleveland, OH

Whether your children are tiny dancers or hardcore air guitarists, they can explore the past, present and future of rock ‘n’ roll at Cleveland’s Rock ‘N’ Roll Hall of Fame. Check out the latest exhibits on Bruce Springsteen, Michael Jackson and Johnny Cash’s famous tour bus.For more info: rockhall.com.

Hit The Waves At Bethany Beach, DE

Looking to expand your beach options beyond the Jersey Shore? Head a little further south to Delaware. Bethany Beach offers families a beautiful beach and boardwalk plus a town full of family-friendly activities, like weekend concerts at the bandstand, and kids will love riding the town trolley. Rent a beach house or try Sea Colony’s oceanfront one- to three-bedroom condos, which offer themed camps and activities. For more info: resortquestdelaware.com

Wind Down At The Woodstock Inn, VT

For a relaxing getaway offering natural beauty and outdoor fun (think hiking, biking, swimming, kayaking, golf, tennis, and more), visit The Woodstock Inn & Resort. Built by Laurance Rockefeller, the stately inn graces the picturesque village of Woodstock in Vermont’s Upper Connecticut River Valley. Guests enjoy free access to the neighboring Billings Farm and Museum, a working dairy farm where kids can have up-close encounters with Jersey cows and enjoy some maple walnut ice cream. For more info: woodstockinn.com.

Have Some Beachy Fun in Westerly, RI

Why not escape to somewhere a little off the beaten path? The town of Westerly, RI offers three different beaches to choose from and kids will love riding The Flying Horses Carousel. The Pleasant View Inn on Misquamicut Beach features ocean-facing suites with private balconies, two on-site restaurants, and tennis and mini golf nearby. (pvinn.com)

—Aisha Gawad, Carol Kuruvilla, Katie Main and Amanda Orenstein

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