If you’re looking for a holiday where you can be together as a family but still get out and see somewhere new, consider traveling together to a destination that will be fun for children, parents and grandparents alike. Check out these multigenerational spots in 2013.
The ultimate family trip is probably Disneyland in Anaheim, California. Since its creation in the 1950s, Disneyland has been a must-see attraction for families. Young children can run around all day and tire themselves out at the Fantasyland rides like Peter Pan, Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride, and Cinderella’s castle. Older teens and adults will love the newly renovated Star Tours and the galaxy-zooming rollercoaster Space Mountain in Tomorrowland. There are plenty of benches to sit on and watch the parade or the night time fireworks over the castle. Disneyland has a good ride system for elderly with disabilities and also has wheelchairs available at the entry to the park to minimize strain. There’s a plaque that hangs above the park entrance that reads “Here you leave today and enter the world of yesterday, tomorrow, and fantasy” – something that people of all ages can relate to!
Cornwall in England is gorgeous in the summertime with green hills and sparkling blue seas. Grandparents will enjoy a stroll through the quaint villages and will be able to stop for tea breaks. Kids will love playing at the shore where the whole family can splash around and build a sandcastle together. Cornwall is also a haven for foodies, with tons of top chefs like Rick Stein and Jamie Oliver opening restaurants that take advantage of the region’s excellent seafood. The whole family can enjoy a walk through one of Cornwall’s famed gardens to soak up the beauty of nature.
Renting a villa in Mexico is an exciting option for multi-generational travel. Cook big family meals in the kitchen together or barbeque outside in the warm weather. Grandparents will have the option to relax with a tropical drink while the young ones can go out on a hike or a swim. If you’re away from a big city, the night sky is crisp and clear. The generations can gather together for star-gazing and the parents and grandparents can point out the various constellations to the kids.
If wintery activities are more your style, multi-generational holidays to Lapland, Finland are a great option. This is the home of Santa Claus, and families can visit his village where elves are hard at work making toys. Grandparents can snap pictures of the kids meeting Santa. There are also reindeer sleigh rides that will carry you across pristine white snow. No matter what age you are, it’s hard not to be amazed by the Northern Lights, which will be visible in the sky if you time your holiday right.
Multi-generational travel is all about options and planning activities that suit everyone’s abilities. Two year olds and eighty year olds aren’t always going to like the same activities, but with enough variety to interest everyone, you’ll enjoy quality family time and a new part of the world.
Martin Butler has a young family that is growing up fast. He specialises in writing about family destinations.