Over the past three weeks, I’ve spent the time traveling with my family. And I have to say, there is nothing better than making memories with your kids. We have come to look forward to our summer vacations where we jam in as much adventure as we can before the kids head back to school. Over the past decade and change, we’ve been to some amazing places and as our kids get older, we’ve got the added challenge of trying to entertain them — it’s not an easy task but here are some of great family vacation spots that are ideal for tweens and teens:
1. Jamaica — Our all time favorite destination is Jake’s Resort in Treasure Beach, Jamaica. If you’re looking for an off the beaten track adventure complete with snorkeling, hiking, waterfall jumping and much more, then look no further than this remote section of southern Jamaica. We’ve been there two years in a row and will continue going back to visit with our Jake’s family.
2. Bar Harbor, Maine — If you love lobster and ice cream (guilty as charged), then Bar Harbor is the place for you. Home to Acadia National Park, the views in Bar Harbor are spectacular, plus there are plenty of opportunities for whale watching, fishing, and shopping in town. And as for the ice cream — Ben & Bill’s was rated one of the top ice cream shops in the country by USA Today. Plus you can find great lobster on nearly every street corner. We stayed at the Harborside Hotel and loved every minute of it.
3. Block Island — There are so many things I absolutely love about Block Island — from the farmer’s markets and craft fairs, to the beaches (Mansion is our favorite), the restaurants (we love sitting in Adirondack chairs at the Spring House overlooking the ocean or playing tennis at the Atlantic Inn overlooking the ocean) to the quaint shops and low key atmosphere, there’s something about Block Island that keeps us coming back every year.
4. Cape Cod — We recently stayed at the Cape Codder Resort in Hyannis and the kids couldn’t get enough of the indoor wave pool or the evening smores. This time around, we also drove to Provincetown — which was one of the most unique and fun-filled experiences we’ve had in a long time (my daughter her very first photo with a cross dresser) and Truro, where we dined at Blackfish — one of the most delicious restaurants in the Cape. Best of all, we got to reconnect with the staff from Jake’s Resort since they spend their summers on the Cape.
5. Nantucket — If you love biking, then a trip to Nantucket is ideal for families. We stayed at the Nantucket Inn which is conveniently located next to the airport — which means you can hop on a Jet Blue flight and literally walk across the street to the hotel. Plus, our rental bikes were dropped off at the hotel so that we could spend a day exploring the trails. While the restaurants are a bit pricey, a top pick is Brant Point Grill at the White Elephant; Black Pearl, Brotherhood of Thieves and of course, ice cream at the Juice Bar.