You yearn to explore new incredible destinations. Discover wonders around every corner. Watch a look of awe spread across their faces. And you want to do it all, together — so you can start building those family memories that last a lifetime! If that’s what you’re after, then it’s time to start seeking out some truly incredible family summer vacation ideas.

Because the best summer family vacations include a touch of the extraordinary. You’ve done the “standard” vacations before, like a quick visit to the beach or an exhausting road trip. Discover the ease of traveling together as a family when you include a little luxury on your family vacation!

Upgrade your summer family vacations with these five out-of-the-box ideas:

5 Best Family Summer Vacation Ideas

1. An African Safari:

Spot lions lazing in the grass. Hear hornbills hooting in the distance. Spy elephants marching right past your window!

If your family is in search of an adventure, nothing is more life-changing than a heart-pumping African safari. This kind of summer vacation works well if you have older kids with unbounded curiosity. Not to worry, though, you don’t really have to “rough it” on safari. Today’s safari camps come with a big dose of luxury, often including refreshing pools and gourmet meals.

Go searching for incredible animals during the day (with your guide, of course!), then relax at camp in the evening, watching the stars blanket the night sky. This is one family vacation your children truly will remember for a lifetime.

2. A Stateside “Safari”:

You don’t have to go too far to experience a safari adventure with your family. Family friendly luxury resorts have popped up on this side of the Atlantic, with a focus on experience nature among all the creature comforts you crave. Often, you’ll find these resorts close to natural wonders and national parks.

Stateside Safari: You don’t have to go too far to experience a safari adventure with your family! Share on X

One of out favorites is The Resort at Paws Up in Montana. You’ll get a cowboy experience in the Wild West. But you and your family will also experience “glamping,” aka glamorous camping. Your tricked out tent comes complete with artisan designer touches, farm-fresh dining, wine for you and hot cocoa for the kids!

3. An All-Inclusive Resort:

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Schlepping across a state line or two to get to the nearest beach is a summer right of passage for many families. But that means having to endure long, hot car rides and crowded shores. Not to mention, the work never stops for Mom and Dad, who still have to feed the kids and do the laundry on this condo “vacation”!

To truly relax with your family this summer, you need a TRUE escape. Put a family-friendly all-inclusive resort high on your list to enjoy some summer beach fun, without all the hassle.

At an all-inclusive resort, you never have to think about how to keep the kids entertained or where the next meal will come from. Everything is taken care of for you! You can even upgrade to a spacious butler-level suite for a totally pampered experience.

One of our favorite family-friendly all-inclusive resorts perfect for summer family vacations is Beaches Turks and Caicos. Read more about the fabulous Beaches Turks and Caicos Resort to see if it’s the right fit for your family!

4. A Multigenerational Family Adventure:

Expand your idea of summer family vacations to include even more of your family — like bringing along the grandparents. There’s no better way to foster bonds between generations than through creating life-long travel memories.

If you do decide to go on a multigenerational family trip, make sure you choose a travel type to suite everyone. For example, all-inclusives and cruises are great for big family vacations, since family members can pick and choose what activities to participate in. This is good news for grandparents, who may want to relax a little bit more than rowdy grandkids!

5. A River Cruise:

Ocean cruises are another summer vacation go-to … which means it’s time to change things up! For a different kind of adventure on the water, consider a family-friendly river cruise.

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We LOVE river cruises because of their intimate scale — most river cruise ships top out at 200 passengers. Plus, the ship’s nimble nature means you can dock right in the heart of your spellbinding destinations. Imagine: You ship docks right off the Seine, and you and your kids can stroll hand in hand off the ship in Paris and right to the Notre Dame!

River cruise itineraries also vary greatly from what you’d find on a typical cruise. Sail down the Amazon, spy picturesque countryside in Europe, and stop at riverside markets in Asia. If you and the kids are craving something different — that doesn’t involve sacrificing an ounce of comfort — then a river cruise is the way to go!

Let the Travel Experts Plan Your Next Summer Family Vacation!

Ready to whisk the kids off to an epic, unforgettable, memory-making adventure? Our team of family travel experts at Southern Travel Agency want to help! Our online travel agency or our local travel agents in Augusta, GA, can take all the planning off your plate. 

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