18 Family Trips to Take Before Your Kids Turn 18

Studies show that family vacations can be good for your children’s emotional growth and even help them get better grades. Here are 18 trips to consider taking with your kids before they turn 18.

Sleep in a tipi or treehouse

Camping is a quintessential family activity. And while s’mores and campfire stories sound great in theory, setting up camp can be a lot of work after a long day of traveling or if your family isn’t really the “camping type.”

Watch whales migrate off the California coast

Skip SeaWorld and trade waiting in lines for a much more authentic vacation where you can witness majestic sea creatures in their natural habitats.

Play in a national park

Your kids can sandboard in the Great Sand Dunes in southern Colorado, watch the wild horses gallop between Virginia and Maryland in Assateague Island or take a river hike through the narrows in Utah’s Zion National Park.

Take a beach vacation

Being buried in sand and building sandcastles are childhood musts. A good place to do just that? The white sand beaches of Panama City Beach in Florida.

Visit a rad sci-fi museum

Take your teenagers there and they’ll remember just how cool you are. The exhibit took over a former bowling alley and its main benefactor is George R.R. Martin, the author of “Game of Thrones.”

Enjoy a lake vacation

If you’re scouting for a great place to take a lake vacation, consider Elkhart Lake in Wisconsin. You can rent canoes and sailboats, as well as giant hydro bikes to churn through the water.

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