10 Fantastic Family-Friendly Fall Vacations
Fall break can mean running through piles of crunch yellow leaves for some people, while others are eeking out their last warm days of summer planted on a beach, while other families enjoy taking advantage of the festivities of the month with activities like corn mazes and ghost walks. Whatever, your ideal for a family vacation, fall can be a great time to hit the road. Here are some of our favorites this season:
1. San Diego, CA
In September and October, Southern California begins to cool off, but you still get some warm days during September. Plus, during the fall, many business in San Diego participate in a “Kids Free” program for families who want to take advantage of all of their family friendly activities of Southern California. Surfing is still an option and its a great time to visit the world-famous San Diego Zoo. If you go in October, and you have teenagers (not appropriate for younger children), be sure to take a ghost tour of San Diego to get in the Halloween spirit. And, if you want a hauntingly cool place to stay, the Hotel Del Coronado is allegedly haunted by the ghost of Kate Morgan.
2. Colorado: Rocky Mountains
When most people think of leaves changing color, they think of the North East United States like New Hampshire or Vermont, however in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains you get the whole gamut of yellow and red fall colors plus lots of family-friendly outdoor activities. Telluride offers rock climbing and horseback riding through the midst of the amber aspen trees, or take a 4×4 tour above the tree-line for a breathtaking view over the valley.
3. New York City
Fall is a fantastic time for families to visit New York City with kids. The crowds of summer have quieted (although let’s face it, it’s always crowded…it’s NYC) and the crowds of the holidays have yet to arrive. The cool, crisp autumn breezes offer welcome relief from the summer swelter and makes a cup of hot chocolate in hand and a walk through Central Park the thing to do. And by the way, you can witness the beautiful fall colors as you walk through Central Park. For a unique view of fall foliage, take a NYC water taxi ride up the Hudson River.
4. Mayan Riviera
The Mayan Riviera has warm temperatures year round and plenty of adventure activities for families. If you can go in September, you may catch the end of whale shark season where you can snorkel with these gentle giants…an experience the kids won’t soon forget! Or, in late October Dia del Los Muertos, Day of the Dead celebrations begin, which offer a different spin on Halloween traditions. Apple Vacations offers some great deals to the Mayan Riviera during fall break.
The Bahamas are still warm – sometimes even hot – throughout October, but with the major threat of hurricane gone, and hotels bargaining to fill rooms, it can be a great time to visit. There is a great conch festival on Grand Bahama and Columbus Day (Discovery Day) is huge in the Bahamas (as it is where he first landed in the Americas). For a more authentic experience, head to one of the the Family or Out Islands. We love Cat Island – childhood home of Sir Sidney Poitier and the wonderful Fernandez Bay Village!
So that is our top ten. Of course, there are many more great family destinations for fall including trips centered around football games and historical cities, so if you have some other ideas, please add to the list in the comments section. And, don’t forget to check out our packing list for family packing ideas and get that travel insurance (we use our partner RoamRight) in case of delays or mishaps!