Family vacation ideas for 2013

Amelia Island in Florida is a popular family vacation destination this summer, one website says Photo: Todd DeFeo

ATLANTA, Jan. 23, 2013 – Looking for a fresh, family-oriented vacation destination this summer?

Consider Amelia Island in Florida and a number of other top-rated spots.

Family Vacation Critic, an online family travel planning guide, named the island the top family vacation destination for 2013. The site made its selections “based on family-friendly appeal and recent additions.”

According to the outlet, the top five destinations are:

Amelia Island, Florida: “With 13 miles of beaches, this barrier island has a rich history and laid-back, outdoorsy vibe. In the spring of 2013, the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort will unveil its massive $85-million renovation.”

Montreal: “Montreal’s cobblestone streets, marvelous boutiques and creperies make it the ideal destination for those looking for a distinct change of pace. Kids will love the Biodome and La Ronde, the second-largest amusement park in Canada.”

Bahamas: “Convenient, relatively affordable, and teeming with activities for kids, the Bahamas is always a popular choice for families. Princess Cruise Line’s new ship, Royal Princess, begins sailing in 2013, and will stop in the Bahamas on its maiden Caribbean voyage in October.”

Park City, Utah: “A visit to the 400-acre Utah Olympic Park, a venue for the 2002 Olympic Winter Games, is a must. Widely known as a hotspot for skiers, families can trade in their skis for hiking boots and bikes in the summer and explore miles of biking and hiking trails.”

Galveston Island, Texas: “Galveston Island offers families tranquil beaches, the 242-acre Moody Gardens, and Schlitterbahn Waterpark. The historic Pleasure Pier reopened in 2012 with major renovations after being damaged by Hurricane Ike in 2008.”

The outlet also named San Diego, California; Nantucket, Massachusetts; Alaska cruises; Turks and Caicos; and the Jersey Shore to its Top 10 list. The list comes just in time, as January is the peak month for searches related to family vacations, according to Family Vacation Critic, citing Google Trends.

“We’re seeing parents researching their spring and summer breaks immediately after the holidays. In fact, the first day of January was a very popular day for family vacation planning,” Lissa Poirot , editor of Family Vacation Critic, said in a release. “With spring break just a few months away, it’s important to move quickly to secure accommodations, especially if you’re looking for a family room or suite, as these are often the first to be booked.”

Todd DeFeo is an award-winning reporter and marketer, but his true passion is seeking out the bizarre roadside attractions, one-of-a-kind roadhouses and unique destinations that make the world worth exploring. He is also editor of The Travel Trolley travel blog.

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Todd DeFeo jouned The Washington Times Communities in May 2012. He covers travel and Georgia. A marketing professional who never gave up his award-winning journalistic ways, DeFeo revels in the experience and the fact that every place has a story to tell. He also serves as editor of The Travel Trolley.

 

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