I'm starting to plan our family vacation and we have narrowed down a very long list to Wisconsin Dells or Disney World in Florida. It would be for approximately 6 days, we would be driving and we have a 2 year old.
I don't really care much that he won't "remember" what we did on vacation because we will have pictures and the DH & I will have those memories. The fact is, DH is sick and he won't be able to travel much next summer if he has surgery they want him to.
Or if you can think of something fun for a family to do on vacation that is not in VA, WV, OH, NC, SC, AL, GA, PA, MD, NH, MASS, ME, KS or OK then feel free to make a suggestion :) Oh & not the grand canyon- I had a panic attack reading brochures.
Oh, end of June through July time frame. I know it's tourist season most places during that time but financially, that is when we'll be able to afford for me to take off a week.
I really don't know what kind of advice I'm looking for... Both of our families are against both of the places we picked out and just want us to visit our hometowns. They keep saying that Landon won't remember so it's a bad idea. :/
Cruises are fantastic! I understand the family wanting to see yall. We havent gone on a vacation in years because family wanted us to come home for vacation, which is not a vacation. I say do what your husband and you want to do.
Brookee... if you see your family or his at other times. I would definately say that your vacation should be "Your Family Vacation" as in, the baby and the two of you.
I would suggest any amusement park, disney, Busch Gardens, ect. The parks offer free tickets for military plus discounts.
There is so much to see in so many states that it would be a shame to miss things because everything is dictated by visiting just family.
I vote Orlando/Disney or there is that place in Ohio/Indiana. I forgot the name of it... but it isn't quite as far. I can ask a friend of mine that goes there once a year. I just can't remember the name off hand. There is also Dollywood in Th and hit Gatlinburg while you are there if you don't want to drive that far ( it is only 4 hours )
I'd vote for Gatlinburg. Its close, not too expensive, and lots of stuff to do. The aquarium, mountains, Dollywood, famly oriented shows, shopping, and the Knoxville zoo not far away.
Orlando is a long drive (think of $4 gas), it will be ungodly hot, looooong lines, and pricey ($15 just for parking fees at a Disney park. Think about all of that with a cranky 2 year old. True, there is a butt load of stuff to do in the Orlando area but the kiddo will enjoy it much more when he's 6 or 8.
Well, after advising the Gatlinburg is a good vacation spot guess where I'm spending my anniversary. Yep, the wifey just reserved a cabin for 4 days. Looks like the Hatfield and McCoys and the Dxie Stampede for me!
Actually, I love the area. I can't wait to get out into the Smokie for some tree hugging.
Gatlinburg is fun and not as hectic as Disney. We've been to Disney and Holiday World (is that the one you were talking about, Gary?) and the kids love it but honestly, it's exhausting for the adults, LOL.
We like off-the-wall things and generally go for things that are low-key. For instance, last summer we took the bike out (just my husband and I, of course) and we went out near Mammoth Caves and instead of going to the main Mammoth park, we stopped at these little ones that are all around there, spent the day just checking them out, got some food in Bowling Green and then rode home.
So far this year, we have a weekend planned - we're going to a gun show in Louisville. (Again, just my husband and I) With the kids, we do smaller things like go to the water park in Eddyville or take them down to Nashville, things like that. We took a vacation last year to Chicago - we are both familiar with that area so we had a lot of fun - took the kids to the JellyBelly factory, went to the Navy Pier, things like that. Again, we always try to keep things low-key and casual - no rushing, nothing set in stone, just doing something that's fun and comfortable for everyone and not an activity that will cost a small fortune.
Georgia, for the past year, we haven't gone anywhere without our dog. If we have to be gone for the day and can't take him with us, I have family nearby that will "babysit" for us. Now we have 2 dogs but the same rule applies. If they don't come with us, they're still with family but there are very few times that that's the case. :)