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3 Northeastern Vacation Ideas That Appeal To The Whole Family

Sep 8, 2008
The time is right for planning a Northeastern family vacation. Family vacation destinations are all over the Northeastern United States and there are many different places to suit even the pickiest families. Some excellent vacation options include exploring the Poconos Mountains, a Jersey shore vacation and a trip to the chocolate capital of the U.S., Hershey, Pennsylvania.

Planning A Poconos Mountain Vacation

Most often thought of as a romantic vacation spot for couples, the Poconos Mountains in Pennsylvania also have many activities tailored just for families. If your family vacation includes a little camping, take a canoe or water rafting vacation down the Delaware River, or go on a family hiking trip or nature walk.

If your family isn't full of happy campers, check out a resort that includes fun activities for the whole group. The Great Wolf Lodge in the Poconos offers something for families of all types and sizes. The resort has rooms that can sleep up to eight people and even offers a nightly story time for children, where they're encouraged to come and listen in their pajamas. One of America's largest indoor water parks is inside Great Wolf Lodge featuring 11 different waterslides.

Planning A Jersey Shore Vacation

A Jersey shore vacation is synonymous with summer in the Northeast. Vacationing families have plenty to choose from because of the many amusement parks, beaches and water parks.

There are three separate parks at Wildwood resorts, meaning families are never bored. Surfside Pier, Mariner's Landing and Adventure Pier have rides for all ages. There are carousels, teacup rides and trains for the smaller children and fast moving roller coasters for bigger kids and adults.

After spending a few days at the amusement parks, spend some time relaxing at the water parks at Wildwood resorts. The Ocean Oasis water park and beach club has an endless river to float down and the Bonsai Beach interactive children's area. The water park also has dedicated family activity coordinators if your family needs a little help deciding what to do. Ocean Oasis has lots for adults too like massages that will keep mom relaxed while dad takes the kids down the many waterslides. Nearby, the Raging Waters beach theme park is full of fun for kids, including the Lil' Dipper kids' pool and the Shipwreck Shoals children's play area.

While at Wildwood resorts, you'll find many different places to stay. The area has budget friendly family hotels within walking distance to the beach or boardwalk, as well as luxury beachfront hotels. The variety of properties means there's a hotel to fit every family's Jersey shore vacation.

Planning A Hershey, Pennsylvania Vacation

Everyone loves candy and a family vacation to Hershey, Pennsylvania combines both. Here families can visit Hersheypark, an amusement park full of family rides and live shows. At Hershey's Chocolate World, kids can package up their own Hershey Kisses and take a tour through the famous chocolate factory. Nearby is the Hotel Hershey, which specializes in families with a kids' club and a spa offering chocolate treatments for adults.

Whether your vacation has you visiting the Poconos, planning a Jersey shore vacation or going to Hershey, Pennsylvania, a great family vacation is easy to find. The hardest part will be getting the family to agree on just one.
About the Author
Jon Buschlen is a travel enthusiast and writer for Morey's Piers, a New Jersey amusement and water park. Visit their website for more information on Jersey shore vacations .
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