Fun places to go on vacation with kids include ski and beach resorts, ranches and theme parks. Some of the Travel Channel's top suggestions include the Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort in Utah, Atlantis Resort and Casino in the Bahamas, the Tanque Verde Ranch in Tucson, Arizona and Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge in Florida.
Animal Kingdom Lodge can be combined with trips to other Disney parks within the Magic Kingdom Walt Disney World Resort, as well as the nearby Discovery Cove. Here, children over the age of 6 can experience swimming with dolphins and see stingrays and exotic birds.
Located at Disney World is the Typhoon Lagoon Park, a water park that has water slides and a lazy rivers. Kids can even snorkel with sharks. Another family option is MGM Studios at Disney World, where kids can go on the famous Tower of Terror ride or take a back-lot tour.
For more of a down-to-earth vacation, the Tanque Verde Ranch in the Sonoran Desert offers nature hikes, riding lessons, sports, arts and crafts. Beginning riders can safely learn the art of horseback riding while more experienced ones can go on 6-hour-long day rides or picnic rides. When they aren't riding, children can go swimming, play tennis, or do arts and crafts.
The Out 'n' About Treesort in Cave Junction, Oregon offers a complete vacation package suitable for older children. Here, families can sleep in tree-houses accessible by ladders and rope bridges and engage in horseback riding, swimming, rafting and courses in ropes, arts and crafts.
Zoos and aquariums are also popular places to take children on day trips while on vacation. Some of the Parenting website's most highly recommended include St. Louis Zoo, which features penguins and seabirds, and Monterey Aquarium, which is home to sharks. The Monterey Aquarium is also surrounded by sea lions and whales in their natural Monterey Bay habitat.