Three US destinations made it to my summer family vacation short list this year. Each one provides the right combination of relaxation and fun for the entire family. Last mention before I dive in, book now, or soon, because these summer family destinations fill up fast!
LAGO MAR BEACH RESORT & CLUB – Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Tucked back in a corner of a residential neighborhood near the ship port, Lago Mar Beach Resort & Club is a popular South Florida destination for those who know about it, even in the heat of the summer.
With the the first whiff of sunscreen and salty smell of the Atlantic, you’ll fall into the rhythm of summer at Lago Mar before you get to your room. Since the resort is located directly on the beach, it won’t take more than the soothing sound of the wind through the palms to lure you into the ocean for a day of body surfing.
Lago Mar has been a summer destination for our family since the 1970s! But last summer was the first time I’d been back in a long time. Aside from a few updates, Lago Mar was perfectly unchanged.
Here’s what you’ll get:
- beach (free beach chairs + towels, cabanas are extra)
- two pools
- playground on the sand + ping pong, chess
- shuffle board
- beach attire cafes
- shops + market
Truthfully, there is no reason to leave Lago Mar once you’re there unless you have a craving to do some deep sea fishing or take an Intracoastal Waterway boat tour, but even then…
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THE BROADMOOR DESTINATION RESORT – Colorado Springs, Colorado
Pushed up against the Cheyenne Mountain foothills, The Broadmoor is a mini luxury European village hotel located in the American West. The perfect setting for couples, families, extended families and friends. Whether it’s a wedding, a reunion or just some time away, The Broadmoor will take care of you.
There’s an endless list of things to see and do at The Broadmoor AND in Colorado Springs. That said, it’s hard to resist the incredible view of Cheyenne Lake and the mountains when you first arrive, so spending time on the championship golf course or at the resort’s infinity pool is a great choice.
More about the pool. It’s a real summer retreat with plenty of drinks and food to order poolside, plus two slides your kids will love. Every moment you breathe in the fresh mountain air you’ll feel yourself relax and settle into life Broadmoor style. Should the weather turn, no worries. There’s an indoor pool, multiple shops, cafes, award-winning restaurants and a luxury spa. What’s not to love?
When the family is ready for a little adventure, you’ll be overloaded with exciting options. Some of our favorites – taking the train up to the top of Pike’s Peak, exploring Garden of the God’s and Cave of the Winds!
The thing about The Broadmoor that makes it stand out from other luxury resorts is not only its location, but The Broadmoor has mastered the ability to combine incredible personalized service with wilderness experiences, adventure, sports and relaxation. And that’s why we love it! Check your dates HERE.
COLONIAL WILLIAMSBURG HISTORIC AREA – Williamsburg, Virginia
Colonial Williamsburg is a wonderful journey back in time for the entire family. Built in 1699, the historic center covers 301 acres and includes 40 + building and trade posts, all of which have been rebuilt and refurbished allowing visitors to experience what life was like back in the days when Thomas Jefferson was governor of Virginia. Reanactors roam the streets or have taken up a trade adding to the world’s largest living musuem’s ability to draw you in. If you’ve been to George Washington’s Mt. Vernon, it’s like that times one hundred, which is just one of the reasons Colonial Williamsburg keeps calling us back. And when it does, we go!
Renting bikes is a great way to explore the historic town at your own pace. My girls and I agree this is the best! More than walking, which can become tiring especially in the heat of the summer, riding bikes pulls you away from the crowd and into your own time travel experience.
Seven miles from Williamsburg is nearby Jamestown, the first permanent English settlement in the United States. It’s a beautiful twenty minute drive along the James River and then you have two options – Historic Jamestowne (the exact spot of the first settlement) and Jamestown Settlement, a living history museum. It’s a lot to do both in one day, especially if you’re a real history buff, but if that’s all the time you’ve got, go for it! Traveling with young children? Opt for the Settlement. You’ll be happier and so will they.
If there’s a drawback, it’s that Williamsburg is hot and humid in the summer, but don’t let that stop you. We never have. As long as you stay well-hydrated, Colonial Williamsburg is the perfect place for a summer family vacation in the USA.
Which one of these destinations sounds good to you and why? Post in the comments.
As always, happy travels!