Author Topic: 20-Year Anniversary This Year--Where to Travel?  (Read 1519 times)


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20-Year Anniversary This Year--Where to Travel?
« on: January 01, 2016, 09:48:15 AM »
.....oh, and with four kids that would from age 18 to 11.

Requirements---no snow, can either drive or fly, some place family-oriented.  Theme parks/amusements parks are really ideal.  Stay in the U.S.  We tend to splurge on travel.  Lodging--would prefer a place that can accommodate all of us in one large room/villa, etc.

One daughter does have difficulty walking long distances, so looking for a place that would be more compact, yet fun, and not have her walking for miles and miles.  She would not be able to do that.


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Re: 20-Year Anniversary This Year--Where to Travel?
« Reply #1 on: January 01, 2016, 12:35:53 PM »
First thought would be FL. Sea world, universal,  disney and busch gardens. Or disneyland in California. You say no snow, does that mean your anniversary is during the winter? If not, cedar point in ohio or Dollywood in pigeon forge would be good. Actually, pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg would be great considering you want family oriented. We love going there, tons to do for all age groups.


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Re: 20-Year Anniversary This Year--Where to Travel?
« Reply #2 on: January 01, 2016, 01:48:59 PM »
My 20th is this year too.  We were going to splurge on a vacation, but now I think we'll be headed back to the East Coast for my niece's HS graduation instead.  (With our 2 kids, who will be 10 and 4).

I live in CA, so I guess I would suggest Disneyland - it's sort of compact.  There are many places to stay - we've only been once, but we stayed at a place that was condos/ suites.  Our suite was a 2BR with kitchen, had a king bed in one room, with room for our porta-crib (our younger son was two), and two full size beds in the other room.  The couch also was a sofa bed, so the place slept 8.  (My MIL and I slept in the room with 2 doubles, and hubby and 2 boys in the king room).  This place also had a shuttle to Disneyland right out front.

I can also recommend Legoland, which is a little cheaper than Disney.  Again, you can get hotel suites or condos nearby, many with shuttles.  (We stayed at a hotel this last time.) Legoland is smaller and cheaper.


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Re: 20-Year Anniversary This Year--Where to Travel?
« Reply #3 on: January 01, 2016, 05:13:07 PM »
What time of year and where do you currently live?

We took our two youngest (7&11 at the time) to Key West for spring break and we all had a ball (lots of things to do involving sea, sand, and history not just drinking).  We rented a small condo when dh and I went alone and stayed on the Navy base in their little cottages when we took the kids.  You can get anywhere on the island on bikes (for the one who can't walk longer distances) and the bikes are very reasonable rental rates.

Last summer we rented a cottage at Dale Hollow TN and took our ski boat along...that was a great trip too (included most of the family kids, spouses, so's for some or all of the trip).

The West Coast of Michigan is great in the mid to late Summer and we do that on a regular basis (we live in IN).  Lots of sand and sun with the woods/hills just off the beaches so something for everyone.  Also Macinack Island, MI is great again bikes are available for those whose walking is compromised.

Poll each of your kids privately (when no others are about to overhear) and ask what their ideal vacation would be.  Work to incorporate something for everyone wherever your destination may be.
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Re: 20-Year Anniversary This Year--Where to Travel?
« Reply #4 on: January 01, 2016, 09:30:56 PM »
Williamsburg, VA.  There are amusement parks, and there's Colonial Williamsburg, which is a ton of fun for all ages.  There are live demos of all kinds of colonial skills and crafts, given by extremely knowledgeable people who are happy to answer all kinds of questions, there are living history re-enactments, there are hands-on activities, etc. etc. etc.  My kids, littles to teens, loved it.  You can stay and/or eat in various historic inns or in modern motels/hotels.  Not usually snow in the winter, though t can be chilly.