10 Family Vacation Spots for Summer

We’ve got ten action (and education) packed adventures for you and your family to bond over this summer. Replace that clichéd and chaotic Disney World vacation with a cheaper and more peaceful getaway to one of these family-friendly destinations. Here are Vacation Rentals.com’s suggested family vacation spots for summer.

Tampa Family Vacation

1. Tampa, Florida

Whether you’re collecting seashells on the beach or souvenirs at Channelside, opening up your imagination at the Museum of Science and Industry or your pocketbook at a cigar shop in Ybor City, Tampa is a striking, shoreline town with exciting possibility for each and every member of your troop. Why go broke over Disney World’s Animal Kingdom when you can enjoy precisely the same experience at Tampa’s Busch Gardens Africa? If, on the other hand, your goal’s to avoid dry land at all costs, simply pair your time on the beach with some time at the Adventure Island water park. And don’t forget – the perfect conclusion to a summer day in Tampa is a summer night in a Tampa condo rental.

2. Ocean City, Maryland

The Boardwalk, featuring a clutter of gift shops, ice cream stands, diners, and even carnival rides – all lined along the beach (naturally), is where most summer fun begins and ends in Ocean City. But even if you pass up every Boardwalk vendor, the Ocean Pier Rides and the Jolly Roger Amusement Park are musts for your family’s itinerary. However, you may prefer lounging around in your tucked away Ocean City rental.

3. Las Vegas, Nevada

Little known fact: Las Vegas vacations don't just cater to kids; Vegas is one of the most economical and lovable family vacation spots in America. Don’t believe us? Check out our detailed guide to kid-friendly events and activities in Vegas. Chill out at the Wild Island Family Adventure Park, try out the twenty-five rides of Circus Circus Hotel’s Adventuredome, and do some indoor birding at the Flamingo Hotel’s Wildlife Habitat. Las Vegas is essentially a hodgepodge of theme parks, museums, buffets, live shows, boutiques, street entertainers, and zoos – even if you skip out on the gambling and nightlife, you’re guaranteed a summer vacation that's jam-packed with good, clean fun. Luckily, with an affordable Las Vegas vacation rental home, that fun comes cheap.

4. San Antonio, Texas

Explore nature at Natural Bridge Caverns, history at the Alamo, and original shops and restaurants on the River Walk. When the little ones get antsy, head to SeaWorld or Six Flags Fiesta Texas! Feeling tuckered out? Retire to your San Antonio vacation home.

Cocoa Beach Family Vacation

5. Fripp Island, South Carolina

Aching to get away this summer? Like, really get away? Well, if you don’t have enough cash to fly your family to an exotic island, try Fripp Island. At the secluded South Carolina resort community, some welcomed amnesia might set in as all those nagging responsibilities from back home fall to the wayside. Even though the kiddos won’t appreciate the three championship golf courses, they’ll go nuts over the white sand beaches outside your Fripp Island villa rental.

6. Carlsbad, California

Peel your eyes from San Diego for a minute and look up north to Carlsbad, a frequently forgotten but no less alluring seaside city. Despite its relative obscurity, it’s got Legoland California, the South Carlsbad State Beach, and the Carlsbad Mineral Water Spa. Can’t resist a day trip to San Diego? No problem. Just hop in the car and you’ll be there in thirty minutes. As you’re making summer vacation plans, make sure to rent a Carlsbad beach condo.

7. Amelia Island, Florida

For parents seeking respite from the frenzy of trying to balance work and home life, there’s adorable Amelia Island and its thirteen miles of serene shoreline. The kids can build their dream homes out of sand (think castles) while you live in your dream Amelia Island vacation rental, which could be a graceful Victorian estate or chic condo. It’s easy to spend every waking hour on the beach in Amelia Island, as hurricanes are a nonevent and it rarely gets blisteringly hot.

8. Sandusky, Ohio 

The Pacific and Atlantic oceans get all the glory in the summer, but let’s not forget about the lake, specifically Lake Erie. Every morning, wake up to the sun rising over Erie’s southern shore in your private Sandusky vacation home. Beyond the run-of-the-mill activities on the lake (like jet skiing and sailing), there’s the Cedar Point Amusement Park and a surprisingly big selection of indoor and outdoor water parks to keep you busy.

9. Anaheim, California

Disneyland is smaller than Disney World, but standing alone – it’s no small potato, with two theme parks in all and its own entertainment district. Anaheim is also home to Knott’s Berry Farm, a haven for roller coaster buffs. While an Anaheim home rental makes a great vacation base, try to travel out to the sea every now and then; Sunset Beach is only a half hour away.

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10. Cocoa Beach, Florida

If you’ve got a budding surfer in your group, consider one of the East Coast’s best surfing destinations – Cocoa Beach – for your summer vacation. This small, mostly quiet beach bum-friendly town is also a scenic drive from the Kennedy Space Center and Disney World. Book your Cocoa Beach vacation condo today.

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