Families that are tired of water parks and long lines at amusement parks, Away.com came up with alternative family-friendly spots that go beyond kiddie rides and water slides.
Mackinac Island, Mich.
Fort Mackinac and the Mackinac trails will please the history buffs and nature lovers and offers beautiful scenery that creates a relaxing atmosphere .
Branson is often referred to as the “live music capital of the world” and offers several live music shows everyday along with a wax museum and an amusement park.
Carson City, Nev.
Experience some of the history of the Old West in Carson City. The city was a way station for the Pony Express and was a key location in the gold rush in the 1800s. Other attractions like the Nevada State Railroad museum will take you back in time and provide a quick—and fun—history lesson.
Amelia Island, Fla.
Split your time relaxing in the sun and checking out Amelia Island. Learn what life was like at a 19th-Century fort at Fort Clinch State Park and soak up some nature at Amelia Island Plantation.
Show your family a more mysterious side of New England history at the Salem Witch Museum, and be sure to check out the Salem Harbor along the city’s waterfront.
It’s hard to find vacation spots that will please everyone in the family, but here are five locations that are sure to create lasting memories without busting the budget.