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Vacations and Day Trips With Grandchildren

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Spending time with grandchildren builds an important relationship and creates wonderful memories - just ask any grandparent. As your grandchildren grow older, taking them to fun and educational places is enjoyable for both them and you. If you're wondering where to take your grandchildren and what to expect when you get there, take a look at our ideas for grandparent / grandchild vacations and day trips. We have plenty of road-tested tips and suggestions to help you plan a memorable day, weekend or week-long trip.

Intergenerational Travel

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Perhaps you've always wanted to take your grandchildren on a trip they'll never forget, or to show your extended family your own grandparents' hometown. Intergenerational travel is limited only by your imagination. You can plan a cruise, campout or amusement park adventure and travel independently or with a tour group.

Hobby / Special Interest Travel

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Traveling with your grandchildren doesn't have to be limited to theme parks. By combining hobbies and travel, you can introduce your grandkids to enjoyable pastimes and give them a vacation experience they'll always remember. Whenever they participate in events related to the hobbies and skills you taught them to enjoy, your grandchildren will recall the special trip you took together.

Holiday Travel

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During holiday visits, why not set aside some special time to share with your grandchildren? You can choose from many types of holiday events and activities. Wherever you go, the sights and sounds of the holiday season will add sparkle to your special memories.

Aquariums

Touch Tank, Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach, Calif.
Photo © Nancy Parode
Children and adults of all ages enjoy visiting aquariums. There's something almost magical about watching the shimmering colors of tropical fish, sleekly swimming sharks and playful dolphins and otters. Our "tank-tested" tips for visiting an aquarium will help you get the most out of your experience.

Science Museums

Apollo 12 Capsule, Virginia Air and Space Center, Hampton, Va.
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Children love discovering how the world around them works. While some youngsters prefer animals and natural history, others enjoy learning about the mysteries of space flight or volcanic eruptions. Taking your grandchildren to a science museum is the perfect way to expand their horizons.

Water Parks

Splashin' Safari, Santa Claus, Indiana
Photo © Nancy Parode
If you're looking for a one-day adventure, consider taking your grandchildren to an indoor or outdoor water park. You'll need to plan ahead in order to make the most of this wet and wild experience. Our insider information will help you decide whether a water park trip is right for you and your grandchildren.
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