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12 Unique Summer Vacations With Grandparents That Aren't Disney World

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1. Visit a Chocolate Factory

I can't think of many kids who would say no to this kind of vacation! If you're looking for a simple holiday destination that's both kid and adult friendly, a chocolate factory is where to go.

Hershey's Factory in Pennsylvania is a sweet and welcoming environment where you can go on a tour to see how your favorite candy bar is made. You'll also get a free chocolate sample included in the admission price! Plus, you can make a multi-day trip of it by staying in The Hotel Hershey, Hershey Lodge, or Hersheypark Camping Resort.

Days Inn Hershey

2. Go on a Wildlife Safari

No need to buy an expensive ticket to Africa. There are plenty of wildlife reserves in the U.S. that will allow you and the grandkids to enjoy an authentic safari.

For example, Safari West is located just a short drive or plane ride away in California. You can book spots in an open vehicle and view giraffes, antelopes, gazelles, zebras, wildebeests, cheetahs, flamingos, and much more. Plus, it's located in the center of wine country, so you can enjoy a glass while the kids explore.  

If you choose to stay overnight or even for a week, you can rent a luxury tent imported from Africa that includes private bathrooms and rustic-looking furnishings.  

Safari West
Safari West

3. Take a River Cruise

Although an ocean voyage might seem a little extreme, if your grandkids are over the age of 8, you might consider taking them on a river cruise.

UnCruise, a family-friendly cruise company based in Seattle and Alaska, provides exciting 7-21 night Alaska adventure cruises with sightseeing and more. Other tours offered are: Costa Rica, Galápagos, Hawaiian Islands, and Mexico.

Each voyage includes family activities such as games in the lounge area, nature hikes, snorkeling, and paddle board races. Also, you save $500 for each child ages 8-13!

Natural Focus Safaris

4. Get Away to a Dude Ranch

A guest ranch holiday isn't all horseback riding and campfires. Take adventurous kids to the wild west this summer and don't forget to pack a plaid shirt and a cowboy hat!

Flathead Lake Lodge in Montana is one of the best family-friendly dude ranches with activities for all ages, including arts & crafts, kids rodeo, biking, junior wrangler program, and pony rides. Do grandma and grandpa like to relax? Enjoy canoeing, sailing, or western fine dining.

The cozy atmosphere also provides ample opportunity to chill out by the fireplace, read a book, visit the horses, or take a nap in one of the luxury wooden rooms.


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