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Summer Family Vacation Ideas

Enthralling Ideas to Enjoy the Summer Vacation With Your Family

Summer is synonymous with holidays. To help you plan your holiday perfectly, we have listed some of the best summer family vacation ideas to make this holiday the perfect getaway for you and your family.
Vacayholics Staff
Last Updated: Feb 21, 2018
Traveling is a brutality. It forces you to trust strangers and to lose sight of all that familiar comfort of home and friends. You are constantly off balance. Nothing is yours except the essential things - air, sleep, dreams, the sea, the sky - all things tending towards the eternal or what we imagine of it.
Cesare Pavese
When it comes to choosing a destination with the summer in mind, you have two choices - you either opt for a spot which is experiencing summer at the same time as your country or go for a destination whose summer does not coincide with where you stay. While traveling to a place, specially a place you haven't been to before, it is very important you visit it at the right time. In this Vacayholics article, we've listed places depending on summer holidays in the northern and southern hemispheres. Select the months you'll be traveling in, and you'll find the perfect summer family vacation spots right here. Along with these, you can also learn about different vacation activities people indulge in, in the summer and where. Take a look!
Summer Vacation Ideas for Families
Snow Paradises
For Skiing
Family skiing
  • Les Gets, France
  • St. Anton, Austria
  • Krvavec, Slovenia
  • Banff, Canada
  • Seefeld, Austria
For Winter Sports
Winter sport
  • Aspen, United States
  • Whistler-Blackcomb, Canada
  • Canmore, Canada
  • Grand Lake, United States
  • Lake Nokomis Park Minneapolis, United States
Warm Paradises
Deserts
Family desert
  • Dubai
  • Arizona
  • Sahara
  • Kalahari
  • Rajasthan
Beaches
Family beach
  • Rabbit Beach, Italy
  • Whitehaven Beach, Australia
  • Beach of the Cathedrals, Spain
  • Eagle Beach, Aruba
  • Baía do Sancho, Brazil
Summer Vacation Destinations for Families
Places marked with an * are UNESCO World Heritage Sites
Northern Hemisphere
If you stay in the Northern Hemisphere, the summer lasts roughly from June to September, depending on which zone you are located in. The destinations mentioned below, are perfectly experienced in these months.
Bhutan
Tigers nest bhutan
Attractions
  • Lhuentse Dzong - ancestral home of the royal family
  • Paro Valley
  • Phobjika Valley
  • Taktsang Palphug Monastery (pictured above)
  • Dochula Pass
  • Haa Valley
Remember: Buying cigarettes is illegal in Bhutan.
One of the world's happiest countries, Bhutan is a destination you shouldn't be missing out on. Nestled near the East end of Himalayas, the country is home to some of the most scenic backdrops in the world today. Bhutan is the perfect opportunity for you to introduce your children to a world that is different, mystic, and unique. Apart from the attractions in this country, also famous are the various festivals that are celebrated all year round. Bhutan starts getting pleasant from the 2nd week of September. Though you have just a week to 10 days of summer left, and might have to miss an additional weekend at work, the vacation is worth it all.
Finland
Northern lights finland
Attractions
  • Lake Päijänne
  • Lake Saimaa
  • Lake Inari
  • Lake Jyväsjärvi
  • Petäjävesi Old Church*
  • Bronze Age Burial Site of Sammallahdenmäki*
  • Suomenlinna*
  • Old Rauma*
A trip to any Nordic country has benefits of its own. A clean, unpolluted, and extremely well-kept environment will welcome you everywhere in this country. With approximately 2,00,000 lakes, Finland is a country that is unique, beautiful, and certainly exotic. If you want to see the Northern Lights, try to plan your vacation towards the end of summer, preferably after September 10. You can also take your children to visit the Santa Claus Village in Rovaniemi.
Mongolia
Kazakh yurt
Attractions
  • Orkhon Valley Cultural Landscape*
  • The Petroglyphic Complexes of the Mongolian Altai*
  • Ubsunur Hollow*
  • Altai Tavan Bogd National Park
  • Gun-Galuut Nature Reserve
  • Gorkhi-Terelj National Park
  • Khustain Nuruu National Park
Another Buddhist country in this list, Mongolia will take you by surprise. Almost half the population lives in the capital city of Ulaanbaatar. This tells us how sparsely populated the rest of the country is. This also happens to be the country where you will get to see the Bactrian camel.
Slovenia
Predjama castle slovenia
Attractions
  • Mediterranean town of Piran
  • Škocjan Caves*
  • Postojna Cave
  • Lake Bled
  • Triglav National Park
  • Pohorje Mountains
  • Kamnik-Savinja Alps
  • Town of Škofja Loka
  • Ptuj (oldest city in Slovenia)
  • Heritage of Mercury. Almadén and Idrija*
  • Prehistoric pile dwellings around the Alps*
The European country of Slovenia will definitely surprise you with the kind of variety it has in the vacation spots it offers. In just one small country, it has the Julian Alps, the Mediterranean, Dinarides, and a small coastline with the Adriatic sea. Apart from these natural wonders, the country, especially its capital, is home to many Baroque buildings.
Russia
Transfiguration Church
Attractions
  • Uvs Lake
  • Golden Mountains of Altai
  • Lena Pillars
  • Virgin Komi Forests
  • Volcanoes of Kamchatka
  • Western Caucasus
  • Architectural Ensemble of the Trinity Sergius Lavra
  • Kremlin and Red Square
  • Cultural and Historic Ensemble of the Solovetsky Islands
  • The Trinity Lavra of St. Sergius
  • Historic Centre of Saint Petersburg
  • Kizhi Pogost
A country like Russia will probably take your entire vacation dates and still leave you many more vacation spots to cover. A country that covers nine time zones, is home to quarter of the world's fresh water, and where driving a dirty car can get you a fine is definitely not a dinner you can finish in one sitting. Nevertheless, if you plan your trip to cover just the most important attractions, your trip is still complete. Two attractions in this country deserve a special mention. One is Lake Baikal, the oldest and deepest lake in the world, and the other is the Trans-Siberian railway, the longest railway in the world, a priced journey for travelers. Also important is visiting the cities that make up the Golden Ring, a group of cities that best portray the culture of this country. The country is home to 23 UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Southern Hemisphere
If you stay in the Southern Hemisphere, the summer lasts roughly from December to March, depending on which zone you are located in. The destinations mentioned below can be optimally enjoyed in these months.
Oman
Al ayjah lighthouse sour
Attractions
  • Archaeological Sites of Bat, Al-Khutm and Al-Ayn
  • Bahla Fort
  • Land of Frankincense*
  • Aflaj Irrigation Systems of Oman
  • Al Sawadi Beach
  • Mokallah, also called White Beach
  • Al Fahal Island (Particularly for Dolphin watching)
  • Jebel Shams
  • Al-Hoota Cave
A nation that was almost closed to travelers until the 1960s, today Oman is a cultural delight. Lands adorned with souks and unpolluted waters decorated with dhows, Oman quenches a traveler's thirst for visual delight. In 2012, the capital city of Muscat made it to many travel lists like Lonely Planet's best city to visit in the world. Cultural tourism is growing manifold here, which gives you a lot of opportunity to teach your children about various global cultures. The Intercon Beach is a family destination, just like the Qantab beach that also offers boat rides by local fisherman. If you're lucky, you might even be able to spot whales in the country's maginificent waters. Apart from all this, you have other activities such as bird watching, caving, and desert safaris, to keep you interested for your entire vacation. Some of the festivals you can witness at this time of the year are The Muscat Festival, Cultural Theatre Program, Dubai-Muscat Offshore Sailing Race, Oman International Rally, Oman Desert Express Rally, and the Bidiyah Challenge. However, keep calm during your entire trip. Remember, under Omani law, you can be taken to court for calling someone names.
Namibia
Namib desert
Attractions
  • Twyfelfontein or /Ui-//aes*
  • Etosha National Park
  • Namib-Naukluft National Park
  • Tintenpalast
  • Zoo Park, Windhoek
  • Swakopmund City
  • Fish River Canyon
  • Ai-Ais Hot Springs
Namibia is your best bet if you're looking for cheap summer family vacation ideas. There is so much you can do in such little money. Safaris, culturally-rich cities, heritage monuments - everything in one small trip. Namibia is known mostly for its safaris and March and/or April is one of the best times to take one. It's a great time to view wildlife; with softer light, this is a great time for photography as well. If you're a bird watching enthusiast, this is the best time to visit the country. Also, since the sun is a little less harsh, you'll have a fabulous experience at the desert safaris. You'll also miss the high prices of the dry season.
Turkey
Hierapolis pamukkale
Attractions
  • Fairy Chimneys in Cappadocia
  • Library of Celsus
  • Hagia Sophia
  • Selimiye Mosque and its Social Complex*
  • Mount Ararat
  • Turquoise Coast
  • Uzungöl Lake
  • Sultan Ahmed Mosque (Blue Mosque)
  • Dolmabahçe Palace
  • Sümela Monastery
  • Archaeological Site of Troy*
  • Historic Areas of Istanbul*
  • Göreme National Park and the Rock Sites of Cappadocia*
  • Hierapolis-Pamukkale* (pictured above)
  • Xanthos-Letoon*
Turkey with its capital Istanbul is famous on the traveling map. Given its status as the center of the Ottoman Empire and also of the Byzantine rule, Istanbul has a lot to offer. On one hand, it is home to the largest mall in Europe and on the other, it also hosts remains of the legendary walls of Troy. Resorts on the Mediterranean are particularly famous. For local shopping, try the Grand and Spice Bazaar in Istanbul.
Japan
Pagoda japan
Attractions
  • Zen Buddhist temple of Kinkakuji
  • Skyscraper district of Shinjuku
  • Kamakura Daibutsu
  • Buddhist Monuments in the Hōryū-ji Area*
  • Hiroshima Peace Memorial*
  • Historic Villages of Shirakawa-gō and Gokayama*
  • Itsukushima Shrine*
  • Shrines and Temples of Nikkō*
The Land of the Rising Sun, Japan is one of the most distinctly culturally different modern countries in the world today. The country's ancient capital Kyoto, has more than what a city can offer in terms of culture and heritage. The sites in this city are truly spectacular. Take your children to stay with the monks at Koya's mountaintop temples. This is a great place to introduce them to the concept of spirituality. Vacation spots are spread throughout the country and it would be better if you could spend more than a week or ten days to explore the country properly. Also, Japan is an expensive country, be prepared.
Vietnam
Hoi an
Attractions
  • Con Dao Island
  • Cu Chi Tunnels
  • Cuc Phuong National Park
  • Vietnamese Demilitarized Zone
  • Ha Long Bay*
  • Mỹ Sơn*
  • Cao Dai Temple
  • Central Sector of the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long*
  • The Citadel of Ho Dynasty*
  • Complex of Hué Monuments*
  • Hoi An Ancient Town*
  • Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park*
Vietnam was hardly ever considered a tourist destination. Only after the 1990s, and thanks to investment made by the state and private sector, we now see Vietnam on the global tourism map. The country is still developing according to international standards, and this means you get to see the best of this nation minus all the crowds. Sometime between January and March, you will be able to witness the Tết celebration, the Vietnamese New Year. Nationals from selected countries, such as Indonesia, Japan, Finland, Denmark, etc., do not need a visa. However, the number of days you get to stay is limited and varies from person to person, citizen to citizen.
A family can consist of three people or maybe even thirteen. Depending upon the size of your family and the time available, plan a holiday that is comfortable. The summer family vacation ideas mentioned above have given you a dozen or so ideas. All you have to do is select one that intrigues you the most and set sail.
Woman Skating
Young Woman Ice Skating On A Pond
Off Piste Skiing Together
Young Active Woman Skiing Mountains
National Memorial Chorten Thimphu Bhutan
Cheetah Hunting
Baby Zebra Running
Gangtey Monastery
Kayak Adventure In The Canyon
Red Panda Bear
Tigers Nest Monastery In Bhutan
People At Jama Masjid In Ahmedabad
Cameleer And Tourists In Desert
Crowded Beach With Pedal Boats
Ke Ga Beach With Beautiful Lighthouse
Hohhot Great Mosque Inner Mongolia China
Po Nagar Temple In Nha Trang Vietnam
Women Managing A Snowmobile In Ruka
Prang Temple Wat Asokaram Of Samutprakarn
Romantic Couple Ice Skating
Family Ice Skating
I Need Speed
Lions Drinking From A Waterhole