There are many great summer vacation destinations available to choose from across the United States. Here are 10 exciting summer vacation activities to consider:
- Walt Disney World—Orlando, Florida
The sun is always out and the skies are always blue, so why not get outside and soak up some fun in Orlando. It’s lineup of world-renowned attractions, theme parks and all-around family entertainment provides endless amusement for all visitors at Walt Disney World®. World-famous parks include Magic Kingdom®, where fairytales come true. EPCOT® is home to attractions with international flair and dazzling fireworks at night. Put yourself in the movies at Disney’s Hollywood Studios or marvel at creatures great and small inside Disney’s Animal Kingdom®. No matter the park you choose, they are all staples of the Orlando experience.
- Whale’s Tale Waterpark—White Mountains, New Hampshire
Make a splash, float around or just chill out at the winner of Aquatics International magazine’s Best In Class Waterpark in America. Go for a plunge on Poseidon’s Voyage, and this epic ride that begins in a SkyBox with a trap door. When the floor drops out, riders are sent plummeting down a nearly vertical free fall at 38 feet per second en route to 360 degree SuperLoop. Those who dare will be anchored to the wall by powerful G-Forces. Whale’s Tale Waterpark also features Shipwreck Island, Banzai Pipeline, Eye of the Storm, Harpoon Express and more.
- Original Wisconsin Ducks—Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin
Get your quack on and go for a ride on the Original Wisconsin Ducks®. These amphibious crafts are 65 years old and weigh 7.5 tons but can still waddle over rocky sandbars and back onto dry land. One-hour tours include splashdowns in the Wisconsin River and Lake Delton. Be sure to bring a camera because you’ll be traveling past beautiful sandstone cliffs and spectacular rock formations in Wisconsin Dells.
- Zipline Adventure Tour—Boyne Falls, Michigan
Families into high-flying thrills can soar across Boyne Mountain during a Zipline Adventure Tour. Each Zipline Adventure Tour lasts 2.5 to 3 hours and features 10 lines that allow your family to travel an astonishing 4,300 feet. Lines are strung 50 feet in the air and stretch 78 feet from start to finish. Look down or look straight ahead as you zip through trees at 20-25 mph over the slopes of Boyne Mountain. Reservations are required to guarantee.
- Pavilion Park—Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
The sights, sounds and flavors of yesteryear are alive and well at Pavilion Park at Broadway at the Beach in Myrtle Beach. Introduce your kids to the rides that you thought were extreme when you first rode them: Caterpillar, The Wave Swinger and The Rocket. Listen for the hawkers as they call you to play arcade games along the Midway. Take a chance and your prize just might be a huge stuffed animal. You’ll also find tempting food favorites like funnel cakes, cotton candy and corndogs.
- Great Smoky Mountains National Park—Gatlinburg, Tennessee
If you love the great outdoors, make sure your summer vacation activities include a trip to Great Smoky Mountains National Park. This awe-inspiring playground just happens to be the most visited park in the country—and for good reason. Besides breathtaking beauty, the park includes Clingman’s Dome with a view of five states and the elevated rocks of Chimney Tops. Put on your hiking boots and explore up to 800 miles of trails. Or grab your rod and reel and fish 600 miles of trout streams spread out over a half-million acres of natural wonders in the Smokies.
- Scotty’s Trout Dock & Marina—Branson, Missouri
Anglers can spend the day fishing for world-class trout, along with crappie, bass and blue gill in downtown Branson on Lake Taneycomo. Scotty’s Trout Dock & Marina offers pontoons, fishing boat rentals and access to local expert guides. Fishing is good year-round because the Missouri Department of Conservation stocks Lake Taneycomo with approximately 700,000 trout annually—increasing your chances of reeling in the prize catch.
- Busch Gardens—Williamsburg, Virginia
Theme park enthusiasts can head to Busch Gardens® Williamsburg for roller coaster adrenaline rushes on the Griffon. This beast has 90-degree plunges, interlocking upside down loops and steel tracks that shoot 200 feet into the Virginia sky. It’s one of many tempting reasons to include this Medieval-themed attraction in your summer vacation activities.
- Boyce Thompson Arboretum—Peoria, Arizona
Discover some of the world’s most diverse arid plants at the Boyce Thompson Arboretum. Located along a 1.5-mile trail, the arboretum is home to 3,200 different desert plants as well as more than 230 birds and 72 land creatures. You’ll also enjoy the Eucalyptus Forest and Desert Legume Garden.
- Skyjump—Las Vegas, Nevada
Those who like to throw caution to the wind, and themselves off the sides of buildings, can take a leap off of the 108th floor of the Stratosphere Tower. At 829 feet, the SkyJump™ jumped into first place as the Guinness World Records™ holder for highest “commercial decelerator descent.” It’s a thrilling memory you’ll bring home from your summer vacation in Las Vegas.