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12 Summer Vacation Ideas That Families Will Love

Whether you’re celebrating a stellar report card or embracing warmer weather, summer is the perfect time for a fun-filled family vacation. So, if you’re in need of a little inspiration, we’re here to help with our list of 12 summer vacation ideas, tailored to your family’s interests. Relax at the beach, explore a new city, or climb a mountain—these trips are sure to please the whole gang!

Choose from more than 300,000 rentals on FlipKey, and enjoy all the comforts of home during your family summer vacation.

Artsy Vacation | Grand Rapids, Michigan

Grand Rapids is one of the most popular summer vacation ideas for families that love art.

Your family: scours the web for the latest art gallery openings and appreciates art in all its forms.

The destination: Home to one of the world’s 100 most-visited art museums, Grand Rapids is one of the best summer vacation ideas for families that love art. Mornings here are best spent discovering life-size works of art in the city’s renowned sculpture park. Save your afternoons for experiencing the flourishing arts and cultural scene downtown. Pop in and out of art museums (admission ranges from free to $10), or visit a local furniture shop and discover the original artistry that put Grand Rapids on the map.

FlipKey family favorites nearby…

Grand Rapids Art Museum | 101 Monroe Center St NW, Grand Rapids, Michigan

LaFontsee Galleries | 833 Lake Dr SE, Grand Rapids, Michigan

Bagger Dave’s Burger Tavern | 2190 East Beltline Ave. NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525

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Beach Vacation | Hilton Head, South Carolina

Hilton is a hot spot for family summer vacations.

Your family: lives for days at the beach and looks sun-kissed all summer long.

The destination: Families seeking a trip filled with sun, sand and surf will find Hilton Head to be an idyllic vacation spot. Relax on a wide, windswept beach or recruit other families for a game of volleyball on the sand. From oceanfront homes, steps from the water, to cozy apartments in the heart of town, your family will love the convenience (and affordability!) of having an entire rental all to yourself. In Hilton Head, family fun goes hand in hand with sun-dappled days and golden beaches.

FlipKey family favorites nearby…

Freedom Boat Club | 1 Waterway Ln, Hilton Head Island, SC 29926

H2O Sports | 149 Lighthouse Rd., Hilton Head Island, SC 29928

Hudson’s Seafood House on the Docks | 1 Hudson Road, Hilton Head Island, SC 29926

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Musical Vacation | Nashville, Tennessee

Find a rental in Nashville and enjoy all the city's musical attractions.

Your family: are enthusiastic gig-goers who love a good sing-along.

The destination: There’s no better place for music-loving families than Nashville. Nicknamed Music City, you’ll find everything from up-and-coming artists and mainstream music-makers to museums and landmarks that tell the history of the music industry here. Dance your way down Lower Broadway, world-famous for its non-stop live entertainment and countless honky-tonks, or take the family to a show at the renowned Grand Old Opry. For a toe-tapping good time on your summer family vacation this summer, Nashville is the obvious choice.

FlipKey family favorites nearby…

Fanny’s House of Music | 1101 Holly St Nashville, Tennessee, TN 37206

The Musician’s Hall of Fame and Museum | 401 Gay St Nashville, Tennessee, TN 37219

Captain D’s | Multiple

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Entertainment Vacation | Omaha, Nebraska

Your family: love theater productions, movies, educational programming, you name it—your family enjoys it all!

The destination: Often overlooked when it comes to summer vacation ideas for families, Omaha offers fun for all ages. Set aside time to explore the cobblestone streets of the Old Market—Omaha’s historic entertainment district—where you can enjoy captivating events or simply be entertained by people watching. Other entertainment options include catching a performance at the community playhouse or splash around at one of Omaha’s water parks. If you’re stumped in terms of summer family vacation ideas, we urge you to consider this hidden gem!

FlipKey family favorites nearby…

SkateDaze | 3616 S 132nd St, Omaha, NE 68144

Film Streams | 1340 Mike Fahey St., Omaha, NE 68102

Block 16 | 1611 Farnam St., Omaha, Nebraska 68102

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Sporty Vacation | Dallas, Texas

Dallas, Texas

Your family: cheers for their home team, no matter the sport and turns everything into a competition.

The destination: As far as summer vacation ideas for families that love sport goes, Dallas is hard to beat. Here, you’ll find several professional sports teams and loads of attractions to bring out your competitive side. Cheer on the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park, challenge each other to a round of golf, or explore the city via a running tour. When you’re not touring Cowboys Stadium or playing at one of the many parks, make yourself at home on the front porch of your Dallas vacation rental.

FlipKey family favorites nearby…

TopGolf Dallas | 8787 Park Ln, Dallas, TX 75231

Nick’s Sports Cards & Memorabilia | 7522 Campbell Rd. Suite 119, Dallas, TX 75248

Lockhart Smokehouse | 400 W Davis St., Dallas, TX 75208

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Cultural Vacation | Savannah, Georgia

Book a rental in Savannah for your family summer vacation.

Your family: makes it a priority to learn something new about every place you visit.

The destination: For families that love to soak up the culture during their stay, Savannah is ideal. From centuries-old antebellum mansions to hauntingly beautiful cemeteries, stroll through the city and you’re sure to uncover the local culture and history. Savannah is known for embracing its cultural roots, displaying art and historic exhibits at the city’s 30+ museums. Linger at Forsyth Park, imagining all the famous people to have stood there before you, or enjoy some Savannah home cooking at one of the many award-winning restaurants.

FlipKey family favorites nearby…

Kayak Kafe Midtown | 5002 Paulsen St., Savannah, GA 31405

Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace | 10 E Oglethorpe Ave, Savannah, GA 31401

Georgia Historical Society | 501 Whitaker St, Savannah, GA 31401

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Adventure Vacation | Sedona, Arizona

Keep Sedona in mind when thinking of summer vacation ideas for families.

Your family: can’t say no to anything that gets the adrenaline pumping and would jump out of a plane for fun.

The destination: Known for its fiery red rock canyons, countless nature trails and abundance of wildlife, Sedona is a vacation paradise for adventure-seeking travelers. It’s situated right in the middle of the Arizona desert and is one of our favorite summer vacation ideas for families looking for more daring experiences. Whether it’s whooshing down a mountain on a bicycle or turning a casual hike into an outdoor adventure, there’s no limit to the potential for thrills in Sedona.

FlipKey family favorites nearby…

Red Rock Balloon Adventures | 273 N Hwy 89A, Suite M & N, Sedona, AZ 86336

Arizona ATV Adventures | 1185 W Highway 89A, Sedona, AZ 86336

Pisa Lisa | Coconino National Forest, 2245 AZ-89A, Sedona, AZ 86336

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Laid-back Vacation | Hampton, Virginia

Find a vacation home in Hampton, VA to relax.

Your family: believes that no plan is the best plan and always goes with the flow.

The destination: Toss your itinerary out the window and lose track of time in Hampton. It’s hard to beat this destination if you’re simply looking to relax and spend time together as a family during your summer vacation. Hit the beach for a blissful day in the sun or roam around one of the local parks. In addition to its leisure activities, Hampton is hailed as a leader in the pursuit of aeronautics and space exploration. Combine relaxation and education by touring local specialty museums dedicated to the city’s contributions to science.

FlipKey family favorites nearby…

Fort Monroe at Old Point Comfort | 20 Ingalls Rd., Fort Monroe, VA 23651

Virginia War Museum | 9285 Warwick Blvd., Newport News, VA 23607

Mission BBQ | 2035 Von Schilling Dr, Hampton, VA 23666

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Active Vacation | Boulder, Colorado

Add Boulder to your list of vacation ideas for families that love to stay active.

Your family: finds it impossible to sit still and is always on the move.

The destination: You can do it all in Boulder. Trek through pine forests, stroll across fields of wildflowers, climb to snow-capped peaks of majestic mountains and still make it back to your vacation rental by dinnertime. The city is filled with opportunities for outdoor recreation and the surrounding 30,000 acres of pristine land beg to be explored. Whether your family is in peak physical condition or simply choosing to explore the outdoors, Boulder is ideal for travelers who don’t want to slow down on vacation.

FlipKey family favorites nearby…

Boulder Rock Club | 2829 Mapleton Avenue, Boulder, CO 80301

Fair Winds Hot Air Balloon Flights | 10538 Arapahoe Rd., Lafayette, CO 80026

Foolish Craig’s Cafe | 1611 Pearl St., Boulder, CO 80302

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Foodie Vacation | Portland, Maine

Portland, ME is a favorite vacation destination among foodie families.

Your family: will travel for food and can’t say no to dinner at the hottest new restaurant.

The destination: Delicious eats and one-of-a-kind microbreweries are all within reach in Portland. While this family summer vacation destination has long been revered for its fresh-off-the-boat seafood, today, its restaurant scene is famous for all types of cuisine. Head downtown where restaurants dot the cobblestone streets, or stroll along the coastline until you stumble upon a hole-in-the-wall seafood shack. Prefer to earn your meal? Experience what life is like for a lobsterman in Maine, hauling in traps and bringing home your fresh catch to cook for dinner at your vacation rental. Don’t forget to bring your appetite when you visit Portland!

FlipKey family favorites nearby…

Boda | 671 Congress St.,Portland, ME 04101

Hot Suppa | 703 Congress St., Portland, ME 04102

Portland Lobster Company | 180 Commercial St., Portland, ME 04101

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Nature Vacation | Clarksville, Virginia

Clarksville is one of the best summer vacation ideas for families that love nature.

Your family: loves the outdoors and any chance to be surrounded by nature.

The destination: Clarksville has everything a nature enthusiast craves from beautiful state parks, grand lakes and sprawling farms to lush vineyards. Families will love this summer vacation spot because children can play carefree outside while adults sneak a nap under the shade of an old oak tree. Wake up in your cabin to the sound of birds chirping, or rent a lake house and and be lulled to sleep by the soothing sound of water rippling outside your window. Walk, swim, float, or fish on vacation in Clarksville—the possibilities are endless!

FlipKey family favorites nearby…

Three Sisters of Shiney Rock Winery | 5484 Shiney Rock Rd., Clarksville, VA 23927

Occoneechee State Park | 1192 Occoneechee Park Rd., Clarksville, VA 23927

The Lamplighter Restaurant & Candlelight Lounge | 201 Virginia Ave., Clarksville, VA 23927

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Vacation with Young Kids: Anaheim, California

Anaheim is one of the best summer vacation ideas for families with young children.

Your family: is about to book your first summer vacation as a family, planning your itinerary around nap time, or course.

The destination: Its proximity to Disneyland makes Anaheim a top choice when it comes to vacation ideas for families with young children. The city’s beloved theme park boasts fun with Mickey and Minnie for the little ones and thrilling rides for the adults. Or trade your Mickey ears for a baseball cap and catch a game at Angel Stadium. Cheap tickets and kid-friendly foods (hello, helmet sundae!) make it an excellent evening activity for the young and young-at-heart. We bet your kids will be begging to move to Anaheim after visiting this popular, family-friendly city.

FlipKey family favorites nearby…

Seascape Kids Fun | 4771 E Hunter Ave., Anaheim, California, CA 92807

Bowers Museum | 2002 N Main St., Santa Ana, California

The Pizza Press | 1700 S Harbor Blvd, Anaheim, CA 92802

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Looking for more summer travel inspiration? Check out the best summer vacations to fit your budget from our friends at TripAdvisor!