Iceland is the new IT place, and for good reasons. Waterfalls, hot springs, glaciers, icebergs, and some of the nicest locals around make it the perfect family destination. If you’re looking for amusement parks, you may as well stop reading this. Iceland will get you up close with nature and push you to find your inner explorer. Although there are tons of tour companies, I would definitely suggest renting a car. Driving is so easy in Iceland and we stopped so many times to take pictures and go off the beaten path. Here is my itinerary for 7 adventurous days in the land of fire and ice:
Spend the day getting to know Reykjavik, the capital of Iceland.
First stop is the Viking Museum. Although it is a little gory, it’s a good way to learn how the Viking culture influenced Iceland throughout the years. Your admission comes with a headset to do a self-guided tour.
Lunch: Head down to the water and have some amazing seafood while enjoying a backdrop of mountains and ocean.
Time to get out on the water. Take a Puffin Tour to see a breeding ground of these adorable little guys. (Book in advance)
Spend the rest of the afternoon wandering the streets of Reykjavik. You might want to buy an iconic Icelandic sweater.
As a born and raised New Yorker, NYC holds my heart! It is the perfect destination for families because there is something fun for everyone and you’ll never run out of things to do. I didn’t put any recommendations for dinners because I usually like to eat near whatever hotel we’re staying at so we can walk there with the kids.
Here is our itinerary for 5 full days in paradise:
Today is all about Central Park. In the morning, take a carriage ride to get a feel for the park. On your trip you are likely to pass the zoo, Wollman Rink, the Dairy, the Carousel, the Pond, and the Dakota. The drivers are knowledgeable about the park but also entertaining and my kids always liked hearing all the facts.
Location: Central Park between 5th and 6th street.
Have lunch at Alice’s Tea Cup. As soon as your children walk into the restaurant they are given a pair of fairy wings and are sprinkled with fairy dust. Seriously…what kid wouldn’t love that? Have the Mad Hatter so you get a taste of everything.
There are 3 locations: 102 West 73rd Street at Columbus Ave, 156 East 64th Street, and 220 East 81st Street between 2nd & 3rd Avenue.
Spend the afternoon at the Central Park Zoo. It is such a quaint zoo that lets you have a fun zoo experience without having to do an entire day of staring at animals. This is a great place to watch adorable animals such as penguins, snow leopards, grizzly bears, polar bears, monkeys, and sea lions. There is a beautiful rain forest section that lets you forget you are in the middle of a busy city. Don’t forget to do a 4-D movie while you’re there.
Location: 64th Street and 5th Avenue
St. Martin/ St. Maarten Itinerary
We rarely go to the same destination twice, so when we return somewhere it speaks highly of that place. St Martin is an island where we felt safe exploring, comfortable driving, and loved the variety of activities. The people are so welcoming and love to share their culture with visitors. Since the island is half Dutch and half French, you feel like you’ve traveled to two islands in one trip. Here is our itinerary for 5 full days in paradise:
I always spend the first full day enjoying my hotel and spending time in the sun and sand with my family. Enjoy the pool or the beach and soak up all the sunshine!
Lunch: Kali’s Beach Bar. This is a toes-in-the-sand restaurant. Kids can play in the sand while you enjoy a cocktail and wait for your food. Great burgers!
When I think of Florida, I don’t picture Disney, I envision walking across the powder white sand collecting shells and shark teeth on the gulf coast. We spend our days doing an excursion for half of the day and enjoying the sunshine at the beach or by the pool for the other half. It really is the perfect vacation scenario and our town of choice in Florida is Sarasota.
Here is our itinerary for 5 full days in paradise:
I always spend the first morning enjoying my hotel and spending time in the pool with my family. Enjoy the pool and soak up all the sunshine!
Lunch: Old Salty Dog (Great place to grab some burgers right on the water. Once we watched dolphins playing in the water throughout our meal.)
Spend the afternoon at our favorite place in Sarasota…the Mote Marine Laboratory. The best thing about this aquarium is that it is a working research facility. You’ll love meeting our two favorite manatee…Hugh and Buffett. Also, say hello to our pal Hang Tough, a blind green turtle that lives at Mote because he couldn’t survive in the wild. The aquarium is filled with fish, sharks, eels, otters, crocs, ands more. Open daily 10-5. Adults $20 Children $15.
When we traveled to Grand Cayman we had one thing in mind…get away from the
depressing lovely piles of New Hampshire snow. We wanted to soak in the sunshine and play in the sand. We did a few outings but the beach was our main agenda. Here is our itinerary for 5 full days in paradise:
We always spend the first full day enjoying our hotel and spending time in the sun and sand with our family. Enjoy the pool and the beach and soak up all the sunshine!
Since we stayed at a condo, we went to the market to load up on local food to make for breakfasts and lunches. We found a farmer’s market and bought delicious local fruit and vegetables.
After lunch, we rented jet skis on 7 Mile Beach.
Dinner: Deckers Caribbean Grill (A fun beach bar where you can sit with your feet right in the sand.)
Bermuda is a gorgeous island and an ideal location from Boston and NY. Quaint downtown areas and white sandy beaches make it a lovely family vacation. Our trip was a Mother’s Day gift and we loved soaking up the sun! Here is our itinerary for 5 full days in the sun:
I always spend the first full day enjoying my hotel and spending time in the sun and sand with my family. Enjoy the pool and the beach and soak up all the sunshine!
If you feel like stretching your legs with an easy stroll with gorgeous views, try the Bermuda Railway Trail. There are 21 miles to walk on this path so choose a section and enjoy. (Click here for a link to the trail)
Dinner: Wahoo’s Waterside Bistro (St. George’s)