Trip for ages 6-70

Old Feb 19th, 2015, 11:58 AM
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Trip for ages 6-70

We want to plan a trip for the end of April 2016. There will be 6-7 people...two boys ages 6&7, my husband and me, my 70 year old inlaws, and maybe my 40 year old brother in law. Where can we go that is fun for everyone? Cruises are out of the question...mother in law will NOT get on a boat. We thought about Disney, but it's a lot of walking. My father in law is slow moving and won't get a scooter. I mentioned Vegas where they could see some shows and the boys would have fun with some of the strip attractions during the day. We could also visit Hoover Dam. I thought about San Francisco, but the hills will kill him. Any ideas?

We like the outdoors, but they don't. They prefer to be climate controlled. They enjoy dining out, museums, and shows.

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Old Feb 19th, 2015, 12:01 PM
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Hawaii.
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Old Feb 19th, 2015, 12:09 PM
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Hawaii is too far. My kids can handle a six hour flight cross country, but they aren't ready for two six hour flights.
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Old Feb 19th, 2015, 12:15 PM
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This is a tough one! From where are you starting? The East Coast?
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Old Feb 19th, 2015, 12:19 PM
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East coast...NH and NJ.
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Old Feb 19th, 2015, 01:16 PM
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You getting paid to plan this? Including the spouse's oldies? Gotta be a better way to import babysitting . . .

San Diego is pretty climate-controlled - its climate is similar from day to day. Shows means LA, Chicago, NYC or Vegas.
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Old Feb 19th, 2015, 01:29 PM
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Not importing babysitting...the inlaws have never babysat the boys.

My father in law has is ill and has been given 4-5 years. He'd like to take a trip with his grandkids. In 2013 we went to Disney, which they wanted to do again. I was hoping to come up with some other ideas that may be appealing to all involved.
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Old Feb 19th, 2015, 01:45 PM
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"He'd like to take a trip with his grandkids. In 2013 we went to Disney, which they wanted to do again"

I'd do Disney again.

If it were summer, I'd suggest Yellowstone because although it's not climate controlled the climate will be nice and there's a lot of memory making. But if he wants to return to Disney, return to Disney.
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Old Feb 19th, 2015, 01:59 PM
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How about Disneyland instead of DW? You could then see DL/California Adventure, maybe Legoland, San Diego Zoo, beaches, a baseball game in SD or Anaheim or LA.

I would NOT go to Vegas (just got home tues after 3 days there). Sure there are pools and things the kids might enjoy, but it is mostly very un-kid-friendly.
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Old Feb 19th, 2015, 02:01 PM
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How about the Santa Fe area? Plenty of museums, history etc and you could split up and take day trips to places like Bandolier NP so the kids could climb into the dwellings of the old Native Americans while the seniors visit some museums.

After a couple of days there, go down to Albuquerque, take the tram up Sandia Peak, hit the museums, go to Accoma Pueblo.
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Old Feb 20th, 2015, 02:21 AM
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Disneyland may not be a bad idea. We went ourselves back in 2012, but they have never been. Its more compact than WDW and her best friend from college lives out there. She hasn't seen them for years.

Last time we went south, maybe north this time. My mother in law isn't a zoo person anyway.
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Old Feb 20th, 2015, 04:17 AM
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Wrightsville beach is lovely adjacent to Wilmington that provides small town atmosphere, summer festivals, good food and music. Rent a small boat to tour intercostal ways and fishing. bike rentals.
You would need to book soon for most rentals are for 7 days at the beach like most beaches in high season, Battleship. I suggest a 3 bedroom condo for everyone's comfort.
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Old Feb 20th, 2015, 04:37 AM
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What about renting a house in Anna Maria Island, Sanibel or even in one of the towns on the Beaches of 30A? It would be be beautiful the end of April.
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Old Feb 20th, 2015, 05:26 AM
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Wisconsin Dells. You could stay at a resort with indoor water parks built in. There are shows nearby, natural scenery, and activities. That said, we stayed at Wilderness last summer and it was huge (and that may be a problem for someone who doesn't walk well).
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Old Feb 20th, 2015, 05:39 AM
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Sanibel Island is a great idea. My FILs family used to visit there often, he may enjoy going back. I forgot about that place!
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Old Feb 20th, 2015, 11:00 AM
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Santa Fe may not be so good - altitude. If the old boy isn't in good shape as is, the thin air could really slow him down and that will make the trip even less enjoyable for him and the hobbits.

Besides, Santa Fe isn't a kiddie destination. Albuquerque is better but So. California tops both by a LOT.
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Old Feb 20th, 2015, 12:16 PM
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Disneyland sounds like a great idea, plus California Adventure has the Carsland ride which even about 2 years after opening is still hugely popular (get a fastpass). San Diego is also a great place to visit, if MIL does not want to visit the Zoo, let her stay at the hotel, visit a spa, or maybe visit one of the museums in adjacent Balboa Park and meetup for lunch or something - no reason you all have to be chained at the hip.Kids might also like the USS Midway.
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Old Feb 21st, 2015, 01:41 AM
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(Sounding like a broken record) - have you considered Puerto Rico. I am guessing not - because I had not before I ended up there for 6 days by default. No passports needed. Use same US money. Cell phones work just like in mainland. Everyone speaks enough English so communication is easy. Reasonably priced non-stop flights just over 3 hours out of Logan or NYC area airports.

We found it a perfect mix of sun/beach/relax, natural beauty (rain forest, caves), and legitimate historical sites. There are plenty of escorted day trips where a guy picks you up in a van with about 12 people to spend the day seeing something. Or plenty of taxis and we rented a car with few problems (except when we got lost in the rain forest - but that was our fault). For us it was a combination of being someplace interesting, eating good food (there is a great walking food tour of Old San Juan), and relaxation. It is safe, friendly. And unlike other warm weather destinations, transportation there is easy.
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