With school out and summer in full swing, you’re probably looking for some fun vacation ideas for your family. Several southern U.S. states offer plenty of relaxation and activities for the whole family, and with so many places you could visit, it can be hard to choose just one! Our summer travel guide to the South makes vacation planning easy, so you can spend less time worrying about the details of your summer vacation and more time having fun with your family.
Sanibel Island, Florida
If your family wants fun in the sun like no other, Sanibel Island, FL is the place to be. This family-friendly island is only 25 miles south of Fort Myers and is filled with enough fun and relaxation to satisfy every member of your family. Spend time on white sandy beaches covered with the most beautiful and unique seashells, or rent some kayaks and visit the mangrove-lined trails. We recommend staying at Casa Ybel or the Island Inn for seaside sunset views. Whether you’re a short drive away or you’re willing to catch a flight here, Sanibel Island is one destination you won’t want to miss this summer.
Savannah, GA will give you a taste of authentic, slow-paced southern living. Families flock to Savannah every year for its leisurely lifestyle, summertime events, beautiful beaches, and variety of activities for every taste. During your stay in Savannah, rent some bikes or segways to explore the adorable downtown from a different point of view. Take your kids to the Tybee Island Marine Science Center before spending the afternoon at the beach, or tour the area’s historic waterways by boat on a Dolphin Magic Tour. Whatever you choose, you’re sure to find some fun and adventure on your trip to Savannah.
You haven’t seen the beauty of Tennessee until you’ve made the trip to Knoxville. If your family loves the great outdoors, you’ve got to take them to visit Knoxville this summer. This beautiful city in the South is full of activities and adventures to last all summer long, and it’s within driving distance of other breathtaking destinations, like Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Explore the beautiful Tennessee River via the Outdoor Knoxville Adventure Center, or hike through Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness. This is a must-see destination for any nature-loving family.
Ocracoke Island, North Carolina
Ocracoke Island on the Outer Banks of North Carolina is another hidden gem on the East Coast. Legends of pirates and the spirit of the outdoors come alive in Ocracoke Island, a charming travel destination for North Carolina locals and tourists alike. Charter a yacht to try your hand at fishing, rent some kayaks for a seaside adventure, or go for a sunset bike ride to dinner and ice cream. For a true taste of Ocracoke, stay at Blackbeard’s Lodge or Captain’s Landing Waterfront Inn, two hotels with a pirate twist. Kids will love the legends and fun of Ocracoke and parents will love the romance of the beachside place.
Charleston, South Carolina
You can never go wrong with a visit to Charleston almost anytime of the year, but summertime is when this southern city comes alive. Charleston is full of a rich history that anyone can appreciate, from its colorful, quaint streets to the charming downtown area constantly bustling with local events and fare. Charleston’s close proximity to beaches like Isle of Palms and Folly Beach and its variety of family-friendly tours and museums make it the perfect weekend getaway for every family. While you’re here, be sure to take a food tour of the city for a taste of what southern cooking is all about.
This post is intended for informational purposes only and should not be taken as professional advice. The point of view and opinions expressed in this post are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the position of Realty Executives International. This post was written by Bailee Abell. Bailee Abell is a writer born and raised in California. A graduate of University of California, Santa Barbara, she loves reading classic literature, sipping warm beverages, and visiting theme parks every chance she gets. Find her at baileeabell.com.