Parents aren’t just nurturers and providers—they’re masters at juggling, too. From attending meetings to attending soccer practice, it may seem that you never have enough time to spend with your family.
7If so, perhaps a family vacation is in order. While finding the time may be challenging, research and experience suggests that it has long-lasting benefits to your kids. As a study in the the Journal of Commercial Research suggests, experiences such as vacations can help a child’s growing mind, and have a profound and lasting impact on your kids’ happiness and well being.
One popular family-friendly destination is the San Juan Islands in Washington. A community of about 170 islands, it offers many excellent activities that will create precious memories for your family.
Watch Real-Life Whales
Your kids may have read about whales in science class, but the best way to appreciate these animals is to see them in person. Luckily, you can book a San Juan Islands whale watching adventure through trusted operators such as Schooners North, which offers a day-long whale and wildlife adventure on a restored wooden sailing schooner. Your best experience comes from seeking out operators that provide a more personalized experience so you can avoid the overcrowded and touristy feel that’s common in other whale-watching tours.
Spend a Day at the Beach
Frolicking at the beach is always a fun activity for the family, and you can experience this in Moran State Park’s Cascade Lake. The area has resort amenities where you can rent a paddle boat or even do some freshwater fishing. Other notable activities include visiting the salmon hatchery, and horseback riding through the verdant woods.
Live the Farm Life
There’s something so idyllic and romantic about the farm life, and your family can get a glimpse of it at Once in a Blue Moon Farm. Here, you and the kids can feed the chickens, horses, goats, sheep—and even alpacas! You can also gather eggs, collect fresh flowers, and pick fruits from the farm.
Orcas Island Funhouse
The Orcas Island Funhouse is just one of the many kid-friendly attractions on the San Juan Islands. The popular attraction is both a museum and an activity center where kids can let their creativity flourish, thanks to the interactive exhibits on poetry, arts, and crafts. It’s geared for kids of all ages. Everyone from toddlers to teens will find something to love here.
There’s nothing more precious than time spent with the family. Here on the San Juan Islands, you and your brood will never run out of family-friendly activities that will strengthen your bond and make for countless unforgettable memories.