Traveling with Children - Not Orlando Again!
By Shari Hearn
Are you the type of parent who gets a sudden twinge when you hear
the words "Disneyland" "Disney World" and the dreaded "Orlando."
Don't get me wrong. I love Disneyland and Disney World. But, not
every vacation. So, where else can parents go that suits them and
How about Quebec in the winter? Yes, Quebec. Do you know that each
winter, starting late January and lasting for two weeks, Quebec celebrates
winter with the world's largest winter carnival, called the Quebec Carnival?
I know what you're thinking. Sitting by the fire with a mug of hot chocolate.
Yes, that's how many of us celebrate winter, but, in Quebec they celebrate
the winter by celebrating the ice. And one way they do that is with the Giant
Ice Slide in front of the Hotel Frontenac. What kid (or adult, let's face it)
wouldn't like a trip down a Giant Ice Slide? And then there are the kids'
soapbox races down the icy streets of Quebec. Other activities include
outdoor skating, an ice castle with more ice slides, and dog sled races.
And, if you're just not the cold weather type, how about a trip to the Bahamas
with your kids? That's right, you don't have to give up a trip to the Bahamas
because you have children. In the middle of downtown Nassau, for example,
your children can step back in time and board the pirate ship "Revenge"
for a face-off with Blackbeard and his band of ner do wells.
The older children might enjoy a trek into the ocean on a banana boat, guided
by expert drivers who insist all passengers wear a life jacket. A tamer ocean
excursion might include a glass bottom boat where you and your family can
observe ocean life up close. At night, you and your children are sure to enjoy
one of the many fish fries with bonfires. Who knows, one of the local fire eaters
might show up to add an even greater thrill to the evening.
Europa Park, Germany
Do you and your children love roller coasters? (Yep, roller coasters aren't just
for children) Perhaps a trip to Rust, Germany is in order. Europa Park, Germany's
largest theme park, has bragging rights for the largest roller coaster in Europe, the
Silver Star. Standing 229 feet tall, this thrill ride features a massive 219-foot initial
drop, and races along the 5,315 feet of steel track at speeds reaching 80 mph.
After you've recovered from the Silver Star, be sure to take in all the incredible
attractions of Europa Park. The theme is the countries of Europe, so in one day you
and your family can travel to Spain, Greece, even the North Cape. With over 100
rides there's something for the whole family. Hey, there's even a gladiator stunt show.
And, when choosing a hotel in the area, you have many choices among the themed
hotels at the park. There, you've just added three new destinations to your family-
friendly list. So, pick one and enjoy your trip!
Shari Hearn is a writer and frequent contributor to TheTravelersCompanion.com
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