Summertime Fun For Girls: Places To Visit This Summer
After a long and exhausting run, the school year is finally over, the sun’s hot and shining and that can only mean one thing – it’s summertime! Every kid loves summer; no waking up early, no homework, no responsibilities. Nothing! However, no matter how much children look forward to summer vacation, many of them grow bored by the time it’s two weeks into the break. With lots of free time on their hands, if kids do not have something to do, then they can very easily get bored. That said, children need to be kept busy during the summer break. Whether it is a very young kid, tween or teenager, the last thing you need as a parent or guardian is a child who has too much free time on their hands with nothing to do.
Now the goal is to fill your days with memorable and fun activities this summer and if you are a young girl or you have a young daughter and you are thinking of fun vacation destinations to visit and activities to keep the girls engaged this summer, then you are in the right place. In this article, we have rounded up some of the most exciting places and things young girls between the ages of 5 to 17 can do to fill up their summer vacation. So gather around girls, from Disney characters and dinosaurs to beaches and parks, here are some places you can visit for that summertime magic.
- Miami Beach, Florida
There is a lot more to Miami than party crowds and yes, Miami Beach is actually quiet kid-friendly. First off, the island has some of the most tropical beaches you would find on the entire United States. So you can pack your bikini and get ready to splash around in the ocean as long as you like. However, beyond beaches, there is also a Children’s Museum, the famous Jungle Island and lots of public parks. In all, this is the place to be this summer whether you are in for indoor or outdoor fun.
- Millennium Park, Chicago
If you are feeling outdoorsy, then you might want to visit the Millennium Park in Chicago this summer. There is an animated Crown Fountain where the girls can play in and you can expect the fountain to be making faces at you while you splash around. How cool is that? When you are done, you can head over to the Cloud Gate sculpture often referred to as the Bean. It’s reflective so you can strike as many poses as you want while you enjoy the view. If you can ride a bike, then it might please you to know the Navy Pier is close to the park and you can ride down there. There are lots of other fun activities to do in this incredible green place and you can be rest assured you will have the best time.
- Dinosaur Valley State Park, Glen Rose
Have you ever imagined what a dinosaur was like when it walked the earth? Although dinosaurs are extinct, the Dinosaur Valley State Park is possibly the closest you will ever come to knowing what the humongous reptiles were like. The park has some of the finest and best preserved dinosaur tracks across the globe so you can take your time to walk in and around the footprints- while taking lots of pictures of course. You can also take a trip to downtown Glen Rose to visit the museums when you get tired of footprints.
- Glacier National Park, Montana
Going to the zoo is fun but you know what is even more fun? Seeing wild animals outside cages, in their natural habitat. That is what you stand to experience on this trip. You can join the open-top bus tour which will allow you see the wild animals from a considerably safe distance. It can also be quite the educative experience so you wouldn’t just be having fun alone, you can learn one or two new things about wildlife as well.
- Denver, Colorado
The Denver Zoo is one of the oldest zoos in America, it is well over a 100 years old and it is right there in Mile High City. So if you are looking to go to a zoo, then make it the oldest one in town. There is also the Children’s Museum of Denver, however, this is not your regular museum. The younger girls can have fun dancing in a room filled with bubbles or playing in the outdoor splash zone. The older girls are not left out of the fun either as they can go see art exhibits or watch something at the Phipps IMAX 3D Theater in the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. You can also take a free ride in the open-air Denver Trolley as well – the fun just never ends.
- Disney World, Orlando
You will find going to Disney World to be quite the experience. From seeing the Belle or Ariel in real life to watching fireworks over Cinderella’s Castle, Disney World is where all the fun is. There is also Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Disney Springs and other fun places to experience. Disney World boasts more fun activities than there are hours in a day and it is basically every girl’s dream come true.
- Sesame Place, Langhorne
Little girls who are fans of Elmo and the gang will absolutely love it here. From water attractions such as the Teeny Tiny Tidal Wave pool, Big Bird’s Rambling River and The Count’s Splash Castle to on-land packages like the Cookie Mountain, with 21,000 square feet of playground, there is a reason why this park is considered one of the best parks for young kids. You can also take a ride around Sesame Neighbourhood in Oscar’s Wacky Taxi or join the ever popping Neighborhood Street Party parade. Think about just how much fun that would be.
- The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Orlando
Potter-heads, this is your place. Nonetheless, you do not need to be a fan of the Harry Potter to enjoy this magical place. If you have always wanted to know what it would feel like to stroll around Hogwarts, then you can check that off your wish list after a visit here. You can also join a Quidditch game, sneak your way around a Whomping Willow, take the Forbidden Journey ride and even go shopping for wands at Ollivanders. Almost everything in the Harry Potter movies has been recreated here in incredible detail and this is the closest muggles might ever get to Hogwarts. So make the best of it.
- Cedar Point Amusement Park, Sandusky
With over 10 miles of roller coaster track, this park is considered the roller coaster capital of the world. There is the Blue Streak – a wooden coaster, the maXair – a pendulum ride, the Millennium Force – a steel roller coaster and the Raptor – a floorless suspension coaster. Basically, by the time you are done with the rides, that’s if you actually get to ride them all, you will understand why it is deserving of its nickname.
- Waikiki Beach, Honolulu
If you are looking to learn how to surf, then make plans to visit this beach this summer. The water is relatively calm and somewhat shallow which makes it perfect for surfing lessons. And you don’t even have to worry about where to find a surf guide. You can sign up for lessons at the Surfer Girl Academy while you are on vacation. By the end of your summer break, you would be surfing the ocean waves like a pro.
- The Kennedy Space Center, Space Coast, Florida
The truth is, you will probably never go to space in your lifetime. Well, unless you become an astronaut in the future and even then, travelling to space is not a certainty. But what if you could be an astronaut for one day and feel what it is like to travel into the stratosphere? Say Hello to the Kennedy Space Center in Space Coast, Florida. Here, you can get a real life experience of what astronauts actually feel when they are launched into space thanks to the Shuttle Launch Experience flight simulator. You can also have your lunch with an astronaut, take a mission control tour, and even train with astronauts in the Astronaut Training Experience(ATX) program. Explore your techie side and see how much you will love it.
- Olympic National Park, Port Angeles
Girls who are looking to cultivate a love for nature can start out here. From worms that glow after sunset and yellow banana slugs to tidepool filled with all sorts of sea creatures, this is the place to encounter creatures you only hear about in class. The park also has a Discovery Room with interactive touch tables and a minute Ranger Station playhouse. If you enjoy playing dress-up, here, you will find dress up clothes with puppets and more to satisfy your every dress-up desire.
- Lake Champlain, Vermont
It summer and it’s hot, so there is absolutely nothing wrong with just wanting to lounge by a lake right? If that is how you want to spend at least a part of your summer break, then the calm waters of Lake Champlain will be one of the best things you will ever experience. In addition to the multiple watersports activities you can participate in, there are usually also theme parties and camp fires with storytelling among a host of other exciting activities. This is the destination for the water loving girls.
- Rocking Horse Ranch, Highland, New York
You don’t have to live in the countryside to know what it would feel like to be a country girl. You can have an amazing ranch time in the Rocking Horse Ranch with the plenty of pony and wagon rides available. However, this place is not just ranch and ponies. There is also a huge indoor waterpark where you can splash around all day long. There are a wide variety of fun activities you can enjoy and perhaps best of all, they are suitable for girls of all ages.
- Colorado Springs, Colorado
Care to watch professional athletes train for sporting events? You can visit the Olympic Training Center to get up and close with some of the athletes. Then you can head to the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo which also happens to be the one and only mountain-top zoo in the United States to see some of the rarest animal species. If you are feeling adventurous, you can cross the suspension bridge at The Royal Gorge, the highest suspension bridge in the North American continent. You will have to hike to the top of the Pikes Peak first though. Even if you don’t get to cross the bridge, the aerial view of Colorado from the summit of Pikes Peak is a beautiful sight many other girls may ever get to see. So enjoy that.
- The Strong National Museum of Play, Rochester, New York
Gone are the days when comic books and video games were just a “boy thing”. Young girls who are into superhero comics can take a stroll through Reading Adventureland, the largest pop book in the world and maybe pay a visit to the Toy Halls of Fame to learn more about their favorite toys. While still on learning, you can learn more about the history of video games thanks to eGameRevolution. You will find this place to be a comichead’s favorite place to be.
- 9/11 Memorial & Museum, New York, New York
There is no doubt kids are taught about 9/11 in school as it is a major part of American history. However, nothing will help you feel more connected to that tragic day in September than a visit to the place where it all went down. While this may not exactly be a “fun” place to visit for young girls, it is a site that represents the resilience of the nation, one that is deserving of appreciation.
- An European Vacation
This year’s list of the best vacation spots spans the globe, and it’s no secret that some of the best vacation destinations in the world are in Europe. Beyond the thrill of going abroad, an European vacation will expose young girls to so many other different cultures and people that they would have otherwise never experienced if they spent all summer in the States. Paris, Rome, London, Venice, Florence, Barcelona, Santorini, Madrid, Vienna and Budapest are some of the trendy destinations for a holiday trip this summer.
A summer break filled with fun activities will keep young girls happy, healthy and fit. Also, when the next school year begins, you can bet they will have lots of fun stories to share with their friends. These ideas are great, suitable for both outdoor and indoor fun and will help you get the most out of this summer. Have fun and stay safe.