5 Best Travel Destinations for a Family Thanksgiving


Thanksgiving is approaching and you’re probably looking forward to spending it close to your family. But have you thought about changing the setup this year and going on a short family getaway?

This time of year is ideal for cozying up in the mountains with your loved ones, but you can always opt for a more adventurous trip to a big city or ditch the cold weather completely and head out to the beach. We will give you a couple of ideas for making this years’ Thanksgiving unforgettable.

1. Plymouth, Massachusetts

Who says that vacations can’t be educational? Visit the place where it all started and step back in time at the Plymouth Plantation which is a “living museum” where Native Americans and Pilgrims still live their lives like it’s the 17th century.

They are actors, of course, but both your kids and you will love this experience. It is a truly unique way to find out more about American history, and children are encouraged to talk to the actors and learn how they live in the village.

The Plantation offers many activities – you can admire the replica of the Mayflower from up close and families can even participate in the reenactment of the Harvest Dinner, the first Thanksgiving dinner. Lovely, peaceful and educational.

2. Keystone, Colorado

If you and your family are fans of skiing, Keystone has some of the best ski slopes along with numerous other possibilities. Thanksgiving is the opening weekend of the skiing season and you may be surprised with how empty and relaxing the place is during the holiday considering most people decide to stay at home.


You will have the ski slopes to yourselves and if you decide to stay for two or more nights, the children ski for free. Keystone resort has a ton of activities to offer, such as delightful ice skating on Keystone Lake and Kidtopia Play Park that will keep your children occupied with hours of activities. While your kids play, you can relax at a spa center.

3. Santa Catalina, California

Maybe you’re one of those people who would rather escape to the sandy beaches when the cold weather comes to your town. Don’t worry, nobody says you can’t have a warm and sunny Thanksgiving celebration.

The long weekend could be the perfect excuse to soak up the sun in beautiful California and forget about winter for a few days. And what better place for your family Thanksgiving holiday than Santa Catalina.

Towns like Avalon offer excellent opportunities for family vacations where you can rent a cottage or villa and enjoy the view of the ocean. And if you still don’t want to skip the turkey, there are several great restaurants that serve the traditional Thanksgiving meal. This is a perfect vacation to recharge your batteries before going back to work and school again.

4. New York City, New York

A big city may not be your first thought when we say Thanksgiving, but it is an excellent option for a more adventurous and dynamic holiday. And of all cities in America, New York City really goes all out for Thanksgiving.

One of the things you mustn’t miss if you decide to spend your long weekend in the Big Apple is the legendary Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. It is one of those things you should definitely witness at least once in your life, and it is equally exciting for grown-ups as it is for kids.

Your little ones will enjoy the display of enormous balloons and floats, and if your children are a bit older, they will surely go crazy about the musical acts because the most popular stars preform every year.

5. Disney World

Let’s say that you’ve decided to treat your kids to something special for Thanksgiving. There is nothing they will enjoy more than Disney World. And when it comes to Disney, there are countless options you can choose from.

Whichever Disney World Resort you visit, you can arrange a real Thanksgiving experience with a traditional dinner. You can also opt for Very Merrytime cruises that are specialized in holiday cruises and aim to make it very special for the little ones.

For Thanksgiving, Mickey and Minnie Mouse are dressed in traditional Thanksgiving attire and there’s a traditional Thanksgiving dinner. And when it comes to the parents, dads won’t have to miss football games because they are broadcasted on big screens.