It’s hard to beat water for family getaways. Fortunately, there are many ways to plan a trip around water.
|Houseboat on Cumberland Lake in Kentucky
|White sandy beach at Gulf Shores, Alabama
Go beachcombing: Gulf Shores in Alabama and Rosemary Beach in Florida are ideal places to dig your toes into soft sand. Both are located on the protected waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Anytime after hurricane season ends on November 1 will be lovely on the Gulf coast.
|Gull Lake in northern Minnesota
|Wave pool at Schlitterbahn Water Park in New Braunfels, Texas
Play at water parks: Schlitterbahn, the world’s biggest and best water park, is headquartered at New Braunfels, Texas but has expanded to other locations including Kansas City. Great Wolf Lodges in Texas, Washington, Ohio, and eight other states give guests a splashing good time—out of the hot sun--at their large indoor water parks. Check websites for operating times during off-season for outdoor parks, although indoor water parks are popular year round.
|Water slides on Carnival Magic cruise ship
Shore excursions, especially at Caribbean ports, incorporate water into activities like snorkeling, kayaking, zip lining, or horseback riding. Rates are better if you can go during the shoulder season in fall and spring rather than holidays, spring break, or summer.
Photos by Larry and Beverly Burmeier