With school out and summer holidays In full effervescence for children, the month of July is the privileged moment of family holidays. But July is also the month when all the most popular places to go with kids almost full of tourists. So when the mercury rises, your best bet is to either find ways to avoid the usual hour crowds. family vacation spots or go completely off the beaten track in a less-visited summer destination.
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These also tend to be places where you can find deals on hotels, Holiday rents, car rental and flights – even during the summer months, although you may need to be flexible with your vacation days to get the best prices and availability.
From Anchorage to Aruba, here are the best places to visit in July for a family vacation it’s heavy for fun but light (or at least lighter) for crowds.
1. Anchorage, Alaska
Thanks to sunny days (up to 18 hours of sunshine), pleasant temperatures in the 60-70℉ range, and dazzling wildflowers in full display, July is the most popular time to visit Anchorage. Luckily, you don’t have to work very hard to escape the city’s crowd of cruise passengers. Discover the whole city in a small group Anchor Trolley Tourpicnic amid the natural splendor and hiking trails of Kincaid Park, enjoy the native plants in bloom at the Anchorage Botanical Garden or take a look behind the scenes of the summer only Alaska Zoo from Memorial Day to Labor Day.
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Outside the city, board the Alaska Railroad Glacier Discovery Train for a full day of unique tours and stops, like Spencer Lake and its incredible view of Spencer Glacier. And budding environmentalists will be delighted with a visit to the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Centerhome to 200 acres of natural habitats for orphaned or injured animalsincluding bears, bald eagles, foxes, reindeer and moose.
2. Park City, Utah
It may be best known for its snow sports, Olympic history and the Sundance Film Festival during the winter months, but savvy travelers know that summer is an equally great time to visit the city of Park City mountain. June, July and August see fewer crowds, plenty of outdoor activities and significantly lower accommodation prices. July is a particularly pleasant time to visit thanks to comfortable average highs in the 70s during the day and in the 50s at night.
Some must-do warm-weather activities include a hot air balloon ride, horseback riding along the area’s scenic trails, walking or biking among the wildflowers on the Union Pacific Rail Trail, rafting or tubing on the Weber River, or simply stroll down historic Main Street with its local shops, restaurants and art galleries. The Utah Olympic Park also offers many activities in the summer, such as bobsledding, ziplining, extreme tube sliding, alpine sliding, and all-star freestyle shows.
Park City is also one of the best places to visit in July for its fun, kid-friendly events, including the Park Silly Sunday Marketan outdoor farmers’ and artists’ market and free music at the Newpark Resort Amphitheater Thursday evenings.
3. Pocono Mountains, Pennsylvania
While the Pocono Mountains (the Poconos) are a year-round family destination, there’s no better time to visit with kids than summer. July enjoys the warmest weather in the mountains with average temperatures reaching the upper 70s, so it is warm but not sultry. And while July is a popular time for visitors, you can always find space to spread out, especially if you’re an active family looking to get out.
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A veritable playground for outdoor enthusiasts, there’s no shortage of places to hike, bike, swim, boat, fish, kayak, horseback ride, or zipline in the Poconos . A not-to-be-missed stop includes the eight waterfalls of Bushkill Falls, known as the “Niagara of Pennsylvania”. Another is Camelbeach outdoor water parkthe largest in the state, and its sister property Aquatopia, a die best indoor water parks in the country. And animal-loving children will appreciate Claws and Paws Animal Park and “zoo in the woods” which houses over 100 varieties of animals.
To learn more about the rich history of the Poconos, take a Pocono Day Trip historic outdoor streetcar ride to the city of Delaware Water Gap, the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area and surrounding areas.
Known for its pristine beaches, all inclusive resorts and prime location south of the hurricane belt, the island of Aruba is a fabulous place to take the kids any time of the year. But for a real sunbath Caribbean Vacations with no crowds, head there in July when visitor numbers drop and average highs reach 90 degrees. You’ll save a lot on accommodation and won’t have to compete for a place in one of the hotels on the island. beautiful caribbean beaches.
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Spanning just 70 miles, Aruba might be small, but it’s also a great city for family activities. For animal lovers, the island offers a variety of ways to interact with furry and less furry friends, including the butterfly farm, Aruba Ostrich Farm, Philippe’s animal garden and Aruba Donkey Sanctuary. Or delight the kids with a quick ferry ride to palm island for a deep dive in fun with its water park, snorkeling excursions, underwater helmet ride, slides and banana boat rides.
Visit different parts of Aruba on horseback, jeep, ATV, wagon, or on foot, or learn about underwater life snorkeling along Arashi Beach. Admire the largest shipwreck in the Caribbean aboard the Seaworld Explorer semi-submarine without ever having to get wet. Or, if you prefer to go deeper, dive inside the Aruba Atlantis Submarine Expeditionwhich descends 130 feet below the waves to explore the Barcadera Reef and other shipwrecks.
5. Costa Rica
Tropical Costa Rica is seeing a drop in tourism during its rainy season from May to November, which means lower prices on everything from flights to all inclusive hotels in costa rica. The ideal time to visit during this time is July, when there is usually a drop in rainfall which translates to more time to explore the beautiful greenery of the rainforest.
Save time on your Family Vacations in Costa Rica visit the smallest national park in the country, Manuel Antonio Park, and discover the unique biodiversity among its rainforest, beaches and coral reefs. (Plus, it’s the best place to see sloths.) Other things to do for kids in Costa Rica include the Arenal Hanging Bridges; taste the chocolate making process on the Don Olivo Chocolate Tour; thrilling to the adrenaline rush of a Arenal Ecoglide Park canopy tour; and reap the stress-relieving power of the thermal water pools at Baldi Hot Springs (kids will love the extreme waterslides on-site, too).
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