December 2012


California is a state that is full of sites and attractions to suit every family. Here are five of the top must-see California destinations for families. You can start planning your ideal vacation right now. Here are five of the top must-see California destinations for families:



This truly is the happiest place on earth, and not just for kids but for us grown-ups too. You can all experience the magic that comes from spending the day riding thrilling rides, meeting your favorite Disney characters, watching stunning shows and shopping for memorable souvenirs. You can select ticket packages that include meals, lodging plus park admission starting at $1,500 for a family of four or opt for a more budget option.

Silly Symphony Swings

Death Valley

Death Valley is one of the largest national parks in America with 3.4 million acres of desert. The name and it’s reputation as one of the hottest places on earth conjures images of an arid dessert but in fact the weather conditions in this area cause a varied landscape that will astound everyone. Death Valley got its name from the many gold-seekers who attempted to cross it to get to the gold mines in 1849.

Death Valley ~ Alive!

This national park draws visitors each year who want to capture the landscape in pictures. Expect anything from snowcapped mountains to rivers to fields. And of course dessert landscapes! During the months of February through May, you can even see fields of wildflowers. Your family can get some of the most unique snapshots and portraits to put on display.

Desert Gold (Gerea canescens)

Glass Beach

Most people picture white sand when they think of Californian beaches, but this North Coast beach has a very unique claim to fame with its smooth and polished glass pebbles around the water’s edge instead. The glass is a remnant of a recycling plant from the 1960s. Over the decades, it has been shaped by the waves, making it a surprising yet delightful beach to visit.

The nearby tide pools will also be exciting for you and the kids to explore. It’s a great place to spend a day so why not take some time out from California’s famous sandy beaches and spend a morning here.

Glass Beach 3


Who doesn’t love those tiny plastic pieces that can be used to create so many unique things? LEGOLAND is a park that captures the imagination of kids and adults alike. You will be amazed at the cities, buildings and even movie scene replicas that are made from the millions of LEGO bricks.

There are also thrilling rides, such as the LEGO Technic Coaster and Coastersaurus, and an adjoining water park for you all to cool down at when you’re done exploring the LEGO world.


Universal Studios Hollywood

Spend an entire day exploring this movie-based theme park and tour the sets of some of your favorite movies and shows. At Universal Studios, you can experience movies in a way you never have on the many rides that were inspired by them, including King Kong 360 3D and Transformers: The Ride 3D. The kids will love visiting the world of The Simpsons and joining their favorite characters in an adventure in Shrek 4D. At the end of the day, walk around the CityWalk to see concerts and live movies, find places to stay in Hollywood, eat and shop.


California is a treasure trove of fun, both relaxing and exciting. Your family can plan the perfect trip that suits everyone’s interests.

Paseo Del Volcan

Albuquerque is not a spot that most people think of visiting while they’re in New Mexico, but it really isn’t a place to be missed. There is plenty there to keep the whole family entertained. From museums to food, you won’t want to miss out on what Albuquerque has to offer.

Here are five things to do with the kids while you’re there that are sure to make everyone happy:



Museums are great for vacations because they not only get you out of the hot sun, but it also gives you a chance to explore new things. Kids love being able to get hands-on in this museum with plenty of experiments and activities to keep them busy for a few hours.

The cost is $7 for adults and $3 for kids under 11.


Petroglyph National Monument

For a little outdoor adventure, take the kids to the Petroglyph National Monument. You can inspect more than 20,000 carved images among the rocks. Take turns guessing what each image is, what the symbols mean. You can also hike along the park’s trails to view the amazing landscape.

The Petroglyph National Monument is just $1 per person during the week and $2 on the weekends.



This is the city’s combination of Botanic Gardens, zoo and aquarium, making it a place to spend an entire day, easily. Inside the Botanic Garden is the Fantasy Garden, which is full of things for the kids to do. There are sculptures to play on, such as giant watering cans, carrots and other vegetables. You can wear out your camera taking pictures of them as they run, laugh and explore.

Go to the zoo area to visit with the wildlife and see rare animals, like the baby rhino and Tasmania wombat. In the aquarium, you can see the sea life, including sharks, seat turtles and jellyfish. You can also visit Tingley Beach to fish, hike, sail a model boat or ride a bike.

The BioPark is open from 9-5 daily and tickets are$20 for adults and $6 for kids under 12. Kids under 3 are free.


Volcano Park

You can take a hike to explore the remnants of five cinder cone volcanoes that were formed over 100,000 years ago. You can take a picnic lunch and follow the trail around the park or climb to the top of the extinct cones to enjoy the view over the plains and out over the city. This is a very interesting journey for everyone to enjoy.


Rattlesnake Museum

You can learn many interesting facts about the rattlesnake, along with other reptiles. Look at the exhibit animals, including the largest collection of rattlesnake species. You’ll probably be surprised at how misunderstood these creatures are and walk away with a new respect and understanding.

Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for kids.


Albuquerque is full of great things that you and the family will enjoy. It is a great place to visit on its own or as a place to stop and explore on your way to other interesting sites, such as the Grand Canyon.