Most of us can admit that our clan consists of a (lovably) nutty cast of characters … So when it’s time to reunite en masse somewhere after 5, 10, even 20 years, finding the perfect locale is key. We’ve uncovered seven very different ways to start thinking about your crew’s particular rendezvous. How about checking out Boston’s storied baseball scene or incredible tours for all ages, sunning yourselves or exploring caves along the Mexican Riviera, or even taking off to Sonoma for activities well beyond wine tasting? Whatever you end up doing for the big reunion, just make sure Uncle Frank doesn’t overdo it. (He’s on that new medication you know.)
If your family loves baseball, make a beeline to Boston to pay your respects to the Green Monster. Apart from catching a game at Fenway Park, you’ll find Boston packed with family-friendly things to do. Sneak in some history by following the Freedom Trail, then stop to refuel with chowder at Quincy Market. Younger children will love the ducks at the Public Garden, while the whole family will enjoy an amphibious Duck Tour. The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is a quieter alternative to the Museum of Fine Arts, and even jaded teens will appreciate hearing about the mystery of the stolen paintings.
A family reunion to the Riviera Maya will keep both beach bums and culture vultures happy. The whole clan will appreciate lazy beach days, soaking up the sun or snorkeling in the crystal clear Caribbean. But to kick it up a gear, explore the underground cave and river system at Rio Secreto. Gather the gang to take a yoga class on the beach or swim with giant sea turtles at Akumal. Pile into the car for a trip to see Mayan ruins such as Chichen Itza and Coba, and make sure to indulge in plenty of seafood.
Calling all wanna-be astronauts (and Elon Musk fans). If your family is space obsessed, no place is better to visit than Florida’s Space Coast. The big draw is the Kennedy Space Center. Try to time your visit to catch a SpaceX rocket launch, or book lunch with an astronaut. Carve out family time for a day at the beach building sandcastles or hitting the waves. For animal lovers, the Florida wildlife is not to be missed. Book an airboat tour to spot alligators, or head to the Brevard Zoo to see giraffes and zebras.
Sugar-white beaches, clear water, and plenty of tropical drinks … we can’t imagine it would be difficult to convince relatives to meet up in the US Virgin Islands. The islands may be US territories, but they still have a West Indies flair. A family reunion here is all about unwinding and relaxing in a tropical setting. Discover your favorite beach, but if you need a break from the sun, explore Blackbeard’s Castle in Charlotte Amalie. Learn how rum is made at the Cruzan Distillery, or hike around the Annaberg Sugar Mill ruins.
Upstate New York is perfect for a family that loves the great outdoors. Adirondack Park covers over six million acres, including thousands of miles of trails (take a hike!) and thousands of bodies of water for a myriad of water activities from swimming to kayaking and canoeing. Head indoors to brush up on the area’s history at the Adirondack Museum, or fuel Olympic dreams at the Lake Placid Olympic Museum. Hop on board with the whole family for a train ride along the Adirondack Scenic Railroad.
Wine country with the whole family? Why not? Savvy vintners know it’s not just couples coming to sample the wines. The Francis Ford Coppola Winery sells day passes to the pool, and on-site restaurants serve up Neapolitan pizzas. Take the whole family to Safari West, an open-air nature preserve with giraffes, rhinos, and cheetahs, or take a dip in the natural mineral pools at Morton’s Warm Springs. “Peanuts” fans will love the Charles M. Schulz Museum in Santa Rosa.
Who wouldn’t love to meet up in a location that averages 300 sunny days per year? The beauty of Scottsdale, apart from the weather, is that it’s packed with activities the whole family will enjoy. Catch Major League Baseball spring training or go hiking, mountain biking, or horseback riding in the Sonoran Desert. If you’d rather take it easy, Jeep tours are also available. Architecture buffs will want to visit Taliesin West, the former winter residence and school of architect Frank Lloyd Wright.