Summer holiday destinations can offer wealth of activities for a family to do and seeking out different resort activities can add variety to a family trip.

More often than not, the family holiday destination will be near the sea, giving the family a chance to relax with some sunbathing or a dip in the water. For something different, check out the local water sports centre who may offer such activities as surfing and snorkeling. Many European Mediterranean resorts in Spain and Greece offer beach activities like these which are safe and supervised meaning children can have fun as well as adults. This can provide a different and more exciting alternative to general sunbathing.

Theme parks for children

Many destinations will offer a variety of entertainment for children in the form of some sort of theme park. Whilst everybody will know world famous resorts such as Disney world in Europe and the US, once you have visited your passport site to sort out your travel details it is often a good idea to check out local destination listings as many smaller resorts will have funfair rides and parks where the children can have a great day out. In the UK, there are parks such as Thorpe Park and Legoland which offer smaller scale fun. These theme parks may be smaller but they will offer good value for money.

Walking and exploring

For the more active holidaymaker, there are often many local landmarks to visit giving them the chance to stretch their legs and explore. Rather than trusting to local transport such as Buses and Trains which may be sporadic or full or hiring cars which can be a strain on the ruse strings, why not get the hiking boots out and have a walk? Most UK coastal destinations will have information centres detailing local walks for example Wales which has its famous coastal perimeter hike. There is nothing better than a good stroll in warm weather and it can often be a much better way to explore hidden corners of summer destinations away from the tourist crowds. Check out local listings online for up to the minute details.

Sea trips with the locals

When the weather gets too hot to bear, why not go to the local harbour and see if the boat owners do sea trips? This can be a great way to explore further up the coast from your resort and it can also be a pleasant change to spend some time with a cooling sea breeze. If you don’t fancy a long sea voyage, see if any of the locals offer fishing trips as they can be fun way to spend a few hours offshore and often they will provide equipment for children too. Miami and other southern port towns in the US are the home of fishing trip experts who can virtually guarantee a catch to anybody looking for a fun day out.

Meet new friends

When heading to a new destination, it can often be great idea to meet new people. The happy atmosphere provided by like-minded holidaymakers will provide the chance to make lasting friendships with people you may never previously have met and provide you and your family with entertaining company when the sun goes down. Many holiday companies such as Thomson and Airtours now offer group tours where you spend time together as a group giving you the chance to cement new friendships.