Family Fun Vacations To Plan This Season

Life & Love | Gerren Keith Gaynor | 05/02/2014 | 02:00 PM EDT

Pack your bags and take your loved ones on one of these awesome getaway options

Thinking about packing up your bags and taking the family on much-needed getaway this spring or summer? Now’s the time to start brainstorming and executing your travel itinerary.

Whether you’re heading to a family reunion like in Flick Centric’s latest featured film “Johnson Family Vacation” or planning more of a nontraditional escape, there are plenty of destinations to choose from. For your convenience, we’ve locked down a few options for you. Don’t let time get the best of you, plan now and enjoy this season with the ones you love most.


Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge (Orlando, Florida)

Disney is the ultimate vacation locale for families with children…but it doesn’t mean adults still can’t get in on the fun. At Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge, families experience the thrills of an African safari without ever leaving their lodging. Strolling throughout the property's savannahs are over 200 animals representing more than 100 different species, including antelopes and gazelles. Many suites and rooms overlook the resort's savannahs, and balconies afford families an opportunity to come face to face with a giraffe. As for food? Experience the tastes of Africa at one of the resort's 2 inspired restaurants, Jiko or Boma, which feature wood-burning ovens and thatched roofs.

Circus Circus (Las Vegas)

At Circus Circus, over 3.5 million people per year stop by to experience the live entertainment and whimsy the Circus has to offer. The resort lies on 70 acres of land, and with 3,800 rooms, it's the fifth largest resort-casino in Vegas. Surrounding the stage is Midway, an enormous carnival filled with over 200 arcade games, carnival games and wandering clowns. Possibly the world's biggest funhouse, the excitement continues at the indoor theme park Adventuredome, home to over 20 rides, miniature golf and laser tag.

Atlantis Resort and Casino (Paradise Island, Bahamas)

Atlantis Resort has the best of both worlds; it has enough activities to occupy the kids, but also has a casino for the parents to sneak down to when the kids are tucked away in bed. The $850-million Atlantis Resort recreates the infamous lost continent, filled with adventure and intrigue. It features over 20,000 guest rooms, 38 restaurants and countless activities, including 11 exhibit lagoons and over 50,000 animals such as sharks, lionfish and stingrays. Water lovers can visit miles of beaches, take a dip in one of 11 pool areas, or play on 7 different water slides.

Myrtle Beach (South Carolina)

Who said the south wasn’t a destination for an enjoyable vacation? The primarily beach locale is a more laidback (and affordable) way to enjoy the sand and shore without giving up quality. The clean beaches are the main draw in Myrtle Beach, but there's more than meets the eyes. It also boasts hundreds of golf courses for golfers at all levels, amusement parks with roller coasters, water rides and race tracks.


Tune into Flick Centric's "Johnson Family Vacation" starring Cedric The Entertainer, Vanessa Williams, Solanage Knowles and Bow Wow Friday, May 2 at 7:30P/6:30C and May 3 at 6:30P/5:30C.

(Photo: Compassionate Eye Foundation/Rennie Solis/Getty Images)

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