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There's nothing like travelling with your grandchildren for creating special memories and bonding over new experiences… without the parents in the mix. The key is to choose a destination you'll all enjoy – one that provides just enough fun and adventure, without pushing anyone beyond their limits. Here are 5 ideas for your next grand-trip.

Choosing the right destination for your vacation with your grandchildren can allow you a fun and stress-free experience you’ll all remember for years to come.

1. Surf’s up! Hit the beach

Kids of all ages love the beach. Little ones can spend hours making sandcastles, collecting shells and splashing in the water. For older kids, there’s nothing like swimming in the ocean and jumping the waves. Grandparents love it for many of the same reasons — plus the ability to lounge beside your industrious castle-builder while soaking up the sun.

There are countless family-friendly beaches across the U.S., making it easy to find the right one for you and your young charges.

There are countless family-friendly beaches across the U.S., making it easy to find the right one for you and your young charges.

In Florida, Captiva Island offers an idyllic spot to vacation with the grandkids – quiet, stress-free but still with plenty to do. Hollywood Beach, meanwhile, is consistently rated one of the top family-friendly beaches in the country. With its 2.5 mile-long boardwalk across from a wide stretch of beach, it’s easy grab a bite and re-energize.

In California, San Diego is a perfect jumping off spot to explore a range of beautiful beaches, thanks to 70 miles of stunning coastline. A few highlights include Coronodo Beach, which is just minutes from downtown San Diego, while La Jolla Cove is nestled between sandstone cliffs and offers a gorgeous blue-green bay in which to splash.

In Texas, Corpus Christi is a terrific family beach vacation, offering different activities at its various beaches — including Malaquite Beach and Whitecap Beach. Go cycling, ride the waves, or relax in the sun on this sandy stretch off the Gulf of Mexico.

2. Set sail and take a cruise

Cruising gives you the balance of adventure, convenience, activity and containment (many cruise ships provide GPS bracelets for kids, so you always know where they are).

Most cruise lines now offer activities to keep the kids active and entertained from morning to night. If your grandkids range in age, cruising offers the extra benefit of specialized programming for younger children through to teenagers, so everyone can enjoy age-appropriate fun. These floating palaces have organized meals, live entertainment, sports, climbing walls, and everything from animation classes to family karaoke.

3. Find your fun at a theme park

Theme parks can be amazing destinations for family fun — especially for grandparents who are truly young at heart!

The key to the theme park visit is to do your research ahead of time – whether you’re interested in one of the larger parks like Disney or Universal Studios or if your family more a smaller park kind of crew.

If planning a trip to a big park, it’s a good idea to book rooms on-site, as it makes mid-day breaks easier (for everyone involved). Be sure to book special attractions in advance (i.e., dining with characters, behind-the-scene tours and animal encounters), and make a list of the top things you all want to see and do. Getting through every attraction will likely be impossible, so it’s best to focus in on the must-do’s.

If you’re looking for something a bit different, Legoland California Resort is part theme park part science centre, and gives kids an opportunity for some hands-on building on a grand scale.

4. Get wild and go camping

If you’re healthy and fit, camping is a great way to travel with your grandchildren. You can camp almost anywhere, and there are typically special camping rates for seniors.

Jellystone Park Camp Resorts is a chain of 75+ campgrounds across North America that specializes in family-friendly camping experiences, offering tent camping, RV sites and cabins

Other ideas for young hikers and outdoor enthusiasts include the National Bridges National Monument in Utah, Dinosaur Monument in Colorado, and Yellowstone National Park. All offer discovery programs for youngsters, a range of hikes for varying abilities, and spectacular scenery to discover.

While camping offers an experience like no other, just expect to get a little less sleep than you’re used to, as new sleeping conditions can make young campers a little more restless. It’s also a smart idea to book a campsite close to the bathrooms!

5. Indulge in an all-inclusive resort

The least work-intensive destination for a holiday with grandkids is an all-inclusive resort. Meals are provided for you and there's always a range of activities to keep kids of all ages busy and entertained.

The least work-intensive destination for a holiday with grandkids is an all-inclusive resort. Meals are provided for you and there’s always a range of activities to keep kids of all ages busy and entertained.

Lake Tahoe’s Sierra Club, for instance, offers a Grandparents and Grandkids Only experience that includes hikes along the Pacific Crest Trail, swimming in fresh mountain lakes, and a full program of evening activities.

For a touch of tropical luxury, Travaasa Hana, on the eastern tip of Maui, features wooden cottages, luxurious family suites, day-trip options that include visiting waterfalls, black-sand beaches, kayaking, and horseback riding.

Club Med Sandpiper Bay in Port Saint Lucie Florida, meanwhile, features three swimming pools, an 18-hole golf course, an international tennis academy, and kids’ programs for infants to teens — so there’s truly something to do for everyone.

Plus, there are several all-inclusive dude ranches and lodges across the U.S. that offer family-friendly programming, depending on what type — and level — of activity you’re looking for.

Travelling with your grandchildren gives you an exceptional opportunity to create special memories that will last a lifetime. In planning your grand-trip, think about what appeals most to you and the kids and plan a holiday you’ll all love. The biggest problem? Figuring out what to do next time!