Ultimate Family Travel
Pack up the family because Travel Channel is counting down the best family adventures, from a $100 tangle with alligators to a $57,000 Titanic voyage.
Jones family at the Colorado Gator FarmOur first family adventure is at the Colorado Gator Farm. It's the only educational farm in the US that encourages people to come and learn how to handle gators. The Jones family decided to take on the challenge. 960 1280
The Jones family at the Colorado Gator FarmA trip like this is not glamorous; expect to get dirty fishing the alligators out of the ponds. In the end it can be rewarding! The Jones family couldn't be happier to show off their gator handling skills. 960 1280
Silvia Cortes has a private massage at Hotel del CoronadoSilvia Cortes has a private massage at Hotel del Coronado. The family also enjoyed a 5-star meal prepared by a private chef and a relaxing evening under the stars at their personal beach fire pit complete with handmade s’mores. Yum! 960 1280
Tommy Moe gives families ski lessons in Jackson Hole, WY.For a skiing adventure, families travel to Jackson Hole, WY, to get a private ski lesson from Olympic champion Tommy Moe. After, he takes the whole gang out on the slopes; he knows the runs better than anyone else since he lives there. 960 1280
Mark and Griffin Reinecke in Eugene, OR getting ready to climb 250 feet.If becoming one with nature is your idea of fun, then camping in trees is something to try. Father-son duo Mark and Griffin Reinecke head to Eugene, OR, to sleep among the Douglas fir trees. 960 1280
Jason Seppa, an instructor from the Pacific Tree Climbing InstituteJason Seppa, an instructor with the Pacific Tree Climbing Institute, trained Mark and Griffin for their journey to the treestops. He was also on-hand to make sure they made it up the 250 feet safely. 960 1280
The trapeze at the Club Med Sandpiper Bay's circus academyStudents at the circus academy learn to walk the tight rope, tumble on the trampoline, juggle like a clown and fly through the air on the 2-story outdoor flying trapeze. At the end they perform for other guests. 960 1280
Medusa, Six Flags Mexico, Mexico CityLike the New Texas Giant, Medusa is a hybrid roller coaster that was redesigned from its original all-wood structure to replace the tracks with steel I beams. The end result, once again, blew riders away. This time around, Medusa features an inverting first drop — a first for a ride of its kind — several moments of airtime and 3 inversions total. The roller coaster alone is worth the trip to Six Flags Mexico. 960 1280
Maverick, Cedar Point, Sandusky, OHWhile Maverick does not hold any records for the tallest or fastest ride in the world, it is a huge favorite among coaster enthusiasts. Its high speed, quick turns, airtime-filled layout, surprise tunnel launch and multiple inversions leave riders breathless when they hit the brake run! When visiting Cedar Point, a park filled with 16 different roller coasters, this is the 1 that I personally like to run to first. 960 1280
New Texas Giant, Six Flags Over Texas, Arlington, TXIn 2011, Six Flags unveiled a project that would create a new category for roller coasters. Taking away the wood tracks of the classic Texas Giant and laying down a new steel design created a "hybrid" roller coaster that was the perfect mix of the 2 materials. While the ride still retains some of the classic elements of a wooden coaster, the new steel I-beam track allows for a much smoother ride, steeper drops and maneuvers not possible on wooden roller coasters before. 960 1280
Outlaw Run, Silver Dollar City, Branson, MOOutlaw Run is considered the first successful wooden roller coaster to go upside down. While others have come before — and failed — Outlaw Run was the first one with both a phenomenal ride experience and a design that didn't push unrealistic boundaries of engineering. The joint effort between Silver Dollar City and Rocky Mountain Construction proved to be a huge win, as this ride immediately jumped to the top 10 of many coaster fans’ lists. 960 1280
Space Mountain, Walt Disney World, OrlandoLet's not forget about the classics — the roller coasters that many of us grew up on and are still favorites during adulthood. Do not underestimate Orlando's version of Space Mountain. While the top speed may only be just shy of 30 mph, this dark, indoor ride features some very tight turns and sudden drops, which produce surprises that can compete with larger thrill rides. But even still, this ride is all about family fun, so if you're a family that likes to scream together, Space Mountain is a great place for younger ones to start riding! 960 1280
T Express - Everland, Gyeonggi-do, South KoreaThe owners of Everland wanted a roller coaster that would blow visitors away. They rode both Balder and El Toro, and asked the ride manufacturer Intamin to create a ride that was a combination of the two. That's exactly what they got -- a ride that starts out very similar to El Toro, and then transforms into a near copy of Balder! T Express is nearly 200 feet tall, with over 5,000 feet of track, and features a first drop at a 77-degree angle. It also has claimed the title of "No. 1 Wooden Coaster in the world" for several years.