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
Audubon Aquarium of the Americas (New Orleans)Come face to face with an array of sealife at a 400,000-gallon water tank filled with stingrays, sea turtles -- and 17-foot-long sharks! They’re all part of the Gulf of Mexico exhibit at the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas in New Orleans. The aquarium showcases aquatic life throughout North and South America. 960 1280
Texas State Aquarium (Corpus Christi, TX)At the Texas State Aquarium in Corpus Christi, visitors can see the 2 Atlantic bottlenose dolphins -- Shadow and Kai above water … and below, courtesy of an underwater viewing room that features a 70-foot-long window. 960 1280
Ripley’s Aquarium (Gatlinburg, TN)In the heart of the Smoky Mountains, you’ll find Ripley’s Aquarium. The facility in Gatlinburg, TN, is home to 10,000 sea creatures, representing more than 350 individual species, such as giant stingrays, snappers and some very large sharks -- as long as 13 feet! 960 1280
North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher (Kure Beach, NC)It’s only fitting that the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher should be located near … Cape Fear! You and the kids will encounter plenty of fear-factor moments: Touch a live shark, discover North Carolina’s fiercest predator and come face-to-face with an alligator -- if you dare. 960 1280
National Aquarium (Baltimore)You’ll find all kinds of fish at the Baltimore National Aquarium. Since it opened in 1981, the aquarium has garnered an astonishing collection of sea life: nearly 20,000 specimens representing 660 species. 960 1280
Oregon Coast Aquarium (Newport, OR)Wow, are we underwater, Dad? It’ll feel like it as you and the kids journey through this underwater tunnel at the Oregon Coast Aquarium. Cool views like this help explain why the facility in Newport, OR, has been ranked one of the top 10 aquariums in North America by Coastal Living magazine. 960 1280
Aquarium of the Pacific (Long Beach, CA)This 5-acre site in Long Beach, CA, is home to the Aquarium of the Pacific. The little ones will enjoy plenty of interactive fun: Kids can pet sharks and stingrays, and feed nectar to parrots known as lorikeets. 960 1280
Monterey Bay Aquarium (Monterey, CA)Did you know that corals are animals, not plants? Your kids will learn these and other facts at Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Coral Reef Kingdom. See them ooh and aww at the colorful ocean homes where these tiny animals live in colonies. Also check out the aquarium's other attractions, including stingrays, jellyfish and sea otters. 960 1280
New England Aquarium (Boston)These brave kids stick their hands in the “touch tank,” as stingrays glide through the clear shallow water. Kids (and adults) can touch various species of sharks and rays at Boston's New England Aquarium, including cownose rays, southern stingrays and coral catsharks. 960 1280
John G. Shedd Aquarium (Chicago)You’re looking at one of the largest indoor aquariums in the world. The John G. Shedd Aquarium in Chicago houses more than 5,000,000 gallons of water in which 25,000 fish (and counting!) make their home. 960 1280
Georgia Aquarium (Atlanta)How’s this for big: The Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta contains between 100,000 and 120,000 fish and other sea creatures. One of the biggest reasons to visit is to see the aquarium’s whale sharks -- it’s the only institution outside of Asia to house this particular shark species. 960 1280
Tennessee Aquarium (Chattanooga, TN)Come face to face with sharks at the Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga, TN. The captive sharks may look menacing but they're typically not a threat to humans. Unless, of course, you engage in some spearfishing -- fortunately, not an option at this aquarium! 960 1280
Waikiki Aquarium (Honolulu)Just what makes a fish a fish? Find out at the Waikiki Aquarium, the third oldest aquarium in the US. At the aquarium’s very official Fish School, kids as young as 5 can learn all about the many critters of the sea and their amazing adaptations to their environment. Don’t worry, though, it’s not all learn and no play -- the class includes a scavenger hunt among the exhibits.
Newport Aquarium (Newport, KY)Sharks, sharks and more sharks! Sand tiger, sandbar, whitetip, blacktip reef and zebra -- see these intriguing shark species glide above your head in Newport Aquarium’s underwater tunnel. Also explore the aquariums additional attractions, such as the Jellyfish Gallery, Frog Bog (home to 20 species of exotic frogs) and Gator Alley, where visitors can stare into the eyes of Tut, their Nile crocodile.