Spending time with family and friends is definitely a great way to ring in the new year, so what about family friendly New Year’s Eve getaways? This year why not mix in a little spontaneous travel excitement by taking your New Year’s Eve celebration on the road and celebrating at a destination that is fun for the whole family.
There are many destinations both near and far that you
Here are 5 family friendly New Year’s Eve getaways that are perfect for families with kids of any age.
What can families do on New Years Eve?
5 Family Friendly New Year’s Eve Getaways
1. Panama City Beach
The New Year’s Eve festivities at Panama City Beach are a great option for family friendly fun. They close off the streets of Pier Park and the city’s boardwalk is filled with tons of kid-friendly activities, including bounce houses, live music, food and street performers.
They offer a unique ending to the new year’s countdown that your kids will love — a Beach Ball Drop. This is when a huge, glowing beach ball is lowered to signal the start of the New Year, along with a great fireworks display.
Thanks to the boardwalk having an earlier Beach Ball Drop countdown at 8pm, families with younger kids can still feel like they are a part of all the fun. There is a second Beach Ball Drop celebration at midnight to ring in the New Year.
Your kids will love watching the fireworks display over Lego replicas of some of the world’s greatest cities at Legoland in California.
With live music from kid-friendly bands and a huge Lego-brick drop at the stroke of “midnight,” the New Year’s Eve celebration at this family favorite theme park is a great option for your family.
The best part about this celebration is that it wraps up before bedtime!
Celebrate the new year in the city of chocolate! Hershey is home to one of the most family friendly New Year’s Eve celebrations in the country.
They have live, kid-friendly music throughout the evening and a seven-foot tall Hershey’s Kiss punctuating the countdown in ChocolateTown Square. I promise your whole family will have a blast celebrating the new year in Hershey.
With an amazing fireworks show over Lake Michigan that is synchronized to music, Chicago is another great option for family friendly New Year’s Eve fun.
For a great family friendly time, head to Navy Pier, which features live entertainment in addition to the regular rides and attractions your kids love.
Whether you choose to ring in the new year at one of the fun Orlando theme parks or enjoy New Year’s Eve like a local in downtown Orlando, this Florida destination is a great option for family friendly fun.
Walt Disney World (click here to see why you may not want to visit), Universal Studios (Cabana Bay Beach Resort is the place to stay), SeaWorld, and Legoland all have their own fun celebrations designed for kids. Each feature amazing fireworks shows, live music, dance parties, and other unique family friendly fun, foods and more throughout the evening.
How do you plan on celebrating the new year?
Whether you travel, have a staycation or simply enjoy a quiet evening at home, I am wishing you and your family a very happy and healthy new year.
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