The Southern United States offers a wide range of vacation opportunities. The southern states generally have a warm climate, so many attractions and activities will be outdoors – which many youngsters enjoy.
The Outer Banks are a group of barrier islands off the coast of North Carolina. They boast 100 miles of sandy beaches, and each beach offers something different for visitors. Hatteras Island is known for its fishing and sailing, and Cape Hatteras is home to the tallest lighthouse in the United States. Jockey’s Ridge State Park, which is located in Nags Head, has the tallest sand dune in the East Coast. The Pirate Adventures of the Outer Banks lets kids dress up like pirates, explore a mock-up of a pirate ship, and hunt for treasure.
This Texas city is the home of the Alamo, a former Franciscan mission that was the site of a 13-day long siege that led to Texas’ fight for independence from Mexico. The River Walk is San Antonio’s most popular attraction. People stroll along the banks of the San Antonio River which cuts through the center of the city and thus give people access to many attractions, shops and restaurants. People can also see the city by boat.
Located in the enormous Forest Park, the St. Louis Zoo began life as part of the 1904 World’s Fair. It is home to over 650 animal species. Highlights include a children’s zoo, a railroad, and a sea lion show. The Historic Hill showcases the oldest part of the zoo, including the 1920s Bird House with its Spanish-influenced architecture.
Of Course, you can’t visit St. Louis without trying some of the delicious local cuisine. After the zoo, make sure to grab a delectable gooey butter cake, try the world-renowned St. Louis-style ribs, or grab a sandwich at the famous Pickleman’s Gourmet Cafe.
Rock City sits atop Lookout Mountain about six miles outside of Chattanooga, Tennessee, and it is one of the most popular attractions in the area. As the name suggests, it boasts huge ancient rock formations. It also includes spectacular views from which visitors can see seven states: Virginia, Tennessee, South Carolina, North Carolina, Kentucky, Georgia and Alabama. Its gardens are home to 400 native species, while Fairyland Caverns and Mother Goose Village are home to beloved characters from fairy tales and nursery rhymes.
Located in Orlando, Florida, Disney World boasts four theme parks: Magic Kingdom, Epcot Center, Animal Kingdom and Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The parks have specific themes, with the Magic Kingdom focusing most heavily on the various characters from the movies. EPCOT, with its science-themed exhibits and international cuisine, will probably appeal to older children. The rides and exhibits are rightly famous, and the resort is notably well-run.
The South has many attractions. Given the number of beaches, zoos, theme parks, and historical sites in the area, there is bound to be something for everyone in the family.