Where to Take the Kids in June

Summer's finally here, school is out, and life is good. Kicking off your summer with a fun family getaway is a fantastic idea. Looking for a budget-friendly getaway? Consider pointing your GPS toward the northeastern states, where school kids typically don't get let out for summer until late June and regional resorts keep prices low until early July.

Make the most of the glorious season with a trip to one of these kid-friendly destinations that are coming into their prime in June.

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    Synchronous Fireflies
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    Every year for a few weeks in June, the fireflies of Great Smoky Mountains National Park put on a mind-bending, magical show. Come nightfall, tens of thousands of lightning bugs synchronize their lights and flash in unison, creating one of nature's most incredible spectacles. The most-visited park in the United States is the only place in America where it happens.

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    Fort Myer Beach, Florida
    ••• Fort Myers Beach, Florida. paulbr75 / Pixabay

    Does your family need a rejuvenating dose of vitamin sea? An early-summer trip to the beach is never a bad idea. Here's a coast-to-coast guide to America's best family beach destinations, from the sunny Southeast to the Golden State and beyond.

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    Tyler Place Family Resort
    ••• Activities abound at Tyler Place Family Resort in Vermont. Courtesy of Tyler Place Family Resort

    It's a myth that you need to go to the Caribbean or Mexico to find a fantastic all-inclusive resort that's also kid-friendly. Click through this slideshow for wonderful family all-inclusives right here in the US where taking advantage of all-inclusive pricing does not require a passport.

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    Happy family on hiking trip in beautiful mountains.
    ••• Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona. MargaretW / Getty Images

    Called "America's best idea" by the historian Wallace Stegner, our national parks offer families a wonderfully affordable way to visit our most cherished and beautiful landscapes, view wildlife in their natural habitat, learn about geological and cultural history, and appreciate the great outdoors. Kids will love participating in our national parks' Junior Ranger program, where completing fun activities and quests can earn a coveted badge.

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    Mohonk Mountain House
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    During select midweek dates in June and July, the family favorite Mohonk Mountain House, located about two hours north of New York City, runs its most sought-after deal of the year. All-inclusive rates include accommodations, three meals daily, resort activities and summer special events—and kids age 12 and under stay and eat free. This offer is available for about 10 days in June and 25 days in July.

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    Tanque Verde Ranch
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    Kids stay free at Tanque Verde Ranch in Tucson between mid-May and early September. All-inclusive pricing includes lodging, three meals a day, horseback trail rides and lessons, fishing, guided hikes, nature walks, and a supervised children's program for ages 4-11.

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    Six Flags Over Georgia Hurricane Harbor
    ••• Six Flags Over Georgia's Hurricane Harbor. Courtesy of Six Flags Entertainment Corporation

    Whether you prefer to float down a lazy river, splash in a wave pool, or zoom down water slides and speed coasters, there's a water park where your family can cool off in style. 

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    Beaches Negril Resort & Spa
    ••• Beaches Negril, Jamaica. Courtesy of Beaches Resorts

    When summer arrives and the Atlantic hurricane season kicks off, prices fall and deals pop up like daisies at all-inclusive resorts in Mexico and the Caribbean. These all-inclusive hotel brands roll out the red carpet for families with terrific kids programming, extravagant poolscapes, and plenty for Mom and Dad to love.