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Hi y'all, I am planning on taking my daughter on vacation either late this summer or in the fall. She keeps after me about going to Atlanits in the Bahamas. Has anyone ever been? Is it really as child friendly as it declares itself to be? The activities look like they are rather expensive.

For those that have no input regarding Atlantis, where would you take a too big for her britches 12 year old girl?

May 02 new

A cruise.
From where you live, a last-minute cruise might be easy and inexpensive. The kid can join the teen/tween club, roam around the ship with new friends while you do your thing. (The ship's personnel make sure they don't go in the casino or bars, etc..)
Twelve is the youngest age at which they will remember and appreciate this kind of a trip. And realize that, yes, people do get dressed up and yes, table manners are important!
And if she's too big for her britches, make her study all the history of the places you go and tutor you in it before you land. laughing

May 02 new

If you can go in the fall, Washington DC is terrific for that age -- IF they study their history first. mischievous

Williamsburg is also great, but go during early December. Cooler weather, everything is open, lots of nice decorations, and no real crowds.

May 02 new

Wow, Lisa, what a fun idea!I absolutely love Colorado, so I would take her there. You can hit the mountain and the high desert within two hours (beautiful Telluride and Grand Junction.) You could visit the hot springs in Ouray and Glenwood City. Mesa Verde where the cliff dwellers lived is near Durango. The Four Corners are near there, too. And all those excursions are just in extreme western Colorado.

Marge is right abt Washington, D.C., being an awesome place to visit. The Smithsonian is so cool. And you and your daughter could watch a ton of good movies abt U.S. politics-- Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Lincoln, etc. -- before you go.

May 02 new

(Quote) Lisa-962589 said: Hi y'all, I am planning on taking my daughter on vacation either late this summer or in the fa...
(Quote) Lisa-962589 said:

Hi y'all, I am planning on taking my daughter on vacation either late this summer or in the fall. She keeps after me about going to Atlanits in the Bahamas. Has anyone ever been? Is it really as child friendly as it declares itself to be? The activities look like they are rather expensive.

For those that have no input regarding Atlantis, where would you take a too big for her britches 12 year old girl?

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I was going to say a cruise and DC too, but Marge beat me to it. wink


I have heard that Atlantis is expensive. If it's a beach/tropical vacation you are after, you might want to look into the Beaches resort. They are all inclusive which makes them a bit pricy ($300+ per night depending on when you go) Beaches even has single parents getaways designed for single parents. I .


New York City or Chicago would be fun. The big cities offer quite the variety of museums, Live theatre, live music, TV show tapings and history. I can give you some activity ideas and hotel suggestions for both if you would like.





May 03 new

It all depends on what your daughter prefers - does she like active, outdoorsy things like swimming and snorkeling in the Caribbean, or more cultural things, like museums, etc.? My son is 12, and he would be bored out of his mind in any museum (so would I), but he loves to ski, snorkel and camp, so our vacations are always active. I agree that a cruise may be fun too because they have so many different activities there - I'm sure your daughter will find them fun no matter what her interests are.

May 03 new
If you go to Williamsburg in December try to leave some time for Busch Gardens Christmas Towne. Some of the rides are open and the park is full of Christmas lights. Its beautiful.
May 03 new

The BEST vacation I had with my kids was when I took them "camping" at a Yogi Bear campground. They were (about) ages 12, 14, and 16. We went a couple of hours north to WI. Lots of all-inclusive things to do there. What made it awesome:


Very kid centered place

Because you basically are in nature the whole time, dress attire is beachwear/casual (no need to fancy clothes for a fancy restaurant)

Lots of quality time together

Mixture of roughing it and having some conveniences (we stayed in a cabin with electricity, but no running water)

VERY economical, compared with going to a premade prefab vacation (cruise, hotel, etc.)


Also for me, since my brother was there, with his kids, my kids had someone to go off and fun with.


Another CMr also let us know about Catholic Familyland, which is like my camping vacation, but with a strong, solid Catholic focus.Take a look:


www.ncregister.com


For me, it would be worth the ride there to give my kids a Catholic-focused, fun vacation.

May 03 new

I like the idea of NYC but my experience with my own daughter (then 14) was she was creeped out by the whole experience. Not ready for the bums and the "rush" of Noo Yawkahs, I guess. (Or maybe it's because we went there for CM Lovefest get-together? scratchchin )

May 03 new

(Quote) Lisa-962589 said: Hi y'all, I am planning on taking my daughter on vacation either late this summer or in the fa...
(Quote) Lisa-962589 said:

Hi y'all, I am planning on taking my daughter on vacation either late this summer or in the fall. She keeps after me about going to Atlanits in the Bahamas. Has anyone ever been? Is it really as child friendly as it declares itself to be? The activities look like they are rather expensive.

For those that have no input regarding Atlantis, where would you take a too big for her britches 12 year old girl?

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A few years ago, a friend of mine brought her then too big for her britches 12 yr. old daughter to DC. I took them to some of the lesser visited Smithsonian museums and an Ethiopian restaurant. She seemed thorougly bored until we overheard her on the phone that night with her friend talking excitedly about being in DC and the things she saw. So, keep DC on your radar. If you go in the fall, most of the tourists are gone; and, as bonus, you will be only 90 minutes from some of the best fall scenery around: www.flickr.com Plus, most DC attractions are free.

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