This blog post was updated on May 27, 2022.

With fall well and truly underway, it’s easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of daily life. Between work, school, family, and friends, how much time do you really have to sit back and relax? If your family is starting to feel a little burned out and needs some serious quality time, a fall family vacation might be just what the doctor ordered! While there are some spots that should only be visited during the summer months, there are certain destinations that are best enjoyed once fall comes around. We’ve got the rundown on the best fall family vacations that the whole family is sure to appreciate! The question is, where will you go first?

Gulf Shores, Alabama

The best fall family vacations: Beach vacation with father and son on beach

What do you get when you combine stunningly beautiful beaches, tons of fun family activities, and plenty of places to relax and unwind? You’ll quickly find out when you head to Gulf Shores, Alabama, for a truly great fall getaway. This popular spot stays wonderfully warm even in the cooler fall months, making it a great spot when the urge to hit the beach strikes the family. Kids will love visiting The Track — a delightful recreation center packed with plenty of diversions to keep your little ones busy. Meanwhile, the parents can recharge their batteries by soaking up the sun down at the beach, or get some intense rejuvenation at the local spas.

San Antonio, New Mexico

 The best fall family vacations: Two sandhill cranes on a pond in Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge near Socorro, New Mexico

If your family loves exploring nature together, then grab flight deals out to San Antonio, New Mexico this fall for an unforgettable experience. San Antonio is a great city to visit any time of the year, with an assortment of wonderful restaurants (where green-chile cheeseburgers are the must-try item!) and local hotspots to explore, but nature lovers are particularly keen to visit come fall. That’s because this season is an ideal time to witness the migration of birds as they head south for warmer climates. There are tens of thousands of birds of all sizes and species that will be sure to fascinate little ones, who can learn even more at the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge. The whole family will be able to go on picturesque nature walks as the leaves change, learn fascinating facts about the wildlife of the area, and maybe even see a few friendly species up close and personal!

Savannah, Georgia

The best fall family vacations: Beautiful old trees and walking paths through the parks in Savannah Georgia

For a truly Instagram-worthy fall family vacation, book a trip to gorgeous Savannah, Georgia. The kids will go wild over a fun boat trip on the regal Savannah River Queen, which features a truly unique view of Savannah and the surrounding areas. The cooler temperatures make it ideal weather for walking along the cobblestone streets or exploring the city via trolley. Best of all, it will still be warm enough for the family to enjoy an assortment of different outdoor activities and adventures. And if the weather turns a bit chilly, everyone can take advantage of the shopping and other attractions Savannah offers tourists from all around the world.

Niagara Falls, New York

 The best fall family vacations: Maid of the Mist at the bottom of American Falls in Niagara Falls, New York State, USA.

Niagara Falls is a travel favorite the whole year round, but skip the crowded summer months in favor of a more relaxing (and enjoyable) fall family vacation. Autumn brings out the true colors of Niagara Falls — a whirlwind of vibrant shades as the trees change colors and drop their leaves. Kids will love hiking through the trails, which have no end of fun spots to explore. Without the massive crowds that usually clog Niagara Falls, you and your family will be able to take your time to enjoy some of the most popular attractions including the famous Maid of the Mist boat ride along the water (just make sure to bundle up against the chill!) and apple-picking at the nearby family-run farms. Warm up after an exciting day with a steaming mug of fresh apple cider, and you’ll quickly see why Niagara Falls is a fantastic choice for your next fall family vacation.

Got any other fall family vacation ideas? Share them with us in the comments!

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