We rounded up some unforgettable family vacations that offer families real-life thrills: swim with dolphins, ride the rapids, or go where the buffalo roam free.
Magical Moment: Choose from a long list of ship-or-shore activities.
Nonstop Action: Cruise ships are virtual floating theme parks, and Royal Caribbean delivers big-time with in-line skating, bungee trampoline, mini golf, casino, spas, pools, and fitness center, in addition to diving, hiking, and shopping excursions in Cozumel, Jamaica, and other western Caribbean destinations.
Bonus Attraction: Kid-friendly perks include sports tournaments, rock-wall scavenger hunts, and teen-only lounge.
Admission: Seven-night cruise starts at $950 per person, port charges and excursions additional (866-562-7625).