The all-American family vacation sounds great in theory, but when the teenager does an eye roll when asked to visit one more museum and the youngest child whines during the long bus trip, it is time for a different approach.
Great Alaska Adventures has come up with three packages this summer designed to put the fun back in family vacations by keeping adults, teens and children thoroughly engaged and excited when visiting Alaska. Kent John, co-owner, general manager and head of fishing operations for Great Alaska Adventures, says the Kenai Peninsula company’s business catering to families is up 30% in just over three years.
To help grow that even more, Great Alaska Adventures is offering three programs for families this summer that come with a 50% discount for a child between the ages of 5 and 15 traveling with an adult. If there are two adults, then the savings applies to two children.
Great Alaska Adventures plans its family packages with several things in mind. It chooses locations that every family member can get excited about, picks a destination that offers both children and adults a range of activities, makes sure that distinctly Alaskan foods and beverages are on the menu and encourages clients to try a new sport or activity such as sea kayaking or fly fishing.
“Their family program really excels,” said Dave Wiggins, a partner at Widness and Wiggins PR.
With the discount for children, Great Alaska Adventures programs also are moderately priced and affordable, he said.
• Ultimate Family Adventure is available from June 1 through Sept. 1 at a cost ranging from $3,795 for five days to $5,195 for seven days, per adult. This tour combines world-class fishing, glacier and wildlife cruising and bear viewing at some of Alaska’s premier destinations. Key to an enjoyable family vacation is offering enough choices to appeal to differing age groups. For example, on the third day of the tour families can choose to either go salmon fishing or lake kayaking. On day four, the choice is between a cruise through Kenai Fjords to see whales and puffins, or fishing for halibut.
• Alaska Family Adventure Safari is available from June 1 to Sept. 10 at a cost of between $3,095 for five days and $3,895 for seven days per adult. The package offers guided fishing on the Kenai or Kasilof rivers, wilderness hikes, looking for bald eagles while floating a river, cruising Kenai Fjords National Park to spot calving glaciers and whales and other marine mammals, and a stop in Homer at the famed Salty Dog Saloon.
• Alaska Fishing Adventure is available from June 1 to Aug. 31. The seven-day tour costs $4,395 per adult and is aimed at the family that loves to fish. The tour features four days of guided fishing with three boat trips and one beach fishing trip. Guests also will be taken on guided hikes, wildlife cruises and river rafting. Guests stay at the Great Alaska Adventure Lodge at the confluence of the Moose and Kenai rivers, and where all the rooms have a breathtaking view of the Kenai Mountains.
More information on Great Alaska Adventures is available at www.greatalaska.com.