Norman Rockwell once said that he loved to paint “tweens” (although he didn’t use that modern lingo) because they could be both deeply emotional and also equally “boisterous.”
As a mom of a now teen, recent tween, I agree that this is a great age, and truly a sweet spot for travel. Tweens in the 10 to 12 year old age range are old enough that they can try more challenging activities, but still young enough that they want to spend time with their parents – which isn’t always the case as they round the corner to high school!
I also loved traveling with my son during this age, since he still wanted to spend time exploring together, but he could experience things — like a water slide or arcade — on his own, without my having to stand over him.
The best vacations for this tween sweet spot offer choices with plenty of active options to keep busy (which I found was the key to a successful middle school vacation), mixed with roomy accommodations for tweens to have some personal space.
Here are some great tween vacation options around the country