Whether it’s a wooden ship-building school in Maine, cattle wrangling in Montana or scooting around Catalina Island via golf cart, when it comes to family vacations, the only limit is imagination … and gas prices, family budgets and swim meet schedules, right? These days, it’s almost harder to carve out a vacation week from the jam-packed family calendar than to plan a fun-filled jaunt. And the possibilities are almost overwhelming — resorts and tour packagers practically fall over themselves to offer kid-friendly adventures, from ziplining in Costa Rica to surf lessons in Hawaii.
We ran a passel of family travel tips in the Times travel section recently, but the experts we really want to hear from are the folks who actually brave the airport lines, hit the road and take their kids on vacation. So the Times is running a travel contest, dubbed “One Perfect Day.” Describe the perfect day in your favorite vacation destination (where to stay, where to eat and what to do), attach a few photos of your family, and send it in! In addition to publishing fame and glory, there are some pretty glorious prizes to be had, including hotel packages, museum tickets and backseat survival kits that include books, DVDs (including TripFlix, a cool made-for-teens travel vid) and more.