Planning a Granada Family Vacation

Not many people place Granada at the top of their list for a family vacation, but they should. This town is picturesque and diverse, meaning there's always something for every family member to enjoy. The attractive colonial town provides a rich history and unparalleled learning experience for the children. Tourism hasn't overrun this town yet, so the feeling is relaxed and at ease. You can tour the city on foot or by horse-drawn carriage. Museums and markets help wile away the time during the warmest portion of the day.

Just outside the city is some wonderful family entertainment. There is a zip line that runs through the jungle at the base of Mombacho Volcano that will definitely be a family pleaser. If zipping overhead is a little too venturesome, the family can also take a leisurely cruise around some of the hundreds of islands on Lake Nicaragua. The cultural centers in town also make for genuine awareness of the people and their customs and beliefs.

Hotels and restaurants vary in price and appointments, which gives visitors many choices when staying in Granada. The elegant upscale hotels like the Hotel Casa San Francisco are countered by less expensive choices so you won't break the bank. Restaurants are much the same. There is fine dining all over the city, as well as pizza parlors and local delis about the town.

While visiting in Granada, a drive to the town of Masaya is important. This town, known for its markets and shopping, will overwhelm the visitor and amuse the children. The residents of this town are known for their artistic creativity, and they show it off all over the town. Once the shopping is done, get in your car and drive to the top of Masaya Volcano, an active volcano that lets you motor all the way to the rim and look down into the sulfur-filled crater.

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