As LGBT parents, you want to give your family a positive vacation experience. While people around the world are socially aware, there are a few destinations that especially cater to the needs of LGBT families. Here are a few you should consider visiting on your next holiday.
Atlanta, GA is a colorful city that played a major role in the Civil War and the Civil Rights Movement. While visiting, parents can take their children to the city’s Center for Civil and Human Rights and the Martin Luther King Jr. National History Park. These destinations offer insight into the struggle for LGBT equality and civil rights in general.
Other can’t-miss destinations include the Georgia Aquarium where families can get up close and personal with various sea species. They can sample sodas from all over the world at the World of Coca-Cola. They can see real-life behind-the-scenes action at CNN Studios.
The City of Brotherly Love is known for just that, and it extends to LGBT families too. The birthplace of the nation is a wonderful place to take children, with a bustling Old City filled with history, the Benjamin Franklin Parkway with its science, natural history, art and children’s museums, and its endless options for food, culture, entertainment, and nature.
Those looking to burn off their cheesesteaks and soft pretzels can check out some of Philly’s many murals. Thought by some to be the mural capital of America, these artistic feats are present in all of Philadelphia’s culturally vibrant neighborhoods.
New Orleans, LA
New Orleans is known for hosting extravagant LGBT-friendly events. The city holds festivals for Southern Decadence, Pride Fest, Halloween, Mardi Gras, and more. Several parts of NOLA are decked out with rainbow-colored flags lining the streets.
Even if you are not in town for one of New Orleans’ festivals, there are always fun things to do with the kids. You can take your family to the Voodoo Museum and enjoy tours that provide insight into the city’s spooky culture. You can visit its many cultural attractions or enjoy the shops and restaurants in the French Quarter.
San Francisco, CA
San Francisco earned its status in the LGBT community when gay soldiers were discharged there in WWI. It is the first city to open a lesbian bar. Its nightclub drag shows drew in straight and gay customers in the 1920s and 1930s.
The LGBT culture of the city lives on today. And it is not only evident in its nightclub scene. Families can enjoy the spirit of the community while enjoying attractions like Golden Gate Park, the Children’s Creativity Museum, and Alcatraz Island. You can also take a picture in front of the giant rainbow flag in the Castro district.
Be sure to head across the bay for more activities in places like Oakland, Berkeley, and Alameda. Those who enjoy hiking and nature should head north to Marin, while beachgoers can enjoy a barbecue on Baker Beach with Golden Gate views.
New York City, NY
New York has often been described as the gay capital of the world. It is home to one of the largest and most prominent LGBT populations in the country. Its appeal is even stronger thanks to the recent designation of the Stonewall National Monument, which is dedicated to the birthplace of the modern gay civil rights movement.
In addition to seeing the monument, which sits in the center of the city’s colorful Greenwich Village, families can also enjoy Hershey’s Chocolate World and the Disney Store in Times Square. They can visit iconic sites like the Statue of Liberty and the Empire State Building. They can create unforgettable memories by taking in a Broadway show, taking a ferry to Staten Island, or visiting the historic Central Park Zoo.
Gran Canaria, Spain
Gran Canaria is among the biggest gay tourist centers in Europe. It is one of Spain’s Canary Islands, just a few hours away from the continent’s major cities. It is famous for its warm temperatures and astonishing beaches.
The island is known for its vibrant nightlife, but it also offers several family-friendly activities. Classical music, opera, and theater performances take place throughout the year. You may also be in town for the Carnaval de Las Palmas or Maspalomas Gay Pride, which feature shows such as the Gala Drag Queen and the Carnival Queen contest.
San Diego, CA
San Diego is known for being one of the most LGBT-friendly cities in the United States. It became a major military headquarters in WWII, which inadvertently established it as a major gay hub. LGBT people who had been isolated in small towns around the country began flocking to the city to enjoy the warmth and acceptance of the community.
Families that vacation in San Diego won’t want to miss out on attractions like Sea World and the San Diego Zoo. You can also visit Legoland and the San Diego Air & Space Museum. The city is full of parks, shops, and restaurants. Take a walk to Hillcrest, aka San Diego’s “Gayborhood,” to see the rainbow flags flapping over bookstores, cafes, and vintage clothing shops.
For a wilder adventure, board one of the city’s whale watching boats to see marine life just off the coast of this vibrant city.
Make Your Family Vacation Dreams Come True
LGBTQ+ family vacations such as the ones listed above may seem like a dream for LGBT couples that wish to have children of their own. But that dream can become a reality with the right surrogate services. Joy of Life offers a superior experience to intended parents and their surrogates.
The surrogate cost can be a concern for many couples. While the process is expensive, there are ways to make it more affordable. Some employers include fertility insurance in their coverage plans. There are also financial establishments that can finance surrogacy.
If you are thinking of making this important move, contact Joy of Life first. We will explain what our surrogacy services entail including surrogate cost. We will walk you through the process and be there will you every step of the way.
Contact us today to learn more about starting your surrogacy journey.