What Family Reunion Locations are best?

The best family reunion locations and family reunion destinations are the ones most compatible with YOUR family. Because great places make great family summer vacations!

Where are they and how do you find them?

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Choosing a location is not an easy task. As a matter of fact, it can be the single most challenging aspect you will face as the family reunion planner.

What’s true in real estate is also true in regards to family reunions:


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The location of your family reunion greatly impacts your activities, what might work for family reunion themes and, of course, making family memories.

Think about how different a Zion National Park camping trip for the family reunion would be compared to, say, the best family cruise ever. I know - crazy, right?

Your family reunion location will influence cost, accessibility, overnight accommodations, activity choices... basically everything.

How to choose family reunion locations

There are two basic approaches to determining a gathering spot:

  1. Choose a site and then determine the activities


  2. Determine what family reunion activities that interest you (based on your family’s interests and hobbies), or what out of all the family events you wish to focus on, and then find a location that supports those family activities and events.

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First, decide if you want to use family reunion themes and what type of family reunion you're planning. 

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For example, there's the:

  • Afternoon picnic or barbeque in the park
  • Evening family reunion banquet or dinner with a program
  • Multi-day event with group sleeping accommodations, such as a vacation rental home
  • Informal summer vacation at "Mom and Dad's" place
  • Family camping trip with an assortment of RV's, tents, yurts and/or cabins
  • Family reunion cruise

Next, determine what kind of space and facilities are needed

How many family units do you think will attend? How many people is that? Do you have new moms, tiny babies, teenagers or elderly grandparents that need specific accommodations?

Finally, search out a location that is conduce to large groups and will meet your needs

There are hundreds of places to hold successful family reunions. Investigate and consider the following possible family reunion locations:

  • Campgrounds
  • State parks
  • Church or youth camps, school facilities
  • Family reunion cabins or yurts
  • Community buildings, fairgrounds
  • Commercial theme parks
  • Local parks or picnic areas
  • Vacation homes and private rentals
  • Family reunion cruises
  • The local zoo
  • Family history library or center
  • Scout camps

Many family reunions first start out at "Mom and Dad’s" or "Grandma and Grandpa’s." But as the family grows and changes, meeting at the homestead becomes difficult. Frequently, families try to meet in a central geographic location or in the hometown of the reunion planner / host. 

Generally, a successful family reunion should address the needs of each generation. For example, children need a safe place to romp and play and elderly adults need a comfortable place to sit and visit.

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Places We've Been

Our family has enjoyed the following for multi-day family reunions or family vacations in the Pacific Northwest. If they’re within your travel allowance, I’d highly recommend them!

Ponderosa State Park in McCall, Idaho

Northern Oregon Coast, in Oregon

Fort Stevens State Park in Astoria, Oregon

Squirrel Creek Ranch in Ashton, Idaho

Bear Lake on the Idaho/Utah border

Suggestions from readers

What about you? What are your favorite family reunion destinations? You're invited to give your recommendations and share your real life experiences! Did your chosen location work? Why or why not? What did you love and what would you do differently next time? Help others by submitting a review here.

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