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Ideas to Spend Thanksgiving Differently This Year

Updated on November 20, 2014

Things To Do Thanksgiving Differently This Year

If you’re growing tired of the same conventional way of gathering the family around the turkey, and looking to get some adventure out of the long weekend and celebrate Thanksgiving a little differently this year. So here are some great ideas for you to do for this turkey day with your loved ones and friends if you’re living within the Eastern time zone, and want to create some unique memories of this holiday. Try going to the place that is closest to you, or book a flight and get to one of these destinations to enjoy your 4 day weekend.

Go and Do It All in Key West, Florida

This Thanksgiving, take your hyper kids and really give them something they’ll never forget. The Ultimate Thanksgiving Adventure in Key West, Florida is offering a special tour on Thanksgiving that is an all day long event packed with snorkeling, kayaking, jet skis, and plenty of fun. The kids will burn off so much energy, and then after the crew serves the Thanksgiving meal, they’ll be able to relax until they crash, most likely heading to bed early. And yes, you read that right. They serve you your Thanksgiving dinner. So no matter how sloppy anyone eats, they can just jump in the ocean to clean off!

This is the Ultimate Adventure in action with guest choosing to snorkel!
This is the Ultimate Adventure in action with guest choosing to snorkel! | Source

Sail into the Sunset in Paradise… Island, Bahamas

Want to really slow down the pace of your life, and absorb the tropical getaway of your turkey vacation? The Seahorse Sunset Thanksgiving Dinner Cruise is having a special that was specifically made for this type of person. Guests aboard this cruise will be wined and dined while getting to watch a sunset from a catamaran. What could be more romantic than that?

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Fancy Turkey Dinner at a Fancy Hotel in Miami

Some just want to get dressed up and have a fancy dinner for Thanksgiving, and what’s wrong with that? Working hard all year-round, we think everyone deserves a break every once in a while and should be taken care of so they don’t have to lift a finger. And if you’re planning to be warm in Miami for this holiday this year, then might we recommend the famous Thanksgiving Dinner held at the Ritz-Carlton on South Beach. Of course, you’ll have to make reservations ahead of time, and costs $145 per adult and $45 for children 10 and under.

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Go Ice-Skating in New York City

Lots of New Yorkers will either be lining the streets of Manhattan to watch the Macy’s Day Parade, or in their homes watching it while they prepare the feast that is about to be had. The Macy’s Day Parade is another great idea of what to do, but it’s pretty well known. What’s not usually thought of is doing a little ice-skating before or after your Thanksgiving lunch or dinner. The famous ice skating rinks are all open, like the Rockefeller Center, the Winter Village in Bryant Park, and Wollman and Lasker in Central Park. The only thing to worry about is if the weather is cold enough to permit.

This is what it may look like to go ice-skating at the Rockefeller Center!
This is what it may look like to go ice-skating at the Rockefeller Center! | Source

Get A Cabin in the Woods

This hits pretty close to home for me, because one year in my early teens, my family bunked together for 3 days, including Thanksgiving, in a cabin. This cabin was tucked neatly away in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee, just right outside of the quaint and fun town of Gatlinburg. We bonded as we watched a Mama bear nursing her cubs, cooked Thanksgiving dinner, and enjoyed the tourist attractions of Gatlinburg. And the best part is that cabin rentals are really reasonably priced, and can fit into any budget.

It's so tranquil,right? Imagine being bundled up in a blanket and a hot cocoa overlooking this!
It's so tranquil,right? Imagine being bundled up in a blanket and a hot cocoa overlooking this!

Have Turkey on a Savannah River Boat

If you’ve never been to Savannah, Georgia, then let me stop you right there. You need to go. Everyone in America should see this quaint and incredibly humble town at least one time in their life. There is a park on nearly every corner, and the town is beaming with art, and personality. Lucky for those who are looking for something on Thanksgiving in this old town, you can climb about the Savannah Riverboat Cruise and feel like you’re in a romantic black and white film while you enjoy your turkey meal.

Savannah Riverboat Cruises are a sure way to transport you back in time, and feel like you're in a Mark Twain novel.
Savannah Riverboat Cruises are a sure way to transport you back in time, and feel like you're in a Mark Twain novel. | Source

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