The best family reunion locations

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The best family reunion locations
Family reunions provide an ideal time to catch up on old family stories. (Kathy Quirk-Syvertsen/Photodisc/Getty Images)

Family reunions are a wonderful time for generations of family members to get together and reminisce by retelling old family stories, talk about family traditions and any big events that have taken place with family members since the last reunion. Where your family reunions take place typically depends on the locations of family members and the number of people attending. Some of the best places to gather your family together are parks, hotels and family homes.

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If you are planning an outdoor reunion when the weather gets warm, host it at a local park. Parks will allow you to rent out gazebos or picnic shelters for the duration of your party so that you have a private area to convene. Call well ahead of the desired reunion date to ensure availability; some shelters are booked a year in advance.

Parks are an ideal place for a reunion because of the unlimited space they provide; plus, they typically have rest rooms, tables, seating and a barbecue pit or grills. Kids can play on the park's playground and swim in the pool if available. You can bring your favourite lawn games like bean bag toss or bocce ball for the family to enjoy.

The best family reunion locations
Kids enjoy the playground equipment at the park. (in the park image by Judy Ben Joud from

Banquet Rooms

Banquet rooms in hotels and restaurants are some of the best family reunion locations because they provide private space for your gathering. Hotels will usually have more than one banquet room to choose from, depending on how many people will be attending your reunion. Restaurant banquet rooms may be smaller and will be more appropriate if you are having fewer people at your gathering.

If you choose a banquet room at a hotel, the hotel may also give you a discount on a block of rooms for the family members to reserve. It is convenient for any guests who have to travel to stay at the same place where the reunion will take place.

Reserve a hotel or restaurant banquet room for your family reunion location.
Reserve a hotel or restaurant banquet room for your family reunion location. (Banquet table / Dinner Place Setting image by Taiga from

Family Home

People typically plan family reunions so that family members who do not see each other very often can get together in one place and catch up on the previous year's events. In order to make these events more personal and to visit each family member's current hometown, have a travelling location for the reunion each year. Hosting your reunion at a different family member's home each year ensures that weather won't play a factor as it would in an outdoor location, and it saves the family from having to spend money on the rental of a different venue. As you reminisce with your family, you can show slide-shows on your television or computer of previous family events. Rest rooms and kitchen facilities are available at a private home as well, of course.

The best family reunion locations
Host family reunions at a different family member's house each year. (home sweet home image by David Dorner from

Cruise Ship

If you're looking for an out-of-the-box venue for your next family reunion, consider hosting it at sea. A cruise ship could be the best location for your family reunion because you can combine a family reunion and a one-of-a-kind vacation in one. Choose from a number of different types of cruise vacations, including all-inclusive, family-friendly and adults only.

A cruise ship is an exciting venue for a family reunion.
A cruise ship is an exciting venue for a family reunion. (waiting cruise ship image by Pix by Marti from

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