For multi-generational groups this can present a conundrum as everybody from youngsters through to grandparents often have different ideas for a perfect day out.
Here are some ideas in the North York Moors National Park that should keep all the brood happy...
Visit the North York Moors and you’ll find it easy to immerse yourself in the early life of one of the nation’s greatest maritime explorers, Captain James Cook.
Do: If the kids are happy to don walking boots, then walk up Roseberry Topping, known as the ‘Yorkshire Matterhorn’ and follow in the footsteps of young James Cook who would often look out from the summit at the tantalising glimpses of the sea in the distance.
Visit: Head to Whitby and the Captain Cook Memorial Museum to find out more about the explorer’s life and voyages. The museum is located in a beautiful 17th century house where Cook lodged at the start of his maritime career. There’s also The Endeavour Experience, Whitby in the harbour where youngsters can imagine what life was like for Cook and his crew on-board HM Bark Endeavour.
Eat: For authentic surroundings go to the White Horse and Griffin, a historic coaching inn in Whitby where Cook was said to have held meetings with his crew ahead of their epic Pacific voyage. Alternatively soak up the atmosphere by sitting outside Dotty's Vintage Tearoom, shop and boutique B&B in Staithes, the village where Cook first began working before he moved to Whitby.
Do: Join one of Hidden Horizons’ fossil hunting trips at Runswick Bay, Whitby or Robin Hood’s Bay and you’re likely to come across small pieces of the Yorkshire coast’s very own minor gemstone, Whitby Jet.
Visit: The Whitby Jet Heritage Centre housed in the last remaining Victorian workshop where pieces of jet were turned into jewellery. Alternatively pop into the Museum of Whitby Jet and learn more about how the jewellery was worn by notable figures including Queen Victoria.
Shop: Stroll along the cobbled streets of Whitby and you’ll find plenty of shops selling jewellery based on the gemstone. Alternatively The Yorkshire Jewellery Company in Staithes forages their own jet and turns it into contemporary items. Next door there’s a great ice cream parlour to keep the kids amused while you shop.
The advent of the railway coincided with the North York Moors National Park’s very own version of the Klondike Gold Rush, a short intense period when ironstone was mined and villages such as Grosmont and Rosedale were at the heart of the industrial revolution.
Do: Take a journey on the steam train on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway up to Grosmont and soak up the nostalgia of those early days of rail travel. If you feel energetic you can then walk 3.5 miles back from Grosmont to Goathland following the old railway line that was built by George Stephenson.
Visit: Take a guided tour down one of the mines at the Cleveland Ironstone Mining Museum at Skinningrove or visit the new visitor experience at The Moors National Park Centre in Danby which includes a fully immersive ‘Land of Iron’ exhibition.
Eat: Head to the delightful Graze on the Green in Rosedale Abbey or the Dale Head Farm Tea Garden in Rosedale where the panoramic views show the old railway line that ran around the top of Rosedale transporting the ironstone.