Organising a family friendly vacation can get tricky. It’s hard to please everyone and find a destination that ticks all the boxes. Without further ado, here are some incredible destination ideas that have so much going on – there should be something for every family member to get excited about:
#1 London, England
Get the feel of a true European capital without the language barrier. The city still feels different enough for that ‘foreign’ experience but it will all feel remarkably familiar too. Whether you have a husband who loves history, a teen into ghosts or a young one into princesses – London has an attraction for every taste. The Tower of London, Buckingham Palace, Big Ben are all within easy reach on the tube. Whether you’re Harry Potter or James Bond fans, head to Madame Tussauds for the ultimate waxwork experience.
#2 Yucatan, Mexico
There is something for everyone in this tropical region of Mexico and the kids will love the various beach and water activities on offer. You’ll snorkelling, cave pools, quaint towns, ancient ruins and a world-famous eco-park to name just a few. There are theme parks, opportunities to swim with dolphins, visit sea turtles and all the bright lights of Cancun to explore. With wonderful jungle wildlife, the kids can really embark on an explorer’s adventure in Mexico.
#3 Tokyo, Japan
This bustling city is totally tech-oriented, so your kids are bound to love every minute. A must-visit is Akihabara where you’ll find toy, video games and manga stores in every direction. If you feel in need of some culture, then the whole family will enjoy the interactive museums. Take time out in one of the many parks on offer and of course, don’t forget to visit the Tokyo Disney Resort, one of the biggest and best theme parks in the world.
#4 Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Imagine a beautiful old city that you can walk through and you picture bike-friendly and kid-friendly Amsterdam. Kids will feel welcome everywhere with most eateries supplying baskets of toys to play with. Stumble across playgrounds dotted around the city, admire the quirky colorful buildings and visit the Science Museum and Royal Zoo. Many hotels offer kid’s activities and special play zones and wide garden areas for playtime. Unless you’re traveling with teens, probably best to avoid the famous Red-Light District!
#5 Paris, France
While we don’t expect your children to be into fine French cuisine or appreciating art, there’s so much more to Paris that makes it the perfect European family destination. Younger kids will love the pony rides, icecream, mini boats and puppet shows of the Jardin du Luxembourg while older kids will enjoy the Magic Museum. The whole family will enjoy seeing the iconic Eiffel Tower and the Louvre is a must. Tour the city on the hop-on hop-off bus ride or take your fashion-conscious teen to some of the finest Parisian fashion boutiques.
#6 Turks and Caicos, Caribbean
If your family are a bunch of beach babes, then you’ll all love the network of tropical islands that make up the Turks and Caicos Islands. Head to Providenciales (Provo for short) for 12 miles of uninterrupted silky white sand and warm, turquoise waters. There are nature-inspired activities, water sports and pools galore in this family-friendly paradise.
This one might surprise you as it’s off the beaten family vacation track. You’ll be amazed at how much there is to do here. If you want to keep your kids busy, then Belize is the place to do it. From abseiling down cliffs, exploring waterfalls in ancient Mayan caves, and rainforest nature hiking to climbing temples and beach water sports – there’ll be no more cries of ‘I’m bored!’. An added bonus is that they also speak English here.
If it’s a warm welcome you’re seeking, then you’ll be sure to get one in Ireland. Kids are welcome pretty much everywhere and family-friendly service is paramount in the Emerald Isle. You’ll all be spoiled for choice at what to do first with adventure parks, city tours, the iconic Giant’s Causeway, ancient caves, castles and museums to explore.
#9 Florida, USA
Nowhere on earth does theme parks quite like the Sunshine State but if that doesn’t sell it to you, there’s plenty more on offer. Kennedy Space Center, the beautiful Everglades, sea fishing at the Florida Keys or go swimming with manatees. With some of the best beaches in America, you’re sure to find something to excite every member of the family.
#10 Colorado, USA
If you’re looking for crisp air, panoramic views and a proper family escape then Colorado is the ideal place for your family. For outdoor pursuits, there is nowhere finer, and you’ll discover fresh lakes, the stunning Black Canyon, towering Rockies and a wealth of history amidst all the action.