There are many trips to take with your children before they grow up, so make sure they don’t miss out and consider one of these family vacations!
When choosing the destination of your family vacation, you need to realise that eventually your children will be old enough to go on their own trips without you. Before they turn into adults, ensure their childhood is filled with wonderful vacation memories, and get inspired by our list of the best trips to take with your children before they grow up.
The Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona was founded in 1919 and is the location of the iconic Grand Canyon. No matter how old your children are, they will be in awe of the spectacular views, and so will you. This national park is one of the most visited in America and at it’s deepest point it is 6,000 feet vertically. There are many activities to keep your children entertained including a ride on the Grand Canyon railway which leaves and returns from the South Rim and features actors, actresses and musicians for your entertainment. You can also visit historical buildings to widen your child’s knowledge on native tribe cultures and history, or take a child friendly hike to get closer to the layers and wildlife. You can also explore the canyon by mule, which is an experience that will be remembered fondly by your children, but you will need to reserve this trek at least one year in advance.
This is one of the most visited attractions in the world and definitely of the trips to take with your children before they grow up. Disneyworld in Orlando is a magical place for children of all ages, as young children can meet all of the characters, while older ones seeking adventure can ride the fantastic roller coasters. We’d recommend at least a week at Disneyworld as it encompasses four theme parks, which are Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom, as well as two water parks called Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach. There’s also shopping and restaurants at Disney Springs and a huge arcade called Disney Quest which features classic video games and fun interactive experiences. The experience can be tiring but it’s definitely worth it.
Paris is known for being a romantic destination, but that shouldn’t stop you from bringing your children. There are plenty of family friendly activities you can do in the city of lights and it’s the perfect opportunity to introduce some culture into your children’s lives. A lot of the main sights are conveniently located in the same area, so you can easily reach them by walking. The Eiffel Tower is an obvious landmark you must visit, and you can travel up it either by elevator or a combination of stairs and an elevator. The Louvre is also a great place to visit, however you won’t have time to see all of the paintings so limit yourself to certain sections which you think will peak your child’s interest. Other places of interest are the Notre Dame Cathedral, Arc de Triomphe and the Natural Museum.
Taking your children to South Africa will provide an unforgettable experience. If they’re a fan of animals then a safari adventure is one of the most ideal trips to take with your children before they grow up. Safari holidays are mainly located in the Eastern Cape and give your family the opportunity to witness a range of wildlife in their natural habitat. Safari vacations can also be combined with a beach stay or trip to Cape Town so you can get to experience two different sides to South Africa.
The Galapagos Islands are a great destination for families who seek adventure. Your children will be able to get close to many different types of animals including giant 100 year old tortoises and baby sea lions, as well as hike up volcanoes and encounter lizards and rare birds such as the blue-footed booby. There are many activities for all ages, so whether you have teenagers or toddlers, there is something for them to do, including snorkeling, kayaking, scuba diving and long walks on the beach. If you have children under 12 they usually get discounts on cruises and other activities, so your vacation to the islands might be more affordable than you think.
London is one of the many great European trips to take with your children before they grow up as there are so many fun things to see and do that your children will be spoilt for your choice. There are free attractions you can visit including the Natural History Museum which will captivate your children for hours with its wonderful collection of animals, and also the National Gallery that features a collection of art that is of interest to people of all ages. There’s also the London Eye and the Shard which give fantastic views of the capital city of England, and fun attractions such as Madame Tussauds and the London Dungeons which will definitely keep the children entertained. If you’re a fan of the Royal Family you can also view Buckingham Palace and witness the changing of the guard ceremony which features soldiers in their trademark red coats and black hats and royal horsemen.
Beijing has a lot of offer for children and there are many historical monuments that they can see. One of the most visited areas of Beijing is the Great Wall of China which is the world’s longest wall and biggest ancient architecture. It stretches over 13,000 miles and is over 2,000 years old. There is a section called Mutianya which is the most accessible for families with children, and the best fully restored area for tourists. Your children will love being able to proudly tell their friends they have hiked up the wall, and there’s even a fun toboggan ride they can go on as well as cable cars to take you up and down the wall. Apart from the wall, there are other fun activities you can do such as visiting the Bejing World Park which is a theme park of miniature world landmarks, an aquarium called Beijing Ocean Park and Shijingshan Amusement Park.
New York City
Despite the hustle and bustle, New York City is great for children, as there are so many top attractions you can visit such as the Empire State Building, the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Land. There are several museums and landmarks in this city which can help children learn about American history, and there’s many sightseeing tours which cover all five boroughs in one trip. If you do decide to take a trip to New York City you must visit Central Park, as it is perfect for children. Some of its main attractions include a zoo, historic carousel, several sculptures and an abundance of playgrounds.