Family vacation travel can be a challenge to plan—especially if you’ve done Orlando and you’re tired of the local beach. Maybe you’re just looking for some exciting family vacation ideas for the upcoming family vacation and you want to travel far and away. We here at Tripbase decided to put together a list of the best family vacation travel destinations.
Our data covers a wide range of parameters in thousands of locations, and we considered everything from places with the most all inclusive kid friendly resorts to the number of attractions and parks as well as things like the popularity ratings with families, the range of kid friendly restaurants, hotels, entertainment and activities in order to come up with the best family vacation travel spots.
There are plenty of great family vacation ideas in destinations that are kid friendly, affordable and stunning all at once—especially if you take advantage of the package deals and all inclusive beach vacations in places like Cancun and the Caribbean Islands of Jamaica and the Dominican Republic. If you prefer a family vacation in kid friendly destinations that offer an urban landscape as well as plenty of family vacation activities, like zoos, parks, museums, natural wonders and historical sites, Sydney, Singapore, Vancouver and Victoria are great family vacation ideas.
For the history and art buffs, London and Barcelona are full of great family vacation ideas that are easy to navigate with public transportation and always have plenty of things to see and do. Finally, for those who want an easy-to-reach country with incredible wildlife, stunning natural parks and beautiful landscapes as well as plenty of water sports and attractions, like butterfly and orchid farms and canopy tours of evergreen rainforests by zip line, nothing beats Costa Rica for excellent family vacation ideas.
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1. Costa Rica Vacations
Costa Rica Vacations offer guided night safaris through rainforests, zip lines above a lush, green canopy, surfing lessons, and fun in the sand at one of the hundreds of beautiful beaches that line Costa Rica’s Caribbbean and Pacific coasts. If you’re into family vacations that have adventure tinged with the exotic, Costa Rica Vacations offer hikes at the base of active volcanoes, windsurfing on interior lakes, and visits to butterfly and orchid farms.
2. Cancun Vacations and Riviera Maya (Mexico)
Cancun Vacations offer kid friendly, all-inclusive packages, exciting activities and stunning nature are all wrapped up into one. The nearby Riviera Maya is a great place for family vacations away from the hustle and bustle. If you’re looking for a family vacation with great restaurants, clubs and shopping to go with your beach, Cancun Vacations have a hotel zone with plenty of choice. The Club Med Yucatan, nestled on its own little peninsula, has plenty of things for kids to do, including water sports and lessons, and is slightly quieter than the rest of the area. At Riviera Maya, you can enjoy 100 kilometers of white, sandy beaches alongside stunning Mayan ruins. Cancun vacations also offer fantastic snorkeling above the world’s second-largest barrier reef, the Xcaret eco-theme park, and swimming in “Cenotes”—to name just a few of the adventurous, kid friendly activities.
3. Dominican Republic Vacations (Dominican Republic)
Dominican Republic vacations offer plenty of all-inclusive, kid friendly vacation packages—not to mention the many direct flight options, which makes getting here for family vacations even cheaper. Learn to windsurf, work on your tan and enjoy great seafood while you’re at it! If there are teenagers in your family, Dominican Republic vacations include suave teen lounges at the Club Med in Punta Cana. It’s a crowd pleaser.
4. Jamaica Vacations
Jamaica vacations are great family vacations because it’s easy to reach the island and affordable to stay thanks to plenty of all-inclusive kid friendly resorts and direct flights from all over the world. Jamaica vacations offer great water sports, beaches and natural landscapes too.
5. Singapore Vacations
Singapore vacations might be humid, but family vacations there are great because it’s a safe and clean, kid friendly destination that your children will love for its incredible ‘open’ zoo– where you can go on night safaris. Check out the best deals on flights to Singapore and don’t miss the mystical temples, urban parks and water park attractions that Singapore vacations have to offer.
6. Sydney Vacations
Sydney vacations offer great wildlife, ultra-cool bridges, nice beaches and fast boats. Sydney is a great kid friendly destination for family vacations—especially if you like nature and want to use it as a stop-off point to some of the incredible offshore islands and the Great Barrier Reef on your next family vacation. The flights to Sydney are long, that’s for sure but this vacation spot is well worth the trek!
7. Paris Vacations
Paris vacations offer far more than just the Eiffel tower. Packed with urban thrills that kids will love—from charming urban parks to carousel rides and ‘bateaux mouches’ boats that travel up and down the Seine—Paris vacations are great for the entire family. The Louvre always has plenty of kid friendly exhibits that are engaging for family vacations and kids will enjoy experiencing metro rides and tasty new food. So what are you waiting for? Check out the flights to Paris and pack yourself off on a “tres chic” family vacation!
8. London Vacations
London vacations are certain to thrill everyone on the next family vacation. No one of any age could ever be bored in London. Top-notch museums with kid friendly interactive exhibits and urban attractions like the London Eye and the London Bridge are just a few of the mystical treats in this European playground. On your London vacation, you can visit castles and fortresses as well as sprawling urban parks and historical landmarks. London is a great destination for fun, educational activities and family vacations. Plus, it’s overflowing with some of the best kid friendly entertainment in the world—from street puppet shows to box office hits. So bag yourself a great deal on flights to London and get working on your cockney slang!
9. Barcelona Vacations
Barcelona vacations may have a reputation for offering chic design, top-notch seafood and stunning architecture that appeals to big kids, but small ones will find plenty of things to do here too. Family vacations here are great because Barcelona is teeming with lovely, urban spaces like Parc Guell, a kid friendly waterfront and zoo. Top-notch art museums choc full of interactive and engaging exhibits make Barcelona vacations constantly stimulating for kids. And the tourist destinations that adults flock to, like the old Blue Tram that climbs up a hill to Tibidabo and the aerial cable car that takes you from the port to Montjuic, are just as exciting for family vacations with kids. For even more adventure you might want to check out the flights to Madrid and spend some time in the capital before heading on to the architectural delights of Barcelona.
10. Vancouver and Victoria Vacations
Vancouver vacations are jam packed with kid friendly attractions, historic sights, natural wonders urban thrills and a wide range of hotels and restaurants to choose from. Visit the Kids Market on Granville Island, a mall with a Lilliputian entrance and many other charming features just for kids on a family vacation here. Just across the Strait of Georgia from the city of Vancouver on Vancouver Island is Victoria. Overflowing with beaches, biking, whale-watching, and hiking, Victoria vacations are great for family adventure vacations in nature.
For kid friendly travel in the U.S., see our previous blog on Family Vacation Destinations in the United States.
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