What do travel experts consider to be the best travel destinations for families?
They say it’s not about the destination, but the journey. But when you travel with kids, where you end up is very important. When choosing a destination to travel to with your kids so many factors come into play. First, is it kid-friendly? Will there be enough activities and excursions for kids to do? Are there accommodations that will be suitable for families?
The Best Travel Destinations for Families
When I am looking into a new vacation destination, I like to consult those who have been there, done that. I asked 8 experienced family travel planners where they like to go on vacation with their families. Here are their favorite places for families to travel.
Disneyland in California has been the quintessential family travel destination for generations. Created as a place for families to spend time together, Disneyland has evolved into a destination families return to year after year. With the recent opening of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, there’s no better time to visit Disneyland than right now. If you’re making a trip to Batuu, Didi from Post 50 RX breaks down the best eats and sips in Disneyland’s new area.
Walt Disney World
Just like Disneyland, Walt Disney World is a favorite family travel destination. With 4 parks, 2 water parks, a world class shopping district and so much more, there’s so much for families to do. It’s impossible to have the same vacation twice. Walt Disney World also has 25 resort hotels at varying levels to meet any family’s budget. Francine from Pixie Dust Fan recommends staying at Disney’s Beach Club Resort during your stay. It boasts the best pool on property and has a great location.
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Disney Cruise Line
A Disney Cruise is for families who want to go somewhere different but are still craving a little Disney magic. Itineraries include the Caribbean, The Bahamas, Alaska, Hawaii, Baja, Pacific Coast and Panama Canal. There’s so much fun to be had on a Disney Cruise, it’s hard to know what to do first. Carrie from A Princess and Her Pirates lets you know how to spend your first day on board. Disney Cruise Line also has special cruises around Christmas and Halloween time. Halloween on the High Seas is a favorite for Sarah from Dis Happy Home.
With 3 parks (and one more on the way), Universal Orlando is great for families. There is a common misconception among families that Universal Orlando is a place you should wait to take your kids to until they are older. We just got back from a great trip there and had the opportunity to see first hand just how awesome Universal Orlando is for kids of all ages. From rides to food to ensuring families have a stress-free visit, Universal Orlando is a place for the whole family. Stay on site to receive benefits such as early park admission and free transportation. Plus their hotels are pretty amazing too.
Jen at Disney Dream Co suggest families visit Siesta Key. Located on the barrier island just off the coast of Sarasota, Siesta Key is about a two hour drive from Walt Disney World. Here you will find white sand beaches, beautiful sunsets and tranquil waters. Head over to Siesta Key Village for shopping, dining and night life.
With its rich history and beauty, Jekyll Island on the southern Georgia coast offers fun for the whole family. Kayla from Mommy of a Princess highly recommends staying at Jekyll Island Club Resort during your stay. This destination includes 5 beaches, Georgia Sea Turtle Center and lots of nature paths. Jekyll Island is the perfect destination for families with little ones.
White Island, New Zealand
Family adventure can be found outside of the United States. Albion at AlbionGould.com is a big fan of taking the White Island Tour in New Zealand. White Island is New Zealand’s only active marine volcano and is always in a constant state of activity. Touring White Island is only possible through an authorized tour group as it is a private reserve. Tours run year round except on Christmas and inclement weather.
Believe it or not, Tokyo, Japan is an amazing family travel destination. Where else can you experience a bustling city then spend time strolling through a beautiful garden all in the same day. Alison from Jones Family Travel recently spent 10 days touring this city which is also home to Toyko Disney Sea and Toyko Disneyland. Tokyo is a unique juxtaposition of old world charm and new technology. Plus you can also experience some of the most interesting cuisine in the world.