Everyone loves to go on vacation but did you know that sometimes it can be difficult to go on a family vacation with kids? Sometimes family vacations with kids aren’t as relaxing and enjoyable as they could be. A family vacation is something you should never miss especially when your kids are young and they can thereafter cherish how much fun and adventurism they had.
Are you planning a family vacation with kids? If so, then this post is for you! Research shows that vacations are important for a healthy well-rounded life. Vacations not only allow families to reconnect and spend time together, they also provide an opportunity to experience new places away from home. The key to enjoying a family vacation starts with advance planning.
When you think of family or vacation, you may be imagining Disneyland or Universal Studios. But guess what? There are plenty of fun and exciting options that won’t break the bank. In fact, there are tons of inexpensive options that will allow you to turn your family vacation into an experience your kids will never forget. If you’re thinking about taking a family vacation, you’ve probably considered the costs. How much will flights be? What about the hotel? The rental car? You get the picture. But what about travel insurance? Renting a home or condo instead of a hotel? It might take a little digging to uncover all the travel costs that go into planning a vacation, so start searching now.
Family Vacation With Kids
Remember what a typical day in your childhood looked like? Probably not, but we bet you can vividly recall a family trip that blew your young mind. We’ve all got traveling on the mind these days, so now might be an excellent time to let those long-dreamt-about family vacation ideas come to fruition.
If you want your child or teenager to experience the same magic on vacation, take them to any of these family vacation destinations. From glaciers to beachfronts, dinosaurs to Disney characters, there’s something here for everyone — even the kid that’s hard to please.
Best places to travel with kids
Best for ages: 8-12
Why go? Although it’s often associated with a party crowd or retirees, Miami Beach can also be kid-friendly.
What to do: Miami Beach has the most tropical beaches in the continental United States. As you drive to Miami Beach from Miami, you hit your first two must-see attractions. Indoors, the Children’s Museum shares an island with Jungle Island.
Where to stay: At the north end of the island, Ritz-Carlton Bal Harbour has the best kids’ beach club. At the south end, Hilton Bentley Miami/South Beach has direct beach access and sits between two public parks.
More info: MiamiandTheBeaches.com
Best for ages: 2-12
Why go? It’s an amazing green gathering place.
What to do? Strike a pose in the reflective Cloud Gate sculpture (affectionately known as The Bean). Splash around in the animated Crown Fountain, which literally makes faces at you. Join one of the free activities (family yoga, anyone?) on the big lawn or rent bikes from Bike and Roll Chicago or Divvy Bikes Millennium Park to ride to nearby Navy Pier.
More info: ChooseChicago.com
Best for ages: 6-16
Why go? Jackson Hole is home to Grand Teton National Park and a world-class ski resort.
What to do? Jackson Hole boasts more outdoor activities than there are hours in the day. You can raft the scenic Snake River, tube down the runs at Snow King Resort in Jackson or explore the magical ice castle and ice skate in Teton Village.
Where to stay: Hotel Terra Jackson Hole and Teton Mountain Lodge & Spa, both Noble House Hotels, are within walking distance of the chairlifts. Both properties have ski packages in the winter and national park packages in the summer.
More info: VisitJacksonHole.com
Best for ages: 4-14
Why go? Snorkel in freshwater cenotes (natural pools), swim with manatees and climb ancient Mayan ruins all before the sun sets.
What to do: Fly into Cancun and then head to Playa del Carmen, the perfect launching point for all of Quintana Roo’s adventures. Float the underwater river at Xcaret Eco Theme Park and stay late for the musical show, “Xcaret Mexico Espectacular.” Then, taxi or bus to Dolphin Discovery in Puertos Aventuras where the kids can splash and play with dolphins, manatees and even sea lions! Finally, explore the clifftop ruins in Tulum. Further inland, take a day trip to Chichen Itza. For beach time, check out Aloha Paddle Club’s water sport rentals in Playa del Carmen or take the ferry to nearby Cozumel.
Where to stay: Panama Jacks Resort Playa del Carmen is located on prime beachfront real estate and home to the Camp Jack kids club. Outside of town, Barcelo has everything from its impressive Barcelo Maya Grand Resort (five family-friendly hotels in one) to its more intimate Allegro Playacar where babysitting is always available. In Cozumel, Allegro Cozumel has a pirate-themed water park on site.
More info: VisitMexico.com
Best for ages: 5-11
Why go? This state park just 75 miles southwest of Dallas boasts some of the best preserved dinosaur tracks in the world.
What to do: In addition to walking in the humongous footprints left in the Paluxy River, take a covered wagon tour, mountain bike the trails, borrow a fishing pole from the park’s Tackle Loaner Program and visit the museums in downtown Glen Rose, the Dinosaur Capital of Texas.
Where to stay: Pitch your tent or park your RV at Dinosaur Valley State Park, or consider Best Western Dinosaur Valley Inn Suites.
More info: Texas.gov
Best for ages: 8-18
Why go? Thanks to climate change, North America’s few remaining glaciers are disappearing.
What to do? Hike! The Going-to-the-Sun Road (one of the most scenic in the world) is also fun to bike, but it’s best ridden early or late in the season when car traffic is minimal. The open-top Glacier Park Red Bus Tours allow kids to see wildlife from a safe distance. To get out on the glacial lakes, rent canoes or kayaks or book a boat tour with Glacier Park Boat Co.
Where to stay: Spend a few nights in a cabin at the no-frills Apgar Village Lodge. Then, splurge at the luxurious, all-inclusive and dog-friendly The Resort at Paws Up located on the edge of the scenic Flathead National Forest.
More info: NPS.gov/glac
Best for ages: 8-16
Why go? The Mile High City has tons of experiences for the 48-inches-and-under crowd.
What to do? Denver’s top attraction is The Denver Zoo. It’s more than 100 years old! At the Children’s Museum of Denver, younger kids can experiment in a test kitchen, cool off in an outdoor splash zone and dance in a room of bubbles. Older kids will appreciate the exhibits and the Phipps IMAX 3D Theater at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. When they get tired, ride in the free open-air Denver Trolley.
Where to stay: The Kimpton Hotel Born is in the heart of downtown (a stone’s throw from Union Station). The Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center is just one block from the 16th Street pedestrian mall and has an indoor pool.