Looking for the Best Family Holiday Spots? Try These Editor’s Picks
It can be tricky to choose a holiday destination for the whole family. Somewhere toddlers are occupied and teens are busy, so mum and dad can enjoy the trip too! From adventures into nature, to city sights and fun-filled beaches, here’s a look at our top picks for family-friendly holiday spots.
You won’t get any complaints from the kids, by choosing Orlando as your next travel adventure. Florida’s vibrant home of the big theme parks is also fun for ‘big’ kids at heart, with fantastic resorts, dining and shopping opportunities. Practise your magic at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, check out the stars at the Orlando Science Center Observatory and meet Mickey Mouse at Disney World.
If Cancun brings to mind romantic cocktails by the beach, don’t despair, because you can do that and give the kids a trip of a lifetime too. The Cancun Hotel Zone is full of children’s activities, you can snorkel in the bright blue waters, trek through lush jungles, visit the Cancun Interactive Aquarium and explore Xel-Ha, a nature park with cycling, zip lines and rope swings.
Copenhagen is a family-friendly city, complete with a fairy tale atmosphere. Apart from an exciting range of attractions, you’ll find it easy to travel with little ones in restaurants, on public transport and in hotels. Delight in the enchanting Tivoli Gardens, check out The Blue Planet Aquarium and scream on the rides in the world’s oldest amusement park, Bakken.
Canary Islands, Spain
When you want to spend your time lazing, bathing and playing on sunny beaches, the Canary Islands is the place for your family. Out of the water, you can go mountain biking in the rocky landscape of Fuerteventura, play cowboys and Indians at Sioux City in Gran Canaria, try the river rapids at Siam Park in Tenerife and live in the fast lane with go karting in Lanzarote.
It’d be hard to find locals who’ll bring a smile to your children’s faces, like Fijian’s can. Fiji is the perfect spot to indulge in an all-inclusive resort, where the kid’s club will be your child’s favourite spot on earth, so you can spend your free time doing…anything you want.
Apart from taking family surf lessons, sun-blessed Hawaii offers a cultural feast for the senses that entrances all age-groups. Tour Pearl Harbour for a day immersed in history, learn about the Polynesian island cultures, visit the Waikiki Aquarium, swim with dolphins and check out the Honolulu Zoo.
Thai locals adore children and, no matter where you go in ‘the land of smiles’, you’ll receive a warm welcome and plenty of help. Yes, there’s the sun, sand and turquoise water, but you’ll also love the interactive 3D art at the Phuket Trickeye Museum, the Phuket Fantasea Show and Zorbing at Rollerball.
Yellowstone National Park, California, USA
Awe-inspiring nature awaits your family at Yellowstone National Park, whether you camp, hike, or simply spend a day exploring natural wonders. Organised activities for kids range from earning a Yellowstone Junior Ranger patch to joining in with the Yellowstone Wildlife Olympics.
You can still embark on a fabulous city trip and keep the kids happy – especially to the Eternal City. With giant reminders of a glorious history at each turn, the easiest way to explore in a group is via a Hop On Hop Off Bus. This way, little legs won’t get too tired and the excitement of sitting outside on the deck will keep them wanting more! Plus…there’s gelato.