There are so many fantastic places that you can visit with kids. However, it can be difficult to figure out exactly where to go. While it can be tempting to go back to the same place year after year, it’s also fun to explore new places. Looking for some family travel inspiration? Here are some places that we’ve recently traveled to, and have loved. There are plenty of options here for your family travel bucket list, at a variety of prices.
10 Places to Add to Your Family Travel Bucket List
If you haven’t visited New England with your kids yet, you definitely should add it to your list. With six small states that are easily accessible from each other, it’s also the perfect location for a family road trip. Unless you enjoy skiing, I’d probably recommend saving your vacation for the late spring to early fall, whether the weather is much more seasonable. If you are planning to fly, Boston’s Logan Airport is probably the easiest. Start in Boston for a few days, and then travel around from there.
I love visiting Quebec City, because the city is rich with culture and history. It’s one of those places that I traveled to with my family when I was growing up, and then continued visiting with my husband (before kids) and then again with kids. It definitely feels like visiting a European city, but has all of the convenience of being in North America. There are aquariums, museums, outdoor cafes, shops, and beautiful sites, all in one city.
Read our review of things to do in Quebec City with kids.
The Amalfi Coast
When my kids were old enough to go on an international flight, we knew that we wanted to take them to Italy. We love Italian food and culture, and there’s so much to see. We decided to go on a guided Adventures by Disney trip, which made the whole process of traveling overseas so easy.
I especially loved the Amalfi Coast part of our trip, because it was so scenic and beautiful. I love being near the water, and during our trip we visited beautiful cities including Positano, Sorrento, Amalfi, Pisa, and Capri. It was truly a breathtaking experience, and one that our kids enjoyed.
For a more relaxing pool/beach vacation, Atlantis Bahamas on Paradise Island is the perfect destination. It’s got something for everyone, including live entertainment, beautiful beaches, a fun water park, a casino, delicious restaurants, and an indoor/outdoor aquarium. It’s the type of place where you can spend the days relaxing and the nights doing all sorts of fun activities on property. You don’t even have to leave at all during your vacation. It can be expensive, so we have some tips on how to do Atlantis Bahamas on a budget, as well as an overall review of Atlantis Bahamas.
Lisbon Portugal is growing in popularity as a family travel destination, and with good reason. This beautiful, culture-rich city is home to museums, hotels, and restaurants that appeal to the whole family. During a trip to Portugal last year, I only had the opportunity to spend one day in Lisbon. But I plan to return again with my family soon. You can also combine a trip to Lisbon with a visit to other Portuguese destinations, including the Azores, the Algarve, and Porto.
Last Thanksgiving, we headed to Nashville, Tennessee for a long weekend in the music city. Although my kids aren’t really country music fans, they still loved touring the Ryman, the Grand Ole Opry, and the Country Music Hall of Fame. We stayed at the Gaylord Opryland Resort, a majestic resort that is a destination in itself. During our stay, we also visited Hermitage (Andrew Jackson’s home), as well as the Adventure Science Center. Of course, we also ate some of the best food in the USA. I’d definitely recommend visiting.
Our latest family vacation was spring break in San Antonio. We decided to stay on the famous River Walk, so we’d be able to walk to the Alamo, shops, and restaurants right from our hotel. If you visit San Antonio with kids, I’d definitely recommend a river boat tour, which gives you the history of the River Walk while also providing you with a nice tour. We also used our car a few days – for a day trip to Seaworld, and a trip to the Witte Museum.
One of our favorite family vacations was to San Diego, California. This family-friendly waterfront city is home to a number of fun activities, including SeaWorld, LegoLand, and the San Diego Zoo. There are also plenty of beaches nearby, so you can have both an active and a relaxing family vacation. With consistent temperatures year round, it’s also a place where you can visit at any time without having to worry about the seasonal weather.
My son and I recently visited Raleigh, North Carolina on a press trip, and were so impressed with all of the things to do with kids. I especially enjoyed seeing all of the free museums for families – there were definitely plenty of things to explore. In addition to the things to do right in Raleigh, we also visited a zipline/canopy park right outside the city.
I love the beach, so during a recent trip to Tampa, FL, I knew that I had to get over to visit Clearwater Beach on the Gulf Coast. This beautiful beach town is also home to the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, where you can see Winter and Hope from the Dolphin Tale movies. Don’t miss the actual beach though, because the sugary white sand is almost perfect, and you’ll definitely want to spend at least a day.
Have you been to any of these destinations? What are the destinations that you’ve added to your family travel bucket list?