Deciding where your next vacation destination will be can prove challenging when every member of the family wants something else for a vacation. A week at the beach seems excellent, but only for the children. A few days to wander in the mountains looks perfect, but the little ones are afraid of peaks and cliffs.
Everyone has dealt with the lengthy discussion of choosing a “one-fits-all” destination. “Vacations” and “kids” seem to be impossible to put together.
It’s not easy to come to an agreement, but why not choose a different destination than what’s already on your list? Why not go somewhere family-friendly that will definitely strengthen your bond and that everyone will enjoy?
The #1 Rule When Traveling with Kids
The most important rule when you travel with kids is that you go to their favorite places first.
If the kids are happy, the trip is a success. But why is it the #1 rule?
Because when kids enjoy what they are doing, they don’t even realize they get tired until you’re driving back to the hotel. Visit everything they want within the first days of your arrival. Children are curious and want to know as many things as possible, so take care of their curiosity need.
Once they have visited every place they wanted to (or most of them), they’ll be more open to coming to the places you want to visit, too. Simply because they’re satisfied and happy.
Top 5 Destinations for Kid-Friendly Vacations
1. Anaheim, California
By far, Anaheim is one of the best places to travel with kids. It is home to the original Disneyland, built under the close surveillance of the one and only Walt Disney.
Because there are eight themed parks within Disneyland, it’s impossible for your children to get bored – as a matter of fact, you’ll need more than just one day to visit all the places.
If your children are no longer into Disneyworld, give Adventure City a try. It’s not as famous or large as Disneyland, but neither as expensive.
But Anaheim isn’t just for children – if you’re a baseball fan, you can catch up a baseball game at the Angel Stadium, the fourth oldest in MLB.
2. Florida Space Coast, Florida
The Space Coast of Florida has 24 areas you can visit at all times, all linked by NASA’s ambition to launch spaceflights.
Cocoa Beach is one of the top attractions on the Space Coast, and it’s a family-friendly place, too. From there, you can go to the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, which brings the space to all of us on Earth – you can see a live rocket launch, visit the Space Shuttle Atlantis Exhibit, and even train in spaceflight simulators.
Fun fact: its telephone area code was personalized to – 321 – and if you pronounce each number separately, it resembles the countdown before lift-off.
3. Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin
Whether you choose to go for a boat tour and visit the dells of the Wisconsin River or go to the Safari-themed Kalahari resort, you’re going to have a fun time with your family!
Wisconsin offers the perfect mix of outdoor and nature activities with themed resorts and entertainment centers. For instance, you can visit the Mirror Lake State Park and then go to the Ripley’s Center Believe It or Not for mind-blowing exhibitions.
4. Sandusky, Ohio
Sandusky is situated on the shores of Lake Erie, offering a breath-taking view. Although it’s a small town, tourists are welcome to visit the indoor and outdoor waterparks, and the “Roller Coaster Capital of the World,” Cedar Point.
5. Indianapolis, Indiana
If you’re travelling with children, there’s no better place to take them than the Children’s Museum in Indianapolis. It’s the biggest museum for children in the world, and it’s a fantastic place if you want to arouse your kids’ interests in arts, science, and tech.
Pack the Bags and Hit the Road
The best part of having a family vacation in the U.S. is that there are enough destinations from which to choose. Are your kids fun and adventurous? Or are they more of bookworms and little scientist? There’s plenty of amusement parks, museums, and exhibitions for everyone.
If they enjoy the walks in nature, amazing views, and the time spent at the beach, there’s enough of those, as well.
Regardless of how difficult it might seem to make a decision, stick to one destination and then save the rest for your next trips. In the end, it doesn’t matter where you are, as long as you are having fun together!