Planning a vacation that will please everyone in the family might seem like a Herculean task, but choosing the right destination is the key. Our editors know all about traveling with kids, and the places they've chosen are all great for family
Planning a vacation that will please everyone in the family might seem like a Herculean task, but choosing the right destination is the key. Our editors know all about traveling with kids, and the places they've chosen are all great for family getaways.
Much of your decision depends on the ages of your children. Infants are along for the ride wherever you go, so plan short jaunts to work in frequent feedings. Inquisitive six year olds may want to explore everything, making children's museums and science centers prime spots. Grouchy teenagers might need a bit of coaxing, so maybe a beach or an amusement park will do the trick. Choosing a few top priorities will make it easier to narrow down your options.
Budget is also a concern for most families. Don't rule out all-inclusive resorts. The initial price tag might be higher, but with food and drinks included, this type of accommodation might turn out to be easier on your wallet. Many all-inclusive hotels offer a wide range of children's activities, allowing grown-ups some time to relax on their own. Cruises can also be a great option for families, and the price tag can be the quite reasonable when you realize it includes meals and entertainment.
If your kids have their heart set on meeting Mickey and Minnie, we've also got that covered. Check out our recommendations for Florida's Walt Disney World and California's Disneyland for a bit more direction.
Still not sure? Browse our handpicked list of top family destinations. And remember: you can never take enough photos.