Traveling with kids gives families a lot more to consider when making plans to go on vacation. Making the wrong decision on where to go can often lead to a miserable experience for everyone in the group if the kids are not happy. This list of Family Friendly destinations gives you some options on where you can take the kids and keep them entertained, even while they are unplugged from their comfort zone. There is something in each of these places for someone of all ages, from education to thrill rides.a
A trip to Williamsburg is potentially more exciting than it might sound at first. For starters, there is Colonial Williamsburg that is comparable to stepping into a time machine and being transported back a few hundred years in American history. This well-preserved and restored city is home to many reconstructed colonial buildings from an era that pre-dates our Revolutionary War. The town is staffed by artisans and actors who preserve the culture and day to day activities of the not-so-distant past. Here you can witness a blacksmith working at his forge, crafting nails and other equipment that will be used around the town to reconstruct even more buildings. Brick layers work in the sun to mold and cure more red bricks to bring history back to life piece by piece. Spend at least one day here getting acquainted with many of our ancestor’s way of life.
Nearby there are great theme parks that will be sure to raise the pulse of people of all ages. Busch Gardens offers thrill rides and a safari park that can keep the whole family entertained for at least a few days. If you happen to be visiting in the warmer months there is also Water Country USA, a large water park that has water rides, wave pools, and a lazy river. Admission to the parks can add up quickly in costs if you have a large family, so be on the lookout for any discount tickets to help keep the costs down.
Orlando is the quintessential “Are We There Yet?” destination for any family with young kids. This is the place that children spend their days dreaming in awe of the wonder and mystery of what is there. To a child, something magical takes place every day in Orlando, because the marketing has worked and they believe in the dream. Orlando and its surrounding area is home to theme parks, water parks, and various other entertaining attractions. Resorts are located all over the town to give families lots of choices for their preferred accommodations.
Without a doubt, Walt Disney World is the biggest draw to the area, but there are plenty of other things to do other than just spend your days wandering around the Magic Kingdom. Sea World and Universal Studios are also located nearby. Many fans of the Harry Potter books and movies flock to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, located at the Universal Studios Orlando Resort. A quick weekend trip is simply not enough time to enjoy all that Orlando has to offer, so plan on bringing the kids for a week if you can swing it.
At first glance, our nation’s capital might seem like a boring place for children. After all, the city’s day to day livelihood revolves around politics and business which is something that would be too hard for most kids to understand. Beneath the hustle and bustle of the daily grind, there is probably no denser packed area of national monuments and museums. This is what makes Washington DC a great place to bring kids. Perhaps you should wait until they are a little older so that they can appreciate the landmarks a little bit more.
Some of the biggest venues in Washington DC are the Lincoln Memorial, Thomas Jefferson Memorial, Washington Monument, Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, The National Archives, the US Capitol Building, The White House, and more. The list goes on and on, and the lines usually aren’t too bad either. Better yet, many of the landmarks are free to enter since they are owned and operated by the government.
San Diego, California
San Diego is a little more laid back than its California cousins, which is why it undoubtedly makes our list as a great place to bring the entire family. The attractions in the area can be very enriching to people of all ages. Legoland California is an obvious pit stop for tourists visiting the area, as well as Balboa Park and the San Diego Zoo. If your family craves more adventure and outdoor activities, the beaches around San Diego are known for their surfing and waves.
San Diego has a great mix of things to do for young ones, teenagers, and adults alike. This destination frequently tops our lists due to its simplicity and what it has to offer. One day your family might be running around all over the place having a blast and the next enjoying yourselves lounging around and relaxing.
Anaheim makes the list because it is home to many kid-friendly attractions. If the kids are older, a trip to nearby Hollywood would also make a nice additional day trip while in the neighborhood. In Anaheim, you will find many of the same kinds of theme parks that you would find in Orlando, but just slightly different. A great destination in particular for those closer to the West Coast, or those that have already “been there, done that” in Orlando.
Disneyland Resort is not a replica of Walt Disney World Resort, it is its own stand-alone theme park. Families will also find fun-filled days at the Universal Studios Hollywood, and the Warner Brothers Studio. There are also great beaches located nearby if you are looking to take the family somewhere for a day without having to pay out the ears for admission to everything. Fun and Sun is practically a promise when traveling to Anaheim.
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
If your family is headed to Myrtle Beach there’s a good chance that you are planning to visit, well…The Beach! After all, that’s what the city is best known for. The iconic SkyWheel ferris wheel lights up at night and is the signature centerpiece of every Myrtle Beach skyline. Located on the Boardwalk, right in the heart of the city’s attractions. If you are here, you are in the middle of all that Myrtle Beach has to offer.
Families often enjoy visiting the various Ripley’s attractions when they aren’t out in the sun catching some waves or rays. If salt water is not so much your thing, there are a few water parks in the area too, which might seem counter intuitive to travel all the way to the beach to go to a chlorinated water park, but trust us they are a blast too.