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5 of the Best Holiday Destinations for Families

Finding the perfect holiday destination for family holidays that ticks the boxes for every member can be difficult enough, but when you are trying to plan a holiday as a parent you can easily feel your stress levels increasing tenfold. Finding somewhere that will give the kids a great time, you the time to get some much needed relaxation and above all be safe and kid friendly may seem a daunting task, but it isn’t if you know where to look. With that in mind we put together this list of the best holiday destinations for families!

 

It’s all in the planning

It is worthwhile putting in the work to plan this trip carefully, as once you know you have everything in place before you jet off it will be a lot easier for all concerned. When it comes to destinations, it can be very easy to think that if there’s a beach everyone will be happy, but some resorts have little else and slightly older children will not find a trip to the beach every day a great deal of fun. Finding somewhere that has something for all ages is the key here, and this is not as daunting a task as it may seem.

With this in mind it is well worth looking at some of the fantastic child friendly cities that are scattered across the globe as they have all the ingredients you need to create a great family holiday. Some of these have beaches too, some of them don’t, but what they all have is family friendly accommodation and so much to do and see that everyone in your party, irrespective of age, will have a brilliant time and remember the holiday for all the right reasons.

It’s also essential to remember to get travel insurance for all the family. We’d recommend Columbus Direct – who offer specialist family and single parent policies (kids go free too). Even if you’re travelling within Europe cover is essential as European health cards only cover emergencies! With that forewarning out the way let’s look at the 5 best family vacation spots!

 

Awesome Orlando

Voted the best holiday destination in the world (time after time), you cannot have a list of family friendly cities and not include the Florida city which seems to have been designed for kids with a child as chief architect. Everyone knows Orlando for its theme parks and they are the best in the world bar none, but there is a lot more to Orlando apart from these so if you are getting theme park weary there is plenty to do elsewhere including swimming with dolphins and having a go on iFly, a thrilling experience which is the closest, and safest, way of skydiving without having to jump out of a plane.

 

Beautiful Barcelona

The stunning city of Barcelona sits on the north eastern coast of mainland Spain and offers the best of both worlds as it also boasts a lovely beach. There are several amusement parks in and around Barcelona; Tibidabo and Parapark being two of the best. There is also the innovative Bubbleparc where the emphasis is on having fun in a healthy atmosphere. Isla de Fantasia is an outstanding water park offering a full day of entertainment at a reasonable cost with a wide range of activities for all ages.

 

Super San Jose

 

The Californian city of San Jose is incredibly child friendly and there is everything you could ask for here in terms of great accommodation, numerous attractions and, of course, the famous west coast weather. A must visit attraction here is the Children’s Discovery Museum where kids of all ages will have fun for hours on end, but take a change of clothes as there is a lot of water involved. If you want a smaller more intimate theme park then head to the Happy Hollow Zoo and Park which focuses more on   the animals, but there are still plenty of rides as well and they are suitable for all ages.

Spectacular Singapore

If you are looking to venture further afield for your holiday and are considering south East Asia then the tiny island state that is Singapore could be exactly what you are looking for. This is a city that is rightly proud of its child friendliness and it is hard to find a hotel or restaurant that isn’t geared for families. Amongst the many attractions to be found in Singapore are Wild Wild Wet, a huge water park which is one of the best in the world and the Singapore Flyer, the highest observation wheel in the world.

 

Surprising Cardiff

There are those who will be looking closer to home for their holidays and travelling to Cardiff in Wales will tick all those boxes when it comes to planning a family holiday. It has an outstanding reputation for being child friendly and news of this is slowly spreading across the UK. Practically every attraction in this glorious capital city is geared towards families with such gems on offer as Cardiff Castle, the Doctor Who Experience and the Millennium Stadium. Little ones are spoilt for choice when it comes to play and adventure centres with the Zone Play Centre and Jazzy Jungles being two of the best.

 

 

 

The Californian city of San Jose is incredibly child friendly and there is everything you could ask for here in terms of great accommodation, numerous attractions and, of course, the famous west coast weather. A must visit attraction here is the Children’s Discovery Museum where kids of all ages will have fun for hours on end, but take a change of clothes as there is a lot of water involved. If you want a smaller more intimate theme park then head to the Happy Hollow Zoo and Park which focuses more on   the animals, but there are still plenty of rides as well and they are suitable for all ages.

 

 

Spectacular Singapore

If you are looking to venture further afield for your holiday and are considering south East Asia then the tiny island state that is Singapore could be exactly what you are looking for. This is a city that is rightly proud of its child friendliness and it is hard to find a hotel or restaurant that isn’t geared for families. Amongst the many attractions to be found in Singapore are Wild Wild Wet, a huge water park which is one of the best in the world and the Singapore Flyer, the highest observation wheel in the world.

 

7 Comments

  1. Shawna Elkins on July 28, 2013 at 2:01 am

    I’d love to go on vacation to Gatlinburg, Tennessee. I am not a very good planner though. Wish I was.



  2. Janet W. on July 19, 2013 at 2:47 am

    I’m hoping to get down to Orlando in the next year or so. My grandsons have never been and boy what an experience they would have!!



  3. Shani F. on July 7, 2013 at 5:23 am

    These are some interesting places. I would love to visit any of these. Orlando is probably the easiest for me to reach.



  4. Janet on July 1, 2013 at 4:13 pm

    These are definitely some great choices for a family vacation! I would love to visit any of them – especially Orlando. Maybe someday soon!



  5. Eric Underhill on June 30, 2013 at 10:52 am

    I have to agree with the warning in this article about making sure you hhave enough of the right travel cover having been caught out myself a couple of years ago. The relatively low cost of the insurance could have saved me thousands but then if you are like me you think its never going to happen to you. Well I can tell you it MIGHT!!



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  7. Tammy S on June 29, 2013 at 5:08 pm

    These are all great choices. I would love to go to Barcelona and the UK. Great point about buying trip insurance. We had booked a trip to the UK a couple of years ago and had to cancel it at the last minute due to our son having to have surgery. If we hadn’t had trip insurance we would have been out several thousand dollars. Thanks for sharing!