Best Places In The World To Visit With Kids For A Family Holiday
It’s going to be vacation soon and the kids have been badgering you for a holiday abroad. Where do you take them? How do you determine if a country or a city is child friendly? If it will have all the activities and sites suitable to kids or if there will be some educational value to your trip? How do you figure out the best, most memorable days of your trip abroad based on just pictures and designer brochures?
Well, you can’t. Of course, your kids will have some idea about where they want to go. Like if they want to see snow or want to go to Disneyland. If they want to see wild animals in a safari or go to explore museums and historic sites. So make sure you ask them about their choices and then read our list to see where your family’s perfect holiday fits in this wide world.
The land of kangaroos and koala bears, take your family here if your kids are excited about travelling, road trips, culture and city fun. There are science museums and zoos, kangaroo parks and the Great Barrier Reef where they can snorkel or scuba dive. Sydney’s Bondi Beach is a hotspot for beach babies and the Opera House will educate you about the history and architecture of one of the biggest wonders of the world.
Oh yes. The Scandinavian countries are sorted when it comes to entertaining kids. Denmark’s capital Copenhagen is home to a great many museums, zoos and even the National Aquarium. Your kids will also love the Little Mermaid statue on its shore, which will remind them of the fairytale. Aside from these, there are some cute beaches and the oldest amusement park in Europe - the Tivoli Gardens, which is believed to have inspired Walt Disney to create a world of cartoons and entertainment for children.
Make your kids read Harry Potter. And then they will definitely chew your brains until you take them to England. Visit London with your family and show them Platform 9 3/4, the Big Ben, London Bridge and the Westminster Abbey. Take them up on London Eye. England is full of history, so travel to places like Bath and Edinburgh for museums and Manchester for football mania. And do this by trains, as this is one way the kids will enjoy all that gorgeous scenery and little hamlets of this country.
The UAE is one of the hotspots for Indian families looking at holidays abroad. Dubai being the largest and most coveted. It is really the best place to take your kids, for there is a plethora of activities to entertain the entire family. There are malls for endless shopping, ice-rink skating, Waterparks, Bird Parks, Museums and desert safari. The Burj Khalifa and light and sound shows make for a great evening, while a ride in the yacht at sunset makes for great photos. Visit during the Shopping Fest months (January-February) to enjoy insane discounts on everything from gadgets to branded purses, shoes and apparel and homeware.
The best country to take your kids if they are into history, myth and folklore. An added bonus is the string of gorgeous Mediterranean islands and beaches where you can relax. Greece really shines in the already beautiful landscape of Europe. Visit Athens for the ancient monuments and ruins like the Parthenon, Acropolis, the Acropolis Museum and the Temple of Olympian. Visit islands like Mykonos, Crete and Santorini and eat fresh salads, yogurts, baklavas and pastas all day.
Now the Bahamas sound as if it’s an exotic island for the honeymooners and couples only, but really, it is best for family crowds. Very close to the USA, Bahamas is all glittery sands and pristine waters, welcoming children into marine shows and weekend activities, beaches and paddling rides, while the parents can stretch out on lounges with their favourite book and drink. Usually the resort you book into will take care of your children’s activities through most of the day, but you can also take them out to cruises or coral reef islands.
This is the place for families that love wildlife. Kenya, one of the best African countries to go to for wildlife safari is where your children will get to see those animals they always pointed in picture books and laughed. From the elusive lion to elephants and giraffes, zebras to buffaloes to hippos, safaris at parks like Masai Mara will leave you gasping for more. Amboseli and Lake Nakuru are other natural ecosystems where you can find more animals. You can camp in jungles and see wild animals peep into your window every morning. Imagine the thrill!
Not too far from the USA, Canada is just a hop-skip-jump country in the neighbourhood. You can take a flight to the capital Ottawa or Toronto, go visit the legendary Niagara Falls, go to the Prince Edward Island to see the Green Gables. British Columbia is amazing for safaris to see the grizzly bear, while Montreal offers you an opportunity to see the old towns and erstwhile British establishments. Banff National Park is another great place to take your family for a hike.
All the exotic rainforest fun comes wrapped in this country. You get to show your kids a unique new evergreen ecosystem, take your pick of the most amazing beaches, spot exotic animals together and go to national parks. There are many children’s museums, a few adventure sports suitable to kids and great food to make sure your family enjoys a new kind of cuisine every day.
One of the northernmost Scandinavian countries, Finland is best for family tourists because here, the kids get to see Santa Claus's village! Besides a great many things, the Laplands and Santa Claus Village make Finland a highly coveted destination. If you visit in winter then you can take your kids to live in a real igloo, show them northern lights, take them on reindeer sleigh rides and show them the place where Earth tapers to North Pole. So Finland is an interesting mix of science education, wonderful sightseeing and magical folklore.
Another Scandinavian country, Norway is also great for families. In fact, the country’s official website declares it is ‘made for children.’ From the viking museums to the amazing Setesdalsbanen Railway Line, its natural landscapes to thrilling rides through rivers cutting between fjords, Norway feeds the curiosity in your child and also shows them a good time.
Slowly and gradually Iceland has evolved into the coveted family destination that it is. This is the kind of place where your kids will be able to see volcanoes as well as glaciers, where they will get to dip into hot water springs and enjoy saunas, where they will see national parks full of waterfalls and lagoons and also enjoy northern lights when the sun sets. If your family likes the outdoors and physical activity then hikes are all the rage here. If you are into relaxing then there are many good restaurants and shopping streets too. All in all, a nice exotic place to vacation.
Oh, the feeder of wanderlust and imagination in kids, that is what Ireland is. With its ancient Celtic customs that are as old as time, with its tales of magical creatures and mystic river goddesses, with goblins and centaurs and magical kingdoms hidden in desolate isles, Ireland is the best place to take your kids if they are into the whole fantasy-fiction kind of world. Show them castles and fortresses, take them hiking up hills, ride trains across the isles and enjoy the charming locals who love to amuse tourists with tales and superstitions.
Take your children to Japan and show them a different kind of Asian culture. Show them garden temples with pagodas and sakura season where cherry trees blossom pink. Go shopping for cute kawai articles, from stationery to clothes to shoes and homeware, take your family to museums of Japanese history. Tell them stories of how this country rebuilt itself from disasters like WWII and Hiroshima Nagasaki, visit Legoland Discovery Center and Disneyland Tokyo together. Japan will definitely prove a wholesome holiday for you and yours.
Meet beach islands and tall skyscrapers, meet futuristic cities and jungle cruises, meet rainbow coloured parrots and larger than life sized eagle statues. Meet Malaysia. This is the country where families travel the most. Home to many zoos and aquariums, with river cruises and cable car rides to thrill and street food that is so delicious, Malaysia enthrals you. Make sure you go see as many animals as you can, from Orangutans to crocodiles, snakes and frogs.
Take your kids to a land of canals cutting through cities and windmills spinning in meadows of tulips. Amsterdam is THE place to be in for families visiting Netherlands. With its line of museums displaying art, history and culture to the boat rides in the canals that maze through its streets, Amsterdam is everything Dutch. Share cones of fries and eat waffles all day, go cycling with your family and let your kids loose on all that chocolate. Other places you must take your kids to include Rotterdam and The Hague.
United States of America
The dream destination. Uncle Sam. The country where everybody wants to go.
The USA is amazing, for all kinds of people. But especially for children. Because here they will get a roundabout of entertainment, sightseeing, educational tours and make awesome memories. Orlando’s Disneyland and Universal Studios define fun for families, while historic tours of museums and monuments in Boston, Washington DC, Philadelphia etc make up the educational part. And while you are at it, don’t forget Los Angeles and Hollywood tours, and even a couple of days browsing New York!
The land of kiwis and volcanoes, multicoloured lake floors and wonders of nature, New Zealand will be a real treat to your kids. If your kids are fans of Lord of The Rings and Hobbit, then this is THE place for a vacation. If not, you must make sure they become fans of Lord of The Rings! Of course, there is much more to this country, from local tribal cultural shows to museums and aquariums.
Another land of fables and stories, tales of the Lock Ness monster called Nessie and historical legends of the great Battle of Culloden, Scotland is truly marvellous. From lakes to glens where seals come on the bank, from castles to forts dating back centuries, Scotland will show you a rustic, older version of England. The scenery welcoming you is amazing, the air so pure, and it rains all the time. Go to Edinburgh with its cobblestone streets, and show your children the modern city of Glasgow. You can club Scotland with a holiday in England with great ease.