Best Family Vacation Spots

October 15, 2020

We have gathered our best family vacation spots from all over the world. From domestic US destinations to the Far East, these are the best places to take your family just to get away.

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What Makes The Best Family Vacation

The best family vacation should be defined as one in which each member of the family is able to fully enjoy themselves and travels together are enhanced. Not everything should be focused around the children as is often the case when families travel together, but give your kids a little credit – they may surprise you, especially as their interests change.

Our Top Five Best Family Vacation Destinations

Here are the very best family vacation destinations in our experience:

  • Cartagena, Colombia – Starting off this list with a surprise for many: Cartagena is a former colonial outpost pre-dating Columbus on Colombia’s northern Caribbean Coast. The city offers beaches and both a new and old walled city. Flights from Florida are just three hours, and families can enjoy authentic, delicious cuisine from $1 on the street, to $45 for a family of three at a nice restaurant. Our favorite restaurant is Cuba 1940s which features an indoor pool for dipping toes and listening to live music.
Conrad hotel Cartagena Colombia
Conrad hotel Cartagena Colombia
  • Orlando, Florida, USA – Any list of the best family destinations has to include Orlando – but not just because of the theme parks. Almost every restaurant chain in the country has a location to offer travelling families a taste of home, or a taste of somewhere different. The amusement parks are certainly a draw with Sea World, two parks from Universal Studios, and four Disney theme parks (and two water parks). Not to mention, Universal City Walk and Disney Springs offer guests off-park locations to engage with the brands, eat, and entertain. Cape Canaveral is also a short drive away to the “Space Coast” with its deep space history and now nearly weekly rocket launches.
Disney World Galaxy's Edge Orlando
Disney World Galaxy’s Edge Orlando
  • Paris, France – Not just for romantics, families love Paris, too. Parents can indulge in the exquisite flavors of world-famous French cuisine, and kids won’t grow tired of chocolates, macarons, baguettes, and au gratin potatoes. Cheap eats in the Latin Quarter are a short walk down the Sienne river from the Louvre museum. The Eiffel tower is essential for any trip (but buy your tickets in advance.)
Eiffel Tower Paris France Best Family Vacation
Eiffel Tower Paris France Best Family Vacation
  • Bangkok, Thailand – Off-the-beaten-path for Americans is the “Big Mango” but it shouldn’t be. Warm weather year-round, lush pools, and fresh fruit make Thailand’s capital city fun for families. Street food, cheap eats, nighttime river cruises, and tuk-tuk rides are great for kids. Add endless malls (multiple six, seven, and eight-story malls right next to each other) for a reprieve from the heat, night markets all over the city, and your family will be eating mango sticky rice and enjoying both the indoor and outdoor sites of beautiful Thailand.
Best Family Vacation Bangkok Thailand
Best Family Vacation Bangkok Thailand
  • Rome, Italy – Classic Roman architectural remains found around the city connect families with the past between pizza slices and unmissable gelato. Rome may not seem like a family destination at first, but from the Spanish Steps to throwing coins into Trevi Fountain, the city is full of sights and sounds that families can appreciate together. Kids will love the beautiful city, the delicious foods, and the many attractions Rome has to offer.
Pizza making class in Rome Italy
Pizza making class in Rome Italy

Discovering the Joys of Family-Focused Travel

Exploring the Great Outdoors: National Parks and Nature Escapes

One of the most enriching and educational experiences for a family vacation is exploring the natural wonders of national parks. These destinations offer a perfect backdrop for families to bond over hiking, wildlife watching, and learning about the environment. National parks not only provide a breathtaking escape from the hustle of daily life but also offer a hands-on, natural playground for children of all ages. From the geysers of Yellowstone to the majestic Grand Canyon, these parks are a must-visit for families looking to explore the great outdoors together.

The Allure of All-Inclusive Resorts

For families seeking a hassle-free vacation experience, all-inclusive resorts are a fantastic option. These resorts eliminate the stress of planning every detail, as meals, activities, and entertainment are all included. This means more time for families to enjoy each other’s company without worrying about the logistics. Whether it’s a tropical getaway or a mountain retreat, all-inclusive resorts offer a variety of activities that cater to both children and adults, ensuring a relaxing and enjoyable vacation for everyone.

Theme Parks: A World of Wonder

Theme parks remain one of the top choices for family vacations. Places like Disneyland and Universal Studios are designed to captivate and entertain visitors of all ages. With thrilling rides, engaging shows, and opportunities to meet beloved characters, theme parks create a magical experience that children and adults alike will remember for years. Scott & Thomas can help plan your visit to these enchanting worlds, ensuring a seamless experience from start to finish.

Coastal Charm: Beach Destinations

For families looking to unwind by the sea, destinations like Cape Cod offer a perfect blend of relaxation and activity. The beaches here are not just for sunbathing; they offer a chance for families to engage in water sports, beach games, and coastal explorations. The laid-back atmosphere of beach destinations makes them ideal for families looking to slow down and enjoy quality time together.

Honorable Mentions

In conclusion, when it comes to selecting the best family vacation destinations, the options offered by Scott & Thomas are as varied as they are exciting. Each destination promises a unique blend of family fun, relaxation, and adventure. From the majestic beauty of a national park to the sun-soaked beaches of inclusive resorts, there’s a perfect spot for every family.

San Diego stands out as a family-friendly haven, offering a mix of beautiful beaches, fascinating cultural experiences, and thrilling theme parks. It’s a place where families can create lasting memories together. For those seeking a blend of seaside charm and family fun, Cape Cod is an unmissable destination on your family’s bucket list. Its quaint towns and stunning beaches offer a serene escape for families of all sizes.

North Carolina, with its diverse landscapes, provides a multitude of options for family vacations. Whether it’s exploring the scenic Blue Ridge Mountains or enjoying the beaches of the Outer Banks, it’s a state that caters to every family’s taste. For those who love the idea of an extended family road trip, the diversity and beauty of North Carolina make it an ideal choice.

Family resorts play a significant role in the success of a family vacation, offering kid-friendly amenities and activities that keep the little ones engaged while allowing adults to relax and unwind. Scott & Thomas specialize in finding those perfect family resorts that cater to the needs and wishes of all family members, ensuring a stress-free and enjoyable experience for everyone.

Ultimately, choosing the perfect family vacation destination is about finding a place that offers a balance of fun, relaxation, and adventure for every family member. With Scott & Thomas, families can rest assured that their vacation will be well-planned, memorable, and filled with moments that will be cherished for years to come. Whether it’s a road trip adventure, a stay at an inclusive resort, or a visit to a national park, each destination promises an unforgettable experience of family fun and togetherness.

Let Us Help You

One aspect that makes Scott & Thomas unique is that I personally travel with my family of three, including my six-year-old daughter, all over the world. Other agencies have families that travel, but we have taken my daughter to 24 countries by the time she was 24 months old. We know what makes a great family vacation, and we are able to take the reigns off of your travel destinations. Just because your child is with you doesn’t mean it’s all chicken nuggets and theme parks.

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