Let’s face it, if the toddler isn't happy, nobody’s happy. The best holidays are the ones in which every member of the family is having fun, even the littlest one. There’s only so much touring of old houses and meals in fancy restaurants that kids can take, so why not take a look at these suggestions for a child friendly holiday that everyone can enjoy? From the ultimate children’s paradise across the pond to fun in our own capital city, we've got child friendly holidays to keep everyone in the family happy.
Family friendly holidays in the UK
Though faraway lands beckon with their promise of exotic animals and landscapes, why not show your little ones why the UK is a popular tourist destination by booking your family holiday close to home? So many places in the country offer unlimited potential for children’s adventures, from the sights and sounds of London – which one can never tire of – to a rural idyll in Northern Ireland.
Lots of fun in London for the whole family
London to a child is a different experience at every age and every stage. Spend anything from a weekend to a week here, and you won't run out things to do. The Potterheads in your family may enjoy a tour of Harry Potter movie locations of the city, but an even better option of course, is a day at the Warner Brothers Studio where the movies were filmed. In the heart of the city, your family can try out different flavours in many international restaurants, or let the kids blow off steam in one of the sprawling green spaces, such as Hyde Park and Kew Gardens. And of course, no family friendly holiday in London would be complete without checking out its many museums, including the Science Museum, the Museum of Childhood and the British Museum.
Northern Ireland is a big draw for visitors young and old
This emerald beauty is as child-friendly as it gets. With soothing greenery as far as the eye can see, children will be lulled back to a time far gone. They'll marvel at the octagonal stones of the Giant’s Causeway and the legends behind it. If your kids love the water, there are plenty of beautiful beaches to explore in Northern Ireland too, including Whiterocks, a Blue Flag beach in the resort town of Portrush in County Antrim.
A taste of paradise on your family holiday in the Sunshine State
Florida is often viewed as the home of alligators, wild news stories and hurricanes. It’s also a guaranteed crowd pleaser that takes its reputation for entertaining visitors seriously with an almost unlimited menu of fun options for every age. Embark on this child friendly holiday abroad for the ultimate good time.
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Book a week or 2 in Orlando, and you’ll be set for days of nonstop entertainment. Sure, the queues are long and the Floridian heat and humidity might come as a shock, but Orlando is all about theme parks. The main draws are of course, the 4 Disney parks, the Universal Studios theme parks and SeaWorld. There's also plenty to do outside of these parks. Countless restaurants, miniature golf courses, escape rooms and museums dot the city, which, unlike some American cities, does offer some great public transport.
Shoot for the stars
A trip to Florida’s Space Coast to check out Kennedy Space Center will surely inspire your kids. The rockets and spacecraft are organised chronologically by mission, so you can actually follow the progress of America’s space industry as it happened. Kids will enjoy the interactive nature of the main hall of the visitor’s centre, and don't expect to leave without visiting the gift shop. For the ultimate visit, you can plan your trip to coincide with an actual rocket launch.
No shirt, no shoes, no problem
While the adults in your party might enjoy checking out the watering holes on popular bar crawl strip Duval Street, Key West is just as enticing for the little ones. You can marvel at Ernest Hemingway’s house, while your kids may be more fascinated by the 40 or 50 6-toed cats that roam the property and the chickens that freely strut through the roads. You can explore the city by foot or tram, but to see the day out in true Key West fashion, you can take the family down to Mallory Square, buy them plates of conch fritters to munch on as they watch the street entertainers, and join the crowds in applauding the sunset.