6 of the world’s best places to take kids on vacation

Planning a family getaway might require extra planning and budgeting, but it’s always worth it to allow your children to experience new things and see more of the world. Whether you’d like your next vacation with the kids to be filled with history and culture or plenty of seaside shenanigans, there are loads of great places in the US and abroad that’ll hit the spot. Cut down on the travel expenses by staying in a comfy and spacious vacation rental whose fully equipped kitchen and convenient location let you save even more on meals and transport.

Kid-friendly vacation spots in the US

The USA has no shortage of great places to travel with kids, whether you’re looking to get out in nature or visit world-renowned museums. Try a bit of island living with a waterfront condo rental in Maui, or book a villa for rent in Orlando where you’re as close as you can get to the city’s top theme parks.

Terrific theme park vacations in Orlando

The city that calls itself the “Theme Park Capital of the World” is clearly one of the USA’s best places to vacation with kids. You’ll need several days to cover attractions like Universal Orlando, SeaWorld Orlando, and the world-famous Walt Disney World Resort, which encompasses 4 theme parks and 2 water parks. There are many other things to see and do besides visiting theme parks, of course. Meet alligators and crocodiles at Gatorland, or make the hour-long drive to the Kennedy Space Center. If you’re looking for fun in the sun, several beaches are within 75 minutes’ drive of Orlando.

Washington, DC is exceedingly family-friendly

There’s much to do with kids in the nation’s capital, whose top landmarks include the White House, the Capitol Building, and the Smithsonian's National Zoo. Many of Washington, DC’s incredible museums feature interactive displays and family-friendly activities—it’s quite impossible to visit all the museums, but you can’t go wrong with making a beeline for The National Air and Space Museum and the National Museum of Natural History. You can also have a picnic in one of the beautiful parks and gardens, or go kayaking along the Potomac and Anacostia rivers.

Marvelous vacations with kids in Maui

Take the kids to Maui for an awesome Hawaiian vacation they’ll be raving about long after you return home. You can visit the Maui Ocean Center, an aquarium centered on Hawaii’s marine life, or see those aquatic creatures in the wild on a boat tour, a snorkeling excursion, or a submarine ride. Surfing, hiking, and parasailing are just some of the outdoor and water activities you can do as a family. Cap off a day’s adventures with a luau, which typically consists of a Hawaiian feast and live cultural performances.

International vacation spots for kids

Tons of destinations abroad make fantastic places to take kids on vacation, and there’s also a surplus of spacious vacation rentals to provide a cushy and convenient home away from home. Book a centrally located apartment in London, where you’re just a Tube ride away from world-famous attractions, or choose from the beachfront condos in Cancun for a sun-kissed getaway with the tots.

The kids will love it in London

There’s something in the big, bustling British capital for visitors of all ages, so it’s also easily one of the best places to travel with kids. Check out topnotch museums like the Natural History Museum and the Science Museum, find as many iconic London landmarks as you can in Westminster, and go for a walk along the Thames and hop aboard the London Eye for a bird’s-eye view of this incredible city. The Warner Bros. Studios Tour London is a must-do for Harry Potter fans, along with a pit stop at Kings Cross for a photo at the not-quite-existent Platform 9¾.

Cancun can be your next family vacation

Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula is often named one of the best places to vacation with kids south of the border. For a family trip that’s closer to home, consider heading to Cancun for golden beaches, ancient Mayan ruins, and a slew of shops and restaurants. Kids will enjoy exploring sinkholes, locally referred to as cenotes, or even swimming with sea turtles and whale sharks. From Cancun, you can also take a day trip to Isla Mujeres, where you can snorkel coral reefs, visit a lighthouse or 2, and swing by a sea turtle sanctuary.

Child-friendly trips to Copenhagen

A more laid-back alternative to London is Copenhagen, home to the world’s oldest amusement parks in the world, Dyrehavsbakken and Tivoli Gardens, both of which will delight toddlers and teenaged thrill-seekers. You can also take the kids to meet marine creatures at the National Aquarium Denmark, Den Bla Planet—the largest aquarium in northern Europe—or go to King’s Garden for a picnic in the park when you need to slow things down. Denmark’s capital city also consistently ranks as one of the happiest cities on the planet, ensuring a great atmosphere for a trip with the kids.