Disney World, amusement parks, zoos…these are no brainers when it comes to kid-friendly destinations. They were made with kids in mind. While there is plenty of fun to be had at all of those places, sometimes you want to go off the beaten path. Sometimes you want an adventure. But, there’s always the concern that the kids will hate it, which in turn will make it one of the most miserable trips you’ve ever taken. But, all hope is not lost. There are several places that are especially kid friendly…places that you would have never dreamed to take junior too.
- South African Safari
Yes, you just read correctly. That says South African Safari. Many families shy away from booking a South African safari with the kids.
But, they are actually kid-friendly. You can find all-inclusive lodges and great kids programs for little ones ages 5 and up. You can even find areas with no lions and elephants so kids can take part in cycling safaris and horseback riding.
2. Sedona, Arizona
Sedona is known as a spa destination favorite as well as a haven for hikers. But, there are also plenty of things to do for kids in Sedona. If your child has an interest in astronomy or geology, even better. There are hikes through Slide Rock State Park as well as swimming in natural swimming holes. Some resorts even have education and entertainment center to keep little ones busy.
Here’s another one that may have been on your “never with kids” list. Well, take it off. Besides visiting Kuala Lumpur’s Petronas Towers, which are the world’s tallest twin buildings (very cool!), families visiting Malaysia can also take a trip to Legoland. You can get some history and fun in all at the same time! At Legoland, families can check out Lego replicas of famous Asian structures like China’s Forbidden City.
Many honeymooners flock to Thailand. Families, not so much.
But there is reason to go! Kids in Thailand can ride a tuk-tuk through Bangkok for an ultra-cool experience. There are also shallow beaches in Ko Chang as well as kayaking for the older kids. You can also take the kids to one of several elephant camps.
When it comes to cool things to see, Iceland is it. For starters there are thermal hot springs in the capitol of Reykjavik. Many have pools made just for kids. There is also a Vikingworld museum that has a replica longship kids (and adults) can climb aboard. If that wasn’t enough, you can take a family hike up Mount Esja for some great views.
- Las Vegas, Nevada
Before you scroll past, yes, there are kid-friendly things to do in Las Vegas.
There’s zip-lining, free acrobatic shows as well as a roller coaster and arcade at the New York, New York Hotel & Casino. Besides the indoor activities, there is also tubing down the lazy river at Mandalay Bay. There is plenty for kids to do and see here.
- Atlantic City, New Jersey
Here’s another one of those places you probably didn’t think was kid-friendly. But, it is. Many families visiting Atlantic City opt for a hotel that does not have a casino. Several of the hotels also have a pool and kids’ programs, so there is plenty to do. Of course, there are the beaches. Along with the beaches is the boardwalk filled with rides and family-friendly attractions. There is also an aquarium and IMAX theater nearby.
If you’re looking for a unique family vacation, this could be it. While Croatia may not be at the top of your list, you’d be surprised at how much there is to do. There are many family-friendly hotels that have activities and kids’ clubs. There are plenty of beaches for hours of outdoor fun. Croatia is also home to many museums.
- Durango, Colorado
If you’re looking for a kid-friendly destination with some tranquility, this is it. Take a ride on the vintage steam locomotive through the mountain town of Durango. There is also horseback riding, hiking, and white water rafting.
The Durango Mountain Resort offers an alpine slide to ride which kids tend to love. This may be off the beaten path, but there is still plenty to do.
- 10. Door County, Wisconsin
Here’s another spot that many people may not be familiar with. Door County, Wisconsin has 300 miles of shoreline as well as eleven lighthouses and five state parks. So, if you have kids who love the outdoors, this is a great place for them. Door County is also home to a zoo, museums, and amusement parks. Who knew? Door County is also a short drive away to Wisconsin Dells which is known as the Waterpark Capital of the World.
Sometimes you have to think out of the box in order to find that perfect family trip.