Have you always loved to travel, but now have a toddler running around, you’re worried it may be too difficult? Believe it or not, this is actually the best time to visit the world. Think about it, they’re lightweight and portable, and most airlines give them a free ride! With these toddler friendly vacations, having a young kid doesn’t have to keep you from traveling.
1. Visit an indoor water park
The next best thing to hanging out at the beach, indoor water parks might actually have surpassed the tropics with endless amounts of fun for all ages. The Happy Magic Water Cube featuring an AquaLoop makes Beijing, China a popular travel destination and is one of the largest waterparks in Asia. Places like World Waterpark in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada even have toddler time specifically for the little ones to have their fun too. Or you can immerse yourself in a tropical world in Brandenburg, Germany at Tropical Islands.
2. Head for the mountains
Check out the slopes, go for a scenic gondola ride, and keep the kids happy at the same time in the mountains. Kids will love the children’s theatre story time, children’s museums, and family funfest carnivals at Beaver Creek in Colorado. Or go to Heavenly Mountain Resort in Lake Tahoe for a hotel with child care and nursery services while you learn to ski the slopes with private ski lessons. Then, you can rush down a 500 foot long tubing hill while you take a ski break.
3. Check out a theme park
Of course, Walt Disney World and LEGOLAND are great choices for toddlers. But if you want to try something a little different, Aquaventure at Atlantis in the Bahamas is perfect for the young ones too (Read reviews on TripAdvisor | Book here). You can hang out by the pool or the beach, and then head to the kids water-play fort. It even has thrilling high-speed water slides for parents! Be immersed in a tropical environment aqua adventure while you have the perfect family and toddler friendly vacation full of fun.
4. Hit up the beach
Palm Beach, Aruba is a two-mile long strip that houses amazing high-rise hotels like The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba complete with water sports like snorkeling, beach bars, restaurants and shops. Many of these glamorous hotels also have kid’s clubs or programs to keep the little ones busy while learning about the ocean and its inhabitants. Then, you can all spend some much needed time building a sandcastle, playing in the pool, and lounging on the beach together. Going to the beach is truly one of the best toddler friendly vacations you can take. (Read reviews on TripAdvisor | Book here)
5. Explore a national park
National parks are an absolutely beautiful, breath-taking experience for parents, and still fun for the whole family. Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite (Read reviews on TripAdvisor | Book here) is an AAA Four-Diamond resort resting on 48 acres in the Sierra National Forest in California. They offer tons of kids’ activities like ice skating, snowmobiling, pools, an arcade, and even an adventure club. They even have childcare services for infants and children up to 12 years-old while you go for a hike. Or you can go on an actual safari in Botswana’s Nxai Pans National Park with and tour operator & Beyond. Imagine a mobile camping trip covering some of the best sights and private tours of the area complete with fully outfitted dome tents, en suite bathrooms, and a rustic feel.
6. Visit a farm
Farms can be a wonderful place to relax while learning about animals. Stay in Uppergate Farm’s child-friendly cottages in the UK to stay in a secluded lodge with gorgeous views of the hills and valleys of Yorkshire farmland. This five star Gold Award barn conversion even has private indoor and outdoor swimming pools. The kids can feed the animals and go egg hunting, activities even toddlers will enjoy. (Read reviews on TripAdvisor | Book here)
7. Go on a cruise
On a cruise there’s no need to worry about carting around the little one too much, making this one of the best toddler friendly vacations there is. Disney Cruise Line really offers an amazing vacation. With everything from live musical shows and deck parties complete with fireworks to hugging your favorite Disney characters and adult exclusive dining. Not a Disney fan? Go anywhere in the world with Cunard’s all-inclusive cruise line that’s also full of entertainment.
8. Relax by a lake
Head to the lake and be immersed in an authentic Italian experience at the same time. At Lake Como, you can stay in a luxury kid-friendly hotel like Grand Hotel Tremezzo. (Read reviews on TripAdvisor | Book here) Explore the city and lounge at the lake! You can also visit Taal Lake in Talisay in the Philippines to see the awe-inspiring lake formed by huge volcanic eruptions between 500,000 and 100,000 years ago.
9. Explore a ranch
Ever wanted to travel way out into the middle of nowhere and live like you’re a cowboy in the wild west? Head to the remote Canadian wilderness at Siwash Lake Ranch to learn how to roam the range like real cowboys, complete with authentic meals. Or check out The Resort at Paws Up in Montana for unlimited outdoor adventures and an extensive children’s program. (Read reviews on TripAdvisor | Book here) With beautiful views, this is sure to be a relaxing toddler friendly vacation.
10. Find adventure in a city
If you don’t mind carrying around a toddler (or pushing them in a stroller) as you adventure through the city, head to The Peak in Hong Kong. There, you can look down on the harbor and Central district surrounded by green mountains as the kids play on its Mount Austin Playground. The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong is a great option for family-friendly luxury. (Read reviews on TripAdvisor | Book here) If you like that, you’ll love Rome. Stay at Gran Melia Rome. (Read reviews on TripAdvisor | Book here) With so much to see and explore, so much pizza to eat, and so many playgrounds for the kids, you can immerse yourself in history while enjoying the Eternal City.
Toddler friendly vacations abound if you know where to look
With these toddler friendly vacations, the entire family can have fun! Whether the key to your ideal vacation lie in relaxation, exploration, adventure, kids’ activities, child care services, or a mix of all of these things, there are some amazing travel destinations perfect for all ages.