10 Destinations for a Family Vacation You’ll Never Forget


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Believe it or not, a family vacation can be 100% synonymous with enjoying a getaway from the everyday. The trick is to pick destinations that offer fun for all ages, plus some much-needed R&R activities for downtime.

This year, instead of going on vacation autopilot, why not visit somewhere you’ve always dreamed of going? From awe-inspiring natural wonders to exotic and exciting foreign cultures to fun family adventures in your own backyard, we’ve handpicked 10 incredible family vacation destinations to add to your bucket list, including an idea for what hotel to check into while you’re in town.

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Disney World

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Yes, Disney World is a go-to family vacation destination, but there’s more to see and do there than ever. Disney’s Animal Kingdom park has experienced a huge expansion with Pandora – The World of Avatar, featuring breathtaking scenery, a nighttime show, and two new rides. Plus, Frozen fans will love the new boat ride Frozen Ever After located in Epcot’s Norway pavilion.

Outside of the theme parks, check out other new adventures in Disney World, including a raft ride at Typhoon Lagoon Water Park or a meal at the magician-inspired AbracadaBar at Disney’s BoardWalk hotel. Planning ahead? 2018 marks the opening of Toy Story Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios; Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is due in 2019.

Where to Stay: Every Disney hotel offers a magical experience for the little ones, with fun themed rooms and pool areas, plus affordable eats. But there’s something extra magical about Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, which includes a sprawling 33-acre savannah park. Imagine sitting on your balcony and watching baby zebras frolic or giraffes take a leisurely stroll. You can even book a VIP safari experience to get up close and personal with the exotic animals on the resort’s grounds.

Québec City, Canada

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You don’t need to travel halfway around the world to get a taste of French culture. 80% of residents in the Canadian province of Québec are francophones, and the province is known for its European-inspired charm and architecture. Québec City is one of the continent’s oldest cities, with ‘Old Québec’ designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site as the only fortified city north of Mexico.

A visit to this Canadian gem isn’t complete without a visit to a nearby maple sugar shack to taste freshly-tapped syrup rolled in snow for a sticky-cold pseudo-ice pop. You’ll also want to sample traditional French-Canadian cuisine while in town, such as tourtière (meat pies), poutine (fries with cheese curds and gravy), pea soup, and maple sugar pie.

Where to Stay: One thing you’ll quickly notice about Québec City? The city’s skyline is dominated by a castle-like hotel called Le Chateau Frontenac. This iconic hotel has been painstakingly restored to blend its architectural history with modern amenities you’ll love. With over 600 guestrooms, many offering views of the sparkling St. Lawrence River, this dramatic hotel is perfect for capturing the kids’ imagination between tours of the city’s historical treasures and incredible culinary scene.

Bali, Indonesia

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The next time you’re thinking of an oceanside vacation, instead of looking down South to the Caribbean, why not look East to Bali? This surprisingly affordable Asian destination features beautiful beach towns, lush tropical forests, and exotic temples. In between some serious sunbathing, check out cool family hotspots like the Bali Treetop Adventure Park, with an elaborate ropes course and rides for kids as young as four.

To get away from the main tourist hustle and bustle, try staying in the fishing village of Jimbaran. Kids can have a go at crafting their own pottery at Jenggala Gallery or you can charter a fishing boat to try and catch your own meal (plus have it cooked for you!)

Where to Stay: AYANA Resort and Spa is tucked away in the cliffs of the quaint coastal town of Jimbaran, offering spectacular views from just about everywhere. With a Kids Club to keep the little ones occupied with crafts, traditional games, and an outdoor petting zoo, you’ll have no problem sneaking away for one of the resort’s famed spa treatments.

Aspen, Colorado

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Not a sun and surf person? Luckily there are plenty of options for ski bunnies and snow lovers close to home. Aspen is one of the top ski destinations in the world, with slopes for all ages to tackle and plenty of other winter activities to keep you busy.

Kids can try cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, or channel their inner Olympian with a visit to the Silver Circle Ice Rink. For a breathtaking experience, be sure to hitch a ride on the Silver Queen Gondola for a panoramic view from the top of Aspen Mountain.

Where to Stay: Ski-in / ski-out resorts cut down the hassle and hustle of getting the little ones bundled up. Book into The Residences at Little Nell, which offers spacious guest rooms and residences with plenty of room for the whole family. Take advantage of nearby amenities like tubing at Elk Camp or a family snowmobile adventure.

Turks & Caicos

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If white sands and turquoise waters sounds like your type of holiday, then push a visit to Turks & Caicos to the top of your wish list. This dreamy area is primarily defined by its endless beaches, perfect surfing environment, and luxurious golf courses, but there’s lots of adventure to be had too.

Track down a limestone swimming ‘hole’ for a supernatural splash, or snorkel at Smith’s Reef to get up close and personal with stingrays, tropical fish, and sea turtles. Equestrian fans will enjoy a sunset ride on the beach, via a guided trail ride from the locals.

Where to Stay: The Caribbean is often seen a couples’ destination, but finding the right resort can equal fun for everyone. Beaches Turks & Caicos is a gorgeous all-inclusive that specializes in entertaining the young ‘uns, with a 45,000 sq ft pirate-themed waterpark and surfing simulator. For the especially little ones, send them to a magic show or to get their faces painted. Seeking some ‘me time’? They even offer nanny services so you can take a dip in the pool unencumbered or a day trip into town.

Edmonton, Canada

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You’re probably familiar with Mall of America, but did you know the largest shopping mall in North America is actually located in Canada? The sprawling West Edmonton Mall boasts 3.8 million square feet of retailers and restaurants, plus includes the world’s largest indoor theme park, as well as a water park, skating rink, mini golf, and a saltwater habitat for sea lions.

After you’ve tuckered out the kids with a visit to the mall, get a taste of history by visiting Fort Edmonton, where you can board a real working steam locomotive. Or get brainy with a visit to the Telus World of Science, where kids can take in a planetarium show, attempt to solve a CSI-like mystery, and interact with robots.

Where to Stay: Your children will get a serious thrill staying in one of the many themed rooms at West Edmonton Mall’s famed Fantasyland Hotel. With off-the-wall concepts like a circle-shaped bed tucked into an igloo or a deep space room with futuristic blue lighting, there’s an immersive theme for every fantasy.

London, England

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Jolly old England is a wonderful introduction to Europe for little ones – as an English-speaking and supremely tourist-friendly country, you’ll have no problem navigating around major capital cities like London and taking day trips on the extensive national rail service. London itself is a must-see, with free museums and loads of neat attractions, like the infamous London Eye.

Some other must-do’s? A visit to Harrod’s eclectic food hall for some mouth-watering sweets and a day of shopping on Oxford Street. Book tickets to a West End show to see some of the top theater performers in the world. There’s also plenty of magic to be found, with England’s ties to Harry Potter – book a ticket to the studio tour in Watford to get up close and personal with thousands of the film series’ props and costumes.

Where to Stay: Funky décor is just one thing to love about the Piccadilly Circus-area Ham Yard Hotel. Offering on-site babysitting services and cute extras for kids like pint-sized bathrobes and milk and cookies at bedtime, there’s even a retro bowling alley tucked into the basement. Best of all, the central location is a godsend after a long day exploring the city.

Oahu, Hawaii

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Literally anywhere in Hawaii is a dream vacation for many, but Oahu is jam-packed with family activities in particular. Taste fresh, sweet pineapple at the Dole Plantation and let the little ones get lost in a pineapple maze. Snorkel with a pod of dolphins or take in the animals at the Honolulu Zoo. Wannabe surfers can enroll in one of many surf schools, including the North Shore Surf Girls School.

At night, enjoy a hula show at Kuhio Beach Park or a scrumptious, belt buckle-popping luau at Sea Life Park in Makapu’u Meadows.

Where to Stay: There may not be any rides at Aulani, a Disney resort located in Oahu, but it’s still got plenty of Disney magic. Whether you’re cruising down the lazy river, watching a Disney movie under the stars, or going on a scavenger hunt around the grounds, the number of free activities on this sprawling resort are enough to keep you from venturing offsite (almost). Check out Aunty’s Beach House, a kids’ club with a dress-up closet, video games, and daily arts and crafts. While the children are occupied, you can enjoy a group yoga class or a visit to the adults-only pool.

Boston, Massachusetts

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There is literally something for everyone in the historical city of Boston. Explore rambling streets and dine on authentic clam chowder, go shopping in the Faneuil Hall district and visit the Harvard campus. Don’t forget about the city’s many public parks, guided tours, and walking trails.

Gather the family for an afternoon visit to the New England Aquarium, where you can actually touch sharks and manta rays. There are also great family-friendly museums centrally located, like the Museum of Science and the Boston Children’s Museum, one of the largest and oldest of its type in the world.

Where to Stay: Boston is loaded with history – immerse yourself in it with a stay at The Liberty, an 1850s jail that has been since transformed into a luxury hotel property, including 19 rooms in a former cell block. Featuring beautiful old-world architecture mixed with rustic-modern décor, keep an eye out for cheeky features like the aptly named Alibi bar, located in the former jail ‘drunk tank’.

Anchorage, Alaska

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If you’re really looking for a break from the everyday, then a trip to Alaska may be in the cards. Spectacular natural wonders await, including dazzling northern lights and sprawling tundra. Be prepared to spend your time outdoors – dog sled rides, ice fishing trips, and a visit to the Alaska Zoo should definitely make your itinerary.

To stay warm and active, try one of the many kid-friendly hikes like on Coastal Trail or Glen Alps. Or experience traditional Alaskan culture, with a dance lesson at the Alaska Native Heritage Center or a taste of Alaskan fruit at the Alaska Wild Berry Products shop.

Where to Stay: Be greeted by a majestic whale tail fountain at the Embassy Suites Anchorage, which serves up made-to-order breakfasts and has incredible views of the mountains. Marrying rustic lodge-like décor with the modern trappings you’d expect, the sprawling lobby has plenty of room to serve as a meeting place before and after day trips.

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