Pack your bags, and get your frog legs ready to hit the road! We’re hopping to some of the best family vacation destinations around the U.S. and beyond. See our top cities for family vacations and get a jump on planning your trip.Book Your Trip!
Ready to meet a mouse or summon your inner wizard? Better pack your best walking shoes, and don’t forget the sunscreen! Orlando is home to the most-visited theme parks in the world, including the Walt Disney World® Resort, Universal Orlando Resort™, SeaWorld® Orlando and LEGOLAND® Florida. There are also water parks, world-class shopping, fine and casual dining, and entertainment.
Memory making! From the first go-round on Disney’s beloved Dumbo to a stroll through Diagon Alley, the memories made here last a lifetime.
The theme parks offer nearly nonstop fun and entertainment. While there is something for everyone, this is tadpole paradise!
Hit the beach, a museum and Tinseltown’s top tourist spots. While television and movie making are what this area is known for, Los Angeles isn’t just glitz, glam and grownup fun. There are laid-back beach destinations, diverse cultural experiences and kid-friendly attractions too. The hardest part will be deciding what to do!
Star gazing, creative dining spots by celebrity chefs and destination shopping locations.
It’s home to beaches, museums, the Happiest Place on Earth and the Wizarding World too!
Make it an easy, breezy beach vacation. With its year-round mild temps, kid-friendly vibes and picturesque spot along the coast, San Diego is the perfect place for a relaxing escape. Throw in a visit to SeaWorld® San Diego, the San Diego Zoo or LEGOLAND® California, and you’ve got the makings for a memorably family vacation!
Family-friendly beaches, eclectic eats and easy access to attractions.
Fun in the sun and unforgettable animal encounters will keep the tadpoles relaxed and entertained.
Take a bite out of the largest city in the U.S.! There is a ton to see and do in NYC, from beautifully manicured parks, gardens and zoos to monuments, museums and broadway shows. While you may think of New York City as being all asphalt and concrete, it boasts more than 28,000 acres of dedicated park land—almost the size of the Walt Disney World and San Francisco!
The ease of transportation, collision of cultures and abundant sightseeing means there is non-stop activity and learning opportunities.
Adventurous tadpoles will be wide-eyed just taking in the varied architecture, sky-scrapers and subway.
Set your sights on balmy days over the Golden Gate! Nestled along a Pacific peninsula, San Francisco is nature-lovers’ paradise, with abundant urban green space, cultural destinations, major landmarks and kid-friendly activities. The steep hills and rolling fog are part of the charm and character. The glorious Golden Gate Park—even larger than New York’s famed Central Park—is a must!
The best of West Coast urban life, culture, arts and nature.
So much exploration to be done on foot, bike, cable car or rail!
Set your sights on an educational family trip! Our nation’s capital offers the opportunity to combine fun and learning. Washington D.C. is home to some of the nation’s most striking architecture and iconic buildings, including the White House, the Lincoln Memorial and U.S. Capitol. Parents and young patriots will enjoy the hands-on visits to historic sites, museums and cultural destinations.
Terrific mix of free and low-cost, kid-friendly activities.
Hands-on museums and tours allow tadpoles to really experience history and culture.
Step back in time to one of America’s oldest cities. Steeped in history, Boston played a primary role in our country’s founding and that history lives on. For families, it offers an awesome mix of history, culture, sports and kid-friendly attractions. Because it’s so easily walkable, this large coastal city has an intimate feel.
Old-world charm meets modern attractions, shopping and dining; plus it's easy to hop around.
Hands-on museums and tours allow tadpoles to really experience history and culture.
Savor the best of urban life, culture and abundant green space. With its iconic architecture, happening food scene and the beautiful backdrop (and beach!) of Lake Michigan, Chicago is a surprisingly easy family favorite. Many attractions are just a hop, skip and a jump away from each other and accessible by trolley, making it an easy-breezy destination for families.
Food, culture and family-friendly attractions, from Michigan Avenue to Wrigleyville.
World-class museums, tours and skyscrapers let the tadpoles soak up big city life.
Get ready to soak up the sun! With its beautiful beaches, colorful art deco architecture and warm weather, Miami is a prime destination year-round. While it has a party reputation, Miami and its famed South Beach is a prime family destination with tons of kid-friendly attractions, great food and culture too.
It's easy to soak up the rich culture, food and shopping.
Easy beach (or pool) access and magnificent parks!
Discover why everything is bigger in Texas — including the fun! San Antonio is great for soaking up local culture and making memories. Enjoy SeaWorld San Antonio or Six Flags Fiesta Texas, then treat yourself to a delicious Tex-Mex dinner. See the beautiful Japanese Tea Garden, then stroll the River Walk or get a bird’s-eye view at the Tower of the Americas. Whatever you do, it adds up to a great family vacation!
San Antonio offers something for everyone: theme parks, award-winning restaurants, history and shopping – plus warm weather so you can eat and play outside.
Cool theme parks and awesome water parks. Many hotels have amazing pools and even lazy rivers, too!
Get back to nature! This Pacific Northwest city situated on the Puget Sound offers ample parkland, water sports and other outdoor activities. Nature-loving and athletic families will feel most at home. With summer temps topping out in the upper 70s, it’s a cool escape. The vibrant farm-to-table dining scene and coffee culture is the perfect accompaniment.
The natural splendor of the Pacific Northwest mixes perfectly with this cultural city.
Plenty of places to play outdoors along with amazing indoor attractions!
Ready to hop the pond? With no language barrier and a large number of flights, London is one of the easiest European destinations for American families. That said, this thoroughly modern but sprawling city dating back to Roman times is now home to almost 50 neighborhoods with their own distinct flavor. There is a ton to see, but parents will want to choose wisely!
The famed attractions of London Town are the door to a city bursting with culture and dining.
They'll love marveling at the city's magestic sights and movie mementos of a certain wizard boy.
Ready to ooh là là your family vacation? They say Paris is for lovers, but the romantic City of Lights is surprisingly kid friendly. After all, the French love their bébés. While the biggest attractions can see equally big queues, many have terrific parks, fountains, carousels and, of course, open-air cafés that are fun for the little ones.
The city's charming icons, cafes and sights are unfortgettable.
Paris' famed attractions are great for any age, and Mickey and Minnie are a train ride away.
One of the most important decisions you can make in planning your family vacation is deciding when you will visit. It often determines which destination you choose, how many days you’ll need, how busy the major attractions are, what the weather is like, how hard it is to get dinner reservations and ultimately how much you pay. The busiest times to visit vary by destination. July, for example, is typically a busy time to hop to many top cities, but it can also be very hot.
Peak season to top cities for family vacations largely falls along the tadpoles’ schedules. Summers and holidays are often the busiest times to visit these top cities, but not always. Many Parisians, for example, vacation in July and August, so some smaller shops and hotels may be closed. To get the very best rates and availability on flights, hotels and cars if you’re visiting during peak season, you’ll have leap ahead of other planners and secure those reservations earlier.
After deciding when to visit, deciding where to stay is the next biggest decision in planning a family vacation. While there are usually lodging options around the major city attractions at all price points, you will generally pay more the closer you stay to a major attraction. For larger cities, such as New York, Paris and London whose major tourist sites are more spread out, where you stay will determine how easy it is to get to the tourist attractions you want to see.
If you’re going to visit a theme park on your family vacation, you may make everyone hoppier if you do a split stay. Los Angeles and Orlando are ideal cities for split stays. In Los Angeles, families could spend part of their stay at a hotel near the beach and then a hotel in Anaheim near the Disneyland Resort. In Orlando, families who are doing an extended theme park vacation may want to stay at an official on-site hotel while they are at the Walt Disney World Resort and then hop to an official hotel at the Universal Orlando Resort for that part of their trip to take advantage of exclusive on-site hotel benefits.
The major cities such as London, Paris and New York offer some of the world’s most popular and most-visited tourist destinations. They are always crowded, so we recommend planning your day around one major tourist destination and arriving ahead of the official opening. Keep in mind that securing reservations for very popular activities, for example climbing to the crown inside the Statue of Liberty, must be done in advance.
All of the best cities for family vacations offer must-visit attractions, and you will always find the lowest crowds if you arrive ahead of the official opening and visit early. During the busiest times, attractions and tours can reach capacity or sell out. So it’s very important to outline what your priorities are at the outset and purchase at least those tickets in advance!
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