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22 Amazing Places in the World to Travel with Toddlers

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To help you plan your next memorable family vacation, we decided to reach out to other family travel experts for their suggestions for the best place in the world to travel with toddlers.

They answered with the best international travel destinations with toddlers.   Traveling as a family with young ones is different than traveling by yourself.  

Toddlers are fun to travel with because you get to experience the excitement and wonder of discovering the world through the eyes of your children (or grandchildren).    

Young children can be a challenge though and need plenty of activities to keep them busy. You can’t just grab any list off the internet.   So choosing the right location is key to an amazing vacation. 

These kid-friendly destinations are recommended based on personal experience by families that have actually visited with their own toddlers.  They all have in-depth travel guides and reviews on their own blogs.  So don’t forget to check out some of the links for each location.

I know you will find something to add to your bucket list.

I know you will be inspired by this article.  Let us help you get going, whether it’s  saving enough money  or  packing for your vacation!

We want to help you plan smooth travels to your next vacation with toddlers.  Check out our resources on this blog

  • The step-by-step guide for planning a family vacation
  • Tips from our large family to help you find cheap flights. 
  • How to find toddler-friendly accommodations for your vacation
  • The ultimate vacation packing checklist for families

best travel destinations with toddlers

Valais region, Switzerland

The first recommendation for a toddler-friendly destination is from Corina, founder, and writer at  Packed Again . She wrote “Having twin toddlers, I feel it is a must to choose your destination where the kids can be outside in nature, and there’s no better place than Switzerland to find this.

The  Valais region is in the heart of the Swiss Alps  and there is no shortage of picnic places near a stream, playgrounds or even a great lake. Just perfect for our toddlers to get dirty, throw as many stones in the water as they can and build bridges with branches. On top of all, we might be able to spot one or two mountain animals in a magnificent and safe surrounding. For me, it is the perfect toddler destination.”

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Etosha National Park, Namibia

Jenny from  Travelynn Family  has experience traveling in Africa with kids.  She tells us “Yes, you can take toddlers on safari!”

Earlier this year we traversed Africa in a Land Rover with our boys (our youngest was 2) for almost 4 months. We took them on a lot of safaris, but Etosha National Park, Namibia, was definitely the best one for his age group. Firstly it’s very affordable (kids are free!), and wildlife spotting is easy due to the vast open plains, lack of vegetation, and an abundance of wildlife. In fact, the entire country is a fantastic family destination and you may like to read our  10 reasons to visit Namibia with kids .”

Family Travel Fever Note: Want to travel to Namibia?  Find cheap flights by setting an alert for  Windhoek, Namibia (NA) 

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Colorado USA

We couldn’t help but include our beloved state of Colorado.  Although the entire state is beautiful, we suggest Glenwood Springs for Toddlers.  Situated just 3 hours from Denver, this little town at the confluence of the Roaring Fork and Colorado River is a perfect place for families.  

Hot Springs, waterfall hikes, roller coasters, and skiing all in one area.  You can combine this with a trip to Aspen or Vail.  The best way to experience the town is to stay at the historic Hotel Colorado or in an RV.   You can even rent easily nearby at Outdoorsy with this  $50 off coupon . 

You can check out our whole series on Glenwood with  17 Exciting Things to do in Glenwood Springs  and our  Visitors Guide to Glenwood Springs. 

Family friendly hikes in Colorado - Hanging Lake Trail with Kids

Nice, France

Shanna from  There and Back Again Family Travel Blog  suggests families with toddlers should visit Nice, France.

“Nice is a cute as a button town in the south of France on the Mediterranean Sea.  It is a perfect escape for a family with toddlers because of its manageable size, easy public transport options and abundance of easy, kid-friendly day trips.

We loved shopping at the Cours Saleya market in Nice for goodies, having picnics and playing at the Promenade du Paillon (a huge park, playground and green space at the heart of the city) and exploring Nice’s narrow, cobbled streets and alleyways.”

Family Travel Fever Note: Want to travel to Nice, France?  Find cheap flights by setting an alert for  Nice, France (NCE)  at

Barcelona, Spain

Traveling with a baby and toddler,   Diana from The Elusive Family , was able to recommend Barcelona, Spain based on personal experience.

“Sitting on the coast of the Mediterranean, Barcelona offers toddlers the opportunity to run amuck on La Rambla or explore the majestic L’Aquarium Barcelona, our top pick for toddlers. Boasting the largest sea tunnel in Europe, L’Aquarium is a perfect place to spend the afternoon watching sharks, sea turtles and hundreds of species swim in a vast Oceanarium.”

Keri Hedrick from  Family Travel in the Middle East   responded: “Dubai is a city crying out to be explored by families. Toddlers will love the huge variety of waterparks and splash parks available across the city from Duplo Splash Safari at Legoland Waterpark to the Splashers area of Atlantis, designed specifically for smaller kids.

The beach and resort weather is great almost year around, however, in the absolute hottest summer months there are still plenty of indoor activities too.  The huge Kidzania and Dubai Aquarium at Dubai Mall are always a hit, as is Mattel Playtown at City Walk ideal for youngsters.

Don’t forget to check out a desert safari during your stay which will include an opportunity to ride a camel – and top your visit off with the spectacular light and sound fountain show outside Burj Khalifa every night.”

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Chicago, Illinois

Catherine from  Traveling with the Littles  suggests that  “If the weather is agreeable the best places to take toddlers are Millennium Park and Maggie Daley Park.

Located in the heart of downtown Chicago, both places are great for small children to stretch their legs!  Millennium Park boasts the ‘Bean’ which is an enormous reflective metal ‘bean’ in which toddlers can admire their reflections and scamper about. Also found in Millennium Park is Crown Fountain, an interactive five-story fountain that periodically shoots water out onto waiting children.  Maggie Daley Park’s Play Garden is replete with a colossal playground, a ‘Watering Hole,’ a boardwalk, and an ‘Enchanted Forest.”         

Family Travel Fever Note: Want to travel to Chicago?  Find cheap flights by setting an alert for Chicago Midway (MWD) or Chicago O’Hare (ORD) at

Shedd Aquarium and city skyline along Lake Michigan in Chicago, Illinois-Best destinations with toddlers-  Credit: Traveling with the Littles

Sanur, Bali, Indonesia

Kate Comer from  Rolling Along With Kids  explains that “Exploring South East Asia with toddlers can be tricky.

Sanur, located on the island of Bali in Indonesia , is easy to navigate with toddlers and you can also enjoy the beautiful culture that Bali has to offer. The flat, paved beach path is easy to walk along with young kids. Our favorite way to spend time in Sanur is to visit one of the many beach clubs with pools and playgrounds located along the beach path.”

Family Travel Fever Note: Want to travel to Sanur, Bali?  Find cheap flights by setting an alert for Bali Ngurah Rai Airport (Denpasar, Indonesia) (DPS )  at

Sanur Bali with Toddlers is the best international destination with toddlers by Credit: Rolling Along With Kids

Seattle, Washington, USA

I have to agree with Astrid from  The Wandering Daughter  when she recommends  Seattle, Washington for toddlers .  She wrote a guide on her blog and summarized the city for us.

“The city of Seattle, WA offers families with toddlers plenty of options to explore and play. With over 400 outdoor parks and play areas, as well as family-friendly museums, there is no shortage of things to do for families in Seattle.

By far the best spot for families to visit in the city is the Seattle Center, with its giant fountain for water play, art and music inspired playground, and the iconic Space Needle offering panoramic views of the city. Also not to be missed is the Children’s Museum, where toddlers can engage with hands-on educational exhibits.”

Note from Family Travel Fever:  We love Seattle and have spent time visiting the city and surrounding area.  We have even taken our RV on the Ferry across the water.  If you are looking for places to stay in Seattle you will find great deals and reviews on our  Booking link here.

Seattle Washington for toddlers - Best destinations with toddlers. Photo Credit: The Wandering Daughter

La Paz, Bolivia

After 4 months of traveling around South America,  Amanda at  Great Big Family Adventure  recommends La Paz, Bolivia as a perfect destination in South America for toddlers.

“For a 1 to 3-year-old,  La Paz, Bolivia  would be cool. It is a large city but connected by cable cars which are fun and cheap. There is a large Central Park with amusement rides and a large boardwalk over the city to Pipiripi, the local Children’s museum with lots of exciting hands-on activities for children of all ages and parents too!”

Note from Family Travel Fever:  Bolivia has so many exciting places to stay.  You can try a hotel, a B&B or private rental for your family. Get the best deals and reviews for  La Paz at our booking link here. 

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Reykjavik, Iceland

With a roundup of their own, the  Wandermust Family  wrote that  “Iceland is a really hot (well not literally) family travel destination right now!  I was worried when we went that it wouldn’t live up to the hype but I can happily report that it did not disappoint!

Whether you are traveling in Winter or summer, staying in Reykjavik or going beyond the Golden Circle there is just so much to do with kids!  Our favorite thing was exploring all of the outdoor activities like chasing waterfalls, discovering black sand beaches and meeting Icelandic horses!  It is a great outdoor adventure holiday for all the family”

Tokyo, Japan

When asked for a recommendation for destinations in Asia,  Wisterian Watertree   wrote “The biggest city in the world is also one of the toddler-friendliest. There are hundreds, if not thousands, of sights accessible with a stroller.

Everything from thousand-year-old temples to high-tech marvels like the tallest TV tower in the world all sits along trains and subway lines, which makes getting around an easy project, even on rainy days. And there are public parks and playgrounds dotting the cityscape everywhere. On top of that, this is the city in the world which has the most Michelin stars – but any everyday meal will be as tasty as a feast in a far more expensive Japanese restaurant in your home country.

One of our favorite things is going to see the different shrines of Tokyo, especially during a festival. Your kids can participate and there are typically lots of interesting foods and activities to try – from shooting ranges with actual cork guns to enormous griddles full of okonomiyaki in the making.”

Family Travel Fever Note: Want to travel to Tokyo, Japan?  Find cheap flights by setting an alert for Tokyo airports Narita ( NRT) or Haneda (HND)at

Yasukuni Jinja Tokyo with Toddlers is best vacation international destination for toddlers Photo Credit: Wisterian Watertree

New York, New York USA

Based on their own time in the big city, Cath at  Passports and Adventures  recommends  New York City.

“New York is a great city to visit with toddlers. We visited with our two-year-old son and found plenty of toddler-friendly activities to do. Such as a water ferry ride around the tip of Manhattan, a trip to the 86 th  floor of the Empire State Building and even a trip around Central Park.

The bright lights of Times Square will fascinate them, just be aware of the noise level for them. With museums, plenty of hotels, and restaurants and diners galore, New York is definitely a city that can be visited with toddlers.”

Note from Family Travel Fever:  The Bronx  Zoo is on our bucket list to take the kids. But finding a place to stay in New York City could be tricky.  If you are planning a trip you can find the locations of places to stay, the best deals and tons of reviews on our  booking link here.

Toddlers love the lights and Manhattan skyline in New York city making it a best trip with toddlers Photo Credit: Passports and Adventures

Tuscany, Italy

When asked, Marta from  Learning Escapes , replied you should pick Tuscany for a family vacation!

“A destination I loved when our kids were toddlers and that I recommend to all young families is the gorgeous   Italian region of Tuscany .  International visitors tend to know Tuscany for its cultural attractions and wineries but it is an incredibly family-friendly location and many Italian families vacation here, giving it a wonderful local feel.

The biggest attractions for families with toddlers here is the coast: it is beautiful, safe and well served, with a vast choice of hotels, campsites and resorts to suit all budgets. In terms of entertainment, the choice is endless too: you can relax making sand castles, go visit local farms for cute animal encounters, let the kids wander in car-free hilltop villages and even go to theme parks!”

Phuket, Thailand

After spending 10 days in Phuket with toddlers,  Brandi from Toddler Abroad  has a   trustworthy resource for Thailand .  Plus, we’ve been dreaming of taking our own kids there.

“Phuket has a number of excellent beaches and other toddler-friendly things to do. It’s incredibly cheap and Thai people love children. Our toddler’s favorite thing to do was ride tuk-tuks around the island.”

Phuket Thailand best holiday destination for families with toddler is Phuket, Thailand Photo Credit: Toddler Abroad

La Fortuna, Costa Rica

We loved northern Costa Rica, so I just had to add it to this list.  The La Fortuna/Arenal Volcano area is an exciting holiday destination with toddlers.  In we left Colorado and feet of snow behind to enjoy the beaches, hiking, and wildlife.

We hiked the Arenal Volcano and spent lunch watching the clouds and smoke dance along the top of the volcano.  In the evening we soaked in the hot springs with the locals.  The following days were spent enjoying the sloths, monkeys, toucans, iguanas, and Cayman at the Proyecto Asis animal rescue and Caño Negro Wildlife Reserve. 

This 3-week multigenerational trip is how we developed our  step-by-step checklist and toolkit to planning an unforgettable family vacation.

Note: We stayed at a combination of private rentals and hotels.    If you are planning a trip to Costa Rica, we found the best deals at  to reserve as many places to stay as possible.  Our link will take you straight to  places to stay in La Fortuna.   

Our favorite place to stay in La Fortuna and the Monte Verde area was a  Tree House.  

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Moab, Utah USA

After visiting the area ourselves with 4 kids, we agree with Kristie from  World is Wide , with her recommendation of Moab.

“Moab, Utah is a fantastic family destination for all ages. It’s our family’s favorite place on the planet, and it has been since our kids were toddlers. It’s got all the ingredients for an ideal toddler destination: two amazing national parks (Arches and Canyonlands), hiking trails galore, dinosaur tracks and remains, and lots and lots of sand. “

Note From Family Travel Fever:  Based on this amazing recommendation by World is Wide – we have taken a couple of trips to the Moab Area. We now have a whole series on Moab with kids including   18 Things to do in Moab ,  Arches National Park ,  Canyonlands National Park  and  Dead Horse Point .

Moab, Utah is a top pick for the best place to travel with toddlers. This picture is toddlers at the family-friendly destination of Moab. Photo Credit: World is Wide

Lake Bled, Slovenia

My Dad’s heritage is from Slovenia and I visited with my grandmother when I was younger, so I was excited to hear Chelsea from  Pack More Into Life  choose the beautiful Lake Bled.

“If you are looking for a great vacation spot to bring your toddler.  Look no further than Lake Bled, Slovenia. With its beautiful lake, castle crested cliff, cute playgrounds, and easy sidewalks to make pushing a stroller a breeze, it’s certainly got something for everyone!

Want to read all about the week-long trip with our 2-year-old son? Head over to our  family-friendly blog: Pack More Into Life”

Family Travel Fever Note: Want to travel to Slovenia?  Find cheap flights by setting an alert for Ljubljana Airport (LJU)   at

Slovenia is on the list of best places to visit with toddlers. This photo is a toddler and his family enjoying at Lake Bled, Slovenia

Gold Coast, Australia

Holly from  Four Around the World  responded that  “The Gold Coast, Australia is a perfect family-friendly destination to visit with toddlers!

They have some of the most beautiful beaches for a family day out, as well as being the home to all of Australia’s  best theme parks ,  all of which have areas dedicated to younger children. There are also some fantastic playgrounds and parklands, and several places to visit for native animal encounters, such as Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary or Fleay’s Fauna Park.”

The Best international trips with toddlers isn't complete without Australia. The beaches of Gold Coast, Australia are a perfect vacation for a family with toddlers. Photo Credit: Four Around the World

London, England

Cath of  Passports and Adventures  has written specifically on their blog about  things to do in London with a toddler .

“London might not seem like the sort of place to vacation with a toddler, but it has so much to offer. From visiting SeaLife and taking a ride on the London Eye, to exploring the Tower of London and more, it is a city that has it all for toddlers. Getting around London is easy with the Tube your best option, there are lots of family-friendly places to stay and the choice of cafes and restaurants on offer will please even the fussiest of eaters.”

London, England was added to the best places to visit in Europe with toddlers. The London Eye in Southbank Photo Credit: Passports and Adventures

Tel Aviv, Israel

The last and another unique pick comes from Melissa at  The   Family Voyage .  “We’ve taken toddlers to Tel Aviv twice and it’s become a family favorite!

There’s never a shortage of activities, whether you like relaxing at the beach, sampling food at the open-air markets, strolling along the boardwalk and the leafy boulevards or even visiting the weekly craft fair in the middle of the city.

Kids are welcome  everywhere  and it’s easy to find common Western ‘kids menu’ food at restaurants. There are playgrounds throughout the city and even on many beaches, so fun is always just around the corner! Get the inside scoop on visiting Tel Aviv with kids  right here . “

Tel Aviv is an choice you might not think of for family travel. The Family Voyage has been there with loves to travel to this International destination with toddlers.

Final Thoughts on the best places to visit with toddlers:

I love how so many experts weighed in with their own experiences.  All of the suggestions were submitted by families who have actually visited these places with toddlers.  

Just compiling this list, I added a bunch of destinations to our family bucket list.

Your turn  – Did we miss any of the best vacation destinations for toddlers?  Which place in the world would you add to the list?

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Great idea for a post! Although I do not have a toddler, I do have a teenager with needs and we are going to Italy this spring. I will be sure to look into Tuscany!

Thank you! Tuscany for kids had not occurred to me! I had so much fun working with these wonderful travel experts and I loved watching the responses roll in. I was surprised by the locations they chose.

Thank you for sharing such wonderful destinations to travel with toddlers. But sadly, I have just visited Dubai with my toddlers and loved it very much. There are so many things for kids to learn and entertain. Two of the destinations that I added to my bucket list are Nice, France and La Paz, Bolivia. I will seek for travel guides from those travel bloggers who have actually visited these places with their toddlers.

You’re welcome. I found ideas to add to my family bucket list, also

I had heard Ireland before – so it’s on our list. Any chance you’ve visited?

Actually, we have and it was wonderful. We traveled with 3 kids, the youngest a toddler and grandma. We have wonderful family memories. We moved a little too much though. We moved almost every day but it wasn’t necessary. I think we should have picked one or two central places to stay and done day trips. The highlights for us were waterfall hikes, the castles and a hawk walk by a local bird rescue.

I love continuing to add to my growing list of places to visit with my kids. I have yet to make it to the United Arab Emirates and think this would be a really interesting place to explore a different culture and environment to the places we normally travel. Thanks.

Thanks!UAE sounds wonderful.

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The 10 best destinations to travel with your toddler

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Traveling with a toddler is a very specific type of joy — and challenge. It's a period of extreme and amazing growth marked by the most wonderful curiosity and unbridled excitement, not to mention plenty of mood swings, frustrations and surprises that even the most tapped-in parent can't plan for.

As a very frequent traveler, I indoctrinated my toddler into the jet-set lifestyle in her infancy — at two-and-a-half, she's been to 15 countries on five continents and stayed at more than 100 hotels. I feel extremely fortunate to have a quite adaptable little companion on my hands (and occasionally still in my arms). But, of course, most kids don't grow up in this way, which means the disruption of getting on an airplane and checking into a resort, however dreamy, is not always the smoothest.

In our experience, however, some destinations and hotels, in particular, provide a softer landing pad than others. This may be thanks to an especially magical setting, lots of toddler-friendly activities close at hand, or a property that offers plenty of the amenities that traveling parents and their little ones need in order to be comfortable and feel at home.

Here is a top 10 list of the most phenomenal places, far and near, that speak beautifully to kiddos aged one to three and their parents.

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Our daughter had just entered toddlerhood when we ventured to spend two weeks in Vietnam , where it felt as if she was a celebrity. Kids, especially little ones, seem to be universally adored across the country, whether we were in the city or at a remote beach resort. That fact alone made us feel at home, but add to it the numerous ways she was stimulated and surprised by the rich culture and cuisine of a quite foreign country, and you have a recipe for a trip bursting with fun and curiosities.

Ho Chi Minh City is the most bustling of Vietnam's metropolitan centers and isn't the first place I would visit with a new walker. However, Hanoi in the north, a lush French-inflected city, provides lots of exciting sights and wide sidewalks on which to stroll in the cooler mornings when the city wakes up and dances, exercises and socializes through its early hours. We all loved watching with fascination.

The busy food markets also kept all our attention. Perhaps surprisingly, Vietnam has quite a lot of beautiful beach areas as well as more expected historical and cultural landmarks. Everywhere we went, people wanted to hold our daughter or take photos with her — so prepare yourself for plenty of that. Fortunately, our toddler is usually amenable, and when she wasn't it was just fine, too.

Where to stay

In the city, the fantastically and dramatically designed small luxury hotel Capella Hanoi offered incredibly personalized hospitality — including lavishing lots of attention on our toddler — along with exceptional cuisine and a flawless location for taking exciting walks. Rates start from $420 per night.

Villas at Four Seasons Resort The Nam Hai, Hoi An , come with a private butler, and ours was beyond sweet with our daughter. He brought her pool toys and chilled fruit at random, pushed her around in the complimentary stroller when my husband and I wanted to ride the beach cruisers around the property, taught her Vietnamese words, and even introduced her to his young son via video call. Rates start from $670 per night.

Related: A guide to family travel in Vietnam

Punta Mita, Mexico

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Thanks to the seamless accessibility of Puerto Vallarta from so many U.S. cities, you only need a weekend to savor the paradise that is Punta Mita, a sprawling oceanfront resort on Mexico 's Pacific Coast, just an hour's drive up the coast from the airport.

In the former fishing village, beaches are dreamy and made dreamier by full-service beach clubs and delicious restaurants, as well as waves to surf, sea turtles, and eye-popping sunsets of reds and purples that don't even seem real.

Active families can wander or bike along the tropical nature trails, tool around in golf carts or play a round of golf. It's a haven for families, especially with young children.

The Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita is where I first realized just how sweet it is to be a guest of Four Seasons with a little one in tow.

There was the crib complete with a stuffed animal and special amenities kit (including a teeny toothbrush), diapers just in case we forgot them, an adorably petite bathrobe, and alphabet sponges spelling my daughter's name.

When we hung out at the infinity family pool, which melds into the ocean beyond, an attendant so wisely — and kindly — offered to bring out and set up a Pack 'n Play to give us a break from the relentless watch of keeping an excited toddler out of a body of water. While it's not toddler appropriate, we were thrilled at the lazy river, where infinite pool floats provided a steady stream of entertainment and tiny sunbeds made for one of my favorite photo ops. Rates start from $960 per night.

Related: The 16 best Four Seasons in the world, according to travel experts who have stayed at them

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Over the past few years, people have begun discovering the approachable charms of Portugal. It's perhaps Europe's most accessible country and one of its most beautiful — if you've seen a photo of its aquamarine beaches you can understand why they took my breath away.

The Algarve is a region known for its spectacular sands and quaint little fishing towns. Meanwhile, even the capital of Lisbon has a special and laid-back energy that makes it widely appealing.

There's the National Tile Museum with interactive painting workshops for families, beautiful parks and gardens, and a fantastic Oceanarium. Parents traveling with a toddler can thrill them with a cruise down the Tagus River, which flows right through the colorful city, or take a ride on one of the emblematic vintage street cars that scale ancient, labyrinthine streets.

When tummies start rumbling, a fantastic destination is the Time Out Market, which has virtually every cuisine and dish for the pickiest eaters and is stocked with high chairs aplenty. Sintra, about a 45-minute train ride away from the capital, feels like a real-life Disneyland. Its vibrant, palatial homes, like the sunshine-yellow Pena National Palace, might spark some fun games of pretend.

There's perhaps no hotel brand in Europe more kid- and family-centric than Martinhal, which recently opened Martinhal Lisbon Oriente in the city, right by the Oceanario de Lisboa — featuring some 8,000 sea creatures — and the interactive Pavilion of Knowledge science museum with a technicolor play area.

The luxury accommodations are actually self-catered apartments with washers and dryers, smart Smeg appliances, a Family & Baby Concierge service, Raposinhos (Little Fox) kids club and child-care programming down to babies. Rates start from $230 per night.

Martinhal Sagres Beach Resort is set on its own beach in a protected national park at the southernmost tip of Portugal. This area is known for its fantastic surfing and is a particularly stunning place to relax and unwind after a day spent city sightseeing. The Creche child-care option is available to younger toddlers (up to 23 months), while the Raposinhos two- to three-year-old programming includes storytime, puppet shows, crafts, musical instruments and a dynamic outdoor playground. Rates start from $285 per night.

Related: 43 real-world family travel tips that actually work

Hawaii Island

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A common misconception is that what people refer to as the Big Island is named as such because it's busy and full of tourists. However, this giant gem of a Hawaiian isle is actually one of the quietest and most sparsely populated, which makes navigating it in a Turo rental car — toddler in her car seat — an absolute breeze.

There are sweet towns from north to south, including Volcano Village just outside Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, where jaw-dropping black lava flows — among other amazing attractions — were, for us, Mother Nature's undulating playground.

The island has beaches of many colors, along with waterfalls, hikes, beautifully kept gardens and parks, farmers' markets, and many, many whales in the right season (we had great luck in February). The landscapes — and climates — vary wildly, which keeps it exciting and necessary to pack layers if you plan to road-trip around.

Related: The best ways to get to Hawaii using points and miles

Having visited Mauna Lani, Auberge Resorts Collection , when our daughter was an infant, and again after she became a toddler, I can say honestly that it exceeded expectations both times.

In its very design, the luxurious resort signals that it's for families first and foremost, with a generous oceanfront swimming pool and equally generous green lawn full of games and toys. Countless loungers and cabanas front the ocean — which is extremely swimmable — and the Kainalu Ocean Sports team is amenable to customizing outrigger canoe trips and the like for families with youngsters fascinated with "Moana" and "Finding Nemo."

Next time we return, I know our daughter will join the other kids running after the scantily clad "warrior" lighting the tiki torches after sounding the Pu conch shell each sunset. Rates start from $929 per night.

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Breckenridge, Colorado

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A globally popular ski mountain doesn't necessarily sound like the most typical of toddler holiday destinations, but hear me out. I can personally attest that ages two and three are a fantastic time to start a kid on skis. For one, their lift tickets are free. Also, mountain towns offer plenty of other activities as well.

In Breckenridge last winter, our daughter had an absolute blast in her tiny boots, skis, helmet and mittens. She was an adorable puffy pink figure on the babiest of slopes where other small skiers were learning the ropes, too. We went DIY as she was not yet two, but official lessons start at age three, and there's lots of playtime — and breaks for warming sweet treats — baked in.

Besides roaming the always magically fairy-light-lit old mining town, another highlight was our magical flurry-studded ride in a bright red horse-drawn sleigh, complete with mugs of customizable hot cocoa around a fire. For our daughter, the experience was more exciting than every holiday rolled into one. Dogsledding is always an option, too.

Right off Main Street, the ski-in/ski-out boutique hotel Gravity Haus Breckenridge, an effortless walk to the base of Peak 9, even fully geared up and accompanying a toddler, is our favorite place to settle in each night. The Cabin Juice menu is toddler-friendly, and there are multiple hot tub "onsen" in which to soak, as well as a Super Trampoline that takes bouncing to the next level for guaranteed belly-shaking laughs. Rates start from $200 per night.

Related: The best ski resorts in the US for your next trip to the slopes

best travel destinations with toddlers

Safe, English-speaking and beachy with excellent connectivity to much of the U.S., Costa Rica is a fabulous place for an active young family to get away without going too far — or crossing many toddler-disorienting time zones.

The friendly waves and beaches that line the Central American country's coasts are one thing, but the wildlife is another incredible element that toddlers — and us big kids — can connect with. The interior of Costa Rica is bursting with beauty in the form of volcanoes, waterfalls, the rainforest, hot springs, spider monkeys and a cloud forest alight with butterflies.

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With many national parks — protected areas actually make up one-quarter of all land — as well as cute beach towns galore, it's a place rife with adventure for even the smallest explorers to get into.

The location of Botánika Osa Peninsula, Curio Collection by Hilton , epitomizes what Costa Rica is all about. Expect days filled with sloth and toucan sightings, gentle hikes through the biodiverse rainforest, fishing, a science center and night hiking. With accommodations and facilities perfect for multiple generations , another perk is that kids under 12 eat for free. Rates start from $129 per night or 48,000 Hilton Honors points per night.

Little ones under five years old eat all their crowd-pleasing meals free at Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo, an eco-minded resort where time spent outside in nature — such as bird-watching or snorkeling — is prized. They offer complimentary kayaks, stand-up paddleboards and e-bikes, and for the littlest travelers, a fun shallow pool and jungle gym. In Four Seasons style, necessities like baby monitors, strollers and swim diapers are provided on a complimentary basis. Rates start from $1,245 per night.

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best travel destinations with toddlers

Verdant, tree-lined Singapore is an absolute treat to experience with a toddler from the moment you land at Singapore Changi Airport (SIN) and come across a ubiquitous complimentary stroller for pushing your tired little one around.

Hotels overwhelmingly cater beautifully to their youngest guests, and the sights around town are absolutely impressive, especially Gardens by the Bay, where we could have easily spent multiple days exploring the humongous tree sculptures, botanical installations and very simple things like curbs to jump along.

Our daughter was mesmerized by the 72-foot-high treetop experience of the OCBC Skyway aerial walkway. Though technically urban, Singapore doesn't feel it, and also it boasts a bonafide beach destination in adjacent Sentosa Island for a two-in-one kind of vibe.

Our daughter has never been gifted as many treats, toys and activities as at Shangri-La Singapore , an oasis with 15 acres of flower-filled gardens just minutes away from the high-end shopping and dining street Orchard Road.

The doorman wearing an iconic fancy Tibetan warrior hat was the first thing to enthrall her, especially since she was immediately gifted a miniature cardboard version to wear proudly. And the harpist playing "Little Mermaid" tunes during the Valley Wing's incredible complimentary happy hour (think half a dozen cheeses, free-flowing Champagne and ever-changing hors d'oeuvres) didn't hurt, either.

The hotel's pool is epically large, but it has its very own water park, too, not to mention a massive 20,000-square-foot interactive indoor and outdoor play space called Buds (parents must accompany their toddlers) with a ball pit, dedicated toddler zone, baking room and stage plus piano where my daughter performed a brilliantly off-key rendition of the ABCs. Even my imagination ran wild in the space. The hotel's Tower Wing also has themed family suites and a family pantry. Rates from $236 per night.

Orlando, Florida

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This destination is probably news to nobody. Orlando is an obvious entry thanks to Walt Disney World Resort , specifically The Magic Kingdom theme park, where few rides and attractions have a height limit, and most are calm enough for the smallest visitors to enjoy.

The notoriously family-friendly Florida hot spot is also home to Downtown Disney, where shopping and dining are super conducive to toddlers, and the Orlando Science Center, which is surprisingly thrilling for toddlers.

Thirty minutes south of the city is Legoland. Though its rides are more geared toward older kids, if your child is anything like mine, discovering a good playground is like gold, and Legoland has several next-level play structures, not to mention an interactive aquarium and water park (where kids under three are required to wear a swim diaper). Another super thrilling destination near there is Peppa Pig Theme Park . There's a nature trail and tricycle trail, greenhouse and cinema, sand play zone and treehouse, plus several rides for all ages and sizes.

For the easiest transit and best experience, stay somewhere on the park grounds like the dependably fantastic family-oriented 26-acre retreat Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort. Lest you think it's all about the kids in Orlando, there's a world-class spa and Michelin-starred steakhouse with nightly fireworks vistas. Rates start from $1,495 per night.

Related: The best Disney World hotels for your 2023 stay

Newport Beach, California

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What toddler doesn't love some fun in the sun? That's really what Southern California is all about, in particular this tony haven in Orange County where the beaches — especially Little Corona del Mar Beach with its tide pools — tend to be postcard-worthy.

It's where your favorite generation-defining TV series, "The O.C.," took place, not that your toddlers care about that. But it means Newport Beach is a nostalgic place for parents and a fresh, exciting one for little ones who are at a perfect age to spend an afternoon at the circa 1936 Balboa Fun Zone amusement park after taking the Balboa Island Ferry and, maybe, a chilled-out Duffy boat ride. There are parks, playgrounds and green spaces aplenty, plus the sublimely long stretch of sand at Crystal Cove State Park, where you'll find opportunities for recreation of many styles along with all the inspiration necessary to build an epic sandcastle.

New this summer, VEA Newport Beach, a Marriott Resort & Spa, is well located a short walk from Fashion Island and is oriented around its stunning Pacific views. The coastal-cool bolthole has three F&B outlets, a happening pool scene, an extensive spa and frequent live music. Rates start from $400 per night or 50,000 Marriott Bonvoy points.

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If you're happy in Newport Beach but also wish Italy was on the itinerary, book a room at the five-star The Resort at Pelican Hill, where the heated circular, mosaic-clad pool is ginormous and surrounded by so-called Coliseum cabanas, and every morning there's an hour of Morning Splash for kids to play on inflatables. For toddler guests, bungalows or villas come with what they call "imagination amenities," which are themed around superheroes, mermaids and bubbly bath fun. Rates start from $895 per night.

best travel destinations with toddlers

Sometimes, for parents of toddlers, the appeal of a place is simply about the availability of quality child care, and Fiji has that in spades. Here you'll encounter Mary Poppins-level nannies and babysitters who are preternaturally amazing with babies, toddlers and kids.

Fijians have a natural warmth to their demeanor that felt to me as wonderful as an actual hug. But that's not the only thing going for this South Pacific archipelago, where almost everyone speaks English, and the coral reefs are still vividly flourishing. Its islands are home to surreal sandy beaches where the diagonal palms made me want to turn into Mowgli and climb upside down, and the crystalline water tends to be calm enough for the littlest swimmers. There are farms and lush hikes and waterfalls to splash in, plus much more, depending on the island and resort you choose.

At the Little Islanders Club at private VOMO Island, children three years old and up can spend quite literally all day — it's open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.— taking Fijian culture classes, nature walks, listening to storytelling sessions, playing at the beachfront and doing arts and crafts alongside experienced caregivers.

The Kids Village even has its very own chef cooking up certified healthful meals with sustainable produce from the resort's garden. Toddlers under three can experience the Kids Village with either a parent, guardian or Baby Butler, who can be booked a la carte or as part of an all-inclusive package that includes four hours of minding service daily. Rates from $1,020 per night.

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In the Great Astrolabe Reef, Kokomo Private Island Fiji has exceptional snorkeling right off its white sand beaches and world-class diving beyond, but for small adventurers, it's also incredibly appealing, thanks in part to the sweet, interactive staff.

For kids up to age three, you will enjoy the complimentary services of nannies, who happily adapt to home schedules for sleep times and anything else needed to ensure toddlers are just as blissed-out as their parents. They can also take them to the Kids Club, where fish feeding, local crafts, treasure hunts, cooking classes and more occur regularly for those four and up. Rates start from $2,200 per night.

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17 Best Vacations for Toddlers – Kid Friendly Places & Ideas for Families

Christina Rado

Traveling with toddlers can be an enriching experience for the whole family, providing opportunities for bonding and exploration.

It should strike a balance between relaxation and adventure, offering activities and amenities that cater to their specific needs.

From beach resorts to urban getaways, each destination offers unique experiences and attractions that will delight you and your family.

Apart from that, these vacations also create lasting memories for the entire family.

Choosing the best vacations for toddlers might be challenging, especially if many destinations pique your interest.

But you don’t have to worry.

I am here to help you select the best destinations by giving comprehensive reviews.

I have traveled with my family and experienced many activities in each place.

Likewise, I have included the destinations’ ratings based on safety, kid-friendly activities, affordability, and other essential factors.

So, prepare for a fun-filled vacation with your loved ones and check out the best destinations in our reviews below.

Best Vacations For Toddlers Compared

From beachfront resorts to bustling cities, there are various excellent destinations for toddlers around the country and across the borders.

Check out our list of the top destinations below.

Editor’s Choice

best travel destinations with toddlers

Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront

If you’re looking for an excellent hotel with spectacular views and services, consider visiting Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront.

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#2nd Best Choice

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Park Hyatt Vienna

Park Hyatt Vienna is a prestigious hotel in the heart of Vienna, Austria, at Am Hof 2.

  • Safety: 5/5
  • Kid-Friendly Activities: 3.5/5
  • Affordability: 3/5
  • Ease of Travel: 4/5
  • Accommodation Options: 4/5
  • Food Diversity: 5/5

#3rd Best Choice

best travel destinations with toddlers

Cedar Cove Resort & Cottages

Have an exciting beach vacation with your kids at Cedar Cove Resort & Cottages.

  • Safety: 4/5
  • Kid-Friendly Activities: 5/5
  • Affordability: 3/3
  • Ease of Travel: 3.5/5
  • Accommodation Options: 4/4

Here are the top vacations for families with toddlers.

1. Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront (Editor’s Choice)

Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront

1401 SW Naito Pkwy Portland, OR 97201 (503) 226-7600 Visit Website Social Media Open in Google Maps

Ratings Criteria

  • Kid-Friendly Activities: 4/5
  • Food Diversity: 4/5
  • Spectacular views of the city skyline
  • Relaxing and peaceful ambiance
  • Limited dining options

Its waterfront location will grant you a front-seat view of the beach and the city skyline, creating a captivating and memorable experience.

This hotel is an excellent choice for your next family vacation because of its various kid-friendly activities that will entertain your kids.

The hotel also has a welcoming and accommodating staff to ensure you and your kids have a pleasant stay.

Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront provides easy access to the vibrant city’s attractions, shops, and dining establishments.

2. Park Hyatt Vienna

best travel destinations with toddlers

Am Hof 2 1010 Wien, Austria (122) 740-1234 Visit Website Social Media Open in Google Maps

  • Convenient location to popular attractions
  • High safety standards for children
  • Crowded during peak seasons

Its central position will provide easy access to renowned cultural attractions, historical landmarks, and upscale shopping areas.

Their rooms have luxurious furnishings, state-of-the-art technology, and plush bedding to ensure you will have a comfortable stay.

The hotel will impress you with its facilities, including a world-class spa, spacious fitness center, and multiple dining options.

Also, you don’t have to worry about the safety of your kids.

The staff is attentive and provides high safety standards for children, ensuring that you can relax and enjoy your stay.

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3. Cedar Cove Resort & Cottages

Cedar Cove Resort & Cottages

2710 Gulf Dr N Holmes Beach, FL 34217 (800) 206-6293 Visit Website Social Media Open in Google Maps

  • Direct access to the beach and water activities
  • Various kid-friendly amenities
  • Limited availability of cottages during busy periods

This resort offers a tranquil setting for a memorable vacation.

The well-appointed cottages offer a cozy and home-like atmosphere with modern amenities.

The resort also features a swimming pool, barbeque area, and well-maintained grounds for relaxation and recreation.

You and your toddlers will appreciate the various kid-friendly amenities, such as playgrounds and beach toys.

What’s more, you will love the supervised water activities and sandcastle building at the resort.

You can also relax knowing that your little ones are in a secure environment since Cedar Cove focuses on safety.

4. Four Seasons Chicago

Four Seasons Chicago

120 E Delaware Pl Chicago, IL 60611 (312) 280-8800 Visit Website Social Media Open in Google Maps

The Four Seasons Chicago is a luxurious hotel located in downtown Chicago, Illinois.

The hotel prides itself on delivering excellent service and top-notch amenities.

You will be amazed by their spacious and elegantly designed rooms with stunning city views.

Their amenities include a fitness center, spa, and indoor pool that will ensure you have access to relaxation and wellness facilities during your stay.

The hotel can also arrange in-room amenities and services tailored to young guests, such as babysitting services and a children’s menu.

Additionally, the hotel’s commitment to safety will offer a secure environment for your little ones.

5. Durham, New York

Durham, New York

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Another toddler-friendly getaway that offers a ton of old-school fun, Durham is among the top family-favorite destinations to visit with toddlers.

Nestled amid the peaks of the breathtaking Catskill Mountains in New York, families vacationing at Durham have a variety of activities on offer—if you’re an “outdoors” family, try one of the many kid-friendly hikes or visit the ultra-cute Hull-O petting farm!

It’s not all old-school at Durham, though; visit the Zoom Flume Water Park for fun and thrilling rides that’ll have the kids screaming their lungs out (in the best way)!

Recommended Hotel: Best Western New Baltimore Inn

6. Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri

Lake Of The Ozarks, Missouri

Lake of the Ozarks, MO 65065 (800) 386-5253 Visit Website Social Media Open in Google Maps

If you’re wondering where to go for a fun weekend trip with the whole brood, consider Lake of the Ozarks, a popular spot for families with toddlers.

Lake of the Ozarks boasts 1,150 miles of lakeshore, presenting many opportunities for lovely lakeside walks and picnics.

On a sunny day, go canoeing on the lake or explore the Lake of the Ozarks State Park.

If your little one is in the mood to stay indoors, don’t fear—there’s still plenty of fun to go around, from the games at Miner Mike’s Adventure Town to stalactite-stalagmite exploration at Bridal Cave.

Recommended Hotel: WorldMark Lake of the Ozarks

7. Carlsbad, California

Carlsbad, California

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Carlsbad is a veritable wonderland—the city has a plethora of themed fun on offer, making it one of our favorite destinations for families with young kids.

Spend a fun day at Legoland California—though it’s a great option for kids of all ages, the toddlers especially will love the rides and the themed areas, tailored just for the little ones.

From becoming miniature Ross Gellers and digging up “dinosaur bones” to a boat ride on Fairy Tale Brook to a gigantic sandbox, a kids-playground-essential, there are over a dozen such themed areas at Legoland.

Apart from this, the city’s aquarium and miniature park are also great spots to explore.

Recommended Hotel: Cape Rey Carlsbad Beach, A Hilton Resort & Spa

8. Port Angeles, Washington

Port Angeles, Washington

Port Angeles, WA (360) 452-2363 Visit Website Social Media Open in Google Maps

At Port Angeles, there’s every opportunity to be right at the heart of nature, right from the sky-high trees of Olympic National Park to the lovely tide pools that overlook the Strait of Juan de Fica.

The little tots will enjoy the many kid-friendly hiking routes in the ginormous Olympic National Park, extending right to the edge of the city.

After this, you can head to the tide pools and check out these little bits of the sky on land!

In short, every chance to get up close and personal with nature while enjoying a toddler-friendly vacation!

Recommended Hotel: Olympic Lodge

9. Langhorne, Pennsylvania

Langhorne, Pennsylvania

Langhorne, PA Visit Website Open in Google Maps

The tots will love the chance to meet Bert, Elmo and the rest of the Sesame Street gang at the colorful Sesame Place, as well as the many kid-friendly rides on offer, making it one of the best spots for family vacations with toddlers.

The city’s downtown area takes you on a trip back to its founding days in the 17th century; however, you’ll still find plenty of outlet shopping opportunities in the area.

Additionally, Langhorne is just a few hours’ drive away from Philadelphia, making it a great option for a quick weekend getaway from the latter.

Recommended Hotel: SpringHill Suites by Marriott Philadelphia Langhorne

10. Orlando, Florida

Orlando, Florida

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You could spend one day every day of your trip exploring a different theme park in Orlando and still not be done by the end!

Exaggeration aside, the little ones will love the magic of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter (you can even get them their own Hogwarts acceptance letter!); also, visit SeaWorld for the shows (though you might want to consider the ethics of this).

However, nothing beats the original definition of fun in Orlando—Disney World! Get a Disney World Assistant to look after the kids while you catch a little break.

Recommended Hotel: Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort

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11. Williams, Arizona

Williams, Arizona

Williams, AZ (928) 635-4451 Visit Website Social Media Open in Google Maps

Quoting Bobby Troup, “get your kicks on Route 66”in Williams, Arizona.

Barely an hour away from the Grand Canyon (a great day trip option), you can also treat little ones to their first glimpses of real-life wolf and bear cubs at the Bearizona Drive-Thru Wildlife Park; there’s also a petting zoo with super-cute bunnies, horses and other farm animals!

Oh, and don’t forget to take a ride on the historic Grand Canyon Railway in Williams’ old-school railroad depot—nostalgia abounds here.

Recommended Hotel: Red Garter Inn

12. Jeffersonville, Vermont

Jeffersonville, Vermont

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One of the best places to go to in the U.S regardless of the season, Jeffersonville is a great option if you’re an extremely active, ‘outdoorsy’ family, serving up a ton of family-friendly year-round activities.

Enjoy an extremely kid-friendly stay at Smugglers’ Notch Resort which holds the distinction of being the most kid-friendly resort in not just the area, but the entire East Coast.

While kids learn to take their first turns on the beginner terrain, parents can enjoy mogul runs and the awesome backcountry that Vermont’s mountains offer.

Recommended Hotel: The Lodge at Spruce Peak

13. Chincoteague Island, Virginia

Chincoteague Island, Virginia

Chincoteague Island, VA Visit Website Social Media Open in Google Maps

Chincoteague Island has all the trappings of a laid-back vacation; you can spend relaxing days under the sun gorging on delicious ice cream in many parlors or just set up shop on a nice spot on the beach and unwind.

For a unique experience, join a tour to spot the herds of beautiful wild ponies that roam freely on the island; if you and the kids are the adventurous types, go looking for clams and crabs!

If nothing else, you can still have your quintessential summer fun, building sandcastles and splashing around in the water with the tykes.

Recommended Hotel: Marina Bay Hotel & Suites, Ascend Hotel Collection

14. Traverse City, Michigan

Traverse City, Michigan

Traverse City, MI (231) 947-1120 Visit Website Social Media Open in Google Maps

If you’re wondering where to travel for a fun, loud family summer vacation, Traverse City is a must consider.

Come the warm summer months, Traverse City boasts a plethora of outdoor concerts and family movie nights.

Another great reason to visit Traverse City is its world-famous cherries; you and tots can gorge on and stock up on as many cherries as you desire during the National Cherry Festival.

Owing to Traverse City’s location on the bays of Lake Michigan, the kids can also enjoy a beach vacation; don’t forget to check out the unique dog-jumping contests!

Recommended Hotel: Bayshore Resort

15. Washington, D.C.

Washington, D.C.

Washington, DC (202) 789-7000 Visit Website Social Media Open in Google Maps

Delve into American culture in the country’s capital city; Washington, D.C is rich in historical significance and has been the seat of many events that shaped the nation.

One of the best parts about D.C. is the number of free attractions, monuments and museums on offer; you can join a tour and check out the main sites or even better, explore on your own via the city’s reliable public transport.

All 7 attractions of the Smithsonian are also free; toddlers are sure to be awed by the interactive displays and exhibits, ranging from whales to airplanes to dinosaurs.

Recommended Hotel: Mandarin Oriental Washington DC

Related: Places to Eat: Washington DC

16. Captiva Island, Florida

Captiva Island, Florida

Captiva Island, FL (239) 472-1080 Visit Website Social Media Open in Google Maps

Just off southwestern Florida’s coast, Captiva Island is known for its calm emerald-green waters and range of kid-friendly activities, making it an excellent spot for a beach vacation with toddlers.

Families can enjoy building sandcastles or collecting the colorful seashells that generously dot the beach or simply chasing the Gulf of Mexico’s gentle waves as they retreat.

Many beachfront condos offer kid-friendly activities such as coconut painting and kite making, making for a fun family stay.

There are also plenty of spacious vacation homes on offer, ideal for large families.

Recommended Hotel: Captiva Breeze

17. Pigeon Forge, Tennessee

Pigeon Forge, Tennessee

Pigeon Forge, TN (865) 453-8574 Visit Website Social Media Open in Google Maps

Nestled amid the peaks of the Smoky Mountains, Pigeon Forge exudes oodles of small-town vibes with an extremely inviting atmosphere permeating the whole city.

Enjoy the Appalachian wilderness via the many hiking trails that snake through the lush forests, or rent a bike instead.

The place also abounds in a ton of swimming holes that you can take a dip in.

If you’re left craving for city life, don’t worry—just head to Pigeon Forge’s happening downtown area with its many attractions, family-friendly theme parks and the melodious country music wafting through the area.

Recommended Hotel: Margaritaville Island Inn

Vacationer’s Guide 

Comparing destinations: which one is right for you.

When selecting the best vacation destinations for toddlers, there are many factors you need to think of.

You should keep in mind the security that each place provides.

Also, compare each destination’s rates, services, and drawbacks.

The Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront offers breathtaking views of the beach and the city skyline.

Its serene and peaceful ambiance ensures you can relax and unwind during your stay.

But the hotel has limited dining options, which might require guests to explore nearby restaurants for more variety.

The Park Hyatt Vienna in Austria is a luxurious hotel that conveniently places guests near popular attractions.

The hotel also maintains high safety standards, especially for families with children.

However, the hotel tends to be crowded during peak travel seasons.

Cedar Cove Resort & Cottages is a charming destination with direct beach access and a plethora of water activities.

However, the availability of cottages may be limited during busy periods, so planning and securing reservations in advance is necessary.

If you’re searching for an alternative to Park Hyatt Vienna with more kid-friendly amenities, consider Four Seasons Chicago.

Its only drawback is that it can get pretty noisy during busy periods.

How I Picked The Destinations 

As a travel enthusiast, I always make time to travel with my family.

When going on trips, we select the best destinations that are kid-friendly.

We stayed at hotels and resorts that are suitable for toddlers, and I did some research about each place.

I also conversed with other families and guests to make sure that my reviews would have additional reliable information.

Our Rating Method 

I rate these vacations based on the following criteria:

  • Safety: I use this criterion to evaluate the overall safety of every vacation destination. Does it have a strong safety record? Does it provide child-friendly safety measures? These are the questions I ask myself when evaluating safety.
  • Kid-Friendly Activities: I use this criterion to evaluate the availability and quality of kid-friendly activities. Does the destination offer a variety of engaging activities? Is it near theme parks, zoos, museums, nature parks, and beaches? Is it both educational and fun? I consider these factors when rating this criterion.
  • Affordability: This assesses the affordability of the family vacation. Is it expensive? Are the accommodations, activities, meals, and transportation affordable? Are there family-friendly discounts? These are the questions I take into account to rate affordability.
  • Ease of Travel: I use this to rate the accessibility and ease of getting around the area. Is it easy to navigate? Does it offer family-friendly transportation options? Do we need to fly to get to the destination? I ask myself these questions in order to evaluate ease of travel.
  • Accommodation Options: This assesses the availability and quality of accommodations. Does it provide spaces that separate adult and child sleeping areas? Are there amenities like a kitchen, laundry, and swimming pool available? These are the questions I ask when evaluating accommodation options.
  • Food Diversity: This criterion evaluates the availability of kid-friendly food options. Does it cater to different dietary preferences? Are there child-friendly menus? I consider these factors when rating food diversity.

Frequently Asked Questions 

What do toddlers like to do on vacation.

Toddlers often appreciate visiting playgrounds, exploring child-friendly attractions such as zoos or aquariums, and spending time outdoors in parks or at the beach.

Are There Any Beach Destinations That Are Particularly Toddler-friendly And Offer Calm Waters And Shallow Areas?

Yes. These include South Seas Island Resort, Disney’s Vero Beach Resort, and Ocean Edge Resort and Spa.


best travel destinations with toddlers

Based on the ratings and experience, these places are the best vacations for toddlers.

The Park Hyatt Vienna made us feel like royalty with its elegant setting and excellent services.

We were pleasantly surprised by the hotel staff who gifted my toddlers coloring books upon check-in to keep them busy.

Honestly, that was genuinely thoughtful of them.

We also loved the beach access of Cedar Cove Resort & Cottages.

The kids were happy building sandcastles, and we enjoyed the provided board games in our cozy cottage.

We were also impressed with the luxury and sophistication of Four Seasons Chicago.

But the Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront was the best destination we’ve been to.

We were captivated by the breathtaking views of Portland’s skyline.

And my little ones were enamored with the beach view, which is a perfect distraction during meals.

The peaceful ambiance of the hotel also allowed us to unwind and relax after a long day of exploring the city.

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43 Best Places to Travel with Toddlers Worldwide


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Are you a parent searching for the best places to travel with your toddler?

Traveling with toddlers can be an exciting and rewarding experience, but it can also present many challenging moments.

That’s why finding the right destinations is key to making those special family trips unforgettable.

Whether it’s taking in the stunning sights of Japan or strolling along the sandy beaches of Mexico, there are endless possibilities for where you can jet off to with your little one.

Discover some of the top destinations including Europe with toddlers and around the world – all hand-picked by parents like yourself who have successfully tackled traveling with their perpetual energy balls and lived to tell about it!

Here is our list of over 43 best holiday destinations for families with toddlers, so that you can ensure that your first toddler-friendly vacation will be as stress-free as possible.

43 Best Places To Travel With Toddlers

Below is a complete list of the best holiday destinations for toddlers that have been tried and tested. No matter where you are traveling from, you will find the best international places to travel with toddlers.

Best Places To Travel with Toddlers in Europe

– Recommendation by World Wild Schooling –

Corfu Vlacherna Monastery Greece with a toddler World Wild Schooling

Greece is an idyllic family vacation destination, especially if you are traveling with kids. Greeks adore kids, so you don’t have to worry about noise from your toddlers running around.

Breastfeeding is easy in Greece, and there is no shame in doing it anywhere. Although there are not too many changing rooms for babies, Greeks are fine with you changing your baby’s diaper in public.

Greek cuisine is also very toddler friendly and you can find food suitable for little ones in almost any restaurant, such as grilled meat and vegetables.

Tip: Some of the beaches in Greece will hurt little feet. I highly recommend you bring some beach shoes for both your toddler and yourself. You can find a list of the best toddler water shoes here.

Best Places In Greece To Visit With A Toddler

Wondering where to go in Greece ? When it comes to places to visit in Greece with toddlers,  Corfu  and Naxos are great options.

These islands are stroller friendly and offer plenty of activities for toddlers to enjoy, such as a pirate ship cruise and a water park in Corfu, and long sandy beaches in Naxos.

Tip: Wondering where to stay in Corfu? Check out the family-friendly and all-inclusive Corfu Dreams Resort here .

There are plenty of other destinations that are perfect for Toddlers. Click here to find a list of some perfect destinations to visit in Greece for first-timers .

Where To Find Toddler Supplies 

If you need supplies for your toddlers such as diapers, formula, or food, you can find them all readily available in supermarkets. Moreover, most hotels will offer a crib if you request one in advance.

In conclusion, Greece is a toddler-friendly destination, ideal for family vacations.

With the Greeks’ love of kids and the many activities available for toddlers, your little one is sure to have a great time exploring the country.

Malta with a toddler in the ocean

Malta is a stunning island that forms part of the Maltese Archipelago along with Gozo.

From the magnificent Mediterranean coastline to the towns, historic landmarks, and the stunning natural beauty that make up this gorgeous location, this is one of the best European toddler holiday destinations that you can take.

Best Places To Visit In Malta With A Toddler

The top of the list of places to visit with a toddler is Popeye Village. Originally built for the Popeye Musical, it has now been turned into a theme park with boat rides, inflatables, and small food stalls.

A visit to Malta would not be complete without a day in the capital city, Valletta. There is so much to do from museums to stunning palaces and even churches which are all worth visiting.

Even whilst walking around this city you will be awed by the architectural beauty of the buildings that make up this city.

If you head over to the island of Gozo, a visit to the Xwejni Salt Pans is well worth it.

Other great towns to visit are MDina, The Three Cities and Rabat.

If you love swimming in turquoise waters, visits to The Blue Grotto and Comino are a must.

Where To Get Toddler Supplies

Walking around the towns of Malta is a great way to experience the culture and we recommend that you take a stroller for when your toddler’s legs get tired of walking.

Food and supplies for your toddler are available in most supermarkets.

Cinque Terre Towns in Italy with a Toddler

Italy is a great destination for a family vacation and makes one of the best toddler-friendly holidays in Europe. From the people to the many towns, villages, and activities that you can see and do, Italy is the perfect holiday destination.

The Italians are so accommodating to families traveling that at times you are even allowed to skip the queues!

Best Places To Visit In Italy With A Toddler

If Italian cities are on your itinerary there is no better than the many cities of Tuscany. Bike around the walls of Lucca, in Florence, enjoy a picnic, or stroll around Boboli Gardens then head to Piazza Della Repubblica and enjoy a ride on the antique carousel.

In Sicily, visit the Greek theatre in Taormina which is one of the most famous sites in Taormina. Your toddler will enjoy spending time climbing the tiered seating. For a great adventure, head up to Mount Etna on the cable car ride and see the fantastic views of the surroundings.

Puglia is the place to go for beaches. You can spend many laid-back days here building sand castles on the stunning beaches and then enjoying one of the short walking tours on offer or visiting the Castellana Caves.

You will not be stuck when needing to buy supplies and essentials for your toddler. It is recommended that you take a stroller if you plan to walk around the many stunning Italian cities and towns.

When eating out most cafes and restaurants do have high chairs for your toddler to use and are also accommodating if your little one would like anything specific like a plain bowl of pasta.

In my opinion, Italy is one of the best toddler-friendly countries to visit. If you have decided to head to Italy for your family vacation, you will find our guide on how to visit Italy with a toddler really helpful.

– Recommendation by 3 Tickets Please –

Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, Spain

Spain is one of the most toddler-friendly places to visit. The country not only has an outdoor culture that encourages families to take advantage of their numerous parks and playgrounds for toddlers to explore.

Even their historic sites always convey the sense that children are welcome and cherished.

Best Places To Visit In Spain With In A Toddler

Truly there is no part of Spain that should feel off-limits to a toddler. Toddlers are welcome in historic sites like the Alcazar in Segovia and even on the ancient walls of Avila, with some extra eyes of course. There are so many  sights to see in Spain  and it is nice to know your toddler can enjoy them alongside you. 

But for the most toddler-friendly parts of Spain, consider the Mediterranean coast. Alicante and Benidorm are specially set up for toddlers. 

In Alicante, a great day with toddlers will center around the water. Playgrounds dot the waterfront landscape so that you can enjoy some sun and keep an eye on your little one playing. You can also stroll along the Rambla, a pedestrian path along the beach, which is great to tire out little legs or stroller friend

In Benidorm, there is a zoo, waterpark, and more of the shoreline of the Costa Brava to enjoy. Restaurants cater to families. 

Carrefour is the best place to get your toddler supplies. While the local markets are certainly charming, Carrefour, is typically larger and less expensive for diapers and wipes.

– Recommendation by Parenthood and Passports –

Copenhagen Denmark toddler friendly with ice cream Parenthood and Passports

Denmark is known across Europe for its numerous child-friendly attractions and museums, many of which have dedicated areas for toddlers and young kids. 

In addition, one of the most common features that makes Denmark so child-friendly is its incredible public transportation system. Trains and buses are reliable and make it easy for families with strollers to get around.

And of course, of utmost importance to parents traveling with kids of any age, Denmark is one of the safest and cleanest countries in the world. 

Best Places In Denmark To Visit With A Toddler 

If you visit the country’s capital of Copenhagen with kids , the city’s famous Tivoli Gardens amusement park has countless rides and even miniature roller coasters that your toddler can go on and will love.  

Additionally, many parks and playgrounds throughout Denmark, like the Nature Playground in Valbyparken on the outskirts of Denmark, activities specifically designed for toddlers while also encouraging imaginative play by incorporating natural elements.

Where To Find Toddler Supplies

Supplies like diapers, formula, infant and toddler medicines, and other necessities are readily available at grocery stores, general stores, and pharmacies – which you can typically find at or near the train stations or within a short walk in the city center. 

In Denmark, breastfeeding, changing diapers, and generally anything essential to a baby or toddler’s well-being, is viewed as acceptable even in public areas. Many public places, such as shopping centers, even have dedicated areas for nursing mothers. 

6. Portugal

– Recommendation by Those Johnson Boys –

Jeronimos Monastery in Belem, Lisbon, Portugal with a toddler Those Johnson Boys

Portugal truly caters to families with young children, making it the perfect place to visit with your toddler. During your time there, you’ll quickly realize that the things you want to see as an adult are also fun for a child.

Your toddler will love to explore castles, ride on trolleys, and play at the beach. All while you’re able to take in the culture, history, and beautiful scenery. 

Most of the attractions are outside, so no need to worry about your little one being too loud. And restaurants offer a variety of options, so it’s not hard to find toddler-friendly food.

To top it off, taking your toddler to Portugal means you’ll get priority entrance to all the main attractions (and even customs at the airport!). 

Best Places In Portugal To Visit With A Toddler

When  visiting Portugal , choose 2-3 main hubs, such as Lisbon and Lagos, to stay while you explore nearby areas.

While in Lisbon, you can take a day trip to Sintra, where your toddler’s imagination can run wild while wandering through castles and palaces.

In Lagos, your toddler can play at the beaches, as you walk along the boardwalk on the coast. While Portugal is toddler-friendly, it is not very stroller-friendly, so don’t forget to bring a carrier.  

Local grocery stores sell all toddler supplies needed. If staying at a Martinhal resort in Portugal, all baby gear will be supplied, including but not limited to a crib, diaper pail, baby bathtub, and highchair.

Poland with a toddler

If you are considering a holiday with your toddler to a country in Eastern Europe, then a great place to visit is Poland.

Some of the most beautiful cities in Europe can be found in Poland and the cultural experiences and attractions are just a few of the reasons why you should visit.

Best Places To Visit In Poland With A Toddler

Poznań is the perfect blend of both the old and the new Poland. Established in the 10th century, the city is filled with rich Polish history and vibrant culture. The top of the list of attractions for toddlers is the Museum dedicated to Poznan’s “sweet ambassador”, St. Martin Croissant.

The museum is such a fun place for both kids and adults; there is a live show where you can learn more about the whole process of baking a Croissant and at the end, there are tastings of these yummy treats that are included in the ticket price.

To run off some energy, a visit to the Citadel Park is a great place for toddlers. It is full of lush greenery and Polish history. There is a beautiful flower garden as well as interesting sculptures designed by Magdalena Abakanowicz.

If you find yourself in Krakow , the horse carriage ride is one of the best fun things to do, and if you want to continue feeling like royalty, head to the Wawel Castle.

Everyday items like food, diapers, and wet wipes are readily available in Poland. You can find most supplies in the supermarkets around the cities.

Most restaurants will have a high chair available for you to use.

If you plan on walking around the cities that you visit, it is recommended to take a stroller with you.

Austria with a toddler

Austria has to be one of the best places to visit with a toddler.

What makes this such a great country to visit with kids and a hard place to beat?

Apart from being more known for its mountain villages, baroque architecture, fascinating history, and rugged alpine terrain, it has the oldest amusement park in the world, salt mines that are walkable, the world’s most extensive ice caves, and dinosaur parks.

What more could you kids want?

Best Places To Visit in Austria With A Toddler

Austria has many interesting things to do, and fun places to visit that will make this a great family vacation destination!

In Vienna, you can visit the world’s oldest amusement park, Prater! Here you will have fun riding the many roller coasters that cater to young and old.

Take the kids to enjoy the attractions at Schönbrunn Palace, which has a maze and a large zoo to explore! 

Check out the ZOOM Children’s museum, with numerous exhibitions and events for kids!

If you head to Salzburg, you can visit the world’s largest ice cave in Werfen. Or take a trip to the famous Hallstatt Salt Mine. Find a list of more Salzburg day trip ideas here.

You can buy supplies at all supermarkets around Austria so if you do run low on diapers, wipes or even snacks you will not be stuck finding what you need.

The Austrians are very welcoming and most restaurants will cater to children with food menus as well as high chairs if you need them.

It is recommended to take a stroller for the days you walk around any of the cities and attractions. It will also be super handy if you visit the amusement park as your toddler is bound to get tired legs walking from attraction to attraction during the day.

France with a toddler

France with toddlers or even younger children can be a slightly tricker European destination however you can still have a great holiday if you plan ahead. There are so many wonderful places around France that will make your family vacation enjoyable for all.

Best Places In France To Visit With A Toddler

Some of the more commonly known places in France that are perfect for your toddler vacation are the French Riviera, Alsace Region, and Annecy.

The smaller villages in these areas are more relaxed than some of the larger cities but nonetheless, visiting Nice or other cities are still worth the visit.

If you are planning a quick city break one of the best places to visit in France would be Paris with a toddler .

To make your holiday stress free there are a few items that we think you should take along. A portable high chair for eating in restaurants as not all cafes or restaurants have high chairs, Make sure to take a stroller and a baby carrier will all make moving around your French destination much easier.

If you plan on hiring a car to travel around the beautiful French countryside, you can hire a car seat from the car rental company very easily.

Finding food and any baby essentials like diapers or wet wipes is pretty easy as all supermarkets stock these items readily. You will also be able to purchase any toddler snacks and food items however they may not be the same as your usual brand.

10. Netherlands

– Recommendation by World by Weekend –

Amsterdam in Netherlands

One wonderful country to visit with toddlers is the Netherlands. Although small, the Netherlands has many interesting sights that will delight parents and toddlers alike.

From exploring bustling cities on foot to bike riding alongside tulip fields, the Netherlands is the perfect destination for your next vacation with your toddler.

The Dutch have a family-oriented culture that values children. Parents traveling with breastfed babies or toddlers will be pleased to know that Dutch society encourages breastfeeding, and that breastfeeding in public is a common occurrence.

Changing tables are available in museums and large restaurants, although may be non-existent in smaller establishments. While not all restaurants are family-friendly, many are equipped with highchairs and toddler-friendly meals.

Best Places In The Netherlands To Visit With A Toddler

An Amsterdam city break is a must when traveling to the Netherlands with a toddler. The city has many toddler-friendly museums, such as the NEMO Science Center, ARTIS Royal Zoo, and the Tropenmuseum Junior.

Families visiting Amsterdam with a toddler can also enjoy many fun outdoor activities such as the many parks and playgrounds, a bike tour, or a boat tour along the canal.

Another fun activity to do with toddlers in the Netherlands is to rent a bike and explore the countryside. You can easily rent bikes with child seats or trailers, so even families with toddlers or babies can experience this popular Dutch pastime.

Cycling culture is a way of life in the Netherlands and one of the best ways to get out and explore the country. Enjoy biking atop dykes, alongside tulip fields, and past the windmills that dot the countryside.

Amsterdam in Netherlands with a toddler by world by weekend

Supermarkets and convenience stores in the Netherlands are well-stocked with food and supplies for toddlers. You will have no difficulty finding diapers, wipes, or snacks for your child.

If your child gets sick while traveling, children’s cold medicines are readily available over the counter in pharmacies. Albert Heijn is the largest supermarket chain in the Netherlands, but other worldwide names such as Aldi and Lidl are also prominent.

Overall, the Netherlands is a great vacation destination for families with toddlers. With plenty of green spaces, museums, and attractions to keep little ones entertained, it’s sure to be a memorable and enjoyable trip for the whole family.

11. Germany

– Recommendation by Travels in Poland –

Wiesbaden City Palace in Germany

Germany is likely one of the most toddler friendly countries to visit in Europe.  The country caters to families with children anywhere you go.

Breastfeeding in public is normal, and is a part of the culture and it is never an issue. 

Best Places In Germany To Visit With A Toddler  

Given Germany’s toddler friendly spaces everywhere, it’s easy to suggest any city in Germany as a toddler friendly place. 

There is a vast number of playgrounds that can be found everywhere.  Playgrounds are everywhere, in small towns, and in the middle of major cities.  There are parks everywhere and a lot of green space for playing and picnicking. 

Wiesbaden is a great city to take kids to, as its right on the Rhine River.  There are dozens of parks and pathways along the river with playgrounds and Biebrich Castle on the Rhine has hundreds of acres of green space.

Stuttgart is another great city with kids, with Germany’s largest indoor playground close by.

Mainau Island in southern Germany is known as flower island and has playgrounds, green space and so much for kids to do.

Toddler supplies can be found at BabyOne, but also at nearly any large chain grocery store like Rewe, Edeka and Globus.

Babyone is a larger children’s supply store that sells everything from children’s bathtubs, car seats, and strollers, to baby supplies.  For needs such as diapers and formula, grocery stores are your best bet.

Many stores and malls have family rooms or bathrooms with diaper changing stations, many of which have free diapers and wipes. 

Restaurants have high chairs and almost always either have a toddler friendly friendly or will make smaller portions or children to eat.

– Recommendation by Travel Mad Mum –

London, Big Ben, UK

The UK is full of exciting vacations. From luxurious family hotels, to toddler-friendly restaurants, theme parks, outdoor playgrounds, historical sites, museums, and walks along the beach.

One of the easiest things to look at no matter what area you visit is the nearby National Trust site. There are hundreds across the UK!

Best Places In United Kingdom To Visit With A Toddler  

National Trust sites usually consist of beautifully landscaped gardens, as well as countryside hiking trails. There is almost always a quintessentially British restaurant on site and of course, they always have play areas for toddlers.

In some cases, the play areas blend in with the landscape often made from tree stumps and wood. 

Aside from the countryside, London has to be the next best place to visit with a toddler in the UK be it on public transportation or on foot with a stroller.

A London favourite with toddlers has to be the Discovery Centre in Stratford.  it’s a little out of town in London’s East End but worth a visit. The centre makes different popular stories such as the Gruffalo come to life. 

Other places to visit include the Transport Museum in Covent Garden, the Emirates Airline Cable Car, the London Eye, Hyde Park.

Not to mention a Toddler Rave which can sometimes take place on weekends in different spots across the capital.

A few restaurants, including Giraffes, Inamo, Jungle Cave and Pizza Express, are toddler-friendly.

London Equipment Hire is a rental company leasing everything toddler-related, from car seats to a stroller and a box of toys. It’s an excellent way to make the trip easier. 

13. Belgium

– Recommendation by Next Stop Belgium –

Antwerp Belgium with toddler Next Stop Belgium

Belgium is an ideal destination to visit with a toddler, offering plenty of activities and amenities that make traveling with small children easy. As far as breastfeeding goes, you won’t get into trouble but nursing a toddler is not the norm (only about 20% breastfeed their baby longer than 6 months) so you might get some looks here and there.

Best Places In Belgium To Visit With A Toddler

Head to Brussels with your toddler and check out its many interactive museums, parks, and playgrounds. it’s an ideal destination to explore and discover.

Paved roads and sidewalks make it easy for strollers to get around.

Ever popular destination Bruges is a great option for parents traveling with toddlers, as it boasts a car-free pedestrian center that provides an ideal environment for little ones to explore and discover at their own pace.

Ghent is another ideal destination to visit with toddlers with plenty of family-friendly activities and attractions such as boat tours, scenic walking paths, and a large playground close to the city center.

Most cities in Belgium have large supermarkets where you can find all the necessary supplies for your toddler, including diapers, formula, and food.

Pharmacies also offer a wide range of products, including diapers and formula for toddlers.

Diaper changing tables are available in nearly all toilets. Restaurants provide high chairs and usually have kids’ menus on offer.

Most hotels in Belgium have travel cribs available upon request and car rental companies offer car seats to make traveling with toddlers safe and comfortable. When making your reservation, be sure to ask about their availability and cost.

14. Bulgaria

– Recommendation by Sofia Adventures –

Varna in Bulgaria

Many parents might not instinctively think to plan a vacation to Bulgaria with their toddler, but it’s a family-friendly destination. Children (and their noises) are welcome in restaurants and public spaces, and Bulgaria’s prices (about 60% of comparable experiences in western Europe) mean families can stretch their precious vacation dollars.

Best Places In Bulgaria To Visit With A Toddler

You can visit the two cultural capitals of Sofia and Plovdiv, have a beach vacation in Sunny Beach, Nessebar, or Sozopol, or enjoy a ski vacation in Bansko, Borovets, or Pamporovo.

Each of these has pros and cons for toddlers, but all are wonderful family experiences.

In the cities, you can enjoy how walkable the historic centers are and enjoy using the stroller-accessible public transportation.

At the beaches, you can relax and appreciate how calm and temperate the Black Sea is for swimming.

Finally, at the country’s ski resort, you can put older toddlers in ski school at a fraction of the cost of a western European or North American ski resort.

Formula, diapers, wet wipes, and toiletries are available in grocery stores. Medicine is sold separately at pharmacies.

Families who want to enjoy a road trip around Bulgaria will be happy to know that car rental companies can reserve toddler car seats in advance. Otherwise, pre-arrange an airport pickup to your accommodation to avoid having toddlers in taxis without car seats. 

15. Slovenia

– Recommendation by Passports and Adventures –

lake bohinj slovenia with a toddler by passports and adventures

A great toddler-friendly vacation spot in Europe is Slovenia. This small country is family-friendly, with lots on offer for those traveling with kids.

Best Places In Slovenia To Visit With A Toddler  

One of the best  places in Slovenia to visit with a toddler  is Lake Bled. The town of the same name surrounds the lake and it is the perfect place for families with young kids to enjoy a relaxing vacation.

There is a complete circular walk around the lake, much of which is stroller-friendly and flat, along which you can stop to allow your toddler to throw stones in the water. The lido has pools to dip your feet into, and the boats to the island in the middle can accommodate both toddlers and their strollers (folded up of course).

Further afield, the capital of Ljubljana is a great place to explore, and even the Postojna Caves are suitable for taking toddlers in as they’ll love the train you have to take to start exploring the caves. And don’t miss Lake Bohinj either.

All local supermarkets and stores such as Lidl have toddler supplies such as formula, diapers, and food.

Car rental companies can supply car seats and all restaurants have high chairs if your toddler is still young. There are also playgrounds to be found where your little one can run off some energy.

If you are looking for a toddler-friendly place to visit in Europe, pick Slovenia.

16. Ireland

– Recommendation by Let’s Go Ireland –

Cobh in Ireland

Ireland is known for its friendly culture and this is certainly true when it comes to children. They are also a great subject for conversation wherever you go. Irish people are usually very accommodating and tolerant when it comes to young children.

Many of them are more than willing to help a parent if you need some assistance. Just be sure to ask! Breastfeeding in public is perfectly acceptable, but not very common.

Best Places In Ireland To Visit With A Toddler Toddlers love to have space and run around. Ireland has so many outdoor possibilities including fantastic beaches where toddlers can spend hours playing in the sand or in the rock pools.

Alternatively, head to Dingle Oceanworld Aquarium, where they can see marine life up close.

Another great spot to bring your toddler is the West Cork Model Railway Village in Clonakilty.

You can also find plenty of incredible Irish castles to visit. Plenty of these castles are fantastic for toddlers to explore!

Where To Find Toddler Supplies Toddler essentials can be found in supermarkets and pharmacies.

Many local convenience stores also have a limited selection of toddler items such as diapers. Supermarkets are open every day of the week in Ireland.

Restaurants are typically well equipped for children with everything from high chairs and coloring utensils to kids’ menus.

In many locations, it is also acceptable to ask for a spare plate rather than opting for a full kid menu.

Many public toilets also have baby changing facilities, although usually only in the female toilets.

17. Croatia

– Recommendation by Places of Juma –

Rovinj in Croatia with a Toddler Places of Juma

If you are looking for a wonderful destination for a vacation with a toddler, then  Croatia  is just right for you!

The beautiful nature, the varied cuisine, the hospitality of the people, and the numerous beaches make Croatia a true paradise for young and old.

Croatia is a very child-friendly country. The people are very open-minded and warm and they love kids.

Moreover, most restaurants have high chairs for children and there are also many playgrounds and numerous activities suitable for toddlers.

Best Places In Croatia To Visit With A Toddler

Istria is actually best suited for a vacation with toddlers.

The region is located in the north of the country and so even in summer, the temperatures are less hot than in the south.

In addition, the range of toddler entertainment options is a bit better and there are many resorts that offer children’s friendly programs and have children’s pools and children’s buffets.

Most resorts in Istria have a promenade where you can easily have walks with a stroller.

Recommended resorts along the coast are Umag, Porec, Rovinj, Medulin, and Novigrad.

Another fantastic destination to visit with a toddler in Croatia is Dubrovnik.

The Old Town of Dubrovnik is a pedestrian-only area, making it easy for parents with strollers to explore the city’s historic landmarks, such as the City Walls and Stradun, the main street.

Dubrovnik also has several beaches that are safe and suitable for toddlers, including Banje Beach and Copacabana Beach.

You could easily spend 2 or 3 days in Dubrovnik with a toddler.

In Croatia you can really get everything you need for a toddler. In every resort there are several supermarkets like Konzum, Spar, Plodine where you can get everything you need.

There are also drugstores like DM and pharmacies in case someone gets sick.

Best Places To Travel with a Toddler in Africa

18. south africa.

On Table Mountain, Cape Town South Africa with a toddler

One of the best countries to travel with toddlers is South Africa. A very warm and welcoming country with so much to see and do, you are all guaranteed a great family vacation.

You will be spoilt for choice of what to do or places to see that you may find you will want to return again.

All family restaurants will have high chairs and children’s menus and are happy to accommodate variations from the menu options if you need them.

Best Places To Visit in South Africa With A Toddler

The top pick of must-see places in South Africa is Cape Town . With an abundance of hotels, white sandy beaches, and restaurants just in the city itself you can spend your whole time in Cape Town if you did not want to venture too far.

Take a cable car up Table Mountain for some amazing views across the whole city bowl. Head to the V& A Waterfront to the aquarium and the gemstone scratch patch. When you are done, head to the mall for shopping and a bite to eat.

If you hire a car, take a drive to Boulder’s Beach to see the magnificent penguin colonies and their nesting areas.

A trip to the many wine farms is perfect for adults and children as many have play areas and equipment to keep the kids entertained whilst you enjoy a leisurely meal or afternoon.

If you want to head out of Cape Town, a trip up the Garden Route is perfect to experience more of South Africa.

There are many seaside towns with stunning beaches where you can spend lazy days or even head to one of the many wildlife safari parks where you can experience a game drive and some of Africa’s amazing wildlife like elephants, rhinos, lions, and more.

If you hire a car, be sure to ask for a car seat from the car rental company. If they do not have one available we strongly recommend that you take your car seat with you.

A stroller, baby carrier, or hiking backpack are all great options to take with you and will be used whilst out and about. The hiking backpack or stroller is perfect if you plan to do any nature walks.

Supplies like diapers, food, formula, wipes, and more are readily available at all supermarkets and even small corner shops.

Find out everything you need to know about visiting South Africa with a toddler in our guide.

19. Namibia

Namibia with a toddler

Namibia is a wonderful country to travel with kids as there is so many fun places to visit and things to do.

It is a very friendly country and is one of the best places to visit in Africa with a toddler. From the stunning landscapes that you can experience to a large amount of wildlife and nature, there is so much to enjoy in this amazing country.

Best Places To Visit In Namibia With A Toddler

You will want to hire a car to travel around Namibia to make the most of your time.

Swakopmund is ideal if you’re keen on seeing a different side of the wildlife that Namibia has to offer. The oceanfront shows off the town’s promenade and is a great spot for afternoon strolls with the stroller, or you can head to the town’s playground for more fun.

Head to the only aquarium in Namibia where you can see the wonderful marine life that can be found in the cold Benguela Current. Walk underneath the underwater walkway and be amazed at the sharks and rays swimming right above you.

Continue your adventure to Sossusvlei situated in the largest conservation area in Africa, the Namib-Naukluft National Park.

A visit to Dune 45 is a must as it is one of the most famous dunes in the world. The kids will just love the fact that they can run down these striking red dunes, such a fantastic place to have an adventure as a family.

Etosha is one of the most popular attractions in Namibia and any trip would not be complete without it. Discover the wildest parts of Namibia that are home to cheetahs, hyenas, lions, giraffes, and many more.

You can experience the park yourself by driving around in your car rental or, what is highly recommended, is a guided game drive or a guided walk with a guide.

You should be able to find all you need at the large supermarkets in the cities of Namibia from diapers, to snacks to formula.

Be sure to stock up on what you need when you are in the larger towns and cities as you may not find the supplies you need when you are traveling through the smaller towns.

All restaurants and resorts will be able to cater to your toddler’s needs. They will have high chairs available and if you need a sleeping cot, most accommodations with have this for you.

Best Places To Travel with a Toddler in Asia

20. thailand.

Sunrise Beach Thailand with a toddler

One of the best holidays with toddlers is a vacation to Thailand. This is truly a magical destination where you can all enjoy the sand, sun, and sea as a family.

The local people of Thailand are extremely friendly and welcoming. They also adore children so you never fell that you are not welcome if you travel with a toddler in Thailand.

Best Places To Visit In Thailand With A Toddler

Of course, there are many places and beaches to travel to in Thailand that your toddler can spend all day frolicking in the warm ocean water or building sand castles on the beaches. You will love the fact that you can of course join in or lay on a sun lounger (many of which can be hired when at the beach) sipping on a delicious cocktail.

When the beaches get too much, jump on a local tuk-tuk and head to one of the many temples that can be found around Thailand to get a cultural fix.

Or head to the town center where you can enjoy local cuisine from the many street markets and food vendors.

Many of the resorts that you can stay in cater to young children and will either have swimming pools with ocean views which are perfect for days when you fancy just staying close to your accommodation.

The best places in Thailand that are perfect for traveling with toddlers are:

  • Koh Samui (find a list of the most kid-friendly hotels in Koh Samui here)

Tip: Not all the beaches in Thailand are sandy, so make sure to take some toddler beach shoes with to help protect their soft little feet.

It is best to take what you need for your trip to Thailand with your toddler as supplies are not easily accessible.

A baby carrier is probably your best option over a stroller as there are not many paved areas to walk with a stroller and it can be difficult pushing a stroller on rough ground.

When eating out, if you do not have an adventurous eater most places will be able to provide you with a plate of chips which are sure to make your little one smile.

Some hotels and resorts do offer cots, when booking be sure to check with them and secure one in advance.

21. Singapore

Singapore with a toddler

The city of Singapore may not be seen as a toddler destination because of the hustle and bustle of this great city.

A day or two in Singapore is definitely worth a visit as it is very safe and clean.

However, if you want an island destination with your toddler for some much-needed time to relax and recharge with your toddler, head to one of the many islands off Singapore .

Best Places To Visit In Singapore With A Toddler

There are plenty of fun things to do in Singapore with kids .

In the city of Singapore, there are many outdoor play parks but to beat the heat you can visit the aquarium or The Artground.

Other city activities include the Singapore Zoo, Jurong Bird Park, and the Singapore Botanical Gardens.

The Gardens by the Bay is a children’s haven. Head to the Children’s Garden where toddlers can spend time playing in the fish fountain and when done continue along the many paths and suspended walkways.

For island getaways, the Telunas Private Island is only a ferry and boat ride away from Singapore.

This island is perfect for families looking for peace while immersed in nature. It has 15 overwater sea villas, an open-air restaurant, an overwater spa facility, and a poolside bar.

The resort also organizes daily activities like cooking classes, bonfires, treks, and more to keep the guests entertained.

Another great location is Cempedak which is reachable via a direct ferry from Singapore.

This island getaway boasts bamboo villas along white sandy beaches, a rainforest, and white granite boulders.

The island is not commercialized so make sure to take all you need with you.

When in the city of Singapore, you will be able to purchase all you need in terms of supplies for your toddler.

Most hotels and restaurants will be able to accommodate your toddler’s needs for a cot and or high chair.

Be sure to stock up on any supplies and essentials before heading on the island getaways.

Do check with the resort (find the best hotels for families in Singapore here) where you will be staying to see if they can provide a cot for sleeping and a high chair.

22. Vietnam

Vietnam with a toddler

Vietnam has to be one of the most friendliest countries to visit. No matter where you travel the local people always greet you with a wide, welcoming smile and want to share stories and provide a helping hand.

If you want to travel to this wonderful country you may feel overwhelmed with where to go because there are truly so many amazing places to visit in Vietnam, and it can be difficult to decide.

Best Places To Visit In Vietnam With A Toddler

When traveling to Vietnam with a toddler the best place to visit is the Hoi An area as it has beaches which is always a win for kids.

It also has a very cute town that is great for walking around in when you want to head away from the beaches or experience some more of the local culture. The Ancient Town with the colorful brick buildings is a big Vietnam tourist attraction. Make your way through the town from the comfort of an authentic wooden Vietnamese boat as you glide along the serene canals that cut through the town.

The Hoi An area is also great for resorts that are perfect for kids either close by to the town center or head further out to one of the many resorts along the beaches.

It is best to take what you need for your trip to Vietnam with your toddler as supplies are not easily accessible.

Japan with a baby or toddler

Japan is a magical and memorable trip and may not be a country on the top of your list to visit with your toddler or even a baby.

When we visited Japan we traveled with a baby however the places to see and things to do in Japan will be exactly the same if you plan on traveling to Japan with a toddler .

There are definitely many benefits to visiting Japan with a baby, the country is safe and is known to be baby friendly.

It does come with some challenges yet can be overcome if you try and keep your trip as simple and easy as possible. It is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that promises lots of adventure, education, and a giddy blend of culture making it well worth a little challenge or two!

Best Places To Visit In Japan With A Toddler

Wondering where to go in Japan for first-timers ? It is also crucial to pick one to three destinations at most to visit during your trip keeping your travel to a minimum as dragging luggage, ensuring kids are close by, or holding hands whilst carrying a baby up and down stairs to subways & train stations regularly is super hard! The same would be true if you visited Japan with a toddler.

To make it easy we recommend you visit these top three places in Japan – Tokyo, Kyoto, and Osaka. You can also make use of the luggage forwarding system where you can pay for your luggage to be collected from your hotel in one city and dropped off at your hotel in the next city.  

In Tokyo, the very popular Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden must be one of the more beautiful sights to see. Located close to the Shinjuku Station makes it easy to get to.

The park features a Japanese Garden, an English Garden, and a French Garden. It is a great place to view the Cherry Blossom trees whilst in bloom too!

For older toddlers, a great place to visit for a day packed full of fun is Tokyo Disney Parks.

If you head to Osaka you take many day trips from this base point or visit Universal Studios which is perfect for older toddlers and kids.

You can find baby supplies in the stores. The streets are stroller-friendly. You will even often see little baby seats in toilet cubicles so you can pop your baby down whilst you do what you need to do.

24. Malaysia

Malaysia with a toddler

Malaysia is a perfect destination to visit with your family . It is a destination with so many diverse cultures and ethnicities all living together in harmony providing a wonderful holiday experience for the whole family.

One of the great benefits of traveling to this diverse country is a large number of activities to keep your toddler entertained, from Legoland to Thomas Town to a ride in a cable car.

Best Places To Visit In Malaysia With A Toddler

Penang is one of the best places to visit with a toddler, it is a small island with British colonial architecture and Old Hindu and Chinese temples as well as beaches for your little one to enjoy.

If you are keen to check out Penang and are wondering where to stay, take look at our blog post on the best Penang hotels with private pools here.

The island is host to a stunning living garden, Entopia. Here you will be immersed in a world of butterflies and creatures from insects to reptiles. Entopia has 15,000 free-flying butterflies of 60 different species.

If natural rainforests, mountains, and stunning beaches are more your thing, head to Langkawi in the Andaman Sea. This is an archipelago comprising 99 islands and is one of the best places to let your hair down and get some R&R.

If your toddler is keen on some action-packed fun and amusements, visit Legoland and Thomas Town in Johor Bahru. If you find yourself in Kuala Lumpur it has its own Kidzania town where kids can explore and experience a variety of jobs safely.

If your little one is a little Einstein, head to the Petrosains Discovery Centre, the hands-on museum is perfect for making science fun as they can build a model car or even experience what a hurricane may feel like! 

You will be able to find supplies for your toddler when in Malaysia, they may not be brands that you are used to but is super handy for when you run out of diapers or wipes.

If you are heading to the islands and beaches, a stroller may not be best as it may be a little tricky to use in some areas. However, if you are staying in the larger cities then a stroller is worth taking.

Bali with a baby or toddler

Bali has a lot to offer travelers, whether you are solo, a couple or traveling with a toddler Bali is one of the best destinations for a toddler vacation. We traveled with a baby but your experience and the information of what to do with a toddler will be relevant.

Not only is it super affordable but this dream destination has such the most gorgeous nature from beaches, waterfalls, and rice paddies with the most wonderfully natured people to match.

Family-friendly hotels and resorts offer activities both onsite and offsite that will help keep everyone in the family entertained and happy for your Bali with kids trip!

If you fancy some time out as a couple you will be pleasantly surprised as nannies or babysitters are really reasonably priced and affordable.  You can also book a nanny to tag along with you on your outings to make things easy and have an extra pair of hands.

Best Places To Visit In Bali With A Toddler

For more family-friendly areas head to Canggu, Ubud, Legian, Jimbaran, or Nusa Lembongan.

The best family resorts can be found along the beaches of the areas such as Canggu or Jimbaran. From here you can head to Ubud to walk around the Ubud market which is a buzz with activity.

In Ubud you will also be able to soak up the peaceful rice paddy atmosphere with a walking tour through the terraced rice paddies.

On your way home, stop at the Pulina Coffee Plantation where you will learn the process of coffee production followed by trying out a variety of different teas and coffees (which even the kids will love!).

Other great activities to do whilst in Bali are to visit the Tegenungan Waterfall, Saraswati Temple or take a walk around the Jimbaran Fish Market.

You can also very easily rent baby gear and equipment for super low prices if you need them.

Hotels and resorts will be equipped with baby cots and high chairs, but make sure to always have a baby change mat on hand as baby changing facilities are not what you would have back home.

Make sure to bring your baby carrier along and leave your stroller behind. When booking your transfers book your car seat at the same time to ensure you have one to use.

For spending time at the beach make sure to pack your sun tent as well as some handy and essential beach items for your toddler to play with.

Lombok with a baby or toddler

Limbok is a small Indonesian island that is definitely one for the bucket list and is a perfect destination to travel with toddler.

This island is relatively undiscovered which makes this destination so wonderful as it is not overrun with tourists and is the perfect escape for some quiet time out on an island destination.

When exploring the island hire a private driver who can take you and your toddler safely and comfortably from one site and attraction to the next.

Best Places To Visit In Lombok With A Toddler

As you can imagine, this Indonesian island will have many stunning beaches that you can visit and enjoy some much-needed R&R so there are many to choose from.

The top beach to visit are Selong Belanak Beach, which has lovely shallow, calm ocean water for the kids to play in.  There is even a beach cafe for some lunch and refreshments during the day.

When you fancy learning more about the indigenous people of Lambok head to the Sasak Village called Sade in Rambitan.  Although the village is quite touristy it is still really interesting to learn more about the Sasak people and get some insight into that fascinating culture! 

We recommend organizing a day trip up into the Northern regions of Lombok where you can see two incredible waterfalls, Tiu Kelep Waterfall and Sendang Gile Waterfall. 

Most hotels and family resorts are well-equipped with baby cots and high chairs. When booking your hotel transfers book your car seat at the same time to ensure you have one to use.

There is no need for a stroller when traveling in Lombok but is definitely worth bringing your baby carrier along.

For spending time at the beach make sure to pack your sun tent and any beach toys.

Best Places To Go On Holidays with Toddlers in Oceania

27. vanuatu.

Vanuatu with a toddler on beach

Vanuatu is made up of approximately 80 islands so there is plenty of choice when it comes to picking a toddler vacation in Vanuata.

The great thing about Vanuatu if you reside in Australia is that it is a quick flight from Sydney so you can easily travel here for a short break or long weekend away with your toddler.

If you plan on exploring the island hire a 4×4 to get around, otherwise just enjoy relaxing on a sun lounger on the beach.

Best Places To Visit In Vanuatu With A Toddler

The island that we especially liked is Espiritu Santo Island, it has beaches to die for and so many water activities for you to enjoy.

Port Orly Beach is a small fishing village with white sandy beaches and cafes that serve you deliciously fresh seafood. You can also enjoy a cocktail or two from the locals and just enjoy the beautiful, peaceful surroundings.

A trip to the fresh water swimming holes, known as the Blue Holes where you can enjoy swimming in the blue water surrounded by nature. There are 3 main blue holes, Nanda, Riri and Matevulu. If you fancy a little more fun most of the blue holes have rope swings where you can spend hours swinging into the water.

If you head to Aore Island, you can enjoy diving, snorkeling, fishing, and kayaking or enjoy a bicycle ride along one of the island’s many tracks.

A baby carrier is best for this strip so leave the stroller at home. Bring along your toddler supplies like nappies, wipes, and any formula.

Depending on the resort you are staying at you can possibly have the use of cots and high chairs but it will be worth checking before you leave on your vacation as you may need to take these along.

28. Australia

Australia with a toddler

A vacation to Australia when your little one is still young can be so much fun as all places are great but Australia does have some little gems that make this one of the best holiday destinations with toddlers.

If you traveling all the way to Australia you will want to see the iconic places and sites like Sydney and the Sydney Opera House or Ayres Rock however the best and most child friendly places that we love to travel to in Australia are Hamilton Island, Gold Coast and the Sunshine Coast.

These are the destinations that are great for spending longer periods of time with your toddler when in Australia.

Best Places To Visit In Australia With A Toddler

Along the Sunshine Coast of Australia, you can enjoy one of the greatest Wonders of the World, the stunning Great Barrier Reef. You will also find the awesome town of Cairns that is well worth a night’s stay to enjoy the many restaurants, cafes, and beaches.

The Sunshine Coast is also perfect if you want to stay in one location for some time. Here you have beaches, kid friendly activities, and sunny weather.

In Brisbane, the South Bank is perfect for kids! You can enjoy the free waterpark, Aquativity or head to the many playgrounds to get rid of any extra energy. The Epicurious Garden is an ‘edible’ garden where you can learn more about herbs, flowers, fruits, and vegetables. 

You can also visit the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary for a full day’s outing.

If you want to enjoy lounging by the poolside or spend the day riding waves, Hamilton Island is a perfect choice. From stunning, white sandy beaches to pools with poolside service or water sports for the more adventurous, there is an activity for all to enjoy.

No matter where you travel in Australia, you will be able to get the supplies you need for your toddler. All supermarkets and stores generally stock all you may need.

For days in the cities, definitely bring a stroller with you. A baby carrier is handy for time spent on the beaches.

Most hotels will be able to provide cots in your room. Highchairs are also readily available in most restaurants and cafes.

29. Maldives

– Recommendation by Wanderlust & Wet Wipes –

Maldives beach with a toddler

When most people think of the Maldives, they think of a couples only, honeymoon vacation but what they don’t know is that the Maldives is a really toddler-friendly place to visit.

While the main island and capital Male, is an interesting place to stay, the majority head straight from the airport to one of the amazing resort islands to spend their time there.

Family-friendly resorts in the Maldives are the best places to go: most have excellent facilities for kids (including a kids’ club that parents can use with their toddlers); fun activities such as sandcastle making, cooking classes, or games; and kid appropriate menus.

Best Places In The Maldives To Visit With A Toddler

Maldivian resorts are only accessible by boat or by seaplane transfer. Late arrivals into Male require an overnight stay for seaplane departures as they can only fly (and land) in daylight.

Depending on the length of your flight into the Maldives, a short boat ride might also be a better plan than a seaplane for your toddler.

That being said, the further away you get from Male, the better the picture postcard views.

Unless you are actually staying on Male, you’ll need to bring any toddler supplies with you to the Maldives. The family-friendly resorts all have baby and toddler equipment such as cots, high chairs, and strollers.

– Recommendation by 24 Hours Layover –

best travel destinations with toddlers

One vacation spot that is extremely  toddler friendly is Fiji . It makes for the perfect holiday destination for families with little ones!

Fijians are very friendly and welcoming of children – lots of families with young children holiday in Fiji year after year due to how well children are catered for, making it a really popular family vacation destination. 

Most hotels and resorts in Fiji have baby-changing facilities, high chairs, and cots available. Breastfeeding is also generally accepted in public, and many restaurants offer children meals.

Best Places To Visit In Fiji With A Toddler

Denarau Island is the most popular destination for families. It is convenient to get to the airport as well as for excursions. There are plenty of stroller-friendly resorts at Denarau that offer complimentary kids’ clubs, as well as babysitting services and family-friendly activities so parents can enjoy some time to themselves.

Coral Coast, whilst being 2 hours from the airport, is another popular place for families to stay. There are several resorts with beautiful beaches and calm waters. There are several resorts along the coast that offer family-friendly facilities.

Supermarket prices in Fiji are expensive and the selection of items can be limited, so whilst you’ll always find toddler supplies in the supermarkets, most people prefer to bring them with them just for convenience.

Renting car seats and cribs is reasonably priced and easy to organize through your resort.

Best Places To Travel with a Toddler in the Middle East

31. united arab emirates.

– Recommendation by Secret Abu Dhabi –

Checking out Abu Dhabi with kids

Between Dubai and Abu Dhabi, the UAE has become one of the top tourist destinations in the world. 

Since the country is essentially in the desert, there is no shortage of indoor activities for children . The country is very well equipped to deal with hot temperatures. 

That being said, there are tonnes of outdoor activities for little ones across the Emirates which can be enjoyed in the evenings and throughout the cooler months. 

Best Places To Visit In UAE With A Toddler

From malls to indoor theme parks, restaurants and museums, to beaches, parks and desert dunes, there is plenty to discover with toddlers across activities the country.

Some top attractions in Abu Dhabi include, Warner Bros. World, LEGO Pop-in and Play, Fun Works, Caboodle, Little World, Ferrari World, and more.

Whereas in Dubai, toddlers love Green Planet, the aquarium in Atlantis The Palm and Ski Dubai. The list goes on and on!

Strolling through shopping malls is another way to beat the heat. Besides fast food and ice cream shops, many malls have cinemas and kid-friendly play areas. In fact one cinema in Galleria Mall has a theatre completely dedicated to children with special chairs and shorter movies. 

Galleria Mall has so much for tots, including a National Geographic experience, soft play and indoor trampolining. 

It would be unheard of not to find baby changing facilities. In fact most malls and tourist attractions have fancy feeding rooms with comfortable feeding chairs. 

Nearly everywhere has perfect pathways  making it stroller friendly across the board. 

Leading supermarkets and a majority of pharmacies across Abu Dhabi are a one-stop-shop to purchase everything baby related, from pampers to strollers to baby nourishment.

If you need something quickly, an app called InstaShop can deliver anything required within an hour in Dubai and Abu Dhabi including diapers, baby food, wipes and formula. 

With western shops such as Waitrose, a lot of brands are recognisable. 

For renting cribs and baby travel equipment, get in touch with Skytots.

Best Places to Vacation with a Toddler in USA

32. new york.

New York City with a toddler

New York is not the obvious choice when thinking of a destination that is toddler friendly.

The city of New York is busy but does have many family friendly attractions and if you venture out of the city itself, you may be pleasantly surprised by what there is to do in New York with a toddler .

When walking around the city of New York there is an abundance of playgrounds to take a break from sightseeing and walking.

Best Places To Visit In New York With A Toddler

The zoo is one of the favorite places to spend time with kids for many parents and New York has two great zoos that are worth a visit.

Central Park Zoo is a must-visit. The animals are homes in spaces and swimming pools mimicking their natural habitats. The Bronx Zoo hosts rare and endangered species of fauna and approximately 4 thousand creatures.

One of the oldest amusement parks in the United States is Luna Park in Coney Island with a variety of carousels for both the smallest visitors and thrill-seekers.

Take a trip on the Staten Island Ferry and admire the Statue of Liberty as you sail by.

For a museum experience with a difference, the unique museums such as the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, and the Cloisters are perfect and have so many exciting exhibitions that you definitely will not have any bored kids during your visit!

If you happen to be in New York over the apple picking season, a great family activity is apple picking at one of the local farms like Hurds Family Farm or Apple Dave’s Orchard.

You will find all you need when traveling with your toddler in New York. Essentials like diapers, wipes, snacks and formula can be found at all shops and supermarkets.

A stroller is a must as you will spend a lot of time walking to experience this great destination.

Hotels can accommodate any requirements such as highchairs and cots. Restaurants have great changing facilities as well as high chairs that you can use.

33. Florida

– Recommendation by Make More Adventures –

Orlando in Florida with a toddler

Whether you are looking for a beach vacation, you want to explore the theme parks, or you just want to relax at a hotel with a pool, Florida offers many toddler-friendly vacation spots.

Florida is a family-friendly state and kids can be seen just about everywhere.

Orlando specifically is known as a destination for kids, but the beaches tend to be kid-friendly as well. Lots of the hotels are geared towards kids with splash pads, activities, and on-site restaurants.

Best Places In Florida To Visit With A Toddler

Orlando’s theme parks offer just about everything families with toddlers need. There is plenty of entertainment and small rides.

Families that don’t want to visit the theme parks can participate in character meals, enjoy games, movies, and other activities at the hotels, and take advantage of the many parks and splash pads in the area. 

You can’t really go wrong with any of Florida’s beaches, but the Gulf Coast beaches have calmer water that is perfect for toddlers.

Clearwater Beach has soft sand, a playground right on the beach, and many restaurants within walking distance. A trolley rides up and down the beach and visitors can get an all-day pass.

Nearby, the Clearwater Marine Aquarium is home to rescued sea life. There are plenty of  things to do with kids on Clearwater Beach .

Any grocery store, Target, Walmart, or pharmacy in Florida will sell diapers, formula, and food for your toddler. 

Both Orlando and Clearwater, as well as many other cities in Florida, have baby supply rental companies where you can rent cribs, strollers, car seats, and whatever else you don’t want to pack. If you stay in a vacation rental on the beach, check to see if beach toys, pool toys, and other toddler-friendly items are provided.

– Recommendation by Oklahoma Wonders –

Galveston in Texas with a toddler

Texas is a great place to go on a family vacation since its extensive coastline and wide-open spaces give families space to make noise. Texas has a live-and-let-live attitude that makes getting vacation rentals and hotel rooms less stressful.

Families looking for a great beach destination drive from far and wide to enjoy Texas’s Gulf Coast cities and towns. It’s common for families from New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Arkansas to make their way down every summer.

Visitors with littles will love how many Texas beaches allow driving, meaning you don’t have to schlep all your toddler beach equipment to the shoreline. You can simply park and enjoy your visit! 

Best Places In Texas To Visit With A Toddler

Many cities have activities for toddlers to enjoy. For example, families who vacation on in Corpus Christi or nearby are close to great family-friendly attractions like the Texas State Aquarium and Padre Island National Seashore. 

If you’re worried that Texas’s coast has a reputation as a party destination, skip the more famous South Padre and choose beaches in North Padre, Mustang Island, or Galveston.

Toddler supplies are stocked in local grocery stores and drug stores. 

35. Maryland

– Recommendation by Deyewa –

Baltimore in Maryland, USA

Maryland is a city full of great locations for visiting with a toddler. If you are heading to Maryland for your vacation you will not be lost for places to visit with your toddler.

Best Places In Maryland To Visit With A Toddler 

The Wiggle Room in Crofton Maryland is the perfect place to take babies and toddlers for a fun and safe play experience. With its bright colors, child-sized furniture, and an array of stimulating toys, it’s no wonder kids love this place! There are tons of comfortable chairs to sit on and parents can relax knowing their little ones are having a blast while they explore and learn through interactive play. 

The play area is separated into spaces for crawlers, toddlers and older kids so everyone has a safe and enjoyable space. 

The space also has a very clean quiet room/ changing table room where parents can go to change kids in a comfortable space. Wiggle room is definitely one of the top indoor play places to visit in Maryland with kids .

Another kid friendly place in Maryland is Storyville. If you have a child under age 5, then you have to visit Storyville with them. They have two locations in Rosedale and Woodlawn and it’s the perfect place to take your toddlers to use their imagination for pretend play while in a safe environment. It has a fenced-in area called Baby Garden devoted for babies who are not walking and their caregivers and also a toddler bay area for little kids.

Storyville makes it a comfortable experience for parents by providing designated coat hooks, stroller parking and a large family bathroom that also has a waiting area with rocking chairs and a shelf full of books.

Located in Ellicott city, MD, Clark’s Elioak Farm is another great place to visit with toddlers. They can enjoy riding on the mini cow trains, feeding a variety of small animals and exploring the play features in the farm. During Easter, they have an easter egg hunt separated out by younger kids and older kids. It is also stroller friendly. 

While visiting Maryland with your toddler, visitors can rent baby equipment and gear such as cribs, strollers, car seats and more from Travelling Baby company. Baby food, diapers, formula and other supplies can also be gotten at regular grocery stores such as Target, Walmart, Wegmans etc in Maryland.

– Recommendation by Uprooted Traveler –

Surfing Oahu Beach Hawaii with toddlers Uprooted Traveler

Hawaii is the perfect place to bring toddlers, especially Oahu. It offers tons of activities that will keep a toddler’s attention, from interactions with wildlife to playing in the pool or ocean. 

Best Places To Visit In Hawaii With a Toddler

Whether you’re looking for a relaxing beach vacation for your family or an adventure packed full of activities, you’ll find plenty to do on Oahu. 

For example, introduce the little ones to Hawaiian marine life by going on a submarine tour of the Pacific. Here, they’ll get to peer out of the windows and see colorful coral reefs, hundreds of species of fish, and maybe even a sea turtle or two. 

Hitting the beach is fun for the whole family, but, if you want to kick it up a notch, head to Ewa Beach, near Pearl Harbor. Here, you’ll be able to jump on a steam locomotive (what toddler doesn’t love a train?!) that will head down the tracks and back for a few miles. 

And if you’re visiting on a rainy day, take the little ones to the Hawaii Children’s Discovery Center, where kids can play and learn through the interactive galleries, like the Hawaiian Rainbows, which teaches kids about why Hawaii is so special.

You can pick up supplies at chain grocery stores, like Foodland or Walmart, or pharmacies, like Long’s Drugs. Most hotels are well-equipped with crib rentals, especially if you head to a resort that caters to families, like Disney’s Aulani. Similarly, most popular car rental agencies, like Hertz and Enterprise, will rent out car seats.

37. Tennessee

– Recommendation by Itz a Family Thing –

Tennessee with a toddler by itz a family thing

The best place to visit in the US with babies and toddlers is Tennessee. True to its reputation, there is Southern hospitality, fun things to do, and parks for little ones to run around and be kids.

Best Places To Visit In Tennessee With a Toddler

The best destinations in Tennessee for toddlers are Pigeon Forge and Chattanooga. There is something to do everywhere you look.

Some toddler-friendly attractions near Pigeon Forge include  The Great Smoky Mountains , Dollywood, and the Soaky Mountain Waterpark.

If you visit Chattanooga, the little ones will enjoy Creative Discovery Museum, Tennessee Aquarium, or Coolidge Park. 

Both cities are stroller friendly, but if you plan on visiting the National Park, a baby or toddler carrier is highly recommended.

It is also the perfect destination for little ones because you can buy anything you need for your little ones in Tennessee.

Overall, if you want a place that offers fun things to do just for little ones, Tennessee is the perfect place for your family.

38. Illinois

– Recommendation by Traveling with the Littles –

Illinois with a toddler by Traveling with the littles

Illinois is a great toddler and baby-friendly vacation destination!  When you think of Illinois, you likely think of Chicago; however, there are several other toddler-friendly vacation destinations in Illinois.  

Best Places To Visit In Illinois With A Toddler

Hands down, the best place to visit in Illinois with a Toddler is Chicago.  Chicago is a metropolitan city with all the amenities a family might need.  There are indoor and outdoor attractions, and it is easy to source diapers, wipes, clothes, or anything you may need for your kiddos. 

Lastly, visiting  Chicago with a toddler  is magical, as there is an endless supply of parks, recreation, and activity types to suit all ages and interests. 

If you are in downtown Chicago, I recommend visiting Millennium Park.  There’s Crown Fountain, where kids can splash and play in the enormous fountains, or visit Maggie Daley Park, with seven distinct play areas suitable for all ages. 

The Chicago museums are great for visiting with toddlers and babies as well.  All of the museums have nursing rooms for moms and are breastfeeding-friendly. 

If you love the great outdoors, Illinois has several toddler-friendly state parks.  There are three fabulous state parks within 2 hours of Chicago.  

Kankakee State Park is 1 hour south of Chicago; Starved Rock State Park is 1.5 hours southwest of Chicago, and Matthiessen State Park is 1.75 hours southwest of Chicago. 

These parks are great for visiting with toddlers, as most trails are paved and suitable for strollers.  Additionally, Illinois is pretty flat, so none of these parks have steep trails. 

If visiting Starved Rock State Park, stay at the Grand Bear Resort for some R&R and their on-site waterpark. 

In Chicago, it is easy to find toddler supplies such as diapers, wipes, snacks, medicine, and more.  Simply pop into any drug store downtown to find whatever you need. 

Common drug stores in Chicago and Illinois include Target, Walgreens, and CVS.  Stop by Macy’s in downtown Chicago to find clothes for an affordable wardrobe change. 

If you need to rent car seats or cribs, try Baby Quip.  You likely will not need a car seat in downtown Chicago; however, if you venture outside of downtown, you may.  

Fun Places to Travel with a Toddler in Central, Southern, and Northern America

– Recommendation by History Fan Girl –

Cozumel Mexico with a toddler

Mexico is a frequent destination for families wanting to dip their toes into international travel with their toddlers. 

The coastal areas of the Riviera Maya and Mexico’s west coast are dotted with family-friendly resorts, and even independent hotels generally have enough room to accommodate family groups in traditional hotel rooms.

Many resorts also have childcare options, which is perfect for families looking for a way to have an adults-only meal in the middle of their family vacation.

Restaurants in these regions are used to international travelers and have mixed menus, where you’ll often find local cuisine next to french fries and chicken tenders – perfect for picky eaters!

The sun-and-sand focus of most of these vacation destinations is also great for families with toddlers, as you don’t need to find a family-friend day trip to enjoy your time. Instead, you can relax at the beach as each adult takes their turn being in charge of the tiny chaos monsters.

Holbox in Mexico with a Toddler by History Fan Girl

Places like Holbox and Cozumel are perfect for toddlers. Holbox due to its calm, shallow water, and  Cozumel  because of its compact, walkable town center.

Tip: Interested in checking out and/or booking a place to stay in Mexico? Take a look at all-inclusive Dreams resorts in Mexico here .

Best Places In Mexico To Visit With A Toddler

  • Playa Del Carmen
  • Puerto Vallarta

Grocery stores carry most toddler necessities, while pharmacies are well-stocked and easy to find.

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Canada is one of the most toddler-friendly vacation spots for multiple reasons.

They have a general kid-friendly approach with kids menus in most restaurants, having them welcome in many breweries and having many indoor and outdoor activities for them to enjoy.

Most restaurants have a changing station, which can be a lifesaver when you’re in the middle of lunch in a different country and nature calls for your toddler.

Best Places In Canada To Visit With A Toddler

Vancouver has a lot for kids to do in a large, busy city. They’ll love checking out the massive Vancouver Aquarium with giant glass exhibits with fish swimming by, touch pools ,  and more. Stanley Park is also great for them to get their energy out on one of the many trails or view the water.

Known as a ski town, Whistler is also an ideal place to vacation with toddlers and a popular  weekend getaway from Vancouver .

Your kids can take ski lessons on the mountain while parents go on their own routes, or they can   attend an indoor activity center where they’ll be busy with fun activities for the morning.

Cows Creamery is a popular place to get giant ice cream cones that will impress them. There’s also a movie theater for those cold, rainy days when they need entertainment.

Whistler has a grocery store right in town where you can find formula, diapers, and kid-friendly food.

There are also   larger stores in Squamish, right between Whistler and Vancouver, where you can stock up on bulk supplies for cheaper. Vancouver is the best place to rent a car, where you can also rent car seats at the same time.

Canada is one of the best countries to visit with toddlers! It is a destination that is not only safe, but super family-friendly as well.

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Known as “One Happy Island,” Aruba is a small island in the Caribbean that is a great destination for families. From beautiful beaches to fun outdoor activities, there are plenty of  things to do in Aruba with toddlers .

Best Places In Aruba To Visit With A Toddler

Aruba has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Baby Beach is one of the most popular beaches on the island for families with toddlers. With warm, shallow waters and calm waves, it is perfect for toddlers to play and splash around in.

Aruba also has many attractions that are suitable for toddlers. From the Butterfly Farm, where thousands of butterflies flutter around as you stroll through the habitat, to a donkey sanctuary where you are encouraged to feed and hug the animals, there are so many awesome experiences to be had.

Aruba with Toddlers by Pasta Pretzels

And don’t forget to book your tour of De Palm Island. Toddlers will love the awesome waterpark, while parents will appreciate the variety of amenities including a restaurant and snack bar, free-to-use snorkel equipment, plus a variety of activities for older kids.

When it comes to toddler supplies, you can find everything you need in Aruba. There are several supermarkets and pharmacies on the island that sell diapers, wipes, and other baby essentials.

Some of the popular stores are Super Food Plaza, Ling and Sons, and Kong Hing Supermarket. You can also find baby supplies at many of the souvenir shops and gift stores on the island.

You will also find that most family-friendly resorts and hotels will supply a crib if you ask. Be sure to check before booking your accommodations to make sure that this is an option.

42. Colombia

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It might not be the most obvious choice, but Colombia is a safe and fun destination to visit with toddlers.

Colombians are crazy about kids and will want to touch your toddler and play with them everywhere you go.

Make sure to study up on the Spanish way of saying “don’t touch them” if your little one doesn’t like to be touched. 

Breastfeeding is normal and widely accepted so don’t let that stop you from  discovering Colombia with small children . If you are wondering if that water is safe to drink in Colombia , you will be happy to know that it is, so you and your little ones can safely use it.

Best Places To Visit In Colombia With A Toddler

Bogotá is a logical stop on your itinerary that comes with some really fun things to do such as the Botero Museum, feeding the pigeons at the Plaza Mayor, or taking the funicular to Cerro de Monserrate.

Salento is a tiny village that has some cool opportunities for little people such as riding the local ‘willies’ and climbing the fallen huge palm tree at the Cocora Valley

Cartagena is a charming old town. The city is pedestrian only so let your toddler lead the way through the maze of cobblestone streets. The bay in the Northern part of the city is small and quite busy but has shallow waters that are excellent for toddlers.

Where To Buy Toddler Supplies

In big shopping malls, you might find high chairs and diaper-changing tables, but it’s not common.

Don’t forget to bring your own changing mat and a travel high chair if your toddler likes running away more than they like their food.

Shops are everywhere and both formula and diapers are easily available.

You can ask for travel cribs but not every hotel will have them available, so it’s best to bring your own.

43. Costa Rica

– Recommendation by Our Off Beat Life –

Costa Rica With Kids

Costa Rica is a great vacation spot for families with kids, including toddlers. The culture in Costa Rica loves babies and toddlers, and they don’t mind busy kidlets running around or being a bit noisy. 

Breastfeeding or changing a diaper can be done in public without any judgment, as the culture is very accepting of babies and kids in everyday life. Restaurants usually have kids’ menus, toddler-friendly food, and even high chairs.

Tip: Wondering about where to stay in Costa Rica? Check out an all-inclusive family Dreams Resort in Costa Rica here .

Best Places In Costa Rica To Visit With A Toddler

Manuel Antonio National Park  is one of the best places to visit with a toddler in Costa Rica. This park offers plenty of activities that are suitable for small children, such as swimming, easy wildlife watching, and exploring nature trails. 

The Sloth Trail is even paved which makes it great for strollers, and the trail to the beach is on a smooth wooden bridge.

In Costa Rica, finding supplies for your toddler will be easy. Diapers, formula, and food can all be found at any local grocery store. They even have common US snack brands, and fruit is always easily available.

Plus, there are many pharmacies throughout the country that offer a wide range of products specifically designed for babies and toddlers from post-swimming ear infection prevention drops to diaper rash ointment.

Summary Of The Most Toddler-Friendly Vacations

We hope that this complete list of the ultimate toddler-friendly holidays abroad has been helpful in planning your next toddler holiday.

From the best toddler holidays on beaches to cities with play parks, no matter where you decide to travel, it will be one of the best vacations for toddlers that you have.

If you want to know more about traveling with a toddler, and what essentials you will need for the best holidays for toddlers, be sure to check out our Toddler Travel Blog full of information to help make traveling with a toddler easy and fun.

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From relaxing escapes with your infant to deep cultural immersions upon college graduation, here are travel ideas for families with children at any stage.

Once a traveler, always a traveler. There are folks who believe a baby doesn't have to change a thing about a couple's lifestyle, and others who subscribe to the exact opposite theory. But all can agree on one thing: Those who loved traveling before expanding their family likely dream of continuing to explore the world, little ones in tow. One of the most exciting parts of having children, after all, is the way they enrich and amplify almost every experience. Then, of course, there's the awe-inspiring discovery that goes along with watching curious youngsters see and try new things, from delicious foods to beautiful cultures.

Knowing which places around the globe are most appropriate for kids as they grow into and out of different phases can be tough to anticipate. And yes, it's more daunting to fly or contend with jet lag at certain ages. It's true, too, that as little ones become big, trips become more expensive. But all the challenges are far outweighed by the collective joy that's possible on a family vacation, especially one tailored to the brood's developmental stage and interests.

Here, with the help of a few travel experts, we break it down by age group, pairing each with a dreamy destination for exposure to the wondrous world and maximum family fun.

Infants (Ages 0-1): A Mexican Beach Resort

You'll hear it from every parent: Travel while your baby is just that — a baby — because it'll never be easier. Once they start walking, all bets are off. True, you're likely sleep deprived, but doesn't that make it the perfect time to hop on a short flight to Mexico for some R&R and vitamin D?

When planning a first vacation with an infant, Indagare CEO and founder Melissa Biggs Bradley says, "You'll want a warm location with a direct flight, a big beach since infants are still too young to enjoy a kids club, and easy access to good medical care in case of an ear infection or anything more serious."

Expect to bring way too much gear, but don't worry — any parent will empathize. A family-friendly resort in a development like the Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita (for West Coasters) or Rosewood Mayakoba (for East Coasters) is a great bet since they'll happily provide the comforts of home (think: crib, mini fridge for milk, high chair, baby bathtub, or diaper pail), meaning you can focus your packing around sun protection and adorable tropical ensembles for your baby. They're also likely to offer babysitting services, in case you'd like to have dinner one night after 7 p.m. As for the new parent exhaustion, a soft, sandy beach is an idyllic place to catch up on Zs, for all of you. There's a reason sound machines come with a blue noise option — the gentle lapping of waves could lull anyone right to sleep.

Toddlers (Ages 1-4): The Island of Hawai'i

To a toddler, there's excitement to be found everywhere. They're like mini explorers, captivated by virtually every landscape and situation. Young kids who have just discovered the freedom of walking, running, and swimming will find pure magic in the Hawaiian islands. The coral reefs, beautiful beaches , Polynesian culture, soulful storytelling, near-perfect weather, and wildlife such as dolphins, whales, and sea turtles hold plenty of appeal for adults, yes, but also for toddlers.

The island of Hawai'i, specifically, offers a diversity of stunning environments, from stark and surreal lava flows to lush waterfalls, as well as resorts with little to no crowds. Mauna Lani , part of the Auberge Resorts Collection, with its ancient royal fishponds, outrigger canoes, and calm beach, exemplifies the family-forward approach. Their Holoholo Kids Crew offers thoughtful programming (think: crab hunting, Hawaiian language lessons, petroglyph walks, and natural dyeing, stamping, and feather art). And while it's designed for ages five to 12, three and four year olds can also attend with their parents (a great excuse for grown-ups to experience all the fun, too). Uncle Danny, the resort's cultural gatekeeper whose domain is the vibrant "house of knowledge," is wonderful with children.

"Many Hawaii resorts have protected ponds where you can take your toddlers into the ocean," says Biggs Bradley. "You can enjoy whale-watching cruises, and, in their later toddler years, they'll appreciate learning about the wildlife, maybe attend lei-making classes, or just relaxing by the pool or on the beach."

Elementary School (Ages 5-10): Rome, Italy

Once your kids have reached school age, they begin to hear a little more about the world around them. Basic elementary school lessons typically include ancient Rome, the Colosseum , and gladiators, says Biggs Bradley, so a trip to Rome "will further engage them in the touring, since what they've learned in school will be brought to life."

There are countless exciting activities available for kiddos, and even picky eaters will find something they love in the boot-shaped country known for pizza, pasta, and gelato. "Pizza- and gelato-making experiences are a must," says Access Italy CEO Simone Amorico, who adds that kids love making ceramics and mosaics, too. He says other can't-miss activities include, "treasure hunts in the Vatican and the Villa Borghese, where they can also ride a four-wheel bike and stop for picnics."

Meanwhile, the fairytale-like Hotel Eden is an ideal base for Roman excursions, and it's not far from Teatro Verde, a theater for puppet shows and musicals, the Explora Children's Museum, and Bartolucci, a traditional wooden toy shop where you can find Pinocchio. "At this age, a typical family tour can be boring, as they tune out and can't wait to leave," says Scott Dunn USA president John Spence. "We had our kids attend a Roman gladiator school so they could gain hands-on lessons in fighting techniques and reenact life as an ancient gladiator — they loved it."

Tweens (Ages 11-13): A Montana Dude Ranch

Between the ages of 11 and 13, kids, or tweens, will likely want some autonomy, but they also need boundaries. A dude ranch or guest ranch encompassing hundreds of acres of pristine, wide-open space makes for a wonderful compromise.

"When kids are in their early teenage years, there is nothing better than a vacation that combines adventure with something new," says Spence. "Watching our kids step outside of their element — horseback riding on mountainside cliffs or even just hiking in the beautiful Montana nature — is one of the best parts of being a parent."

Visiting a 10-square-mile property like The Ranch at Rock Creek — with a slew of included activities like fly fishing, cross-country mountain biking, photography classes, sapphire mining, and horse roping lessons — is quite a novelty for many families. Most kids, however unique their interests, will be able to find something they are stoked about. The younger ones can also attend Flint's Forest Rangers Kids Club (ages four to 12), which offers pre-booked excursions such as wildlife spotting and treasure hunting. Families can come together in the property's western-style bar for bowling, table tennis, and karaoke, too.

And perhaps the best part about Montana, home to dozens of guest ranches, is that it's gorgeous and fun year-round. It's a winter wonderland worthy of a snow globe and, at The Ranch at Rock Creek, cold-weather options include skiing (downhill and cross-country), sledding, ice skating, hockey, and snowmobiling. Expect smiles 24/7.

Teenagers (Ages 14-17): An African Safari

"It is all about the thrill of experiencing something so different from what they've ever seen before," says Extraordinary Journeys ' founder and CEO Elizabeth Gordon of taking the kids on an African safari.

Biggs Bradley adds, "Safaris are a huge area of passion for me, and I was eager to open my kids' eyes to them when they were young. The sweet spot to take children on their first safari is after 14 because by then you can ensure they will really remember the experience. They'll be able to sit in a vehicle for long periods of time and likely won't be nervous about sleeping in a tent." Plus, many camps also don't allow kids under 12 years old.

A safari is a special experience for a family to encounter together, witnessing an exciting array of animals in their natural habitat — not to mention beautiful traditions and cultures, too. "An amazing guide will teach [the kids] about tracking, get them to think like a detective, and figure out what may have happened in the area by looking at footprints," says Gordon.

As Biggs Bradley says of Kenya, "Cultural exchange is key. The opportunity for kids to meet and interact with Maasai people, for example, can be an incredibly memorable part." Properties like Sirikoi , Basecamp Explorer 's circuit, and Angama Mara provide beautiful immersion along with amazing sightings of the world's rarest species.

Another perk? Since Wi-Fi is often sparse or unavailable, families can unplug from technology and simply enjoy being together out in the bush. For even more adventure, consider adding on gorilla trekking in Rwanda (the pricier option) or Uganda (more affordable), especially if doing a safari in nearby Kenya.

College (Ages 18-21): Queenstown, New Zealand

Once kids have gone off to college, it can take a pretty enticing offer to pull them back into the fold for family vacations. Queenstown, New Zealand, is one such attractive proposition. Known as the "adventure capital of the world," it's the kind of all-season destination that offers a scene for everyone — plus, English is the main language spoken.

The birthplace of bungee jumping is home to countless thrills, from exhilarating jumps ( AJ Hackett Bungy from the Kawarau Bridge is the classic choice) to parasailing on bright blue Lake Wakatipu. "Families will love helicopter flights over the Tasman Glacier and along Milford Sound on a sunny winter day, or careening around the bends of the Shotover Canyon on a jet boat in the summer," says Gordon of this "quintessential playground."

For anyone who's not quite as much an adrenaline junkie, there are many hiking — known there as tramping — trails that reveal jaw-dropping panoramas. "New Zealand is a dream destination for a family who loves nature, landscapes, and, of course, adventure," says Biggs Bradley, adding that skydiving, rafting, caving, and fly fishing are also draws.

In the winter, Queenstown's mountains are home to epic skiing and snowboarding. The town itself is walkable and safe, with plenty of places to enjoy a sundowner, lovely meal, or the nightlife. With the kids becoming adults (and the local drinking age being 18), there's also the option to take a day for wine tasting at some of the island country's top vineyards in the Central Otago region about 45 minutes away by car.

To allow your young adults some freedom, try a couple rooms at the boutique QT Queenstown , which is full of art, quirk, and large windows showcasing the Remarkables mountain range and Lake Wakatipu.

College Graduates (Age 22 and Up): Japan

By the time they've graduated college, many young adults will be ready to dive, respectfully, into a culture as exquisite as Japan's. "Japan is a country you want to travel to when you know your family will truly be able to appreciate what it has to offer," says Biggs Bradley, pointing out the opportunity for deep cultural immersion in food and drink, museums, temples, and shrines.

In a place where there's a fine art to everything from making tea and arranging flowers to lighting incense, it's best to ensure all parties are prepared to be well-behaved and gracious guests. A more mature — or adventurous — palate is also helpful for fully enjoying all of Japan's culinary treasures. Spence calls it "the perfect place for post-graduates who want new experiences," and Japan certainly excels at providing those.

Tokyo is a dynamic urban center where exploration yields unimaginable exploits. A different energy pervades Kyoto's quieter neighborhoods of Buddhist temples, Shinto shrines, bamboo forests, and famous geisha districts. ( InsideJapan offers wonderful private tours led by local experts.) "Our kids loved trains, making the bullet train around Japan one of the best parts of the trip," says Spence.

Getting around is indeed a no-brainer — trains and buses are always precisely on time, people are friendly and willing to help despite language barriers, and there are many appealing regions (prefectures) with special attributes, such as places known for sake, hot springs (onsen), and art.

Staying in a traditional ryokan is a must, and the fourth-generation Japanese-owned Hoshinoya portfolio includes several luxury options. One of the most memorable additions to the cities, however, is a couple of days near Mount Fuji, where Hoshinoya Fuji offers spectacular views of the elusive volcano alongside exceptional local cuisine and rugged outdoorsy activities, including a food smoking workshop, canoeing, and e-biking. At the end of the day, there's no better place for a globe-trotting family to relax and share stories than around a bonfire under the stars, with live acoustic music, s'mores, and Japanese whisky.

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Traveling with a toddler might not always be smooth sailing, but it can be more enjoyable when utilizing these top tips.

There's no sugarcoating it: Traveling with toddlers is a challenge. But there are ways to make it easier, as well as places that cater to – or are naturally convenient for – the kiddie set and their families. Read on for destination recommendations and travel tips from U.S. News editors who frequently travel with toddlers as well as other experts.

The Best Places to Travel With Toddlers

A toddler smiles as she run down a beach.

When deciding where to go, keep it simple. "Choose relaxing destinations that don't involve a lot of moving around or heavy itineraries," says Elizabeth Von Tersch, a mom of two toddlers and a senior editor of travel at U.S. News. "If you don't have a long list of places to see or things to check off, you'll be more content with just one or two activities per day." It's also ideal to choose a destination that's reachable via a short road trip, train ride or direct flight – especially if this is your first time traveling with toddlers.

Beach destinations

Beaches with tide pools and/or shallow waters are especially fun for toddlers, plus many beach towns offer vacation rentals with fully equipped kitchens, washing machines and other comforts of home near the sand and surf. Load up the beach wagon with all of your essentials (including plenty of snacks, drinks and a picnic lunch) and spend a few hours on the beach; then head back to your rental for nap time before an evening on the boardwalk.

U.S. News editors agree Isle of Palms, South Carolina, is especially perfect for toddlers. The boardwalk is lined with shops, restaurants and ice cream shops, and it sits close enough to Charleston for easy daytrips into the city. Other editor picks and highly rated options include the Outer Banks in North Carolina with its variety of beaches, vacation rentals and overall laid-back vibe; Seaside, Florida, an idyllic, walkable community; Michigan City, Indiana, where you can stay at the family-friendly Beachwalk Resort, close to Indiana Dunes National Park; and Coronado Beach, California , with plenty of space to spread out, places to eat and nearby accommodations – including the famous Hotel del Coronado .

Read: The Best Beaches in the U.S.

Lakefront locales

If you have a toddler who doesn't care for the sand, consider a lake and/or mountain destination where you can enjoy outdoor activities like hiking and biking (and maybe some sand-less water fun), as well as vacation rental accommodations. On Lake Champlain in Vermont, you also have the option to stay at a classic summer resort like Basin Harbor or Tyler Place (the latter of which is all-inclusive) and enjoy animal visits and tractor rides at local farms such as Shelburne Farms, a nonprofit educational organization. In Washington state, Lake Chelan offers clean, crystal-clear waters perfect for (supervised) swimming, and in Okoboji, Iowa, you'll find boat rides on Lake Okoboji and carnival-style rides at Arnolds Park Amusement Park.

Small theme parks

While theme parks like Disney World might come to mind, it's unlikely you'll get to a lot of rides with your toddler, who will probably be happier at the hotel pool. Instead, opt for smaller theme parks geared toward young kids. Megan Johnson, a mom and editor at SmarterTravel Media , says her toddlers loved Sesame Place, which has locations near Philadelphia and San Diego . "The rides are short so the lines go fast too," she points out. Another ideal theme park for toddlers is Legoland, with parks in Goshen, New York (an easy weekend getaway from New York City ); Winter Haven, Florida; and Carlsbad, California. You'll also want to consider Peppa Pig Theme Park – also located in Winter Haven – and Story Land in Glen, New Hampshire.

Read: The Best Amusement Parks in the U.S.

City vacations

City vacations offer a variety of things to do with the option to go at your own pace – and some of them are practically made for young kids. For instance, did you know Indianapolis is home to the largest children's museum in the U.S. , or that Pittsburgh is often called Kidsburgh for its wide variety of attractions for youngsters?

Of course, this is your vacation too, so think about some things you might like to do when planning your city trip. In Rochester, for example, you can combine a trip to The Strong National Museum of Play with a visit to some family-friendly Finger Lakes wineries . On a trip to Denver , you can show the children real dinosaur tracks at Dinosaur Ridge before exploring Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre or one of the Mile High City's famous (and kid-friendly) breweries.

Family visits

Visiting family in another state or country is a great opportunity to experience local attractions and restaurants with loved ones you don't see often. If your relatives are willing to babysit for a few hours, you might even be able to squeeze in a date night or an afternoon at the spa .

All-inclusive resorts

All-inclusive family resorts with pools, water parks , shows and other on-site entertainment can be a lot of fun for toddlers and their families. They also make dining easy, eliminating the stress of meal preparation on vacation, and some even offer free nightly rates for kids . Just keep in mind that toddlers may not be old enough to enjoy the kids clubs, as minimum age requirements vary at each property. You'll also need to get your child a passport (unless you opt for an all-inclusive resort in the U.S. ). Much of the same can be said for cruising with toddlers .

Read: Cruise Lines That Let Kids Cruise Free

Survival Tips for Traveling With Toddlers

A toddler naps in a car seat of a van.

Lower your expectations.

… and then lower them a little more. Naps will be skipped, meltdowns will be had and potty-training setbacks are inevitable. Stay on schedule when you can, but don't feel guilty when you can't.

Book toddler-friendly accommodations.

If you're planning to stay at a vacation rental, Von Tersch recommends looking for one with kids amenities such as a swing set and toys, and/or one that sits near a local park. If you prefer to stay at a hotel , choose one with a pool or special treats for kids, such as in-room games. It's also a good idea to book a family suite with a separate bedroom or two; this way, you don't have to go to bed when your toddler does.

Hide new toys in your carry-on bag.

They don't have to be expensive; in fact, your local dollar or thrift store can be an invaluable resource when preparing to travel with toddlers. Stock up on cheap knick-knacks that you can easily pack and surprise your child with throughout the journey (and that you won't worry about when they inevitably disappear). You might also consider ordering a few inexpensive options on Amazon – Wikki Stix , Melissa & Doug Water Wow! activity pads, Squigz , lift-and-look board books , and packable busy boards like this one are fun, mess-free favorites among families with both toddlers and older children.

Bring the tablet.

While the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends limiting daily screen time for young children, "the rules go out the window when traveling," says Dr. Danielle Wiese (reassuringly), a pediatrician for Carmel Pediatrics in Carmel, Indiana. "Do what you need to do to get there – it will all be fine." 

If you're bringing a kids tablet and/or if you'll be on a long flight with seat-back screens, be sure to pack a pair of kids headphones like CozyPhones , which are especially comfortable (and adorable) for little ears.

Read: Guide: Carry-on Luggage Sizes by Airline

Pack a "snackle" box.

Most everyone – but especially toddlers – thrives on snacks when traveling. Pack a variety of options, including both nutritional and not-so-nutritional items (because sometimes, only candy will do). "It's okay to give those less healthy snacks while traveling," Wiese says, though she also recommends sneaking in some fiber so your toddler's tummy has some regulation. "Easy to-go snacks with fiber are applesauce pouches, raisins and some bar snacks (check the label)."

When packing snacks, organize them in a "snackle" box to save space and add excitement to the trip. This portable storage case with a handle from Harbor Freight works perfectly, though any small organizational box will do. You can also try a snack spinner like this one by GoBe , which only allows kiddos to access one snack at a time. Bonus: The snackle box is also useful for local outings and daytrips closer to home.

Johnson also recommends packing some larger-portion snacks or meals so you don't have to worry in the event you can only find fast-food stops and want to avoid them, or if you go to a restaurant that doesn't serve anything your toddler will eat.

Prepare for messes.

It's amazing how fast a clean car can reach tornado-level status on a family road trip, or how your toddler's bodily functions seem to synchronize with the exact time of takeoff. Ann Henson , a toddler mom and assistant managing editor of travel at U.S. News, recommends packing an extra outfit for your toddler (and maybe yourself), sanitizing wipes and/or spray, and trash bags, adding that dog waste bags work well.

Don't plan stops.

Your toddler(s) will inevitably plan them for you when they get cranky, need a diaper change or need to use the bathroom. When you stop, be sure to use the bathroom yourself, fuel up the car and do anything else you have to do so you can avoid stopping when your little one takes a snooze.

Bring the essentials, and rent or ship the rest.

Bring the gear that's most important to you, such as the travel stroller and car seat – you can check them at the gate – and be sure to store them in a travel bag when not in use. Not only will the bag protect your gear, but you might be able to store some extra items inside. "I put diapers in the stroller bag, both for extra padding and for the convenience of freeing up suitcase space," says Nicola Wood , a mom and senior editor of travel at U.S. News.

For bulky items like portable cribs , beach wagons and hiking baby carriers, consider a baby gear rental service like BabyQuip or rents4baby , or search for local vendors in your destination. In addition, you may want to consider sending smaller essentials – diapers, wipes and the like – to your destination. If you're an Amazon Prime member , your free shipping perk is especially useful here.

Read: The Top Diaper Bag Backpacks

Consider TSA Precheck or Global Entry.

Having TSA Precheck means you'll (typically) spend less time at airport security – a godsend when traveling with toddlers. Children younger than 12 can go through the TSA Precheck lane when traveling with a guardian who has it, and are not required to have their own membership. You can apply for either TSA Precheck or Global Entry, which includes TSA Precheck benefits. However, if you're traveling internationally and looking for Global Entry benefits for the entire family, each family member (regardless of age) will need to apply for it. Compare TSA Precheck vs. Global Entry and decide which one is best for you.

Start special vacation-only traditions.

It's the little things that count – even on vacation. "As kids, my mom would buy a variety pack of miniature boxes of cereal on each vacation for quick (and cheap) breakfasts during our trip. We only ever got them on vacation, and for some reason the novelty of this made them taste way better than the cereal we had every day at home," Von Tersch says. "To this day, when I see those cute little boxes, I still associate them with good memories and carefree trips."

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8 Best Vacations for Toddlers 2021

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Jan 19, 2021

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Don’t let social distancing get you down! If you’re stuck at home with a toddler, we’ve got some great inspiration for when this is all over.

Toddlerhood is an awkward travel age. Toddlers are too young for most resort kids’ clubs, too short for amusement park rides, and too sleepy for full-day excursions. But they are old enough to want to experience, enjoy, eat, (and break) everything. Toddlers are super curious, delighted by new activities and seem eager to get in the mix with the rest of the family, but what destinations are a good fit for their unique needs?

Editor’s note: Considering booking a trip? Opt for a flexible option, and always follow all local and national guidelines for travel at your destination and when returning home.

1. Crystal River, Florida

Go beyond the beaches and theme parks to experience a once-in-a-lifetime wildlife encounter with one of Florida’s most incredible creatures— the manatee. Drive just an hour’s North of Tampa to the charming town of Crystal River. Dubbed the “Manatee Capital of the World,” it’s one of the only places where you can swim alongside wild manatees. From mid-November to March, these gentle giants migrate to the warm protected coves of Crystal River, making it the perfect spot to observe them.

Plantation on Crystal River in Kings Bay offers snorkeling tours for the whole family. There are no age restrictions, so as long as there is an adult present, kids of all ages can enjoy the boat ride and get in the water. All snorkeling gear and wet suits are provided, but be sure to bring snacks , towels , and warm clothes for the kids to change into afterward. Toddlers are too young to snorkel, but even swimming beside a harmless 1,300-pound herbivore is absolutely unbelievable.

Recommended Hotel: Plantation on Crystal River

Just a two-hour flight from New York City , the pink beaches of Bermuda are the perfect backdrop for toddler-travel. One of our favorites is Horseshoe Bay Beach in Southampton parish. If you head to the western end of this crescent-shaped beach, you’ll find Baby Beach, a calm pool of turquoise water perfect for young children.

For a fun, free, nautical-themed playground, head to the Royal Naval Dockyard. It features a 21-foot-tall replica of St. David’s Lighthouse that they can slide down, and a 70-foot-long “moray eel” to crawl through. Swim with dolphins at Dolphin Quest or learn about animals at the Bermuda Aquarium, Museum, and Zoo. Even the youngest will gaze in wonder at stalactites at the Crystal & Fantasy Caves before wolfing down an ice cream at the nearby Bailey’s Bay Ice Cream Parlour, a favorite among local families.

Recommended Hotel: Fairmont Southampton 

3. Barcelona, Spain

Despite how much you hear about swarms of tourists in this bucket-list European city , Barcelona is a particularly family-friendly city. The locals famously love kids and there are a ton of play spaces even in the middle of restaurant-lined squares, where parents can sip Sangria while the kids play.

One of our favorite places is the playground nestled in the Park Plaça de la Sagrada Família. Kiddos slide, swing and frolic around on the jungle gym, all against the backdrop of Gaudi’s stunning Sagrada Família.

Little ones love the Barcelona City Tour, an open-air, double-decker hop-on, hop-off bus tour that makes stops around the city’s highlights, including: the Gothic Quarter, the seafront, Agbar Tower, Plaça Catalunya and Las Ramblas. Children under age three are free, but be advised that there are no seat belts so be prepared to hold on tight.

Another hot spot is Park Ciutadella, the Central Park of Barcelona. Toddlers can feed ducks in the lake, spot wild green parrot (called Monk Parakeets) fly from tree to tree, and watch the Cascada waterfall fountain. This is also where you’ll find local street performers who create ginormous bubbles—always a hit with the toddler crowd.

Recommended Hotel: Hotel Roger De Lluria

4. Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Another great toddler-focused beach destination is Myrtle Beach , South Carolina. The white beach coastline, known as The Grand Stand, stretches some 60-miles, so there’s plenty of opportunity for sandcastle building and shell collecting.

Stroll the boardwalk and hop aboard the SkyWheel, a 187-foot Ferris wheel that’s free for kids age two and under. Spot tiger sharks at Ripley’s Aquarium or check out WonderWorks, an interactive science museum with special space, weather and sound zones for the little ones.

One of our favorite places for a fun family outing is Brookgreen Gardens. It’s over 9,000 acres of meticulously-manicured botanical gardens. There’s a butterfly house, enchanted storybook forest, zoo with indigenous animals and discovery zone with hands-on exhibits for kids. Between the 250-year-old oak trees and the funky states, Brookgreen Gardens is the perfect setting for a family picnic.

Recommended Hotel: South Bay Inn & Suites 

Related: 7 Best Hotels With Water Parks in Myrtle Beach

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5. Moab, Utah

If your toddler is a dinosaur enthusiast, Moab is a hot bed for fossils and “dino” history.

They’ll love Moab Giants. This place is part outdoor paleo-amusement park, part playground featuring giant life-size replica dinosaurs that roamed the area some 150 million years ago. They also have easy walking trails for the kiddos, dinosaur wagons, mini excavation sites and 3D videos that recreate the Jurassic era.

To avoid the hottest times of the day, it’s best to get there as soon as the attraction opens at 10am. There is an onsite café where you can get snacks and ice cream.

From there, check out Arches National Park for some incredible views of its red sandstone rock formations. The best spot for kids is Sand Dune Arch. It’s like a giant sandbox of fine red sand nestled between a narrow outcrop of rock walls. It is perfect for young kids to play, make sand angels, scramble up rocks and explore. It’s shaded, so it’s nice and cool, and it’s a very short walk from the parking lot.

In terms of accommodations, Under Canvas Moab is a fun choice. It’s glamping, teepee style, with all the amenities of home. It’s a manageable middle ground for families who want a mix of the camping and hotel experience. There are king-sized beds and a wood burning stove for the parents, and pack’ n plays for the littles. When we visited, the staff was extremely engaging with our kids, and offered activities such as morning crafts, sunset hikes and S’mores by the fire.

Recommended Hotel: Under Canvas Moab

6. Prince Edward Island, Canada

Canada’s smallest province has something for parents and kids alike, including dramatic shorelines, antique wooden lighthouses, delicious fresh seafood, the beloved children’s character Anne of Green Gables , and marine life.

Little ones will love beach combing for shells, chasing crabs and digging for clams along the red sandstone beaches of Prince Edward Island . Take a horse-drawn carriage ride at The Anne of Green Gables Museum, or hop on the Harbour Hippo, an amphibious tour bus where kids can experience land and sea in the island’s capital city of Charlottetown. If you want a little pioneer action, head to the Orwell Corner Historic Village, where kids can see blacksmiths, learn to churn butter and make ice-cream like it’s 1890.

The highlight of a family trip to PEI is a sunset boat cruise on The Fiddling Fisherman. This locally-run family business takes small groups out on the water for a lobster dining experience. Kids can help haul in lobster traps, handle the crustaceans and learn to play the spoons. It’s a fun-filled evening of live local music culminating in delicious, fresh-from-the-ocean meal. And, being out on the water, breathing in the fresh sea air, is guaranteed to make your little one sleep soundly.

Recommended Hotel: Rodd Royalty

7. Keystone, Colorado

If you’re thinking of a ski vacation for the fam, head to Keystone in the Colorado Rockies. One of the best things about Keystone is its kids programming, from après ski milkshake socials to fireworks displays. There’s a daily Ripperoo’s Parade with floats, music, mascots and free cookies. For some indoor fun, there’s a free play space at Kidtopia Headquarters, with giant foam LEGO sets, a craft station and games to keep the kids engaged.

You can also take the gondola up to the top of Dercum Mountain to see the Kidtopia Snow Fort, dubbed the “World’s Largest Snow Fort,” with slides and mazes.

Keystone also makes traveling with kids easier with free front-row family parking and complimentary red wagons to help lug gear to the mountain. Kids under 12 ski free when parents book two or more nights at one of Keystone’s accommodation options. Full-day ski lessons are available for kids as young as three. There’s also a great childcare center for youngsters from two months to six years old.

Recommended Hotel: Keystone Lodge & Spa 

8. San Diego, California

A classic choice for a family-friendly getaway is the sunny shores of Southern California. Start with a visit to the San Diego Zoo, one of the country’s best, with more than 3,700 animals and special wildlife encounters. Beyond seeing lemurs, giraffes and lions, toddlers will love the three-minute ride on the Bolboa Park Miniature Train, and the Elephant Play Yard, an open-air area with cool things for kids to climb.

For a safari experience, head to the San Diego Zoo Safari Park for a 60-minute guided cart tour. Here, you’ll get a behind-the-scenes look at the animals as they roam in large, free-range enclosures.

In terms of kid-friendly museums, the backyard play area at the San Diego Natural History Museum and the immersive art programs at The New Children’s Museum are must-visits for the toddler set.

From digging for “dino” fossils at LEGOLAND’s Explorer Island, to Sesame Street-themed rides at SeaWorld, to simply eating ice cream and flying kites overlooking the bay in Seaport Village, San Diego serves up a ton of toddler-friendly activities.

Recommended Hotel: Rancho Bernardo Inn 

Julia Dimon is a family travel expert and a co-host on Word Travels, a 40-episode TV series about the real lives of travel writers, broadcast worldwide on National Geographic Adventurea and Travel Channel UK in over 100 countries and 21 languages.  Julia has been featured as a travel expert by CNN, ABC Nightline, New York Times, Conde Nast Traveller, Travel & Leisure, Forbes Traveler, MSNBC, E! News, Outside Magazine, and the Travel Channel, among other major outlets. She is also the author of  “ Travel Junkie: A Badass Guide to Solo Female Travel, ” featuring travel tips and advice for young women.

A mom of two, Julia aims to empower likeminded parents to get out of their comfort zones and explore the world with their young children. For more family travel tips and vacation ideas, check out her website, .

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