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If you travel with kids, how far in advance do you plan your travels? Are you busy planning out your travels for the New Year? I know I am. We have such busy schedules, I have to get it down on paper almost a year in advance. Save some of your time with these best places to travel with kids this year.
I’ve made it a goal to travel somewhere at least once a month this year. Of course, that may seem like a lofty goal, but I am talking sometimes just a weekend trip. On the books so far is a weekend in Tampa, a week in Orlando, a week in Gulf Shores, Alabama, 2 weeks in Michigan with a side trip to Niagara Falls and a week in New York City. I’m also looking at a conference in Maine.
Does that sound like a lot? I still have 3 empty months too. But if you haven’t already, be sure to check out Why You Should Travel More with Your Kids now, before they Move Out!
These kid-friendly vacation destinations are all in the United States, and a few are on our list. This year, when you’re planning your family vacation, consider these easy to get to destinations.
Courtesy of Canyon Trail Rides
One of the quintessential family vacations in the United States, the Grand Canyon is celebrating 100 years as a National Park in 2019. Hike the trails, go rafting or kayaking down the river, or my favorite, go on a mule trip. Consider going during Spring or Fall when inner rims temperatures are closer to 80 degrees, as it is much hotter in the summer months. As with all National Parks, the Grand Canyon has Junior Ranger programs designed to keep the kids engaged on your family vacation
Where to stay – Consider getting into the Great Outdoors and camp Even if you don’t have an RV, you can rent one on Outdoorsy.
Check out The Grand Canyon Lodges here.
New York City
We spent 10 days in the Big Apple this fall and we’re planning to go back. There’s no way you can see and do it all here! Yet, there truly is something for every member of your family. This is why, again and again, New York City is one of the best places to travel with kids. Do they like museums? Go to the Natural History Museum or the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Want shows? Check out Today Tix for discounted Broadway Tickets. Like the great outdoors? New York City has that too. Take a bike ride through Central Park and get the best of all worlds.
Where to stay – Pick your favorite neighborhood and stay like a local with an Airbnb rental. Click here to get $55 off your first trip with Airbnb.
Sanibel Island, Florida
Heading to the beach is always a fun and kid-friendly family vacation and definitely one of my favorite things to do. Last year we got the chance to explore Sanibel Island and I’d go back again in a heartbeat. There’s more than just the beach at Sanibel Island, as the island itself is dedicated to preserving nature. Explore bike trails, turtle walks, nature preserves, and of course, collecting seashells. Sanibel Island is the nations #1 destination to collect shells.
I picked the entire state Michigan as one of the best places to travel with kids simply because I couldn’t narrow down just one place in the Great Lake State to visit. Living in Florida and talking to friends, I know Michigan doesn’t come up much as a bucket list destination. That alone should be reason to go…fewer crowds! If you have kids that love cars, a visit to Detroit and Henry Ford museum are a must. Then head to the western side of the state for lots of nature, and fantastic beaches (yes, better than my Florida beaches.) Read my favorite things to do in Muskegon here.
Get your best family vacation set up with a trip to the Caribbean island US territory of Puerto Rico. While the island is still recovering from the hurricanes, many of the resorts are reopened and eager for business. Explore authentic dining, friendly culture, and plenty of old world history and hospitality.
Where to Stay – Check all the hotel deals in Puerto Rico here. Or better yet, consider a cruise that stops in Puerto Rico for a fun family vacation.
Whether you choose one of these best places to travel with kids in the US, outside of the US, or just in your own backyard, make a plan for it. I highly recommend getting a pen and paper planner, using Google Calendar, or whatever your preferred method of tracking everyone’s schedules is. Just get out and travel more with your kids, before they grow up!
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