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Generally, the kids go back to school in January. However, I’m a proponent of taking the kids out of school to travel. Read why here. Or if you homeschool, it’s also a great time to travel with the kids as the crowds are usually greatly reduced. So it got me wondering, what are the best places to visit in January with kids?
Traveling in January can be tricky, especially if you live in the snowier states. However, that may also be a reason to travel in January, to get out of the cold and gloom. The following destinations are some of the searched destinations according to Kayak.
Warm weather, gorgeous beaches, varied culture, and fresh seafood. Not to mention right outside the Everglades National Park, what’s not to love about Miami? Little Havana, within Miami, was featured in our top 20 places to take your teens, and Miami boasts a lot more to do for the entire family as a whole. Top choices in Miami include the Miami Seaquarium, Everglades Airboat Rides, and the Lion Country Safari Tour. Check out all the attractions and save with a Miami Attractions Sightseeing Pass here.
A close second top search, according to Kayak, is nearby Fort Lauderdale.
There is just so much to see and do in Los Angeles, how can one trip be enough? And if you’re kids are starstruck, they’ll love all the things to see and do here. My favorites include the Griffith Observatory, Santa Monica Beach, and of course, all the theme parks such as Disney and Universal. Find more savings on attractions in Los Angeles here.
New Orleans is one of the perfect places to visit in January with the kids because it’s pre-Mardi Gras season. No need to worry about all the crazies on the actual holiday itself. But, the bonus is that Mardi Gras is over a month-long celebration in New Orleans and you can view many parades in January. View the list at New Orleans Visitors Bureau here.
I don’t know what it is, but New Orleans keeps popping into my radar lately as a top destination for families.
Did you know that Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is coming to San Francisco? We’re a little obsessed with the Harry Potter franchise here, but that’s not the only reason to visit San Francisco in January. The temperatures are still a little cool, but tolerable. Favorite things to do in San Francisco is the Golden Gate Bridge Park, for views of the iconic bridge, the Aquarium of the Bay, Alcatraz, and the Walt Disney Family Museum. I love the San Francisco CityPASS because you get a cable car pass with the 5-attractions pass option. Definitely plan to ride the cable cars as the kids love them and it’s not something you get to see or do in most cities!
Also, visit the Original Ghiradelli chocolate shop.
If you think it’s too late to book a European trip for January, it’s actually a great time to get those last-minute fares. As long as you have passports for everyone, you should be good to go. In fact, searching Kayak, I found a flight and hotel deal for less than $700 per person.
Rome is one of those places every kid needs to see at least once in their life. I’d highly recommend buying sip the line tickets to make the most of your limited time in the city. Viator has a number of tickets for the Colosseum, the Vatican, St. Peter’s Basilica and more.
London is calling! Another great city to grab some last-minute deals, London is going to be a bit more gray in January weather-wise. Fortunately, there’s no language barrier other than things such as a lift instead of an elevator in London.
The London Sightseeing Pass highlights are a cruise on the River Thames, the Crown Jewels at the Tower of London, visit and marvel at the royal splendor of Kensington Palace and Enjoy a West End Theatre show. Plus, get 48-hour use of 6 Hop-on Hop-off Bus tours.
If you live in the south or want to visit a southern state, now’s a great time to break out your camping gear. The weather is perfect for being outdoors. Even if you don’t’ have camping gear, you can still find plenty of places to camp. Check out How to Camp when You don’t have Camping Gear. We did cabins just outside of Savannah two years ago and last year visit Crystal Isles Campground in Crystal River, Florida.
Camping is a great way to disconnect from the world and reconnect with your family. If you want RV experience, consider renting from Outdoorsy or RV Share. Similar to a vacation home rental, you can fly to the destination of your choice, rent an RV and take off camping!
Do you travel in January? What are your suggestions for other places to visit in January? If you have a favorite winter escape or exotic location, let me know. Leave your suggestions in the comments.