4 Incredible Kid-Friendly Vacation Destinations

kid-friendly vacation destinations

Nonstop Family Fun!

Family vacations are an excellent way for everyone to escape everyday life and spend quality time together. The biggest challenge is finding a spot that’s fun for everyone: younger kids, teens, and adults (hey, it’s your vacation, too!). Luckily, the U.S. has a number of kid-friendly vacation destinations that are exciting for the entire family.

Here are a few of our favorite cities for an awesome multi-generational getaway.

  • Atlanta, GA

    Hot-lanta? Ummmm, more like KID-lanta! But whatever you guys decide to call it, there’s no doubt that Georgia’s capital city is filled with family fun.

    First up is the Georgia Aquarium, one of the largest in the world, and the only aquarium in the U.S. where you and the kiddos can visit a whale shark. Then trade the marine life for a visit with the 1,000+ animals at Zoo Atlanta—including a chance to feed their giraffes.

    Need more reasons to visit the A-T-L with the fam?? Check out the World of Coca-Cola, with its soda-fueled tasting room, or brave the thrill rides at nearby Six Flags over Georgia.

    Best Family Vacation Spot for: for visiting your favorite creatures—on land or in the water

  • Gatlinburg, TN

    All of our national parks make for amazing family trips… but we have a soft spot for the Great Smoky Mountains, with their scenic waterfalls, miles of hiking trails, and wildflower-filled meadows.

    With Gatlinburg as your home base, you can explore the Smokies and the surrounding area to your heart’s content. Pack a delish picnic and spend your day exploring the more family-friendly trails, where kids will be delighted with the wildlife spotting.

    Or enjoy a mountaintop of four-season activities at Ober Park. From skiing in the winter to “snowless” summer tubing, there’s always something fun for the kids to do.

    Best Family Vacation Spot for: heading outside for your family fun

  • Orlando, FL

    Let’s be honest. When it comes to kid-friendly vacation destinations, Disney World
    makes it onto almost every bucket list. But Disney isn’t the only theme park in O-town!

    Here’s our *scientific* comparison of Orlando’s 3 main attractions:

    – Disney World: absolutely magical, for all ages
    – Universal Studios: wizarding theme, thrilling coasters, ideal for older kids
    – Legoland: limitless imagination, fun but gentle rides, geared to tweens and younger

    And if any of your kids (or adults!) are S.T.E.M. fans, Orlando is also thisclose to Kennedy Space Center, home to NASA and SpaceX launches. Let the kids snack on “real” astronaut ice cream while they explore the wonders of space travel.

    Or take a day off to take budding surfers to nearby Cocoa Beach, with excellent waves and locals offering beginner-friendly lessons.

    Best Family Vacation Spot for: riding alllll the roller coasters… on the same day!

  • Washington, DC

    Calling all history buffs! Steeped in history and culture, DC is one of the most kid-friendly vacation destinations in the country.

    Start your visit with a stroll through the National Mall, where kids can appreciate the city’s most iconic landmarks and historic monuments.

    Then make the most of the Smithsonian Institution’s free museums, galleries, and more. Depending on your kid’s age and interests, we’d recommend the Air and Space Museum, the Museum of Natural History, and the National Zoo.

    If all of the above leaves you feeling a bit “museum-ed out,” visit Rock Creek Park, an urban oasis with hiking trails, picnic spots, and plenty of open space for kids to burn off extra energy.

    Best Family Vacation Spot for: blending education and entertainment

So what do you say: ready to make truly unforgettable family memories? Then head to one of these awesome kid-friendly vacation destinations and have a wonderful time!

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