Traveling with children can be challenging, but also a joy. Seeing the world through their eyes adds an element of delight and wonder that’s hard to replicate. Whether you’re running through theme parks, splashing at the beach or exploring a new city together, ice cream in hand, there are so many amazing things you can do on vacation as a family.
But sometimes, the practicalities of traveling with children can be hard for parents, and you leave feeling like you need a vacation after your vacation. In this post, we look at three US cities that are perfect for a family-friendly break – meaning that everyone can relax and enjoy their time together.
Looking for all the convenience of a city break with the benefits of outdoor green spaces? Then consider San Francisco. The city’s Botanical Garden is the perfect place for the whole family, with plenty of space to run and explore, as well as designated family activities such as a digging space for little ones and insect themed arts and crafts. There’s also botanical story time for those who want something a little quieter.
Or, why not head to Koret Children’s Quarter? Said to be the nation’s first playground, the carved stone slides, carousels, climbing wall, rope climbing frame and art studio are a great spot for any family.
For those with picky eaters in the family; don’t despair. San Francisco is well-known for its variety of culinary options. With thousands of restaurants in the city, you’re sure to find something you all love – some even come equipped with play areas to keep the kids occupied.
New Orleans has a reputation for being a great spot for music, food and festivals – but is it good for little ones? The answer is a resounding yes. Children can enjoy all the sights the city has to offer, and older kids will love trying out the local dishes. They’re new but familiar at the same time, with ingredients they may have tried before but served in a different way. The kids won’t have a problem getting their sugar fix, either – there’s plenty of sweet treats like beignets (similar to doughnuts) to lure them in.
Why not line up your visit with one of New Orleans’ spectacular parades? From Mardi Gras to Halloween celebrations, there’s always a new way to experience the city.
The final destination on our list is San Diego. This is a city that is packed with things to do – you’ll never be short of an activity. From the zoo, where you can all learn about the importance of protecting rare and endangered animals, to the amusement park on the beach, the hardest part will be deciding what to do first.
There’s also Balboa Park, which is home to 17 museums, gardens, performing arts venues and more. Head to the science centre for an educational but fun day out – there’s even an area for under 5s, meaning that parents of young children can get them involved too.
Create new memories together
Why not check out one of these destinations for your next family vacation? Not only will you be left with memories that will make you smile for years to come, but you’ll also find that your kids will learn and grow. Traveling can give them independence, confidence and a sense of connection with the planet and people around them that lasts a lifetime.