6 Best Travel Destinations for Families with Young Kids

There are some excellent vacation spots that are great travel destinations for families with young kids. Traveling and experiencing the joy of watching the little one’s excitement is one of life’s pleasures to parents and grandparents.

Making memories at every age will be easy with this great destination list chosen by America for you. Every place has too many attractions to give you a complete picture. We have chosen the most popular knowing you will find more when you arrive.

San Diego Zoo

Children will be in awe of the San Diego Zoo. The variety of tours include the Discovery Cart Tour of the Zoo to get acclimated to the property and the Inside Look Tour for a more in-depth behind the scenes view.

The property is beautiful and what child doesn’t like to see an animal close-up? Take your time to explore. Keep in mind that this zoo may take more than one day of your vacation. Stay nearby and take a break if needed but make sure you are cleared for re-entry after naptime.


From the very young to the senior set, there is an attraction in Orlando to please. Orlando is famous for Disney venues but the whole town has exploded with outdoor and indoor fun for everyone. Looking for experiences for younger kids to enjoy is no chore for parents in this town.

Here are a few suggestions for shorter attention spans and the adults too.

  • Crayola Experience – Kids of all ages will play until exhaustion spending a day at the Crayola Experience. There are live demonstrations, do-it-yourself crayon creation, drip-art masterpieces and a wide variety of interactive art activities that are based on the Crayola crayons. Kids will climb and play in the 2-story playground while parents join in the fun or watch from the sidelines snacking at the Café Crayola. Booking ahead for this indoor fun activity center is recommended.
  • Lego Land – The Lego Company has spared no expense to create this inspirational attraction for kids. Lego creations of every size and shape abound while walking from land to land. LegoLand even has their own hotel completely themed to the iconic colorful building blocks.
  • Disney – Walt Disney properties are known to almost everyone on the planet. Orlando has some of Disney’s finest and most enjoyable for every age. Disney World is the attraction best fitted for the little ones. Age appropriate rides for all, wandering characters and photo opportunities at every step. Staying in the hotels or nearby, you can start your day early, leave in the heat mid-day for naps and return for the evening festivities.
  • Universal Parks – Universal came into Orlando and gave Disney competition with attractions for all ages. Themed waterparks are most loved as little kids can splash and slide all day.


Indianapolis has made it to one of the top kid-friendly vacation destinations with the Children’s Museum Experience. Learning experiences within the museum are at every turn for children to build and explore.

Indianapolis has other great kid-friendly attractions making this town a great vacation destination for families.


Cruises have come a long way to entice kids to take a ride on the “big boats”. Activities are pre-planned and available to entertain every age group. Parents can drop the kids at the kids camps or activity center and go soak up the sun knowing they are safe and happy.

There are themed cruises year-round to look forward to from every port in the U.S.  

Dinosaur Valley State Park

Kids love dinosaurs. At Dinosaur Valley State Park, search for actual dinosaur footprints while hiking along the Paluxy River. Rangers give educational talks about when the dinosaurs roamed the land.

Memories like these will last forever.

Branson, Missouri

Branson is home to the World’s Largest Toy Museum which is eye candy to all ages. Parents can benefit from the childhood nostalgia while the kids marvel at the toys.

Branson offers water park fun, amusement parks, lazy day fishing and great night-life for the parents to round out the visit.

Grapevine, TX

Grapevine, Texas has become a destination not to be missed with the LegoLand Discovery Center and the Sea Life Aquarium attractions. LegoLand Discovery Center entertains with an amazing playground experience for kids 3 to 10 years of age and hands on tactical experiences.

The Sea Life Aquarium will have mouths dropping in awe of the undersea selection of wildlife on display. Take a ride on an authentic vintage railroad complete with stylish coaches to keep you comfortable.