Looking for kid-friendly vacations? Many of our G2G staff are avid travelers.
Brittany Beaudry of our Guest Experience team says…
“I have been traveling with my boys since before they could crawl. From mountain destinations like Beaver Creek and Aspen to our favorite beach spots in St. Maarten and city destinations like New Orleans. Although some destinations we’ve visited proved to be more kid-friendly vacations than others, we’ve never had a shortage of activities that keep all members of our family happy!”
Brittany has combined a list of the G2G Collection destinations she finds to be among the most kid-friendly vacations. We hope you’ll find them helpful when planning travel with your children!
San Diego, California offers a perfect blend of grown-up and family fun. The city offers great weather most of the year, gorgeous beaches, dolphin and whale-watching cruises, plus kid-friendly activities. Because of its history and close proximity to Mexico (Tijuana is just 20 minutes away), the Mexican and Spanish heritage are still noticeable in San Diego today. It makes sense that San Diego has some stellar Mexican food. Kids and adults will appreciate Lucha Libre Taco Shop with its Mexican wrestling theme.
Activities to do with kids: SeaWorld San Diego, the San Diego Zoo, Safari Park, Legoland, Balboa Park, the Gaslamp Quarter, the USS Midway (an aircraft-carrier-turned-museum), Children’s Pool Beach in La Jolla (to see sunbathing seals), Birch Aquarium, The New Children’s Museum (for younger kids), Belmont Park (a historic amusement park), Torrey Pines Natural Reserve (for hiking), and the Old Town Historic State Park.
Think of Aspen, and you’ll probably think of downhill skiing in winter. Aspen is so much more when looking for kid-friendly vacations! It is a year-round travel destination for families that love the outdoors. For scenic views, the Silver Queen Gondola offers rides all year to the top of Aspen Mountain. Try canoeing and kayaking on the Roaring Fork River or hiking and biking and searching out Rocky Mountain panoramas. Kids are sure to enjoy Ashcroft Ghost Town, founded in the 1880s by silver mining prospectors and now a National Register Historic Site. Downtown Aspen is charming and pedestrian-friendly with it’s 200+ shops ranging from consignment to eclectic boutiques and designer storefronts.
Activities to do with kids: Silver Queen Gondola, The Aspen Art Museum, John Denver Sanctuary, Red Brick Center for the Arts, Roaring Fork River (for water activities including fly-fishing and kayaking), the Rio Grande Trails (for hiking and biking), Maroon Bells, Independence Pass (closed in winter), Aspen Center for Environmental Studies, Aspen Rec Center, and Ashcroft Ghost Town.
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Yes, New Orleans has Mardi Gras and fabulous nightlife, but there is also TONS of fun to be had that puts NOLA in our top 5 picks of kid-friendly vacations. Known as the Big Easy, New Orleans is one of the most fascinating cities in the United States. It’s the birthplace of jazz, and a veritable melting pot of music, food, and culture. The city was claimed for France in 1862, transferred to Spain in 1763, transferred back to France in 1800, and sold to the United States in 1803. Regardless of ownership, the people and culture of the region have held fast. Be sure to try some traditional New Orleans’ dishes: gumbo, crawfish etouffee, jambalaya, red beans and rice, muffulettas, beignets, PO-boys, bananas foster, snowballs, and king cakes. Yum!
Activities to do with kids: Jackson Square and the French Quarter, Cafe Du Monde (opened in 1862), Preservation Hall, New Orleans Historic Train Garden, New Orleans Museum of Art, kayaking tour (for older kids), French Quarter Kids Tour, Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium, Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, Louisiana Children’s Museum (for younger kids), New Orleans streetcar ride, Blaine Kern’s Mardi Gras World, and Audubon Zoo.
Los Cabos is a region at the southern tip of Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula. It encompasses two towns — Cabo San Lucas and San José del Cabo — linked by 20 miles of beach-front properties and championship golf courses. The weather and water are both stunningly beautiful, not to mention the white sand beaches, and it’s easy to see why 2 million tourists pick it as a travel destination every year (1 million of them from the U.S.). Popular kid-friendly activities include whale watching excursions, swimming with dolphins, horseback riding on the beach, and ATV tours (for older kids and adults). Every land and water activity is possible in Los Cabos, but you’re also welcome to relax and do nothing!
Activities to do with kids: Turtle Release, The Glass Factory, Cabo Zipline Adventure, El Arco and Lover’s Beach, Buccaneer Queen, Los Tamarindos, Estero San Jose, Chileno Beach, and Jo’s Garden.
Las Catalinas is a beach town on the Pacific Ocean in the northwestern part of Costa Rica. If you and your family enjoy boogie boarding, body surfing, snorkeling, and scuba diving, Costa Rica has a lot to offer. Those who prefer land to sea can hike or mountain bike on beautiful trails full of wildlife-sighting opportunities; including monkeys! The people of Costa Rica are friendly and welcoming, creating a relaxed environment. The town of Las Catalinas is mostly car-free, so you can freely explore the pedestrian-friendly streets with their Mediterranean-inspired architecture. As in Belize, you won’t really find museums or theme parks, so we advise you seek out specialized tour providers.
Activities to do with kids: Diamante Eco Adventure Park, the Rio Celeste Waterfall in the Tenorio Volcano National Park, Arenal Volcano and nearby hot springs, the Selvatura Butterfly Garden & Insect Museum and Monteverde Orchid Garden in Monteverde, and the Beach Chocolate Factory.