Top 10 Best Family Vacation Destinations in the World

The holiday season is here and if you’re also planning for that long-awaited family then this blog is for you!

Although any destination can be family-friendly, some are specifically good if you’re to travel with kids. And to help you find such wonderful places, we’ve curated a list of our top favorites that you can plan your next trip to. So, let’s learn more about these!

List of Best Family Vacation Destinations in the World

  1. Bali, Indonesia 

Bali tops our list of the top family vacation destinations in the world. It offers you the perfect mix of beaches, festivals, water parks, and hiking trails. In short, you’ll never have a boring time to spare. The weather herein is also warm all year around except the months between November to March which mark the rainy season. The best part is the excellent food that leaves you wanting for more. 

Famous Attractions: Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary, Bali Zoo, Waterbom Bali, Uluwatu Temple, Tagalalang Rice Terrace, Tanah Lot, Garuda Wisnu Kencana Cultural Park

Best Time to visit: Between April to October (Dry season)

  1. Cape Town, South Africa

Everything about Cape Town is just surreal. Situated beneath Table Mountain, the place is home to countless tourist attractions. You can start by exploring the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens, and Tree Canopy Walkway, or best take a ferry tour to the infamous Robben Island. 

And if you’ve got enough time, head towards the Cape of Good Hope, where the oceans meet, play with the penguins at Boulders Beach and visit the seals at Hout Bay. meanwhile, don’t forget to witness the simply stunning sunset over the Atlantic Ocean from Camps Bay. 

Famous Attractions: V&A Waterfront, Iziko Bo-Kaap Museum, Castle of Good Hope, Maclear’s Beacon, Lion’s Head, Cape Point, Cape Town Diamond Museum, Table Mountain National Park

Best Time to visit: January to April 

  1. Dubai 

Dubai is one of the safest family vacation destinations in the world. Herein, you will find everything from skyscrapers to deserts, beaches, and many other startling attractions drawing your attention. Begin your expedition with a camel ride in the desert, witness the world’s highest building, explore the spectacular theme parks, and enjoy many fun activities at the all-fun water parks. The best part about Dubai is that it is highly multicultural which means you can engage yourself with people and traditions of different cultures. 

Famous Attractions: Burj AI Arab, Dubai Miracle Garden, Ski Dubai, The Lost Chambers Aquarium, Burj Khalifa, Museum of the Future, Dubai Gold Souk, Mall of the Emirates

Best Time to visit: November to February

  1. Portugal 

If you’re looking for a family vacation destination with the best food, beautiful views, and a laid-back vibe, then Portugal is your place to be. And if you’re a family with a bunch of adventure freaks, the place offers many fun activities like hiking, kayaking, cycling, and more. For a laid-back vacation, you can go on exploring small quaint villages up in the mountains. Herein, you’ll always be welcomed by gentle and warm residents offering you the best hospitality experience.

Famous Attractions: Belem Tower, Sintra National Palace, Guimaraes Castle, Bom Jesus do Monte, Parque Nacional PenedaGeres, Bolsa Palace

Best Time to visit: April, May, September and October

  1. Big Island, Hawaii 

Hawaii is nothing short of a wonder on earth but what serves as the icing on the cake is the Big Islands. There’s nothing that you can’t do here. You can swim along with turtles, enjoy whale watching and snorkeling, hike to the huge waterfalls, and the best – try sailing a submarine. 

You can easily rent a car to drive around and enjoy something or the other every day – there’s no scope of getting bored!

Famous Attractions: Polynesian Cultural Center, Pearl Harbor National Memorial, Kualao Ranch, Iolani Palace, Akaka Falls State Park, Haleakala National Park, Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa, Maui Ocean Center, Waimea Canyon State Park

Best Time to visit: Between March and September

  1. Florence, Italy 

Florence has so much to see and experience with your family both outdoors and indoors. It makes for a great city to walk through enjoying some warm, delicious Italian food, learning about the local culture, and exploring the famous attractions. Additionally, what’s important for you to know is that Florence is situated in the heart of Tuscany which features the world’s most wonderful rolling hill landscapes, quaint secluded towns, and the most friendly locals to welcome you.

Famous Attractions: Piazzale Michelangelo, Bargello National Museum, Pitti Palace, Accademia Gallery, Basilica of Santa Maria, Uffizi Gallery, Ponte Vecchio

Best Time to visit: Between May and September

  1. Hamilton, New Zealand 

If New Zealand is what tops your bucket list of must-travel destinations, then Hamilton is the best place to step your foot in. Here you’ll find many fun activities to engage in along with your kids. Start with Waikato Museum offering dedicated Kid’s Discovery areas to explore and the themed Hamilton Gardens which will introduce you to an all-new civilization at every turn. But the show’s topper is the amazing destination playgrounds that have in-ground trampolines, multi-story playhouses, and water features.

Famous Attractions: Art Gallery of Hamilton, Tiffany Falls Conservation Area, Westfield Heritage Village, HMCS Haida National Historic Site, Theatre Aquarius, Tew’s Falls

Best Time to visit: Between May and September

  1. Cook Islands 

Nestled in the South Pacific, the Cook Islands is a must-visit family vacation destination. If you’re traveling from the west coast, Cook Islands is only a short flight away with 3 hours of time change. The Cook Islands welcomes you with serene white beaches, beautiful lagoons, and majestic green mountains. More so, you’ll get a lot to enjoy here right from hiking to kayaking and buggy driving.

Famous Attractions: Titikaveka Beach, Bonefish E2’s Way, Muri Lagoon, Punanga Nui Market, Maire Nui Gardens and Cafe, Teking Lagoon Cruises, Muri Beach

Best Time to visit: Between April and November

  1. Philadelphia, USA 

If we have to name one destination that you should surely visit with your kids, then it’d be Philadelphia. For your first visit, check out the Please Touch Museum if you’ve younger kids joining you. And for the school-going kids, the Franklin Institute and the Sprawling Museum of Art would be the best choice. While you’re here, don’t miss out on the amazing dining options offering scrumptious meals. Hawthorne’s, Federal Donuts, and Reading Terminals are some of our top picks. 

Famous Attractions: Independence National Historical Park, JFK Plaza (Love Park), Adventure Aquarium, Liberty Bell, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens

Best Time to visit: Between March to May

  1. Rovaniemi, Finland 

Did it ever cross your mind as to where the real Santa Claus actually lives, then here’s the answer – it’s Rovaniemi in Finland. If you ever sent a letter to Santa, it was delivered here only and this is evident from the pigeonholes stuffed with letters from all around the world. Apart from learning about Santa and more of his secrets, you can spend your day enjoying fun winter activities like the snowmobile safari, reindeer sleigh ride, or snow tubing with your kids. 

Famous Attractions: SantaPark – the Home Cavern of Santa Claus, Ounasvaara Ski Oy, Culture House Korundi, Lumberjack’s Candle Bridge, Arktikum, Science Centre Pilke, Metsahallitus

Best Time to visit: Between October and April


Most people won’t agree on Cambodia being a family-friendly tourist destination, but we don’t agree. The place is home to some of the most stunning nature escapes and beautiful temple ruins. Here you’ll meet the friendliest pals in Southeast Asia who love to chat with your kids and pamper them with all they have. 

Famous Attractions: Angkor Wat, Bayon Temple, Prasat Preah Vihear, Krong Siem Reap, Royal Palace, Bokor Hill Station, Banteay Srei, Cambodia Landmine Museum

Best Time to visit: Between November and May

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):

Q. Where is the best place to take children on holiday?

A. Along with the above-mentioned destinations, Santorini in Greece, Puglia in Italy, Ireland, and Maldives are some of the best family vacation destinations. 

Q. What is the most famous vacation spot in the world?

A. France is the most famous vacation spot in the world.

Q. Where is the safest place to travel with children?

A. Dubai is the safest family vacation destination to travel with children.

Q. Which country is the cheapest to travel from India with family?

A. Thailand is the cheapest to travel from India with family.

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