When you have little ones it can be hard to choose where to go on holiday- with a demand to find somewhere fun for the kids but relaxing for parents too! Fortunately we’ve compiled you a list of the best places to visit with your children. From the obvious Disneyland to the lesser known SantaPark, you’ll be sure to find your next break here!
Florida, United States
It’s hard to beat Florida as a sure fire kid-pleaser. They’ll love it – whether you opt for the kids’ clubs and giant costumed cartoon characters of DisneyWorld’s resort hotels, take a package holiday to the beaches, or head out on an independent fly-drive tour.
Disneyland Paris, France
The most famous name in theme park history has a five-centre site just outside Paris. Consisting of Main Street USA, Frontierland, Discoveryland, Fantasyland and Adventureland, it’s got all the razzmatazz you’d expect – with a touch of Gallic charm thrown in.
Diving, Great Barrier Reef, Australia
With the minimum age for attempting the official Padi diving certificate now 12, one way to entice teenagers on a family holiday is a diving holiday to the Great Barrier Reef. Cheap? No. Holiday of a lifetime and at least a couple of weeks of respect? Almost certainly.
All-inclusive beach clubs, Mediterranean and elsewhere
Perfect for families with diverging interests. Dad can laze on the beach while Mum takes up waterskiing and the 10-year-old learns how to windsurf. It’s worth checking exactly what’s on offer. A few packages don’t venture much beyond watersports and beach game. Others will keep kids occupied from dawn to way past dusk.
Universal Studios, PortAventura, Spain
This huge park south of Barcelona is one of the glitziest and best-run parks in Europe. It’s split into five worlds: Mediterrania, Polynesia, Mexico, Far West and China. The jewel is the Sea Odyssey ride, based on a Captain Nemo-type adventure. There are rapids, Chinese puppet shows, pirate rides, fiestas, a Wild West saloon and an American Indian show.
Choose a full-service French campsite and you don’t even need to pack a tent. You can enjoy spacious and airy family tents or comfortable mobile homes. Most are located in beautiful surroundings, often near the coast, and those in the south have reliably warm and sunny weather.
Skiing, United States
US resorts have a great reputation for providing a fun, safe, yet challenging atmosphere in which children can learn to ski. Small children usually have their own learning areas, while older kids will soon be tearing up the mountain with their instructors.
Many adventure holiday operators are now offering family packages. A safari is more suitable for older children and teenagers. Trips are based in national parks and nature reserves, and accommodation is in comfortable tented bush camps or safari lodges.
Santa Cruz, Tenerife, Canary Islands
Styled on the Rio carnival, this Canary Island capital event in February/March is the culmination of several weeks of fancy dress parades and revelling across Tenerife. There are children’s parades, dancing to big band music, car shows, floats, music of all kinds, and the undoubted highlight of the Burial of the Sardine.
Rovaniemi, Finnish Lapland, Finland
Sometime in the early 20th century, the Finns decided Santa Claus resided in Lapland, up on the Arctic Circle. After all, the North Pole wouldn’t have any grass to feed his reindeer. There is the Santa Claus Village post office, Rovaniemi and SantaPark, a theme park built into a cavern.