Traveling is a rewarding experience. Not only is it a chance to step away from the drudgery of everyday life, it often gives you lifelong memories and a chance to learn new things. This is especially true when you’re traveling well outside of your normal comfort zone.
Parenthood can change traveling, though. It takes a little extra planning and you have to make sure that you’ve scheduled in enough activities that will keep the kids entertained as much as the adults.
Luckily, it isn’t too hard to find things to do that are fun for the whole family. Many attractions now are aimed to entertain all ages and the Journal of Tourism Futures even cited growth in family tourism as a large sector of the tourist industry. If you’re looking for family fun on your next vacation, these are some locales you have to visit.
Family-Friendly Sites to See In 2020
Queens Park Botanic Garden QLD
If visiting Australia is on your family’s bucket list, you should take your kids to see the Queens Park Botanic Garden QLD in Toowoomba, Australia. This park stretches across 25 hectares and has been open to the public since the late 19th century.
The park has plenty of natural beauty to look at including giant trees, multi-colored flowers, manicured hedges, and even playgrounds and picnic facilities. It’s broken down into three distinct sections to visit including the Queens Park Botanic Gardens, Queen’s Park greater park, and Vera Lacaze Memorial Park.
Families can also come to enjoy the events that the botanic garden celebrates throughout the year. This includes events such as the Carnival of Flowers and the Flower, Food, and Wine Festival.
Stately Rides, UK
If you and your kids are interested in horseback riding, there’s no better place to explore this than with the Stately Rides offered in the UK. These trips last two to five days and are located in Cotswolds and Wales.
Most of the rides are on Irish Hunters and each trip includes about five hours a day riding. This includes a mix of casual walking, trotting, and cantering, so you’ll have a variety of riding experiences to explore.
The tours go through beautiful landscapes as well that seem to harken back to Jane Austen’s world which will give you plenty of beautiful sites to see.
Trasti & Trine, Norway
Most kids grow up with fantastical stories of a snowy landscape where reindeers roam and Santa Claus lives. While there may be no Santa here, the Trasti & Trine lodge in Norway is a secluded winter wonderland that is a great place to bring your kids if you want a weekend away from modern tech.
You can spend your time here with sled dogs, eating at an expansive restaurant including a tasting menu featuring elk and grouse, or even watch the Northern Lights dance across the sky. The lodge is also close to Oslo, so you can see the city as well.
Mexico City, Mexico
In Mexico City, the Four Seasons have set up plenty of family-friendly hotels in which you and your little ones can rest peacefully and enjoy amenities like a pool.
When you’re ready to go out for the day, there are plenty of guided tours to Teotihuacan and you can take a trip to the National Museum of Anthropology. If your kids are brave enough for a little high altitude fun, you can even catch a hot air balloon ride over the Pyramid of the Sun.
Ranthambhore National Park, Rajasthan
Nothing is quite as entertaining to kids as seeing new animals. However, you can one-up the usual trip to the zoo by visiting the Ranthambhore National Park in Rajasthan, India.
With tours through this park, you’re likely to see all of your Jungle Book favorites including tigers and leopards. There’s even one tiger name Lightening that enjoys frequenting the camps in the park, so you might catch a glimpse of him or even see paw prints dotting the landscape.
Traveling with your family is supposed to be fun rather than stressful. If you’re looking for a new locale to visit, try out one of the recommendations on this list for an unforgettable time.