Looking for the best destinations to go with your children? Whether it’s a great day out, a staycation, or a foreign holiday, there’s plenty of choices to keep the kids occupied! It’s not easy to travel with kids and choosing the right destination will help you for a relaxing journey.
Children want to visit places that make them happy. They want to go to places where they can play and enjoy joy their time. Here are some of the best destinations in Europe for families with children.
Where to Stay
If you’re looking for the best family-friendly holiday destinations for your children, flexibility will be important to you. Self-catering or camping is the most convenient accommodation option, allowing you freedom, and space for all the extras that families take along. That could range from baby boy clothes and little girl outfits to regalia for budding teenage fashionistas, and from toys to those electronic essentials.
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By the Sea
Coastal resorts with safe waters are ideal, with good facilities and activities for children. The West Country offers sandy beaches, with Cornwall attracting young surfers. The Isle of Wight has something for everyone and excellent public transport. Just across the water, Bournemouth’s beaches are some of the cleanest. There are lots for kids to do in Somerset’s Weston-super-Mare, while on the East Coast, Southwold is a traditional seaside town.
Aberystwyth in mid-Wales is an old-fashioned seaside resort, and further north, Blackpool offers many attractions, including the famous lights. In Scotland, you can’t do better than Ayr Beach, with its long sandy beaches and play parks. Or on Skye, young fossil-hunters can tread in the footsteps of a stegosaurus in Staffin Bay, and then move on to the Dinosaur Museum.
If you’re heading for destinations outside the UK with your children, you’ll have a wide choice of clean beaches and shallow waters. Water parks, amusement grounds, and guaranteed sunshine are added attractions (but don’t forget the sunscreen!).
Away from the coast, children can explore the wild scenery of Dartmoor in Devon, the Lake District, Yorkshire, North Wales, the Scottish Highlands, and Northern Ireland. Nature reserves are an important learning experience, too.
Don’t rule out cities as destinations to go with your children, whether as a mini-break, or a day trip. Go by train, which is exciting enough for little ones! A city is large enough to have room for green open spaces – London has several in its center. Museums are a useful rainy-day option, with plenty of hands-on activities for kids, in venues like London’s Science Museum, and Manchester’s Museum of Science and Industry.
Take to the Water
A boat ride will thrill your family and is an alternative way to view the surroundings. Take a trip up the Thames through London, or cross Liverpool’s historic River Mersey by ferry. Both cities have Ferris wheels that provide yet another vantage point that children will love.
Zoos give a glimpse into a more exotic world, and they usually have a children’s zoo, where animals can be petted. London, Whipsnade, Bristol, Paignton (Devon), Chester, Belfast, and Edinburgh are just some of those worth a visit, while city farms are another way of getting close to creatures.
Home and Away
Children really just like somewhere to run about and let off steam, so remember that your home area can be a destination to explore, too. But if you’re heading for a hotel, look for one that’s child-friendly, once you’ve chosen the best destination to go with your children. But remember that you’ll still need somewhere to store those baby boy clothes and all the other items!