Family trips can be a lot of fun, especially for kids. But kids grow up fast and the time seems to fly even faster. It can be had to decide what to do for family trips between finding suitable destinations and finding the time to take off. Well, if you can find the time, then here are 50 unique places in the world to consider taking a family trip to before your kids get too old.
Unique Spots To Visit With Kids
1. Pompeii, Italy
The city of Pompeii is one of the most known and best-preserved towns in the world. Pompeii was once a bustling port town but was devastated by the eruption of volcano Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD.
Now a UNESCO World Heritage site, your family will all be amazed at the level of devastation and preservation that has taken place at one of the most visited places in Italy.
2. The Colosseum in Rome, Italy
Relive the excitement of what it was like to be a gladiator fighting at the Colosseum in Rome by visiting there.
You’ll be able to see and experience first-hand just how immense the site actually is. From the towering walls to its dark catacombs below. This bucket-list destination will surely excite the whole family.
3. The Penguins at Boulders Beach, Cape Town South Africa
Come down to Cape Peninsula and Cape Town and visit their national park, Table Mountain.
There you can go to Boulder’s Beach and witness the penguins as they stroll along the white sandy beach dotted with huge boulders. You can also take a family stroll along the boardwalk and admire the numerous bird running about.
4. Statue of Liberty on Ellis Island, United States
Although a trip to New York is already pretty special, you can make it extra with a trip to Ellis Island. Ellis Island is the home of the iconic Statue of Liberty, which has been seen by millions of travelers as well as immigrants.
This unique entryway into America has played an important role in the lives of millions as well as in history. This is something that every kid should see in person at least once.
5. Kruger National Park, South Africa
Why take the kids to the local zoo when you can go to the Kruger National Park and see the animals in the real wild. Located in northeastern South Africa you can see some of the most exciting animals in their natural habitat.
Animals like lions, leopards, rhinos, elephants, and buffaloes, along with hundreds of other animals and birds. A trip here is truly a once in a lifetime experience.
6. The Great Pyramid, Egypt
Discover the mystery surrounding the ancient pyramids of Giza in Egypt. See real-life mummies and hieroglyphics from ancient times.
Learn about some of the rituals and practices that the people of the time followed. Children and adults alike are sure to be mesmerized by everything a trip to the Great Pyramid can offer.
7. Kennedy Space Center, United States
Just about every kid at one point or another thinks about how cool it would be to be an astronaut. Well, you can always just trek over to the Kennedy Space Center in Florida for a tour.
There are multiple exhibits for both adults and children as well as speakers to talk on a variety of topics. You and the family will definitely have a good time learning all about space and past and current space missions.
8. Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica
This small national park in Costa Rica is home to over 109 species of mammals and 184 species of birds. This tropical paradise has been listed by Forbes magazine as one of the 12 most beautiful national parks in the world.
With gorgeous beaches, a diverse ecosystem, and lush rain forests, One trip to this park will leave you and the family with a lifetime of memories.
9. Disney World in Orlando, United States
Disney World Resorts in Orlando, Florida is the most visited resort in the world. This magical palace of childhood memories has something to please everyone in the family.
There are a growing number of shops, amusement parks, an animal park, and multiple non-Disney resorts and restaurants. You and the family will have loads of fun what the most famous Disney location.
10. Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, United States
Few family trips are as fun as a trip to Hawaii except a trip to the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park while you’re there. Located on the Big Island, the park features stunning views of the beautiful coastline and the jaggedness of the hardened lava. You can enjoy cruising on the Crater Rim Drive which passes a number of steam vents.
Along the route, you’ll come to the Jaggar Museum. The museum features a bunch of volcanology exhibits and has a viewpoint that overlooks Halema’uma’u Crater. The scenery is like something out of a movie and the experience will live with you forever.
11. Buckingham Palace, United Kingdom
Take a trip and visit the home of one of the few living monarchs in our day at Buckingham Palace in London. Like the fairy tales that you hear as a kid about kings and castles, come see real-life royalty in person.
While there you can take a tour of Buckingham Palace to see just how royalty lives. This amazing trip will have your family talking about it for years to come.
12. Tenerife in Canary Islands, Spain
Experience the world’s third tallest volcano in person by taking a trip to the Canary Islands. The largest of the islands are Tenerife which also serves as the home of volcano Mount Teide.
Exploring the island you’ll see a number of lava tubes as well as a remarkably diverse ecosystem. of plants and animals. With warm tropical weather, you and your family will enjoy some of the nicest weather there in the region.
13. Wisconsin Dells, United States
Welcome to the “Waterpark Capital of the World” in Wisconsin Dell found in south-central Wisconsin.
This bustling city is home to a large number of water parks and other tourist attractions. The area is well known for its beautiful sandstone carved, glacier-formed ravines which lures families from all over.
14. The Grand Canyon National Park, United States
Found in Arizona, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is often considered one of the seven natural wonders of the world.
15. Yellowstone National Park, United States
Visit one of the most unique National Parks that sits atop a super volcano at Yellowstone National Park. The park is home to hundreds of animals like bears, bison, elk, and wolves.
One of the main attractions of the park are the hundreds of geysers and colorful geothermal pools and hot springs. You and your family will be absolutely amazed at the beauty of the landscape of Yellowstone.
16. The National Mall in Washington, D.C., United States
Take a trip as a family to see the National Mall in Washington D.C. to see the iconic monuments and famous museums.
With all the things to see you’ll have no shortage of things for the family to do in D.C. There are lots of different memorials such as the Lincoln, and Vietnam Veterans Memorial, as well as numerous others.
17. The Galápagos Islands, Ecuador
The Galápagos Islands are a chain of volcanic islands in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Ecuador.
They are known around the world for being one of the best locations in the world to view wildlife. The Galápagos tortoise and marine iguanas, loads of birds species all make this a top destination for any family.
18. The Great Barrier Reef, Australia
Grab your swimsuit and take a trip to see the Great Barrier Reef in Australia with the family.
You’ll have the best time of your lives snorkeling off the coast as tropical fish swim all around you. Seeing the vibrant colors of the various sea animals and sea life will be a truly awesome and educational experience for the whole family.
19. Machu Picchu, Peru
There you can all learn about the ancient advanced civilization. Experience the beautiful culture and witness the stunning terraced landscapes engineered for agriculture by the Inca.
20. Cinque Terre, Italy
In Italy, you and your family can experience the old-world charm of the region by visiting the Cinque Terre.
The five century-old seaside villages are truly captivating with the bright colorful houses and fishing boats along the harbors. The area has numerous vineyards, shops, and beautiful terraces. This is a place your family will love from the scenery to the seafood.
Most people don’t think of the icy continent of Antarctica as a family destination but quite the opposite.
Antarctica has loads of animals from seals laying about to hundreds of penguins waddling around. The sheer beauty of this land of ice is really breath-taking and sure to leave your family with fond memories.
22. Parc Asterix, France
The comic book-based theme park of Parc Asterix in France is a fun destination that the whole family will enjoy.
The park is well-known for its large variety of roller-coaster. Besides the seven roller-coasters, there are also 6 water rides for the family to enjoy.
23. Ha Long Bay, Vietnam
From shopping, hiking, and biking there are tons of activities to do with your family at Ha Long Bay in Vietnam.
Take a boat tour of the bay, explore caves or just lounge on the beach. Your family will greatly enjoy this Vietnamese trip.
24. Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park, Philippines
This protected park in Philippines is located in the Saint Paul Mountain Range. This UNESCO World Heritage Site contains an underground river that runs through a cave for over 5 miles.
Going through the cave you will see formations of stalactites and stalagmites as well as several other large chambers. With limestone rock formation and rain forests throughout the area. Taking a trip here is truly magical.
25. Amazon Rainforest, Brazil
Full or lots of native and rare plants and animals, the Amazon Rainforest is one of the most bio diverse locations on the planet. Any trip here will reward you will memories for a lifetime.
26. Iguazu Falls, Argentina
Take your family and experience the largest waterfall system in the world. Located between Argentina and Brazil, your family can go for a tour to get some really amazing views and photos of the giant waterfall.
27. Petra, Jordan
The famous rock-cut architecture and water conduit system of Petra in Jordan are known around the world.
This ancient UNESCO World Heritage Site is a great destination for the family to see mind-blowing architecture and learn about its architects and the culture.
28. Great Wall Of China, China
Journey to Beijing Chinato see the world’s largest building, The Great Wall of China. Spanning over 3,000 miles in length, the Great Wall is a true marvel of ingenuity and wonder of the world.
29. Potala Palace, China
Before he fled, the Potala Palace was the home of the Dalai Lama. Forced to flee from the Chinese, the 14th Dalai Lama settled in India.
Now his old residence serves as a museum as well as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
30. Stonehenge, England
Take your family to see Stonehenge and the mystery that surrounds it. Constructed from 3000 BC to 2000 BC, Stonehenge is the most famous landmark in the United Kingdom and makes a great day trip from London.
31. Catacombs of Kom El Shoqafa, Egypt
Stop by the ancient burial grounds of the Catacombs of Kom El Shoqafa. Thought to have been built for one family, the catacombs hold numerous bodies of the deceased.
Along with the remains of humans and animals, there are also three sarcophagi that you can view while here in Egypt.
32. Legoland Billund, Denmark
Most kids and even adults love legos so consider taking a family trip to the original Legoland amusement park.
The park was built in 1968 next to the original Lego factory in Billund, Denmark. After you’ve all enjoyed the park you can take a tour of the factory with your family as well.
33. The Eden Project, England
The Eden Project in Cornwell, England is a popular attraction that features two bio domes with thousands of different plants.
As visitors walk through the bio domes they can experience the two ecosystems set up, a rain forest and a Mediterranean environment.
34. Felicity, California United States
You can visit the center of the world by going to Felicity, California. There you will find the Museum of History in Granite!
A section of the original staircase from the Eiffel Tower, a maze, as well as a church in this small town. Everyone in the family will love the quirkiness of this destination.
35. Viking Ship Museum, Denmark
Learn all about the history of the Vikings at the Viking Ship Museum in Roskilde, Denmark.
Inside the cool museum, you’ll get to see actual ships and how immense they were. There are plenty of stories around the boats which are over a thousand years old.
36. Plimoth Plantation, United States
Travel back in time with a family visit to Plimoth Plantation, which is a living history museum.
Founded in 1972 the museum is a replica of the original settlement of the Pilgrim Colony established in the 17th century. Witness first-hand how the Pilgrims ate, dressed, and other things about how they lived.
37. Cedar Point Amusement Park, United States
If you like roller coasters, then come to the location with the most miles of coaster track in the world.
With over 10 miles of excitement as well as a number of other fun and famous rides, Cedar Point Amusement Park is a great destination for the family and one of the best amusement parks you should visit in the USA.
38. The Great Smoke Mountains, United States
Explore the most visited national park in the United States, the Great Smokey Mountains.
With biking, hiking, swimming, shopping a number of other activities available you’ll need plenty of time to take in all the cool things to see.
39. The Azores, Portugal
The Azores in Portugal is a great place for the family to explore. You can tour a real working farm, hike up volcanoes or even swim with dolphins. There is something for everyone if you come and visit here.
40. Fisherman’s Wharf, United States
Smell the crisp sea air as you and your family stroll along through the Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco.
This is one of the busiest areas in the city and features loads of shops and restaurants that offer just about anything you can think of. You can do whale watching or take a cruise and visit Alcatraz Island.
41. Banff National Park, Canada
The Banff national Park is absolutely spectacular and is a must-see national park in Alberta, Canada. The park is well known for its landscape and beauty unlike any other park.
With translucent blue water, Canadian Rocky Mountains and amazing thermal hot springs, Banff is bound to be a family favorite
42. Royal Palace of Sevilla, Spain
Visit a royal palace in Spain that was built at the end of the crusades. The palace has been dubbed as one of the most beautiful in the world. View the many rooms and beautiful gardens that create a stunning landscape of the area. Seville is a top destination for family vacations in Spain.
43. Kinkaku-Ji Temple, Japan
Travel to Kyoto in Japan with your family to see the “Golden Temple”, kinkaku-Ji. The temple is one of the most famous attraction in Kyoto.
People travel from all over to see the gold leaf cover exterior of the building as it sits on the edge of a lake. Catching the temple’s reflection in the lake on a sunset is sure to be a lasting family memory.
44. Tasmania, Australia
Take a trip to the outback to the Cradle Mountain National Park in Tasmania, Australia.
Enjoy the many walking and hiking trials with your family as your explore the land inhabited by the Big River and Northern Tasmanian Aboriginal nations.
45. Ranomafana National Park, Madagascar
The Ranomafana National Park in Madagascar is a great example of great biodiversity. The tropical cloud forest is home to a number of species like the lemurs, lots of birds, as well as chameleons too. Taking the family here is a trip of a lifetime.
46. Niagara Falls, Canada
Come and witness one of the most impressive waterfalls in North America, Niagara Falls. You can see the falls from both New York as well as Canada but the Canadian side offers a better view of the falls. You’ll have a great time experiencing the most iconic waterfall with your family.
47. Winchester Mystery House, USA
The California historical landmark Winchester Mystery House is a fascinating destination for the whole family to explore. The mansion has many odd features such as staircases and doors that lead to nowhere.
Built in 1884 the mansion lacked a building master plan to aide in its construction. The mystery of the mansion came about from its odd architecture and the rumor of spirits and ghosts haunting the residence. This marvel is really something you and the family don’t want to miss.
48. State hermitage Museum, Russia
The Hermitage in Russia is home to over 3 million artifacts and is a very comprehensive museum of Western European art.
There are 360 to explore so seeing everything will take a large amount of time it’s best to spend a few days to try to see the museum in its entirety. Although there is a lot to see in the museum, there is even more stuff at the Hermitage Storage Facility, which you can also take a tour of.
49. Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany
Come and take the family on a visit to the real castle behind the idea for the castle in Disneyland’s Sleeping Beauty.
Neuschwanstein Castle in Germany is considered the fairy tale castle and certainly look the part. The 19th-century retreat is a hot spot for many visitors, so make sure to plan accordingly when planning a family trip. It ranks as one of our top castles to visit in Europe.
50. Taj Mahal, India
Head to India with the family to visit the famous Taj Mahal. The marble mausoleum was built in 1632 and was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983.
It is highly regarded as one of the best examples of Mughal architecture and is definitely worth a visit with the family.