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Father and son on the black sand beach of Stokksnes with Vestrahorn mountain in Iceland

Father and son on the black sand beach of Stokksnes with Vestrahorn mountain in Iceland

Whether you want a tropical escape, an exploration of natural wonders, or to witness ancient history, these eleven family-friendly destinations can help you find the right place for your family.

Every family is different, and the right destination for your family will depend on your goals, wants, needs, and expectations. Some yearn to uncover the wonders of Ancient Rome in Italy while others prefer quiet afternoons under the blue-roof Cycladic homes of Santorini in Greece. No matter where Zicasso takes you, you and your family will revel in the exciting activities that await.

Traveling with your family can be a rewarding experience with incredible adventures and unforgettable memories, with the following destinations embodying the best travel experiences for every kind of family.

1. Italy

Roman Furum ruins in Rome, Italy

Roman Furum ruins in Rome, Italy

An epicenter of ancient life, art, and cuisine, Italy is nothing less than inspiring for children of all ages. Your family can sift through the past to follow the steps of Roman emperors, learn the techniques of captivating artists and hear the stories of legends. With endless access to gelato and pasta, spectacular landscapes from rolling hills to the gorgeous coastline, and intriguing adventures, it is easy to understand why Italy has long delighted families.

“The country has a millennia of history,” says Eleonora, an Italy travel specialist. “Amazing nature and the best food make Italy a great playground.” From exploring historical icons to playing in Renaissance gardens, families of all kinds can enjoy the vast selection of activities and warm traditions.

Kid-Friendly Things to Do: Venetian Rowing lesson in Venice | Gelato tour with gelato-making demonstration | Cheese making course | Visit to an educational farm

See also: Italy Tours & Vacations | Italy Travel Guide

2. Greece

Knossos palace in Heraklion, Crete

Knossos palace in Heraklion, Crete

Greece is the cornerstone of Western Civilization and the foundation of enchanting European mythology. The passion for music, food, storytelling, and art has persevered through the ages to create the perfect family-friendly environment. Sun-bleached ruins, magnificent beaches, remarkable hiking trails, and endless pathways capture your family’s imagination. From mainland karsts to island cliffs, quiet beaches to the lively remains of the past, there is delight found around every corner.

“Greece, with its calm and mostly sunny weather, is ideal for traveling with children throughout the year,” says Anthia, a Greece travel specialist. Athens is a fantastic starting point for families by offering day trips from the mainland to islands and archeological sites to balance the best of Greece’s mainland and coastal wonders.

Kid-Friendly Things to Do: Endless beach days | Sea kayak and snorkel to unexplored bays | Hands-on excavation activity workshop at archeological sites | Athena Treasure Hunt | Pottery Workshop

Learn more: Greece Tours & Vacations | Greece Travel Guide

3. Japan

Fuji mountain and Chureito Pagoda with cherry blossoms at sunset, Japan

Fuji mountain and Chureito Pagoda with cherry blossoms at sunset, Japan

Japan is a place of timeless tradition fused with a futuristic vision of the modern world. Preserved traditions remain an essential part of daily culture and will charm your family with historic legends, fascinating architecture, and a sense of connection to the epic scenery. With incredible ease of travel, you can uncover Japanese heritage in the authentic cuisine and customary castles, find the quiet beauty of mountain escapes or embrace the thrills of unique destinations for the perfect family-friendly getaway.

“Japan is very safe, and kids generally have a lot more freedom to wander around,” says Jeff, a Japan travel specialist. There are plenty of beautiful parks where kids can play so that your family can easily explore new cities or towns. “Japan is a great place to travel with babies...you rarely have to touch any doors as everything is automatic, so you can have your hands full,” adds Suzie, another travel specialist. With popular culture to draw your teens and convenience as you travel with younger ones, Japan is an ideal destination for all ages.

Kid-Friendly Things to Do: Shimanami Kaido Cycling Road | Sea Kayaking | Tokyo Skytree | Kid’s Plaza | Sanrio Puroland

Learn more: Japan Tours & Vacations | Japan Travel Guide

4. Australia

Josephine Falls in Cairns, Australia

Josephine Falls in Cairns, Australia

Australia brings opportunities to embrace the unexpected. From the world’s oldest culture to the stunning colors of the Great Barrier Reef, the exciting myths of the desert to the enticing wildlife of the rainforest, there is an endless amount to explore. With the promise of white-sand beaches, kangaroos, sea turtles, and 4WD excursions, you can easily experience the exciting adventures and relaxing charms of this splendid destination.

The possibilities in Australia are endless, but there is also room for relaxation. “When traveling with kids, I recommend booking accommodations with a swimming pool and allowing a free day every few days to just enjoy the beach or pool, relax or do something previously unplanned which has caught your interest,” says Penny, a travel specialist for the South Pacific.  With the perfect mix of adventure and relaxation, Australia is ideal for multi-generational vacations with options for everyone.

Kid-Friendly Things to Do: Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb | Surfing lesson | Kangaroo Sanctuary | Ride a camel to the Field of Light

Learn more: Australia Tours & Vacations | Australia Travel Guide

5. Costa Rica

La Cangreja waterfall in Guancaste, Costa Rica

La Cangreja waterfall in Guancaste, Costa Rica

Costa Rica is considered one of the best family destinations thanks to the sheer number of things to do. Adventure, heritage, beaches, and wildlife create a blanket of charm and allow your family to dig deep into the limitless possibilities. Zipline through the jungle canopy, scour the trees for signs of endangered spider monkeys or colorful birdlife, learn to surf, sample chocolate, or witness turtle hatchlings, and that is just the start. Ecologically diverse, incredibly friendly, and overflowing with dramatic landscapes, this destination is ready to welcome all ages and families.

“Reconnect with your children, reconnect with nature, and bond as a family in the country’s more than sixty-four micro-climates,” says Alex and Francisco, two of our Zicasso travel specialists. Costa Rica is a natural paradise for every visitor, with warm hospitality found everywhere.

Kid-Friendly Things to Do: Canopy Zip Lining in the Tropical Rain or Cloud Forest | Tropical River Tubing | Surf Lesson Adventure | Coffee, Chocolate and Sugarcane Hands-On Experience | Visit a rural elementary school | Tropical Sea or Mangrove Kayaking

Learn more: Costa Rica Tours & Vacations | Costa Rica Travel Guide

6. France

Château de Beynac, France

Château de Beynac, France

France is where your family can experience and savor culture. Art, food, castles, and epic stories create a majestic ambiance that spans the coastal cliffs to the lavender fields. France is an essential embodiment of beauty in which your family can immerse itself in architecture, museums, fashion, food, and landscape. From the Eiffel Tower to storybook villages, elegant gardens to grand chateaus, your family not only sees the beauty for which France is known but also experiences it.

Stephen, a France travel specialist, notes that walking through France is like bringing the past to life. From chalets to fortresses, visiting fairytale villages, or finding the artistry of artisan crafts, France can give your entire family a new perspective on heritage, culture, and cuisine.

Kid-Friendly Things to Do: Conquer the Montbazon fortress | Play with Da Vinci’s inventions | Guided hike through an enchanted fairytale forest | Stone Cutting workshop | Louvre Treasure Hunt

Learn more: France Tours & Vacations | France Travel Guide

7. Iceland

Iseljalandfoss waterfall in Iceland

Iseljalandfoss waterfall in Iceland

Iceland is a pure spectacle, dazzling visitors of all ages. Whether searching for the Northern Lights in winter or gazing at the majestic mist of waterfalls in summer, it is easy to become entranced by the natural and cultural beauty of it all. Endless opportunities to explore bring volcanic tunnels, walks over glaciers, rides on Icelandic horses, and fantastic Viking history.

"Most of Iceland's nature is untouched and unbound, so it is important to enjoy it, respect nature, and especially to be aware of the power of nature," says Andres, an Iceland travel expert with Zicasso. "Most important when traveling with children is to have a thoroughly well-planned trip ahead of time." With a thoughtful itinerary that celebrates nature, Iceland brings approachable adventure for everyone in your family.

Kid-Friendly Things to Do: Hiking | Whale watching | Seal spotting | River rafting | Farm visit | Lava tunnel visit | Horseback riding

Learn more: Iceland Tours & Vacations | Iceland Travel Guide

8. New Zealand

Hobbiton

Find plenty of soft adventure, thrilling activities, and fascinating culture, as well as the family-focused Maori traditions in New Zealand. “Take your time. Do not rush and make sure everyone gets a small say in the activities they would all like to enjoy,” says Kate, a South Pacific travel specialist. “New Zealand has beautiful scenery and great beaches, and a very relaxed vibe. You can try surfing in the morning and be kayaking on a lake in the afternoon. It is such a compact country you can fit a lot in.”

While you can fill your day with action-packed adventures, Kate recommends that you take your time and enjoy the scenery at the right pace for your family. New Zealand is remarkable for its ability to balance relaxation and adventure, and you can create the perfect itinerary for your family.

Kid-Friendly Things to Do: Surfing | Kayaking | Luging | Skyline Gondola | Hobbiton | Jetboat safari

Learn more: New Zealand Tours & Vacations | New Zealand Travel Guide

9. Kenya & Tanzania

Kenyan guides on bush walk with kids in Kenya

Kenyan guides on bush walk with kids in Kenya. Photo courtesy of Sirikoi

Kenya and Tanzania highlight abundance in all its forms. Famous for their wildlife, revered for their endless plains, and celebrated for their unique experiences, Kenya and Tanzania are perfect for families as enchanting destinations that can combine wildlife adventures with exciting beach getaways. Scour the landscape for lions and elephants, canoe down lazy rivers, learn about the surrounding cultures or lounge on white-sand beaches of the coast.

“Going out with the Masai or the Samburu and learning about the various bush skills they need to survive in the bush is always a highlight,” says Sara, a safari specialist. “Children can learn to track the different animals, throw spears, and play with bows and arrows – there is a version of the Olympic Games with all sorts of fun games that are played in luggas.” Whether you learn how to track lions and warthogs in the bush or visit an elephant orphanage, you can create a vacation to please all ages.

Kid-Friendly Things to Do: Walking with camels in the bush | Track animals | Throw spears | Learn to use bows and arrows with the Masai or Samburu | Rock climbing | Sleep under the stars

Learn more: Kenya Safaris & Vacations | Tanzania Safaris & Vacations | Africa Safari Travel Guide

10. England & Scotland

 Jacobite Steam Train over the Glenfinnan Railway Viaduct in Scotland, UK

Jacobite Steam Train over the Glenfinnan Railway Viaduct in Scotland, UK

Home of Harry Potter and the Beatles, King Arthur and Loch Ness, England and Scotland will charm your family with their legendary histories, captivating mysteries, and dramatic landscapes. Whether eager to witness authentic castles or uncover the quiet ambiance of classic gardens, England and Scotland bring the past to life through a modern culture that pays homage to its heritage.

“Plan as early as you can to suit every member of your family,” says Anne-Marie, a UK travel specialist. With so much to offer, a destination specialist can take much of a lot of the stress, pressure, and planning off your hands. With skip-the-line tickets and private tours, maximize your time together with smart planning and every detail covered.

Kid-Friendly Things to Do: City Walking Tours | Afternoon Tea | Jacobite Steam Train | Harry Potter | Historic Palaces & Castles | Sheepdog Experiences | Falconry | Stonehenge

Learn more: England Tours & Vacations | Scotland Tours & Vacations

11. Spain & Portugal

Pena Palace in Sintra, Portugal

Pena Palace in Sintra, Portugal

Both Spain and Portugal immerse your family in history accentuated by cobblestone villages, dramatic castles, and historical vineyards. The present fills your days with idyllic golden beaches, gorgeous hills, and contemporary culture woven into the tapestry of heritage cities. From ancient Romans to passionate dance steps, epic artistry to mouthwatering cuisine, Spain and Portugal offer your family endless surprises swept away in the welcoming atmosphere.

Spain and Portugal are peaceful and safe destinations. They feel welcoming and warm, receiving visitors with open arms. "Each region has its charms and secrets to explore and enjoy," says Filomena, a Portugal travel specialist. From flamenco to cooking classes, hiking to exploring art, there are fantastic options for children of any age.

Kid-Friendly Things to Do: Kayaking | Flamenco masterclass | Truffle hunting | Horseback riding | Sheep farm visit | Hiking | Visit to artisan workshops | Museum Scavenger Hunts | Gaudi mosaic workshop

Learn more: Spain Tours & Vacations | Spain Travel Guide | Portugal Tours and Vacations | Portugal Travel Guide

Take your next trip together

Mother and daughter in Piazza San Marco, Venice

Mother and daughter in Piazza San Marco, Venice

Traveling as a family is a great way to bring everyone together, whether traveling with kids or on a multi-generational trip. Find more inspiration in our Family Travel Guide and tailor any trip to your family’s needs and goals. Ready to get your plans in motion? Connect with a family travel specialist by filling out a Trip Request or by calling 1-888-265-9707.

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