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10 Unique Places to Visit as a Family with Your Kids

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Father and son walking through traditional balinese gate Candi Bentar in Bali, Indonesia

Candi Bentar in Bali, Indonesia

Many families venture to popular European destinations for their vacations, but these 10 unique places are more accessible and enjoyable for families than many think. Each offers the chance to create richer bonds in enriching environments away from the typical crowds.

Indulge in a blanket of starlight while sitting on Moroccan sand dunes, learn the art of Indonesian cuisine during a private cooking class, or explore the illustrious Taj Mahal gardens, with each experience sure to bring a smile to the whole family. From wandering through Croatia’s picturesque lanes to embarking on an exotic frog tour in Colombia, these destinations are ripe for memorable moments everyone will enjoy.

With plenty of fun, engaging, and fascinating experiences for children, teenagers, and adults, these vacation ideas offer rich connections to heritage, adventure, relaxation, culture, cuisine, and more for every kind of traveler, creating family-friendly hidden gems ready to be uncovered.

  1. 1. Morocco
  2. 2. Bali, Indonesia
  3. 3. Croatia
  4. 4. Colombia
  5. 5. Cambodia
  6. 6. India
  7. 7. Turkey
  8. 8. Fiji
  9. 9. South Africa
  10. 10. Argentina
  11. Explore the Most Unique Places to Visit as a Family

1. Morocco

Family at Ait Ben Haddou in in Ouarzazate province, Morroco

Ait Ben Haddou in Ouarzazate province, Morroco

A perfect Morocco family vacation can have you greeted with a feast for all your senses. Meander through the colorful and bustling medinas, perhaps spotting the storytellers in Djemaa El Fna Square.

As colored tiles and mosaics adorn mosque exteriors and grand gates, explore spice markets and leather tanneries. For an experience the family will remember for years, wander across warm sand dunes, or perhaps along the Atlantic Ocean in the seaside town of Essaouira.

In the evening, delight in local cuisine when trying kefta kebabs and vegetable tagines. You may even spot monkeys like macaques in the distant Atlas Mountains. Our best places to visit in Morocco with family can give you more information on where you can go for the right mixture of experiences and monuments as you explore on unique family vacations.

Highlights: Chefchaouen • Marrakech • Fez • Volubilis • Erg Chebbi • Djemaa El Fna Square • Cooking class • Hike in the Atlas Mountains

Best times to visit: April • May • September • October

Recommended minimum age of traveler: 6-10 years old and up

Learn more: Morocco Tours & Vacations • Morocco Travel Guide

2. Bali, Indonesia

Mother and son observing a monkey at Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary in Bali, Indonesia

Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary in Bali, Indonesia

Bali is one of the best family vacation spots, offering a wonderful mix of natural beauty, wildlife, and cultural adventures. Kids will be able to spot dolphins leaping from the water or watch swarms of cheeky macaques jumping around Ubud’s Monkey Forests.

Dive into local culture with private cooking classes and learn about each spice as you craft fresh sate ayam (chicken satay) and mie goreng (noodles).

Rich with natural beauty and countless beaches that are great for water activities, whether walking through Ubud’s bustling city center or venturing through sprawling temples, you can find a perfect canvas for your family vacation in Bali.

Highlights: Uluwatu Temple • Firedance • Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary • Butterfly Park • Bali Equestrian Center • Tirta Gangga

Recommended minimum age of traveler: 6-11 years old and up

Best times to visit: April • May • June • September • October

Learn more: Bali Vacations & ToursBali Travel Guide

3. Croatia

Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia

Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia

Croatia family vacations are full of fascinating history, charming towns, and aquatic adventures on the Adriatic. Whether kayaking around Dubrovnik’s Old City or swimming in turquoise waters while island hopping through quaint villages, Croatia is rich with experiences.

With very walkable cities, kids will love exploring the cobblestone corridors in Split and Dubrovnik, passing bubble-blowers and musicians. Whether licking a cold gelato or snorkeling in the Adriatic, Croatia is a paradise for families with children of all ages.

Whether looking for things to do in Croatia in winter, eager to visit sidewalk cafes in the bustling streets of Zagreb, interested in sampling local cuisine in Vis, or ready to shop in downtown Split, Croatia has a seemingly endless variety of cities and islands to investigate.

Highlights: Plitvice Lakes National Park • Krka National Park • Diocletian’s Palace • Biserujka Cave • Truffle hunting • Kayaking

Recommended minimum age of traveler: 0-5 years old and up

Best times to visit: May • June • September • October

Learn more: Croatia Vacations & ToursCroatia Travel Guide

4. Colombia

Hacienda Bambusa in Quindío Colombia.  Photo courtesy of Hacienda Bambusa

Hacienda Bambusa in Quindío Colombia. Photo courtesy of Hacienda Bambusa

Adventures in Colombia are thrilling. From the Caribbean shores to the Andean mountains, the country is a nature lover’s playground, rich with cultural flair.

Delight in a chocolate extravaganza, learning the history and processes of its production, before making your own specialty creation with a chef’s guidance, or experience Colombian culture with a private salsa lesson.

From its music to colorful streets, unforgettable flavors to natural beauty, Colombia offers a variety of fun activities for the whole family. Embrace the possibilities with inspiration from our Experience the Real Encanto in Colombia tour, perfect for families interested in exploring the country.

Highlights: Chocolate tasting • Medellin • Wildlife safari • Snorkeling • Colonial architecture • Artist galleries • Cooking class • Cartagena • Hiking

Recommended minimum age of traveler: 6-10 years old and up

Best times to visit: January • February • March • August • September • December

Learn more: Colombia Vacations & ToursColombia Travel Guide

5. Cambodia

Family at Angkor Ta Som Temple

Family at Angkor Ta Som Temple

Immerse yourself in the wonders of wilderness and culture in Cambodia as you uncover surprising family vacation ideas surrounded by ancient temples emerging from the jungle or while floating down the quiet waters of the Mekong River to view endangered Irrawaddy dolphins.

From Siem Reap to Kep, there are countless towns to explore, each with its own captivating history and fantastic setting. Watch for the prints of the Indochinese tiger inside Botum Sakor National Park or listen for the Rhesus monkeys in Sihanoukville Province.

For more fun, indulge in the ecotourism of the eastern Mondulkiri province or learn how to tell new stories shared with traditional art. Heritage museums, treasured culture, and a vibrant mixture of Khmer and French architecture add to Cambodia’s allure, along with the country being home to the fabled temples of the Angkor Wat complex.

Highlights: Angkor Wat Temples • Jungle zipline • Floating villages of Tonle Sap Lake • Kulen National Park • Phare Cambodian Circus • Irrawaddy dolphin viewing

Recommended minimum age of traveler: 11-14 years old and up

Best times to visit: January • February • March • April • November • December

Learn more: Cambodia ToursCambodia Travel Guide

6. India

Taj Majal in Agra, India

Taj Majal in Agra, India

From the bustling capital of Delhi to the beautiful city of Udaipur and the majestic Taj Mahal, India is rich with heritage, offering one of the world’s most exciting family travel destinations for children and teenagers to explore.

A tiger safari in Bandhavgarh National Park or colorful artisan shops will capture your imagination and demonstrate a world of wonder to young children and teenagers. Whether visiting grand forts and palaces or exploring ancient caves, India offers a variety of sites to discover. The country’s unique blend of long coastlines and hidden canals also provides beautiful beaches and relaxing retreats.

Immerse yourself in the colors, spirit, and culture of India when uncovering the country’s diverse offerings.

Highlights: Taj Mahal • Ranthambore National Park • Amber Palace • Jal Mahal Palace • Hampi ruins • Golden Fortress • Pink Palace • Kerala canal boat ride

Recommended minimum age of traveler: 11-14 years old and up

Best times to visit: January • February • March • November • December

Learn more: India Tours & VacationsIndia Travel Guide

7. Turkey

Teenage travelers hiking in Cappadocia, Turkey

Cappadocia, Turkey

Throughout Turkey, there are countless experiences that will excite the whole family, resulting in unique places to visit. Parents and kids will marvel when floating thousands of feet in the air in hot-air balloons in Cappadocia.

Surrounded by four seas, Turkey offers towns like Antalya and Bodrum, which provide fun coastal adventures and days full of sailing, boating, and swimming under the warm sun.

Whether participating in a Turkish cooking class in Istanbul or uncovering wonders of the ancient world in Ephesus, Turkey sparks curiosity and brings history to life through tangible heritage. When traveling with family, engaging children of all ages can be a challenge, but Turkey has places that can inspire, captivate, and intrigue every teenager. To learn more, see our top places in Turkey for families with teens.

Highlights: Konya • Whirling dervishes • Kayaking • Sailing • Istanbul • Cappadocia • Bosphorus cruise • Cooking class • Basilica Cistern • Lycian Way Trail

Recommended minimum age of traveler: 6-10 years old and up

Best times to visit: April • May • June • September • October • November

Learn more: Turkey Tours & VacationsTurkey Travel Guide

8. Fiji

Father and son stand-up paddle boarding, Fiji

Fiji Islands

From dolphins to jungles, Fiji is a paradise for families to explore. Beneath palmed canopies, relax in luxury while the kids ride natural slides into turquoise waters. Venture to Kula Eco Park to spot birds, turtles, and Monuriki crested iguanas amid Fiji’s wondrous flora and fauna.

Fiji is rich with pristine beaches for swimming, snorkeling, kayaking, and countless other water activities. The whole family is sure to enjoy its wildlife and natural opulence.

Highlights: Ziplining • Fire dancing show • Waterfall hikes • Village visits • Snorkeling • Scuba diving • Marine-life lessons • Surfing • Island hopping

Recommended minimum age of traveler: 0-5 years old and up

Best times to visit: May • June • July • August • September • October

Learn more: Fiji Vacation PackagesFiji Travel Guide

9. South Africa

Penguin colony at at Boulder's beach in Cape Town, South Africa

Penguin colony at at Boulder's beach in Cape Town, South Africa

South Africa is a destination as exciting or relaxing as your family wishes to make it.

Embrace the luxuries of a safari experience as you sit with your children viewing the wonders of wildlife during a guided game drive, watching elephants march or giraffes graze. Indulge in the grandeur of breaching whales splashing back down into the sea or enjoy the sizzling sunlight washing over white-sand beaches along the Garden Route.

Your family-friendly safari in South Africa can give you stargazing, penguin spotting, diving to view great white sharks, or climbing for a superb vista atop Table Mountain, bringing to life the marvels of the country.

Highlights: Game drives • White-sand beaches • Boulders Beach Penguins • Whale watching • Table Mountain • Farm visits • See the Big Five

Recommended minimum age of traveler: 11-14 years old and up

Best times to visit: July • August • September

Learn more: South Africa Safaris & VacationsSouth Africa Travel Guide

10. Argentina

Family walking over Perito Moreno glacier in Argentina

Family walking over Perito Moreno glacier in Argentina

Argentina is a surprising family getaway filled with discovery and adventure shaped by timeless natural beauty.

Whether exploring the best places to visit in Argentina with family or interested in the top things to do with your family in Argentina, you will have endless opportunities to create new memories, taking you from Iguazu Falls in the thick northern jungle to the tumbling icy surface of Perito Moreno Glacier in the heart of southern Patagonia.

Ride horses as you listen to stories of the legendary gauchos, search for marvelous wildlife in tropical marshland that’s home to otters, maned wolves, and capybaras, or venture into the rugged mountain slopes for guided hikes offering new perspectives on nature’s dramatic views. Argentina is the perfect active getaway to inspire the entire family.

Highlights: Iguazu Falls • Estancias • Horseback riding • Glacier walks • Hiking • Cycling • Cooking class • Chocolate making • Ice cream making • Wildlife spotting

Recommended minimum age of traveler: 6-10 years old and up

Best times to visit: April • May • June • July • October • November • December • January

Learn more: Argentina Tours & VacationsArgentina Travel Guide

Explore the Most Unique Places to Visit as a Family

Mother and son in Dubrovnik, Croatia

Dubrovnik, Croatia

These destinations offer unique family vacation ideas that will excite young children, teenagers, and their parents. Whether participating in salsa lessons or kayaking in Mediterranean waters, countless memorable moments await.

Visit our family vacations and tours page to learn more about sample itineraries for your next family getaway. Our family vacation travel guide provides insights for traveling with children of any age, while our family vacation ideas page has more inspiration for where you can travel for your perfect trip.

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