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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 destinations like France or Italy for their vacations, but these eight unique places to visit offer amazing experiences for families traveling with kids.

Riding camels on warm Moroccan sand dunes, learning the art of Indonesian cuisine during a private cooking class, or exploring the Danish Tivoli gardens will bring smiles to the whole family. From wandering through Croatia’s picturesque lanes to embarking on a Costa Rican frog tour, these destinations are ripe for memorable moments everyone will enjoy.

With plenty of fun, engaging, and fascinating experiences for the whole family, these eight vacations are hidden gems just waiting to be uncovered.

  1. 1. Bali
  2. 2. Cambodia
  3. 3. Morocco
  4. 4. India
  5. 5. Croatia
  6. 6. Turkey
  7. 7. Fiji
  8. 8. Colombia
  9. Uncover the Right Family Getaway for You

1. Bali

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

Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary in Bali, Indonesia

Bali in Indonesia offers 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, Bali is a perfect canvas for family explorations.

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

Learn more: Family Vacations in BaliBali Vacations & ToursBali Travel Guide

2. Cambodia

Family at Angkor Ta Som Temple

Family at Angkor Ta Som Temple

Immerse yourself in the wonders of wilderness and culture as you find yourself surrounded by ancient temples emerging from the jungle or floating down the quiet waters of the Mekong River to view the endangered Irrawaddy dolphins. The marvels of the circus can excite the whole family with incredible acrobatics blending modern entertainment with traditional movement. From Siem Reap to Kep, there are countless towns to explore, each with its own captivating history and fantastical 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

Learn more: Cambodia ToursCambodia Travel Guide

3. Morocco

Family at Ait Ben Haddou in in Ouarzazate province, Morroco

Ait Ben Haddou in Ouarzazate province, Morroco

Venture to Morocco and prepare to be greeted with a feast for all 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, ride camels on warm sand dunes, 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 9 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.

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

Learn more: Morocco Tours & VacationsMorocco Travel Guide

4. 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 for all ages to explore.

A tiger safari in Bandhavgarh National Park or colorful artisan shops will capture your imagination and demonstrate a world of wonder for 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 provide 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 • Camel ride • Kerala canal boat ride

Learn more: India Tours & VacationsIndia Travel Guide

5. Croatia

Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia

Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia

Croatia offers a family vacation 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 visiting sidewalk cafes in the bustling streets of Zagreb, sampling local cuisine in Vis, or shopping 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

Learn more: Croatia Vacations & ToursCroatia Travel Guide

6. Turkey

Teenage travelers hiking in Cappadocia, Turkey

Cappadocia, Turkey

Throughout Turkey, there are countless experiences that will excite the whole family. 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 kind of teenager. To learn more, see our Top 7 Places in Turkey for Families with Teens.

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

Learn more: Turkey Tours & VacationsTurkey Travel Guide

7. 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 Monoriki 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

Learn more: Fiji Vacation PackagesFiji Travel Guide

8. 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 chocolate with a chef’s guidance, or experience Colombian culture with a private salsa lesson.

From its music to colorful streets, and 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

Learn more: Colombia Vacations & ToursColombia Travel Guide

Uncover the Right Family Getaway for You

Mother and son in Dubrovnik, Croatia

Dubrovnik, Croatia

These eight destinations offer unique getaways that will excite all family members. Whether participating in salsa lessons or kayaking in Mediterranean waters, countless memorable moments await.

Visit our Family Vacations & 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 ages, while our Family Vacation Ideas page has more inspiration for where you can travel for your perfect trip.

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