3 Kid Friendly Family Vacation Ideas

When planning a kid friendly vacation, you have to make sure wherever you go will have enough activities to keep the children from getting bored. Dealing with a bored and angry child takes the relaxing atmosphere out of any trip. Therefore, consider one of these three kid friendly destinations for your next big family vacation.

Philadelphia, PA

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Instilling an interest in history is important for your kids, and a trip to Philadelphia is the perfect place to spark their curiosity. By staying at a Philadelphia hotel, they’ll be able to see some of the most important historical sites that the United States has to offer, from the Liberty Bell to the President’s House. If they tire of seeing historical settings, you can also take them to the Philadelphia Zoo, which features over 1,300 animals and plenty of kid-friendly exhibits.

If your kids have seen the Rocky films, they’ll need to make a stop at the Philadelphia Museum of Art to climb the famous steps. They may also have an interest in the Reading Terminal Market, where vendors sell an array of foods and trinkets.

Ocean City, MD

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When you’re going on a trip with kids, there’s nothing much more satisfying for both parties than a beach vacation. Ocean City is a great mix of adult fun and children’s amenities that the whole family will enjoy. While spending the entire day lounging in the sand and riding the waves might be enough, you can also take a break by strolling along the 2.45-mile long boardwalk. Grab some french fries from Thrasher’s, indulge in salt water taffy from Candy Kitchen, or let the kids have some fun at the Jolly Roger Amusement Park.

There are plenty of places to stay all along the coast, so if you choose one of these hotels, you’ll never be far from the action. Plus, when the kids go to sleep at night, it will be easier for you to bar hop among all the trendy nightlife hotspots.

Austin, TX

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Austin is growing a reputation for being a hipster city, and the town’s unofficial motto of “Keep Austin Weird” is a sign of how much fun you might have with your family here. Kids will love visiting the Austin Aquarium, where they can see thousands of species swimming around them. The Robinson Family Farm is another great stop, where kids can see a variety of farm animals and pick their own pumpkins in the fall.

Austin is also home to famous music festivals like South by Southwest and the Austin City Limits Musical Festival, though these may be events you want to leave the kids in the hotel room for.

After nailing down a destination, the next step is booking a hotel in the city. You’ll want to find a location that is close to the sights you want to see without breaking the budget. Since it’s a family trip, you might also want to consider room size and amenities.

Once your rooms are booked, all you’ll have to do is start counting down the days until your trip arrives.

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