Top Travel Bloggers share their Best Cities to Travel to with Kids

A few weeks back I shared a post featuring 25 Travel Bloggers sharing their Best Places to Go with Kids. It was so well received and shared across social media that I thought I’d round up another batch of bloggers to share their Best Cities To Travel To With Kids

 

Read on below for a list of all the best cities in the world for family holidays… and find a whole host of amazing new family travel bloggers to follow on their adventures with kids across the globe!

 

Best Cities to travel to with Kids

 

Africa

 

Cape Town, South Africa

Nominated by: Kathryn Rossiter from Becoming you

Home Town: Cape Town

Perched on the South-western most peninsula of Africa is the most beautiful city in the world (not just take my biased view… everyone thinks so!)

My home town is a veritable heaven for those travelling with kids of all ages as there is something that will appeal to everyone!

Visit the top of Table Mountain in a revolving cable car to take in the view, stroll through the Company Gardens and hand feed the squirrels, visit the V&A Waterfront and take a catamaran cruise out into Table Bay or a ride on the Cape Wheel for views across the City.

Take a helicopter flip over the city, head out to the family-friend Constantia Winelands, visit the National Botanical Gardens at Kirstenbosch, pop in at the Cape Town Science Centre for an educational indoor outing. Walk (or ride) along the Sea Point Promenade as the sun sets over the Atlantic Ocean.

And don’t forget a visit to the beach! One of the most popular beaches in Cape Town is Boulders Beach in Simon’s Town where  you can swim with the penguins (or just view them from the viewing deck!) Other great beaches in Cape Town are St James and Dalebrook for their safe sea water pools, Muizenberg for the beginner surfers in your party and Clifton on windy days (there’s like to be a few of those!)

With all of the amazing activities on offer, one visit to Cape Town won’t be enough!

Check out this amazing list of things to do with kids in Cape Town for more inspiration

 

Marrakech, Morocco

Nominated by: Amanda Mouttaki from MarocMama

Home Town: Marrakech Morocco

A lot of people ask us if they should leave their kids at home when they’re planning a trip to Morocco. I always say “no way!” Kids are really well loved here and your experience will be infinitely better if you bring the kids along. People open up to families in a way that takes a lot more time and effort if you’re traveling alone or as a couple.

Marrakech is also a really good mix of modern and old so that you can have all the conveniences you might want; think swimming pools, a variety of foods, and easy access to healthcare options. While still experiencing a city that is centuries old.

 

Asia

 

Hong Kong

Nominated by: Marianne Rogerson from Mum on the Move

Home Town: Hong Kong

Fast-paced Hong Kong may not be the first city that springs to mind when you think of family-friendly cities around the world. But Hong Kong is a culturally fascinating city and is a great fun place to explore with kids.

What we really love about Hong Kong as a family destination is that you can mix up the obviously family-friendly attractions such as Hong Kong Disneyland and Ocean Park with more culturally interesting activities, making it a great vacation for everyone.

Take the cable car up to visit the Big Buddha, ride the peak tram or the star ferry to admire the views of the city’s stunning skyline, visit the fishing villages on one of the outlying islands or wander around the multitude of street markets. Nobody gets bored in Hong Kong!

 

Singapore

Nominated by: Sharon Gourlay from Melbourne Family

Home Town: Melbourne, Australia

Singapore is my favourite city to visit with kids because it is so easy to get around, the food is delicious and (most importantly) there is a crazy amount of stuff to do with kids. We have been with our kids many times and feel like we have just scratched the surface.

There is Sentosa Island which is absolutely packed with family friendly attractions like Universal Studios, S.E.A. Aquarium and many others. There are also light shows at night and a beach.

There is the world famous Singapore Zoo as well as its night safari, river safari and bird park. There are multiple water parks, the amazing Gardens By The Bay (our favourite), many museums and many other family focused attractions.

On top of this, Singapore is an excellent introduction to exploring other cultures with its mixture of Chinese, Malay and Indian populations. There are many worthwhile cultural sites as well as great food to try.

We have been to many cities around the world and none of them have beaten Singapore for its family friendliness.

 

Jaipur, India

Nominated by: Kyla Hunter from Where is the World

Home Town: Grande Prairie, Alberta, Canada

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At first glance Jaipur seems like an odd choice for a family friendly city, but this couldn’t be further from the truth.

The city is vibrant and colourful, and the people are incredibly friendly and love children. Even just walking down the street is fascinating. The terra-coat pink buildings provide a lovely backdrop for the beautiful saris worn by the women.

There are so many places for the kids to play and explore, from the City Palace to Jantar Mantar, and the plethora of old Forts. My kid’s favourite was Amber (Amer) Fort, where they enjoyed running around the almost-empty, maze-like hallways while we tried to keep up.

We also loved the food! Rajasthan cuisine is the least spicy in all of India, and incredibly delicious. Between the mild curries, paneer cheese and naan bread, my kids definitely didn’t starve.

 

Odaibo, Japan

Nominated by: Cerise Roth-Vinson from Enchanted Vagabond

Home Town: Kaohsiung, Taiwan (originally Eugene, Oregon USA)

Odaiba is the bay area of Tokyo where Disneyland is located, but it also has a ton of attractions to offer to families. I asked my daughter where she would choose and this came to the top of the list! This is the family-friendly alternative to staying in Tokyo.

With top attractions, bayfront promenades, and Disneyland and DisneySea Tokyo just minutes away, Odaiba, Japan is our kid’s definition of a perfect vacation city. I like Odaiba because we get more value for the money spent on accommodation than Tokyo.

Going to Tokyo is easy via the panoramic Tokyo Water Bus or a quick metro ride.
Tokyo’s Tsujiki Fish Market is in this neighborhood and is world famous for its’ early morning auctions and awesome sushi restaurants. Your kids are going to love visiting this working market with loads of live seafood, huge tuna fish, octopus, tanks of squid, and eels.

A great family-friendly hotel is the Hilton Tokyo Odaiba and there are terrific AirBnBs in the area. Nearby are Kidzania, science museums, Ooedo Onsen Monogatari, Legoland Discovery Center, shopping malls (with cute Japanese souvenir shops tweens and teens will love!) and parks for picnics. Views of the Rainbow bridge at sunset make it magical. Tokyo is fantastic, but Odaiba will thrill your whole family.

 

Bangkok, Thailand

Nominated by: Jenny Lynn from TraveLynn Family

Home Town: Kent, UK

Bangkok has to be our favourite city to explore with our boys. We love the energy, the ornate temples, the colourful markets, the polite people and the food… oh my THE FOOD!

It was a place that my husband and I visited frequently pre-kids and were pleasantly surprised at how accessible the city is for young families when we returned with our boys (who were 1 and 3 years old for their first visit). Many of the restaurants along the bustling tourist strip of Th Khao San even have high-chairs.

Our favourite things to do in Bangkok with kids are to visit Wat Arun (a quieter alternative toy the Grand Palace), take a ferry ride along the Chao Praya River, and we always try and pop to the playground at Lumpini Park. And if little legs get tired, it’s always fun to jump in a tuk-tuk to take you back to your hotel.

 

Tokyo, Japan

Nominated by: Thais Saito from World Trip Diaries

Tokyo is, by far, my kids’ favorite city in the world. When you have 4 very different kids, it’s hard to have something they all agree on, but this is one of the only things they agree on.

It’s beautiful, the food is great wherever you go, and there’s something amazing in every corner.

Anime, manga, robots, ninjas, samurai, the hustle, and bustle of the big cities; the peace and quiet of the temples and parks; incredible playgrounds. There’s even Disneyland, Ghibli Museum, Odaiba’s giant robots. It has it all.

Public transport is highly efficient and not too expensive. Food is amazing, healthy, and very affordable. It’s definitely a place to make everyone happy.

Busan, South Korea

Nominated by: Sandra Muller from Heading for the Hills

Busan is Korea’s second largest city. It has a completely different vibe to Seoul. It’s a big coastal city that’s family-friendly. Kids are welcome everywhere in Korea, including restaurants and even bars! There’s plenty for families to see and do. I recently visited Busan with my sister and 4-year-old son.

We all loved the hop-on-hop-off bus. The open top double-decker bus ride was a thrill for the 4-year-old. At times, while travelling at high speed through tunnels and across bridges, it was like a rollercoaster ride. It was such an easy way to get to and from many of the city’s attractions, like Haeundae Beach and the Haedong Yonggungsa Temple, a beautiful Buddhist temple nestled into coastal cliffs.

During our other days in Busan, we took a cable car ride on the ‘Busan Air Cruise’ from Songdo Beach to Amnam Park. It was a great way to see the city from a different angle and my 4-year-old enjoyed exploring the forest at Amnam Park.

We all also enjoyed exploring the famous Jagalchi Market, an enormous seafood market selling all kinds of usual and unusual sea critters. We spent an afternoon wandering the narrow laneways amongst the colourful houses high on the hills in the Gamcheon Culture Village and exploring its many mini exhibitions.

Busan is a wonderful city for families to visit.

 

Taipei, Taiwan

Nominated by: Nick Kembel from Spiritual Travels

Home Town: Edmonton, Canada (but kids, aged 2 and 4, were born and raised in Taipei, Taiwan).

We find Taipei to be a really exciting and suitable place for kids. The city is extremely safe, the metro goes everywhere, and the locals are welcoming beyond belief (and particularly love foreign kids)!

Taipei city is replete with fun sights and activities for children. Some of our favorites include the taking glass-bottom Maokong Gondola to the tea-growing hills above the zoo, going up to the Taipei 101 observatory, riding the ferry to Fisherman’s Wharf, and taking the MRT to Beitou Hot Spring park to take a soak in a private hot spring.

After years of exploration, we’ve never run out of interesting new kid-friendly activities to try!

 

Chiang Mai, Thailand

Nominated by: Emma Walmsley from Small footprints, big adventures

Chiang Mai in Thailand is one of our favourite ever cities: after visiting we knew we could easily live there. It is a bustling place that has every kind of food imaginable, and we found the people very friendly and helpful. There is a beautiful park and playground in the centre of the city that we loved, but most of the time we all enjoyed just wandering the streets and discovering beautiful temple after temple! There is so much history and so many amazing buildings to explore.

Chiang Mai province is also home to many Asian elephants, and we had a lovely, creative time with some elephant activities there. We made paper from elephant poo at the PooPoo Paper Park! It was not smelly and it was a really fun experience. And the kids painted their own elephant statuettes the home of the Elephant Parade, a worldwide phenomenon that raises money for an elephant hospital.

 

Luang Prabang, Laos

Nominated by: Nicky from Go Live Young

Home Town: Abergavenny, South Wales

Luang Prabang is the perfect city to visit with kids in South East Asia. It has a very laid back, relaxed vibe, with plenty to see and do. We visited wats, took a boat ride on the Mekong, cycled out into the countryside to see the traditional way of life, wandered through the night market and visited the Royal Palace. One of the highlights was a visit to an elephant sanctuary just outside Luang Prabang where we got to interact with these gentle giants. Another our two day boat ride on the mighty Mekong river.

You can’t talk about Luang Prabang without mentioning the food. The french have been very influential in Laos and a constant reminder of their historic presence is the food and cafe culture. Fresh baguettes are baked every morning, pastries are common and crepes are the real thing. Amazing meals, a mix of SE Asian and French cooking, can be eaten at cheap prices. The food experiences you have in Luang Prabang will be among the most memorable in South East Asia.

 

Australasia

 

Cairns, Australia

Nominated by: Bryony Sumner from Coasting Australia

We travel around Australia full time, living in our bus and looking for the best family and pet friendly destinations and attractions around the country.

One of our favourite cities to visit so far for the whole family has been Cairns, located in Tropical North Queensland. Although it can get hot and humid over Summer, the weather is perfectly suited to take advantage of one of the many outdoor activities available. In Summer you can enjoy swimming in the refreshing water holes or watersports like rafting or tubing, while it’s still warm enough all Winter to enjoy a day at the beach or to one of the Islands on the Great Barrier Reef.

We love Green Island – just a short ferry ride from Cairns – where you can enjoy snorkelling on the reef, a picnic on the beach, a ride in a glass bottom boat and a beautiful bush walk. You can also come face to face with the world’s largest crocodile – Cassius – who lives in the Marineland Wildlife attraction on the island.

 

Wellington, New Zealand

Nominated by Jem from Little Adventures

Home Town: Palmerston North, New Zealand

New Zealand’s capital, Wellington is a vibrant, bustling, cosmopolitan city. Wellington is a family friendly city with a huge array of attractions perfect for children of all ages as well as an abundance of family friendly restaurants and cafes. There is something for everyone, from the outdoors to the city slicker and everything in between.

Take the kids to Wellington Zoo, the first carboNZero zoo in in the world or head over to Te Papa, New Zealand’s National Museum. Visit Weta Workshops for a unique tour of props and special-effects responsible for films such as The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit.

Ride the red cable car from the city centre up to the Botanic Gardens and wonder at the spectacular lights illuminating the two 100m long tunnels on your trip up the hill. While you are up there check out the Space Place, a museum and planetarium dedicated to sharing the stories of the southern skies.

 

Brisbane, Australia

Nominated by: Melissa Delaware from Thifty Family Travels

Brisbane is a great city to visit with kids, and what’s even better is most of the main attractions are completely free. Brisbane even provides free public transport to get you around!

The South Bank Parklands is one of the most kid friendly attractions in Brisbane. The kids will just love the Streets Beach which is a man-made beach. There are also lagoon style swimming pools, rock pools to cool down in and great grassed areas to sunbath and relax with a picnic and a river view backdrop.

Other great free attractions for families in the Brisbane CBD include the Queensland Museum, the State Library, Queensland Gallery of Modern Art, take the elevator to the top of the Brisbane City Hall Clock Tower or stroll through the Botanical Gardens and take a walk along the Brisbane Riverwalk.

Of course there are other family friendly attractions which require a fee to be paid including the Story Bridge Climb, the Brisbane Wheel and Brisbane River Cruises.

 

Rotorua, New Zealand

Nominated by Lindsay Nieminen from Carpe Diem OUR Way

Home Town: Vancouver, Canada

Rotorua on New Zealand’s North Island has a plethora of activities for kids of all ages, making it a great family-friendly destination. Whether you love the outdoors, animals, or extreme adventures, there is something for everyone!

A visit should include the Agrodome (where you see how important farming and sheep are to the region), Rainbow Springs (where you can see the kiwis), OGO Rotorua (if you want to experience downhill ball rolling), Hells Gate (for its amazing geothermal pools and really nice mud spa experience, and Whakarewarewa Village (a living Maori Village on top of the thermal vents in Rotorua.

There are dozens of other things to do in the city and plenty of family-friendly accommodations offering free bikes to use and  trampolines for the kids to play on!

 

Melbourne, Australia

Nominated by: Erin from Explore with Erin

Home Town: Melbourne, Australia

As big and as arty as Melbourne is, it really has a fabulous family element to it. While many families are hitting up the theme parks on the Gold Coast of Australia or the Sydney Harbour Bridge in New South Wales, Melbourne is reaching kids with its range of indoor activities. Which is a relief, because sometimes the weather can be unpredictable.

Our favourites would have to be Arvo, where kids can be part of the artwork, quite literally. Sealife, because an aquarium is also an education and fun experience. LEGOLAND Discovery Centre is the perfect opportunity for creative minds to build and create. While Bounce and UpUnlimited will have your kids working out all day in the name of fun by jumping on a trampoline or rock climbing over and over again.

It’s not only the activities Melbourne offers that makes it a city to visit. Melbourne for kids is also food. Because while the freakshake was created in Canberra, it lives in Melbourne. A freak shake is an oversized milkshake and pretty much a kids dream come true.

Sydney, Australia

Nominated by: Leah of Kid Bucket List

Home Town: Sydney

Sydney is a breathtaking city situated in the incredible Sydney Harbour. It boasts a bevy of activities to indulge in with kids, ensuring that there is never a dull moment.

Sydney is unique in its ability to satisfy everyone’s interests. For those that love history, a trip to the UNESCO listed Cockatoo Island or Parramatta Park should be on the cards; for those that love action, you can climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge which recently dropped its age requirement down to 8 years; for a little culture, perhaps a show at the Sydney Opera House which you can also tour; or for those that love to eat….well you could go almost anywhere for a treat, it is a city that loves to eat!

And then there are the historic ferries where a trip to Manly or Taronga Zoo needs to be on the cards, a walk in the historic precinct of the Rocks, or a picnic in the Botanic Gardens or the Ian Potter Children’s Garden.

The only problem you’ll have is knowing where to start!

Europe

 

Cologne, Germany

Nominated by: Olivia Hall from Happy in the Hollow

Home Town: Ithaca, NY, USA/ Brühl, Germany

We’re a German and American bi-national family, so visiting Cologne is a partial homecoming. And what a great place to return to with kids!

Cologne is relaxed but lively, with a nice mix of history (Roman ruins, the famous cathedral of 1248) and modern amenities. Rhinelanders are said to be some of the friendliest Germans around, which I can believe, though I’m admittedly biased.

As for entertaining the kids: can I just say – chocolate museum! With a 10-foot-high chocolate fountain! The Odysseum (science and technology museum) and really nice zoo are also worth a visit.

We especially love just wandering about the old town, through the city park, and along the Rhine. You can cross the river on the cable car or hop on a scenic cruise to the popular Drachenfels castle ruins. The Phantasialand theme park in my hometown Brühl is just a short train ride away. Finally, if you don’t mind just a little craziness, time things so you can be in Cologne for carnival, the city’s “fifth season.”

 

Minsk, Belarus

Nominated by: Roman from Visit-Belarus.com

Home Town: Minsk, Belarus

Minsk is a capital of Belarus, and undeservedly one of the least visited European capitals. Here is why you should visit it with kids.

In fact, Minsk is a great place to visit with a whole family. Being a 2-million capital, it is a very quiet, clean and green city, which tourists always notice. Large parks and green areas offering numerous interesting activities for both parents and children surround Svisloch River, which crosses the whole city giving it unique charm.

In case of bad weather, there are still many attractions to visit with kids in Minsk. The WWII Museum with its military events installations with tanks and soldier mannequins will be very interesting for boys, while Minsk dolphinarium, zoo, massive circus, children’s railway, water parks and family entertainment centers will be interesting for any child or adult.

 

Edinburgh, Scotland

Nominated by: Nicola Holland from FunkyEllas Travel

Home Town: Fife, Scotland

Scotland’s capital city of Edinburgh is extremely kid-friendly, not only because it’s compact and easy to explore, but also because of the sheer amount of fun and exciting places to visit and activities to keep them busy.

In the Old Town there is, of course, the Castle where the kids can do a quiz as they explore and a little further down the Royal Mile is the Camera Obscura with tonnes of magic and games and also 360 degrees views over the city.

Children also love to investigate the winding alleys which were an inspiration for JK Rowling when writing Harry Potter and you can also take a Harry Potter tour.

There are lots of green spaces such as Princes Street Gardens which are ideal for family picnics and open top bus tours which are always popular, the City Sightseeing tour buses have a Horrible Histories narration made especially for the little ones.

The family can visit The Royal Yacht Britannia to see where the Queen stayed on her royal tours or climb Arthur’s Seat which is an ancient volcano. Dynamic Earth where the kids can “journey through space and time” is a fascinating look into earth and space or there love the outdoors there is a dry ski slope on the outskirts of the city or the largest indoor climbing centre in the world, the Edinburgh International Climbing Arena. Yeah, there is not a chance your kids will be bored in Edinburgh.

 

Geneva, Switzerland

Nominated by: Rashmi and Chalukya from GOBeyondBounds

Home Town: Mumbai, India

We lived in Geneva for more than a year starting when our kiddo was just 6 months old.

The city of Geneva is also known as the ‘City of Parks’ for more than quarter of the city is green space, parks, gardens equipped with a play area for kids. The botanical garden with thousands of species of flora also has a small section where you can watch deer, peacocks, swans, ducks, goats in an enclosure. The public transport buses and trains have space reserved for strollers. All the city attractions have clean and spacious baby changing rooms.

The Old Town of Geneva is one of the must visit place in Geneva, the car-free area has several cafes, museums, and squares. Kids can run around freely while you explore the city’s 2,000-year-old history. Alternatively, hop onto a mini train and explore the Old Town accompanied by audio commentary. Geneva has more than 30 museums, some of the museums like Historical Museum which displays life-sized models of animals and Patek Philippe museum on the evolution of watchmaking is a must visit with kids. You can also hop on a cruise boat and enjoy the scenic vistas in and around the city.

 

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Nominated by: Dawn from 5 Lost Together

Home town: Toronto, Canada

Amsterdam was unexpectedly one of our favourite cities we have visited in Europe as a family. Between the gorgeous old buildings, canals winding through the city and lovely green spaces it was a great destination to visit with kids.

The highlight for our family was renting a canal houseboat to stay on during our visit. Every day we could watch city life go by and boats on the canal all from our floating modern apartment.

Visiting Anne Frank’s House and Museum was very impactful for all of us and the NEMO Science Centre is one of the best we have ever visited. Our kids also loved doing a canal cruise and sampling Dutch pancakes and stroopwaffle cookies.

 

Paris, France

Nominated by: Rosina Dimech from Find The Map

Home Town: Adelaide, Australia

Many people think that to engage kids in a travel experience you need to take them to amusement parks and game centres. This is simply not true, Game play with your kids in a city like Paris is so much more engaging and memorable than a trip to Disney land!!!

We used game play to engage our kids in the rich history and a sometimes quirky way of life in Paris. Children can explore and connect with the city and its people. We guarantee you’ll have fun too and might learn a few things from the experience also.

 

Prague, Czech Republic

Nominated by: Jane Barnes from Wicked Walkabout

Home Town: Olinda, Australia

We just loved Prague. The girls both loved sitting in the main square and watching people and buskers. There was so much going on and the city is so beautiful that we really did not want to leave.
Their favourite activity ended up being riding Segways around the city and up to the Prague Castle. It was slightly scary as a parent, watching them negotiate pedestrians!

At all times we felt so safe in Prague and just loved soaking up the history and atmosphere. Feeding birds off Charles Bridge and eating giant pastries called trdelnik ( pronounced rather like “turtleneck”).

The icing on the cake for the kids was seeing a man walking down the street with a black panther on a leash, a real head turner though not a common sight!

Prague is definitely a city that we would recommend families to visit.

 

London, England

Nominated by: David Hutchison from Paid Surveys Fanatic

Home Town: London, UK

What makes London such a great city to visit with kids is vast the range of attractions. There’s always something to do, everything is close by and you don’t need to spend a lot to find something great to do with with kids.

The best place to start is one of London’s museums. Most museums in London are free which is great for families on a budget. My favourites include the Science Museum and National History Museum. Both have impressive exhibits, interactive displays for kids and adults as well as great food in the cafes.

Another must visit with kids is Hyde Park. This park is full of friendly squirrels as well as the Princess Diana playground with a large pirate ship for kids to play on.

If you like markets, be sure to visit the ones in Camden and Covent Garden.

Some of the best paid attractions with kids include London Zoo, Tower of London and Ripley’s Believe It Or Not.

The ease of exploration is what makes London such a great city for families. The city itself is quite compact and everything is accessible via the tube or bus.

 

Innusbruck, Austria

Nominated by Carolyn of Holidays to Europe

Innsbruck, the capital of Austria’s Tyrol region, is a fantastic city to visit with kids and one that our kids remember with fondness.

One of the most popular attractions is the Alpine Zoo, Europe’s highest zoo, where a large collection of alpine animals, including bears and ibexes, can be visited. The funicular railway ride to reach the zoo is also a hit!

Older kids can get an educational but enjoyable experience with a visit to the Golden Roof in the Old Town or the Imperial Palace, and kids of all ages love the achievement of climbing the 133 steps of the City Tower to get great views over the city.

Being surrounded by so much natural beauty, Innsbruck offers plenty of outdoor pursuits, too. In winter, tobogganing is a popular pastime whilst summer means riding down the Mutteralm (mountain) on mountain carts.

These activities, and so many more, are why our family regards Innsbruck as one of the top cities in Europe to visit with kids.

 

Bristol, England

Nominated by: Nichola West from Globalmouse Travels

Home Town: Bath, UK

Bristol in the UK is my favourite city to visit with kids. It is absolutely jam packed with fun things to do from the amazing We the Curious, interactive science museum to the really evocative SS Great Britain which gives you an insight in to a world now past.

There’s some of the best food in the UK too from a trip around the world in the wonderful Za Za Bazaar to the best pittas anywhere at St Nicholas Market and don’t miss Cupp Bubble Tea in the centre.

Bristol is a wonderful city for wandering and there is so much to keep all the family entertained that you’ll wish you’d spent longer here just soaking up the atmosphere.

Munich, Germany

Nominated by: LeAnna Brown from Well Traveled Nebraskan

Home Town: Omaha, NE / Munich, Germany

While most people automatically think of Oktoberfest when it comes to Munich, there is so much more beyond the fest grounds for families (and even Oktoberfest can surprisingly be a good place for kids, if you go at the right times!) when visiting this Bavarian gem.

When traveling with children, sometimes you just need a “break” and the English Gardens (think Munich’s “Central Park”) is the PERFECT place to run off some energy while still getting to see German life up close like a local would. Grab a particleboard ride, watch surfers in a river or get your polka on at any of the beer gardens (still 100% kid friendly!) in this massive city park.

For older kiddos, the Deutches Museum is a children’s delight! In addition to interactive displays, there is pretty much a topic of interest for just about anybody in this gigantic museum!

Of course no trip to Munich is complete without a stop at the Marienplatz, where you can see the Glockenspiel display a mechanical puppet show every hour! Wandering around the main square will have you feel like you are in a small town, right in the middle of Munich.

Of course this only scratches the surface of what there is to do in Munich with families. But if you are traveling with little ones, don’t think that Germany (and Munich) is only about drinking copious amounts of beer! There is SO much culture for ALL ages beyond the fests!

 

Lisbon, Portugal

Nominated by: Susan Connolly from Portugal Exposure

Home Town: Limerick, Ireland

Lisbon is a fantastic destination for families looking for a city break in Europe. As a destination Lisbon is cheaper than many other European capitals, you will find good value accommodation and inexpensive food.

Portuguese culture is very family orientated and welcoming to young children in particular. Many hotels have family rooms and children are welcome in all restaurants. The main issue you will have visiting Lisbon with young children is the intensity of the sun during the summer months (June – September).

Lisbon has a wide range of activities that will entertain children of all ages. Lisbon zoo, the Oceanarium, a ride on the yellow tram and a day at one of the nearby sandy beaches are among our favourite.

 

Venice, Italy

Nominated by: Emma from World Best Hikes

Home Town: Sydney, Australia

Normally we avoid visiting cities with our two boys, but Venice is different. Italy is anyway a great place to travel as a family – the food is kid-friendly and everyone loves children.

And then Venice is no ordinary city. Canals! Gondolas! Ferry rides!

My boys loved it all, not to mention chasing pigeons and all that gelato. You’ll notice I haven’t mentioned Saint Mark’s Basilica, the Doge’s Palace or any other cultural sights… we skipped these in favour of just wandering around and soaking up the atmosphere.

We also enjoyed a trip to Burano. Less crowded than Venice even in summer, the island has lovely colorful houses and many fountains that the kids loved splashing in. As long as you don’t have your heart set on a lot of shopping or churches, I definitely recommend Venice for a family visit.

 

Berlin, Germany

Nominated by: Angela Stapleford from Reading Inspiration

Home Town: London, UK

Berlin is a great city for families with young children to visit. It has lots of relaxed child-friendly spaces. We visited when my son was 6 and particularly enjoyed hanging out in some of the many Kindercafés. These venues dotted all over the city are not just child-friendly – but really go out of their way to create a stimulating, fun and welcoming atmosphere for kids and parents.

There are lots of great outdoor spaces in Berlin too, including the peaceful woodland of the Tiergarten park.

For museum days the Labyrinth Kindermuseum has amazing immersive spaces and structures for children to learn, play and explore in. A big favourite for my son was the Computerspielemuseum (the Computer Games Museum), which goes through the history of the development of computer gaming. For kids who love animals, Berlin has two large exciting zoos and a Sea-life Centre.

 

Ljubljana, Slovenia

Nominated by: Mel from TravelingMel

Home Town: Livingston, Montana

Ljubljana is Slovenia’s capital city and a playground for families. From a medieval castle to explore, to interactive museums, to live outdoor music, to eating along the Ljubljanica River, it’s perfect for spending a few days or weeks.

We spent a month in Ljubljana and still didn’t have enough time to do and see everything we wanted to. The whole downtown-city center is a pedestrian zone of cobblestone streets. Everywhere is very walkable.

Some of the highlights included the Museum of Illusions, the House of Experiments, looking for dragons (the city’s mascot), eating Slovenia’s famous cakes, and sipping cocoa at the Cat Café. And there is always something going on—from outdoor concerts to parades to the public reading of poetry.

 

Rome, Italy

Nominated by: Katy Clarke from Untold morsels

Home Town: Melbourne, Australia

Take the kids to Rome and explore the ancient wonders of one of the greatest cities on earth.The key to having a great family trip to Rome is to stay in the centre and to divide the city into zones. One day explore the city’s fountains and grand piazzas. Wander the centro storico (old town) and marvel at the Pantheon, Spanish Steps and Trevi Fountain.

On another visit the Colosseum and the Roman Forum. St Peters and the Vatican can be saved for another day. Of course you must eat lots of gelato. Our favourite is Giolitti where they have been scooping traditional flavours for over a century.

If you really want the history to come alive for your kids we recommend booking family tours of the key sights. You can even do a 3D virtual experience at the Colosseum. There’s nothing quite like watching a gladiator storm into the arena to build excitement and a passion for Rome.

Nice, France

Nominated by: Clare Dewey from Epic Road Rides

Home Town: London, UK

For adults there’s world class cycling (check out our website for all you need on this!), a massive array of restaurants, bars and cafés, beautiful Belle Epoque architecture, art and culture.

For kids there’s the beach, the Promenade des Anglais for cycling/scooting/skateboarding (hire is easy), a beautiful traditional carousel and awesome parks and playgrounds.

Our favourite park is the Promenade de Paillon, which was created by concreting over a river. It winds its way through Nice and contains delights such as a huge whale climbing frame, treehouse and slides. But the highlight is the series of automated fountains that kids (and adults) just love to run through.

Nice is a fantastic family holiday destination; don’t miss it!

Barcelona, Spain

Nominated by: Justine Ancheta from Latitude 41

Home Town: California, USA, but currently an expat living in Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona lives up to the hype not just as an exciting Mediterranean city, but also as a family-friendly destination.

The city is easy to navigate: you can discover the historical center by foot, where children learn about medieval walls of the Gothic Quarter or build sandcastles on the beaches of La Barceloneta. And if you don’t want to walk, the public transportation system is reliable (it’s one of the best in Europe). So taking the metro to see the colorful Park Guell or the stunning Sagrada Familia basilica is easy!

A huge plus is also Barcelona’s outdoor lifestyle: kids often play in public squares while their parents dine on an outdoor terrace. It’s not surprising to see them out past 10pm either. It helps that in all over Spain, kids are welcome everywhere, so you don’t have to worry about them being too loud or noisy.

 

Milan, Italy

Nominated by: Mags Nixon from The Family Freestylers

Milan probably isn’t the first city to spring to mind for a child friendly city break. But think again. We were pleasantly surprised by how much there was to do in Milan during our 4 day visit.

Home to the world famous La Scala Opera House, did you know that twice a year this iconic venue performs operas for children for only €1 a ticket? Highly recommended but book well in advance.

The vast Science & Technology Museum, the largest in Italy, boasts heavily interactive exhibits for kids and daily workshops. The Transformers exhibit in the garden went down a treat and was the perfect spot to hang out with the robots and munch our lunch.

Check out the 135 gruesome gargoyles on the rooftops of Milan’s famous Duomo which took 6 centuries to build and was completed for Napoleon’s coronation! The rooftop tour gives magnificent views over the city and is a bit more interesting for kids, whilst the Duomo square below is the perfect spot to people watch, chase pigeons and eat gelato!

Kids travel for free on the colourful trams that rattle around the city’s streets whilst the large Parco Sempione right in the middle of the city with it’s imposing Sforza Castle is a great place to relax, seek some shade and escape the hustle and bustle.

Cardiff, Wales

Nominated by: Catherine Jordan from BattleMum

Home Town: Vila Real de Santo Antonio in Portugal

Cardiff is one of our favourite cities to visit with kids. Having lived there for over 10 years, it became a home-away-from-home.

There is so much to do and explore in the Welsh Capital as a family. From Cardiff Castle and the Principality Stadium in the very centre of the city, to the Red Dragon Centre and Techniquest in Cardiff Bay, and the unmissable St Fagan’s National Museum of History on the outskirts, Cardiff has something for everyone kids of all ages.

And with it being on the coast, there are plenty of great parks within the city and beaches nearby to visit if the weather permits. It’s a very family-friendly city with much of the city centre pedestrianised with plenty of places to stop off and refuel during your exploring.

Copenhagen, Denmark

Nominated by Erin Gustafson from Oregon Girl Around the World

Home Town: Copenhagen, Denmark

Colorful, compact and cozy, Copenhagen is a perfect place to bring your family. The Danish capital is clean, green and meant to be seen.

Do like the Danes and tour the city by bicycle. Here, there are roads for bikes. Plop your littles in a cargo bike to keep them safe as you set off to explore the Little Mermaid and more. Or swim in the clear water at one of the beautiful beaches or harbor baths. Rent an electric picnic boat where children are rewarded for their efforts to keep the harbor clean by encouraging them to scoop any rubbish on their route.

And you can’t help but be charmed by the Tivoli Gardens Amusement Park smack in the middle of the city. One of the oldest in the world, Tivoli keeps its roller coasters turning and the twinkly lights sparkling with wind energy and solar power. Come to Copenhagen. It’s fantastisk. That’s Danish for fantastic.

 

Dublin, Ireland

Nominated by: Jaime Italiane from The Daily Adventures of Me

As soon as we landed in Ireland my boys were in love!

As a travelling family from the US, Dublin is an easy flight from the east coast and they speak English, which makes it so convenient to visit. It is a small enough city to get around by using buses.

There is enough history to make mom and dad happy and enough action to make the kiddos happy. Mine especially loved starting our visit with a Viking duck tour. High on their bucket lists were to sleep in a castle and we got to sleep in one from the year 1014!

Middle East

 

Dubai, UAE

Nominated by: Arzo from Arzo Travels

Home Town: Bremen, Germany

If you have thought that Dubai is only about skyscrapers and shopping you will be pleased to find out that it is also an amazing city to visit with kids.

There are so many things to do with kids that your kids will love Dubai. What makes me say that? Okay, here are some reasons why Dubai is a top city to visit:

Beach: Dubai has some lovely beaches – and they are perfect for kids. No strong waves, not very deep and beautiful crystal clear water – does not that sound great?

Desert: If you have an infant a a wild dune bashing desert safari is not probably the best activity to do, but if you have kids 3+ a desert safari is fun. First go on a 4×4 wheel drive and then enjoy a BBQ in the desert – what a perfect place to spend a family day.

Miracle Garden: Your kids love taking selfies with a beautiful background? Then spend a day at Miracle Garden and let them take tons of pictures in the flower garden – even the very little ones will love it as there are even giant teddy bears made of flowers…

These are just a few reasons why Dubai is great to visit with kids.

Abu Dhabi

Nominated by Chris Wiersma from CTB Global

Abu Dhabi is an amazing city and the perfect (stopover) city to visit with kids. It offers all kinds of activities.

Going on a desert safari in Abu Dhabi is the number one-day tour you must do in Abu Dhabi. It includes dune bashing, Arabic dances, dinner, quad racing and much more. Kids will have fun!

Another must do activity in Abu Dhabi is kayaking through the mangroves; yes, in the desert! There are also theme parks of which Ferrari World is the most famous. The beaches and pools will keep kids busy for a day but do visit the Grand Mosque which is world famous too. Abu Dhabi is the perfect city for a family trip with kids.

 

North America

 

Toronto, Canada

Nominated by: Kate from Little Miss Kate & Co

The hardest part of visiting Toronto, Ontario is deciding which activities you will do with the kids as there is so much to choose from in this family friendly city!

You can walk or take the subway or street car (TTC) to get to many downtown Toronto attractions. Museums, aquarium, sports teams, shopping, theatre, there is something for families of all ages and interests.

If you want to venture outside of the downtown core you can get wild at the Toronto Zoo with over 460 different species of animals or head to Canada’s Wonderland, Canada’s largest amusement park, to enjoy thrill rides and roller coasters. You can travel comfortably knowing that mothers are free to nurse anywhere as assured by the Ontario Human Rights Commission and if there is an emergency you are in the city with Canada’s largest children’s hospital SickKids.

It is easy to keep the family entertained when visiting Toronto, and if you are craving some time at the beach take a short ferry ride over to the Toronto Islands.

 

Portland, Oregon, USA

Nominated by: Susie Chadwick from PhotoJeepers

Home Town: Orange County, California

One of our favourite places we’ve visited as a family is Portland, Oregon.

We love being outdoors and finding hidden adventures, and Portland was a great place to do that with our four kids. We went on several wonderful hikes within an hour’s drive of the city, including Multanomah Falls, Bagby Hot Springs, and around Mt. Hood adventure park.

Within the city, we found Washington Park a great place to explore with kids – the Japanese gardens, the zoo, the children’s park. The city is very pedestrian friendly, which made it easy to cart the youngest kids around in strollers and carriers. The kids also enjoyed local transportation on the Arial Tram and the MAX light rail.

 

Vancouver, Canada

Nominated by Erin Mcgann from Erin at Large

Home Town: Heidelberg, Germany

Vancouver is one of our favourite cities to visit with kids. It’s hard to beat ocean beaches in the morning, and climbing mountains in the afternoon, with some incredible sushi and local wine for dinner.

There’s the beautiful, thousand-acre Stanley Park right next to downtown, and the easy-to-bike paved path on the Seawall surrounding it.

Expect friendly locals, a vibrant restaurant scene, truly spectacular hiking trails and nature experiences, together with quirky shops, abundant playgrounds, and mild weather. Be prepared for the occasional rain shower, and you’ll be good to go.

Local tips: skip the expensive Capilano Suspension Bridge for the free Lynn Canyon bridge. The skyride up Grouse Mountain is worth it, even in summer – the views over the city and into the back country are something else. Head into the forest for a walk when it rains, it’s surprisingly beautiful.

 

Washington D.C, USA

Nominated by: Margie DQ from DQ Family Travel

Home Town: Washington D.C.

Washington D.C. is the best city in the USA to visit with your family. Firstly visiting all the Smithsonian Museums is free! There are 11 museums on the National Mall, 6 others around the city and the National Zoo that do not have any entrance fees. This is remarkable and something you cannot find in any other city in the United States.
In addition to being free, the museums and memorials showcase the USA’s rich history. There are thousands of artefacts, sculptures, paintings, memorabilia and interactive exhibits that are designed to educate. These museums and memorials highlight so many aspects of our country’s culture and history, that experiencing them all in one visit would be difficult. Taking your kids to see just a few of these museums, would be something memorable, entertaining and enjoyable for the entire family!

Transportation around Washington D.C. is a breeze! When you arrive at Reagon National Airport, your family can easily take the Metro into the city. There are even hotels that have a Metro stop in the lobby (how convenient is that?). Once you are in D.C., you can easily walk or take the Metro around the National Mall and visit all of the museums, memorials and even Capitol Hill and the Supreme Court.

In my opinion, Washington D.C. is the best city to visit with kids. The kids will enjoy the interactive exhibits at the museums and deepen their history knowledge, while the parents will save money and easily navigate the city.

 

New Orleans, USA

Nominated by: Corey Cook from Fifi + Hop

Home Town: Larchmont, NY

My husband and I never thought to take our kids to New Orleans (isn’t that reserved for adults-only?), but as fate would have it we wound up going down to the Big Easy on a Spring Break family vacation with other relatives. And to this day it’s been one of our most favorite trips with the kids ever.

There is surprisingly SO MUCH to do with kids in Nola. Some of the activities we did were: took a fascinating behind-the-scenes tour of Mardi Gras World; explored the French Quarter and watched all the street musicians (great for any age); rode the famous streetcars, took a riverboat ride on the Steamboat Natchez; visited the incredible World War II Museum, and ate beignets at Café du Monde.

Other popular activities include the Insectarium and the New Orleans Zoo. New Orleans has so much to offer any age, and is not just about Bourbon Street!

 

Orlando, Florida

Nominated by: Kirralee Baker from Escape With Kids

Home Town: Sydney, Australia

Orlando in Florida, U.S.A. is the theme park capital of the world. With year-round sunshine and endless fun attractions, it’s super family-friendly and my kids’ idea of heaven.

Walt Disney World is the number one attraction and is made up of four theme parks – Animal Kingdom, Magic Kingdom, Epcot and Hollywood Studios. Orlando is also home to Universal Orlando (containing The Wizarding World of Harry Potter), LEGOLAND, the Kennedy Space Center and much more. From the Disney characters for little kids, to Harry Potter-mad tweens, to thrill-ride-loving teens, there’s something for every age. We used the itinerary linked above to fit as much as we could into our 10 day stay and had an absolutely amazing time!

 

Chicago, USA

Nominated by: Patti from The Savvy Globetrotter

Home Town: Chicago

I might be biased but my hometown of Chicago is one of the best cities to visit with kids.  Children of all ages will love Navy Pier, an enormous lakefront pier which offers tons of fun family attractions and activities including boat tours and cruises, a funhouse maze, a playground with a carousel and large ferris wheel , an IMAX theatre and even a children’s museum.

Another great spot for kids is Millennium Park (where kids can splash around at the Crown Fountain) and the adjacent  Maggie Daley Park (a large public park with a climbing wall, ice-skating ribbon, mini-golf, fieldhouse, and several different play areas).

Other fun things to do with kids in Chicago include watching a baseball game at historic Wrigley Field, enjoying a view from above while standing on a glass bottom ledge at Willis Tower,  visiting Lincoln Park Zoo, the aquarium or planetarium or just spending time at one of Chicago’s many beaches.

San Francisco, USA

Nominated by: Samara Kamenecka from Tiny Fry

Home Town: Madrid, Spain

San Francisco is hands down the city to visit with kids. There’s a ridiculous amount of fun indoor and outdoor things to do that cater to a wide range of interests, from parks such as the kid-friendly hiking trails and special children’s activities at Presidio National Park to the indoor trampoline park, House of Air.

There’s no shortage of interesting museums where kids can get up-close and personal with cable cars at the Cable Car Museum, be wowed by the planetarium and indoor rainforest at the California Academy of Sciences, and get hands-on with science at the Exploratorium or in the STEM lab at the Randall Museum.

You can also take them to visit Alcatraz Island, walk over the Golden Gate Bridge, check out the sea life at the Aquarium of the Bay, or visit the chocolate factory in Ghirardelli Square.

San Antonio, Texas

Nominated by: Rebecca Francoeur from Adventures in San Antonio

Home Town: Denver, Colorado (Go Broncos!)

San Antonio is an amazing city to visit with children, full of history, the city is celebrating its 300th birthday!

Places to visit include the Missions the only UNESCO World heritage sight in the USA. The riverwalk is gorgeous and is only blocks away from Alamo!

Mi Tierra shows off our Spanish culture while nearby small towns in hill country like Boerne offer quaint things like the oldest German band outside Germany, horseback riding, river tubing, antiqueing, wine tasting, and peach picking. If theme parks are more your style, stop into Six Flags Fiesta Texas which boasts the first ever single rail roller coaster and it has a 90 degree drop!

Head over to SeaWorld to swim with the dolphins, feed the sea lions or ride any one of their amazing coasters. Cool off afterwards at Aquatica while riding through stingray falls or take the little ones to see the Sesame Street parade!

There’s truly something for everyone in this beautiful city!

 

South America

 

Santiago, Chile

Nominated by: Jade Shannon from OurOyster.com

Home Town: Sydney, Australia

When traveling with two kids under the age of five, it quickly becomes apparent that some destinations are more kid friendly than others. After traveling in the west of South America for six months we found that one city in South America is exceptionally more kid friendly than the others, and that was Santiago, Chile.

Santiago has a lot going for it, which makes it so family friendly. The first is that it is safe. We spent hours walking around different areas of Santiago and never felt uneasy. We also took the metro all over town and we felt safe and secure in every place we visited. Which leads to my second point; Santiago is really easy to get around. Santiago has a great public transportation system, and we took the train everywhere. Many stations are accessible if you are traveling with a pram, but even at the ones which were not, we always had people literally rushing to us to help us get the pram up or down the steps.

Most importantly however, Santiago has tons and tons of great family friendly activities. There are several museums dedicated to children such as the Mirador Science Museum or Kidzania, but even the more adult orientated museums, such as the Pre-Colombian Art Museum, usually have great kid friendly exhibitions or play areas.

Medellin, Colombia

Nominated by: Ricky Shetty from Daddy Blogger

Home Town: Vancouver, Canada

As a family we have visited over 120 cities and we spent 1 month in Medellin, Colombia as it is the biggest Digital Nomad Hot Spot in all of South America.

Here are some of the reasons we love Medellin so much:

1) Climate – Medellin is called “The City of Eternal Spring” as it is not too hot and too cold but instead has a year-round Spring-Time climate

2) Costs – Colombia is one of the cheapest countries in all of South America so you will be able to stay in nice hotels, eat at nice restaurants, and do lots of tours and activities at very low costs

3) Kid-friendly – Like all of Latin America, Colombia is super family-focused and kid-welcoming. Everyone treats you extra special when they see you are traveling with children

And there you have it! A round up of the most family-friendly cities in the world to travel to!

Do you agree with this list? Any cities you would add?

I hope this post has left you feeling inspired to head out and explore the cities of the world with your kids! If you enjoyed this post or want to refer to it again in the future please consider pinning it to Pinterest using the graphic above!

And be sure to let me know where you’ll be heading to next in the comments below…

 

Kathryn Rossiter

Kathryn is a South African lifestyle blogger and mom of 2 who has been blogging daily for almost 7 years! She writes about travel, health, beauty, fashion, decor and family... but not food (unless it's food she's eaten made by someone else) as she is a hopeless cook. She only wakes up early for 2 things... a red-eye flight to somewhere exotic and early morning game drives. She has just finished an extensive home renovation and would prefer to never see another box again. She's never met a chocolate or glass of bubbles that she didn't like!

17 Comments
  1. What a fantastic list! We trvel a lot as a small family and have visited quite a few of the listed cities and I have to agree with them all. But I was particularly interested in reading abut Jaipur, Luang Prabang and Santiago. My daughter is 10 and have been wondering when it would be the appropriate time to go to South America.

    1. I think you’ll find the answer to that is YES! I love this list too. So many familiar spots but some incredible unique cities too! Thanks for the comment Amy… and let me know what you choose!

  2. Would definitely add Egypt. We travelled with our 3 boys under 10. We visited Cairo, Hurghada, Luxor and Sharm el Shaik. Visiting the historic sites was such a adventure for them. And enjoy the leisure of the Red Sea. Loved it!

  3. This is a great list of places! I think kids can really learn a lot when they travel. They get to see different things, learn about new cultures and adapt to new environments. Thanks for sharing!

  4. I couldn’t agree more to this list voted by families. All of them are great cities, for instance, Bangkok is my second home so I’m very familiar with this plus Japan is a total safe for every individual. However, I’m quite surprised that Jaipur, India is included. Although I haven’t been here just heard a lot about India that some of it is not safe for women, kids, etc. Nevertheless, it’s good to know that traveling here with kids is perfectly fine! Love to see Laos, too since we haven’t been! It’s a good information there!

  5. Forget the kids, I want to visit all of these places and get stuck into everyone of those interactive science museums! I am heartbroken that i missed the chocolate museum in Cologne. I am blown away by ho much Colombia has changed, i bet it would never have made this list 20 years ago.

  6. Even though I don’t have kids yet, this is such a great list! Auckland, NZ, where I live now, would also be such a perfect choice for any family traveling to this part of the world. So much to do here, especially outdoors.

  7. I definitely agree with the New Zealand cities – Wellington is amazing! I was sad to see Portland over my hometown of Seattle (we have a bit of a rivalry), but at least people can swing through on their way to Vancouver 🙂

  8. What a great list! I was always wondering how its gonna be when I have kids. Am I still gonna be travelling as much! I really hope so! Its gonna be different kind of travelling but definitely as amazing as its right now. No matter where u travel you gonna find some fantastic places to go with kids! I would choose Singapore and Japan probably as one of the first ones.

  9. Can I add one? 🙂 I think Helsinki, Finland, definitely deserves to be on the list. It’s safe, clean, well-maintained, easily accessible, and there are plenty of interesting things to do for both kids and grown-ups.

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