I have 2 boys, 4 and 7, and am thinking about a big trip with them this summer. We are from NY. Where would you go or where have you been? We are very active and my kids have good stamina. I speak Spanish fluently. (Australia and NZ are too far unfortunately). any idea? TIA
apricot / 399 posts
We had a great time with our (then) 2 and 5 year old in Copenhagen a few years ago. Really fun to just bike around the city, and exploring different parks and playgrounds. We also did some day trips to museums etc. And Tivoli Gardens is great.
pomegranate / 3230 posts
We took our then-2.5yo to Iceland. It was a great trip and very child-friendly. The only thing is that there are some treacherous hikes (think walking along the top of a waterfall) so you either need to choose carefully or really trust your kids. Due to our son's age, we just kept him in the frame backpack for most of it.
The culture is very child-friendly, nearly everyone speaks English, it's a 5hr flight from NY, most of the activities are outdoors, and many of the smaller towns have indoor pools open to the public if you need some downtime.
It is not a cheap place to visit though! Food is very pricey.
nectarine / 2433 posts
@ElbieKay: Iceland and Costa Rica are at the top of our list! My husband and I were thinking we want to do an adventure trip to Iceland, either when the kids are older or just us 2 so we can really go hard with the hiking etc.
@hitchhiker: I want to go to Copenhagen soooo bad!
nectarine / 2771 posts
We took our two girls (6 and 9) to Paris and Greece this summer for a little over 2 weeks. It was the best trip and while they are slightly older than yours, I truly felt it was the perfect age to travel. No meltdowns, adaptable, understood the need for flexibility, and best of all, excited-they helped me plan the entire itinerary! We will be heading to Costa Rica this summer!
persimmon / 1409 posts
We had an amazing time in Costa Rica pre-kids, and I could see the Quepos/Manuel Antonio area in particular being very kid friendly. The wildlife is everywhere, the beach is beautiful, and there are lots of great places to stay/things to do. Fully recommend, especially if your kids like animals. Near Manuel Antonio we saw sloths, monkeys and lots of other animals daily.
nectarine / 2458 posts
We did France and Scotland last summer when my kids were 2, 5 and 7 and had a great time in both places. Scotland was especially nice because the scenery was amazing and we lots of fun doing hikes and exploring the lakes.
We’ve done Portugal, Spain and Italy with kids as well and I’d really recommend Portugal and Italy especially. There are some amazing beaches in Portugal and it can be very inexpensive (compared to other locations) Both Italy and Portugal were also very family friendly. It’s great to visit places where kids are welcome.
pomelo / 5563 posts
What kind of stuff are your kids into? I think that would help narrow it down - if they love animals somewhere like Costa Rica would be great, if they're into knights and dragons and stuff a castle tour of Scotland, if they're into soccer you could do my son's dream trip, England and see a premiership match.
We haven't really taken our kids anywhere cool but based on the places I've been to I'd love to take them back to the Czech Republic or Morocco (although I think for Morocco I'd wait until they're a bit older).
persimmon / 1483 posts
I think Costa Rica would be super fun with kids. I went with my family, but I was in college. Have you considered Belize? And what about the Azores, off Portugal? It looks so beautiful and would be fun for an active family.
apricot / 259 posts
African Safari! It’ll be more fun before they kit the teenage years.
London. We went before kids and kept thinking what a great place it would be to take kids someday. Tower of London, London eye, double decker buses, British Museum, London bridge, Buckingham Palace, globe theatre,
persimmon / 1379 posts
We have done a few trips with our kids--but my favourite was Peru. We did the Machu Picchu thing, starting with a couple of days in the Sacred Valley with a driver to take us to the sites, which we were often the only people visiting. We took the train to Aguas Calientes, which was beautiful and made getting to the actual ruins really easy. Then we went to the jungle, and visited a lodge that was about 3 hours down river from the nearest town. The lodge had assigned a guide to us who took us to see all kinds of animals, to fish, we visited a small farm and got to try the most amazing foods, and just had the best ever time. It was magical. From there we went to Lima and spent time in the city before flying home. Amazing memories. Our kids were 5 and 7 when we went and it was wonderful. It was helpful that I also speak Spanish.
We have also been to Costa Rica--which was an amazing trip. We were with family, but spent a week there ahead of them and took surfing lessons. It was also a lot of fun and we all want to go back one day!