Best Family Vacation Destinations for Kids, Teens and Older Kids

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Family vacations are often cherished memories, and one of the main reasons for planning trips with your loved ones is that they’re a great way to strengthen your bond. However, these trips don’t always play out exactly as envisioned and even the most well-thought-out plans can go awry at times.

The key to family travel success is to choose the right location that offers something for everyone. Whether you’re traveling with toddlers, teens or tweens, there are plenty of family vacation ideas that have the potential to delight your whole crew and create those precious shared moments.

Here are some of our favorite places to visit with your whole crew — from beachy bliss to thrilling adventure.

The Outer Banks

This barrier island chain off the coast of North Carolina is a calming escape that’s perfect for families with babies, toddlers or older kids. All the members of your group can hunker down in affordable multibedroom vacation homes, and you’ll have access to a tranquil beach, miles of nature trails and state parks like Jockey’s Ridge State Park that offer chances to scale the Atlantic Coast’s tallest living sand dunes.


The Caribbean’s coveted “safest beach” designation, along with reliably calm waters and endless activities for all ages, makes this island the ideal destination for families. Little ones can enjoy the soft sands at Baby Beach, while teens and adults can explore a vibrant underwater world with unlimited snorkeling and kayaking or take to the skies on a kiteboard.


The most underrated tropical getaway, this Indonesian paradise is a dream for thrill-seekers and nature lovers alike. Its diverse landscape boasts everything from below-sea-level salt flats to soaring mountains and an incredibly rich indigenous culture that can be explored through traditional dress, food and events.

South Dakota

This off-the-beaten-track destination is a must for families that want to skip the crowds and see iconic landmarks such as Badlands National Park, Mount Rushmore and Wind Cave National Monument. But that’s just the start — there’s also endless wilderness, stunning beaches and a booming culinary scene that’s worth exploring.