Family holidays are a great way to spend quality time together, so planning the perfect holiday can leave you wondering: where are the best family holiday destinations? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered with some of our favourites. You’ll be head honcho of holidays in no time!
Family holidays abroad
There are tonnes of exotic and exciting holiday destinations out there that cater for families of all ages. Whether you’re after a short- or long-haul escape, there are loads of places, attractions, and activities to enjoy together.
Of course, Spain tops the list – it’s been a family favourite for decades! It’s got everything you could need, from sandy beaches and volcanic National Parks to All Inclusive resorts and a whole bunch of theme and water parks. And to top it off, Southern Spain and the islands are warm all year round, so you can make sandcastles and splash about in the sun without the cold weather ruining your day.
If you’re looking to get out and about, the Canary and Balearic Islands have all kinds of different terrains to explore, from mountains and volcanoes to forests and sand dunes. Or stick to the mainland where you can find pretty fishing villages, the famous Pyrenees, and the Cuevas de Nerja caves, home to incredible stalagmites and stalactites.
Both the mainland and islands of Greece are incredible family holiday destinations, and every area has its perks. Athens is perfect for Horrible History fans – there’s plenty of Greek history and mythology to take in. Corfu is known for its beaches and calm waters, and its Old Town has that stepped-back-in-time feel. Crete is another family favourite if you love to explore mountain villages and gorges. It’s also the home of the minotaur and other Greek myths.
While some of the Greek islands are known mostly as holidays for groups looking to party, there are some family-friendly activities going on too. For example, Zante is a top nightlife destination but, away from Laganas, there’s plenty of family-friendly fun. Especially if you love wildlife – it’s a nesting ground for loggerhead turtles and the wildlife park Askos Stone Park is definitely worth a visit.
Florida is famously one of the best family holiday destinations in the USA thanks to its wealth of theme parks in Orlando. Kids big and small will love meeting their favourite film and TV characters at Walt Disney World and Universal Studios. Budding astronauts won’t want to miss the Kennedy Space Centre either, where you can learn all about the past, present, and future of space exploration, as well as watch a real rocket launch.
But little explorers can get their hands dirty down south in the Everglades, a 1.5-million-acre wetlands preserve. The ‘glades are home to all kinds of wildlife including leatherback turtles, Florida panthers and West Indian manatees. And how could we forget the crocs and ‘gators? This is the only place in the world they live together in harmony. Take an airboat tour through the mangroves and marshes to see how many your little ones can spot.
Sharm el Sheikh and Hurghada in Egypt were practically made for family holidays. With All Inclusive resorts up and down the coast, house reefs on the Red Sea, and desert adventures, there’s something for all holiday types. You’ll find tonnes of family-friendly nightlife options too, from karaoke bars and belly dancing shows to seafront bars and foam parties.
If the little ones have loved learning about Ancient Egypt at school, you can head over to Cairo, which is jam-packed with history. Wander through the Egyptian Museum, where you’ll find King Tutankhamun artifacts, and a treasure trove of antiquities. But if there’s one thing not to be missed, it’s a visit to the Great Pyramids and the Sphynx – they’re even more impressive in real life!
Everyone knows that Lapland is where Santa lives, so where better to take the family on a Christmas break than here? The little ones can meet Santa and tell him what they want for Christmas (if they’ve been good, of course) and everyone gets in the Christmas spirit. How could you not in front of the crackling fire in your log cabin, surrounded by snow-dusted forest?
But it’s not just meeting Santa that makes Lapland one of the best family holiday destinations. Animal lovers can get up close and personal with the reindeer and learn more about these incredible animals, or take a thrilling husky ride. Snowsports are all the rage around these parts too. After all, there’s no shortage of snowy landscapes! Snowmobiling, skiing, and ice fishing are all on the cards, as well as the chance to see the Northern Lights.
While it’s a bit of a long flight to get to the Dominican Republic, it’s easily one of the best Caribbean islands for families. Thanks to its diverse landscape, there’s plenty of outdoor activities to get stuck into, from watersports to monster truck rides through the jungle. And, of course, you’ve got the iconic Caribbean white-sand, palm-lined beaches to sit back and relax on or paddle in the sapphire waters.
But Ocean World Adventure Park tops the family holiday scene – making friends with the fish and corals, snorkelling with sharks, and diving with dolphins are all on the cards. Up on dry land, you can also meet tropical birds, iguanas, and more. Guests young and old will love the experience, and might even learn a thing or two.
Family holidays in the UK
Sometimes, all you need is a staycation. After all, there are some impressive family holiday destinations right here in the UK too. Whether you’re after an activity-filled holiday, a sightseeing heaven, or a bit of fresh air, we can get you there.
The Lake District is one of the UK’s best family holiday destinations for those active, outdoorsy holidays. Thanks to its beauty, it’s even been crowned as a UNESCO Heritage Site. Take a stroll around the lakes and through the forests, take to the water for some paddleboarding and kayaking, or have a go at some axe throwing and 4×4 off-roading if that’s more your style.
Don’t worry, we know the British weather can be unpredictable so, luckily, there’s plenty to do indoors too. There’s the Lowther Castle & Gardens, where the Earls of Lonsdale lived in medieval times for the little historians. Or book lovers can explore The World of Beatrix Potter, where interactive exhibits bring her characters to life.
London is full to the brim with sightseeing opportunities from the London Eye to Buckingham Palace, Big Ben to The Shard. But the kids can really get stuck in at some of the free museums dotted around, especially the Natural History and Science Museums or head over to London Zoo for a peek at their favourite animals.
The grown-ups will love shopping ‘til they drop at Harrods and Selfridges, but the dream shop for the kiddos is the 7-story toy shop, Hamley’s. They won’t want to leave this magical toy emporium, so make sure everyone’s got their pocket money! The capital really has something for everyone to enjoy on a family city break.
Weymouth is a firm family favourite when it comes to beachside holidays in the UK. After all, it’s regularly crowned as one of the best beach destinations in Europe! It’s got that true seaside town feel with a colourful harbour, fantastic year-round events programme, and a huge stretch of golden sand. And you won’t have to look far to find those classic fudge and ice cream shop!
But it’s steeped in history too. Head for the Jurassic Coast, where you can find fossils from millions of years ago. Or explore the underground passages of Nothe Fort, built by the Victorians to protect Portland Harbour – the top of the fort has amazing views.