Once going on a family holiday meant almost exclusively spending a few days in a beach resort, where the main highlight of the day referred to building sand castles and eating ice cream. Nowadays, even the little travelers' tastes have become sophisticated. They want to have fun in amazing roller coasters, to enter magical worlds, and to come back home with their small suitcases full of memories.
Those who have been traveling with kids know already that planning a family holiday is an entirely different matter than planning a romantic, adventures or cultural getaway. Family vacations must be filled with dun experiences, and the most appreciated ones include names like Mickey Mouse, Harry Potter, Santa Claus. Here are 5 ideas of holiday destinations that you can choose from if you want to turn your family vacation into a total blast.
Cinderella Castle at Magic Kingdom - Flickr/Andre Havro
Orlando, Florida, US
With world class attractions like Walt Disney World Resort, Island of Adventures, Sea World and Legoland, Orlando is certainly the best choice when it comes to a family vacation. Both the little one and the adults will have fun touring Cinderella Castle and greeting the Disney characters in their Magic Kingdom, seeing dinosaurs replicas, sailing boats on the artificial rapids of an African safari, discovering the wonderful world of Harry Potter, meeting their favorite cartoons and movies characters like Nemo and the Pirates of the Caribbean, watching a basketball game at Orlando Magic, playing mini golf, riding hot air balloons or riding a kart.
Rovaniemi, Lapland, Finland
The capital of Lapland, Rovaniemi is also known as the hometown of Santa Claus. Located in the Arctic Circle, Rovaniemi is the place where you can feel the Christmas atmosphere all year round. Here you can visit Santa Claus Village - a fantasy world dotted with restaurants, souvenir shops and where you can also find the Santa Claus' Post Office. Your children will certainly want to write and send their friends from home a few postcards signed and sealed by Santa Claus himself. The list of must-do things here include a stroll in Santa Park, where kids can get close to the Santa's little helpers (the elves), decorate gingerbread cookies and attend interesting shows.
Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico
A paradise destination for all ages, Cancun has some of the best beaches in the world. You can leave your kids in the hands of skillful instructors that will help them learn a variety of water sports such as snorkeling, kayaking and diving. Here, children can have fun in theme parks, swimming with dolphins and boating. Your family vacation plan must include places like swimming with dolphins on Isla Mujeres, and watching sharks and exotic fish at Cancun Interactive Aquarium.
Visiting the Great Wall of China can be a fun activity for all the members of the family. However, you should know that there is more than that in Beijing, as the Chinese capital city has over 100 attractions for the little ones, including museums created especially for them, theme parks, and zoos. An educative, yet very entertaining visit refers to Beijing World Park - a miniature representation of the world, filled with replicas of all sorts of tourist attractions like the Eiffel Tower, the Egyptian pyramids and the White House. Other recommended activities are a journey through tropical forests and a submarine ride at Beijing Aquarium, located inside Beijing Zoo, and a visit to Shijingshan Amusement Park. Don't miss Sony Explora Science - a museum that uses games and other entertaining methods to explain to the young explorers the principles of science and technology.