It’s hard to believe it's almost 2015. Time to start planning what you will do with your kids in the next 365 days. Maybe your New Years Resolution is, finally, more travel. More adventure! Here are seven family-friendly destinations that you should keep on your radar for 2015.
Like nature? Want to show your kids the Northern Lights? You
need to go to Iceland. October through March is the best time to hunt for the
Aurora Borealis, while the summer months are great for hiking, horseback riding
and exploring by car. You will still find chilly weather in the summer months,
but not a lot of snow, which could derail road trip plans around the island.
Add a stop at the Blue Lagoon to soak those weary muscles, and you have yourself
a winning vacation.
Costa Rica gets all of the publicity when it comes to
Central American countries. But Panama should never be ignored. The city has
its own rich history and a friendly population ready
to let you practice your Spanish. Enjoy the food, beaches and jungles
of this country — and, of course, that famous canal your kids have read about in books, but can
now see in person.
Kauai’s north shore is the perfect beach getaway for families seeking the quiet island life. The town of Hanalai has enough good food and coffee to keep Mom and Gad going, while the kids play in the sand and surf at the beaches around town. Hanalai Bay
is a 15-minute drive from the Napoli Coast trailhead, if you are looking
for a challenging family hike. Tunnels Beach is the best spot for
snorkelers of any age to catch a glimpse of the type of fish many have only seen in an
aquarium. During winter months the surf can pick up, but it is still a
beautiful part of the island to call home for a week or two.
The Pacific Northwest gets a lot of flack for being beaten
down by rain day after day. One thing many people don’t know is that rain comes
via storms in the Pacific, and Cannon Beach, Oregon, is the perfect spot to
storm watch in the winter months. Come summer this town is a a warm-weather
playground for locals and residents of Oregon, Washington and British Columbia.
You can’t swim in the water without a wetsuit, no matter what time of year you visit. But you can dig holes, build sandcastles and hike through any of the state
parks in the area. The town is adorable with lots of kitschy shops and places
to pop in for a bite. It’s the perfect weekend or weeklong getaway for families
looking to unwind.
Pack your skis and head to one of Denver’s premiere winter
playgrounds. This resort town has a great daycare for little ones, a fantastic
kid ski program that your kids will be jumping out of bed in the morning to
attend, and plenty of runs to challenge Mom and Dad. Keystone’s Kidtopia
programming offers loads of activities on and off the slopes, including ice-skating, sundae-making, pottery-painting and a parade with the mountain mascot,
Gorgeous weather, magnificent views and endless hiking
possibilities await your family in California's Yosemite National Park. Babies through grandparents enjoy multiple aspects of the park,
including bike rides in the valley, a sunset picnic at Glacier Point and
countless family portrait backdrops. Make sure you stop in the visitors’ center
to learn more about the history of the park and the massive granite rocks you
will see littered throughout the place. There is a reason legendary
photographer Ansel Adams loved to photograph this park. It’s your turn to find
If you are dying to get to Europe, but don’t want to deal
with language barriers while traveling with you kids, London is the place to go. With so many free
museums and sights to explore, it’s a no brainer. Lodging can be pricey, but
getting around the city via the Underground is fast and efficient, so there is
no need for a rental car. Walk through Hyde Park, Covent Garden and Portobello
Road Market for a bit of local color. Free museum entrance means that if anyone
isn’t into seeing another Rembrant or Degas, you can duck out without feeling
like you lost money on the experience. The Natural History Museum,
Transportation Musuem and Science Musems are a must on any family’s list. A stop at the massive toy store, Hamleys, may make your kids pass out with glee.