04/11/2013 08:22 EDT | Updated 06/11/2013 05:12 EDT

10 Family-Friendly Vacation Destinations

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It's a lot of fun to get away with the family, but before you can hop a plane and kick back you have to figure out where to go. Not every get-away is kid-friendly, so you'll want to do your research and plan ahead. You can find family-oriented activities to do just about anywhere, but there are some destinations that are particularly well set up for families with young kids. Here are some ideas.

Orlando, Florida

This is one of the most obvious choices with its Disney offerings, but Orlando has more to offer to vacationing families including tons of other attractions and lots of family-sized condos and houses to rent (check out VBRO for options). For on-site Disney resorts there are accommodations for every budget: Deluxe Polynesian Resort; mid-range Port Orleans Resort; value Pop Century Resort.

Riviera Maya, Mexico

With sun, sand, amazing ruins to explore and several beautiful all-inclusive resorts in the area catering to families, Riviera Maya is the perfect sun basking family vacation. For luxury family all-inclusive visit Azul Sensatori. The resort takes care of all the essentials (they provide cribs, change tables, strollers and high chairs) and even has a playroom designed by Fisher Price!

Kauai, Hawaii

Lush landscapes and spectacular scenery combine to make Kauai a fantastic family adventure spot. Hiking, kayaking, sailing and cave exploration are all popular tourist activities on the 'Garden Isle'. Check out family favourite Marriott Kauai Resort.

Related: Walt Disney World on a Budget

West Edmonton Mall, Edmonton, Canada

Theme rooms, an amusement park, water park, ice rink, movie theatres, mini-golf course and of course shopping (among other things) - all housed under the roof of the largest mall in North America. The mall offers two options for accommodations: Fantasyland Hotel and the West Edmonton Mall Inn.

Prince Edward Island

Check out Anne of Green Gables' stomping grounds in the charming province of PEI. With its themed businesses, stunning beaches and rolling hills you'll feel as if you've been transported into the story. Stay at the charming Kindred Spirits Country Inn and Cottages in Cavendish.

Niagara Falls, Canada & USA

Whether you check it out from the Canadian side, the American side or both, the falls and surrounding area are an impressive spot for families to explore. Where to stay: Great Wolf Lodge caters to families with an indoor water park, fun activities and is located minutes from downtown Niagara Falls Canada.

San Diego, California

The laid-back vibe, famous zoo and incredible food come together to make San Diego a wonderful choice for families looking for a casual and fun trip. Enjoy breathtaking views, surf, sand or just lounge by the pool at the family fave Pacific Terrace Hotel.

Costa Rica

Fantastic prices, waterfalls, volcanoes, exotic animals and lots of side-trips for thrill seekers are just a few of the reasons why Costa Rica is a great vacation spot for families. Hotel Villa Belmar in Playa Hermosa is an inexpensive, but great family hotel. And the calm Pacific waters in Playa Hermosa make it enjoyable for kids of all ages.


With loads of amazing resorts for families, the Jamaica is a good choice for sun- and sand-loving parents and kids. The sparkling white beaches and water sports are a major draw. Looking for a little R&R time during your holiday? Stay at the parent favourite Franklyn D Resort where every child is assigned a personal nanny for the duration of their stay.

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