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Top 24 Kid Friendly Travel Destinations for 2024

Top 24 Kid Friendly Travel Destinations for 2024

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Want to plan an epic family vacation in 2024? Take a look at my top 23 kid-friendly travel destinations that have something special going on in 2024. Scroll to see them all!
This top 24 kid friendly travel destinations post was written by family travel expert Marcie Cheung and contains affiliate links which means if you purchase something from one of my affiliate links, I may earn a small commission that goes back into maintaining this blog.

As a family travel blogger, I get asked a lot of questions about where people should plan their next vacation. I never know where to begin!

There are almost limitless ideas of cool, kid-friendly travel destinations around the world and it really depends on each family and what they are interested in doing.

But, writing a blog post with thousands of family vacation ideas would be overwhelming for me to write and for you to read.

So, instead, I decided to write down my top 24 kid-friendly travel destinations that have something special going in 2024.

After talking to friends, family, and crowdsourcing, I think I’ve come up with the ultimate kid-friendly travel destinations for 2024.

This list includes some of the best all inclusive resorts, U.S road trip stops, theme parks, and more!

Top 24 Kid Friendly Travel Destinations for 2024

1. LEGOLAND NEW YORK

If you have kids who are into LEGOs, you’ll want to add this to your 2024 family travel bucket list.

The newest LEGOLAND theme park opened in 2021 in the Hudson Valley town of Goshen, Orange County, New York, just 60 miles northwest of New York City

LEGOLAND New York Resort is the largest LEGOLAND theme park with more than 50 rides, shows and attractions across seven themed “lands” on 150 acres

You’ll want to check it out in 2024 while everything is still fairly new.

2. LONDON, ENGLAND

Many families have London on their radar as a super kid-friendly European destination. However, it’s also going to get a lot cheaper to visit.

With Brexit, the pound is falling so the U.S. dollar will go a lot farther.

Find out how to book London family photos from top family travel blog Marcie in Mommyland. Image of a family posing in the street in front of Big Ben.
My family had a blast in London in 2022! Photo credit: Raj with Flytographer

Some of the top things to do in London with kids include: The London Eye, Hyde Park, Double Decker Bus Tours, Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace, Afternoon Tea, The London Zoo, Shopping for Toys at Harrod’s, and more!

For a splurge, stay at the Athenaeum where they have bunk beds, cribs, and a family concierge on staff to help you plan your ultimate London with kids vacation.

3. DISNEY CRUISE FROM NEW ORLEANS

Cruising is an easy way to travel with kids. All your meals, lodging, and activities are covered so you can relax as a family.

One of the top kid-friendly cruise companies is Disney Cruise Lines.

And because it’s Disney, there are ample opportunities to see Disney characters, enjoy Broadway-caliber musicals, play in one of their amazing pools, and even explore Disney’s private island in the Caribbean.

Finally, while you are in New Orleans, be sure to check out the new Louisiana’s Children’s Museum in New Orleans City Park.

4. HARD ROCK HOTEL RIVIERA MAYA, MEXICO

All-inclusive resorts are very popular with families this year and it’s no wonder. From unlimited food and drinks to incredible pools and entertainment, kids and parents are set up to have a fun vacation.

Top 20 Kid Friendly Travel Destinations for 2020 featured by top US family travel blogger, Marcie in Mommyland: Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya
The Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya is a super fun, kid-friendly, all-inclusive resort. Photo credit: Marcie Cheung

The Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya is phenomenal. They have a water park, several pools and a splash pad, a trampoline park, entertainment, a kids club, and lots of great dining options. And there’s tons of kid-friendly things to do in Riviera Maya!

Each room has a hammock on the balcony and you can get a real Fender guitar sent to your room to use during your trip! Check the latest rates and availability.

5. PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA

Did you know that activities and attractions are more than just an add-on to a trip? Sometimes they are the reason for the trip itself.

Pittsburgh is one of those cities that you visit specifically for the kid-friendly attractions.

And since Pittsburgh is the home of Mister Roger’s Neighborhood, you can also experience many exhibits at the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh celebrating Fred Rogers.

More fun things to do with kids in Pittsburgh include: Carnegie Museum of Natural History (where they have the nation’s largest dinosaur collection), Senator John Heinz History Center (with kid-friendly exhibits about ketchup and Mister Roger’s Neighborhood), and ride on the 100 year old Duquesne Incline cable car.

6. TOKYO, JAPAN

Tokyo hosted the 2020 Summer Olympics and that means they have built tons of hotels and preparing the city to accommodate lots and lots of tourists.

Attending the Olympics is an incredible experience (we went to the 2010 Winter Olympics in Whistler), you can also get a fun Olympic experience after the games.

You can tour the Olympic sites, see Olympic mascots, and do all the fun photo ops.

Top 20 Kid Friendly Travel Destinations for 2020 featured by top US family travel blogger, Marcie in Mommyland: Disneyland Tokyo
My awesome nieces and nephews had a blast exploring Disneyland Tokyo this summer.

While you are in Tokyo, you can head to Disneyland Tokyo (which has some of the cutest Disney food options) or Tokyo DisneySea (which includes Japanese mythology.)

Tokyo is also home to some of the trendiest theme restaurants like the Pokemon Cafe, Moomin House Cafe, and multiple Alice in Wonderland-themed cafes. And kids will go nuts for the Robot Restaurant Show in Shinjuku, Tokyo!

7. KNOTT’S BERRY FARM, CALIFORNIA

Knott’s Berry Farm in Buena Park, California celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2020 and they launched special food items, new entertainment, and a brand new 4-D interactive dark ride!

Top 20 Kid Friendly Travel Destinations for 2020 featured by top US family travel blogger, Marcie in Mommyland: Camp Snoopy is one of the best places to take photos at Knott's Berry Farm in Buena Park, CA | 9 Best Spots for Knott's Berry Farm Pictures featured by top US travel blogger, Marcie in Mommyland
Camp Snoopy has tons of fun rides that make great photo backdrops! Photo credit: Adam & Claudia Photography

This SoCal theme park is fun for kids of all ages. They have a designated “little kid” area called Camp Snoopy that will delight toddlers and preschoolers for hours.

And right across the street is Knott’s Soak City, a super fun water park with areas for kids of all ages.

Knott’s Berry Farm is also where boysenberries were invented and you’ll want to stop at Mrs. Knott’s Chicken Dinner Restaurant for an amazing chicken dinner with a slice of boysenberry pie.

And you can stay at the Knott’s Berry Farm Hotel where Snoopy himself can tuck your kiddos into bed! Check the latest rates and availability.

8. AULANI, A DISNEY RESORT & SPA

If you ask any family what their dream vacation is, chances are they will say Hawaii. It’s just one of those dreamy, tropical kid-friendly travel destinations that is set up for both parents and kids.

Top 20 Kid Friendly Travel Destinations for 2020 featured by top US family travel blogger, Marcie in Mommyland: We loved meeting Donald Duck at Disney Aulani Resort on Oahu, Hawaii
Aulani is such a magical resort in Hawaii! Photo credit: Disney Aulani PhotoPass

For families considering Hawaii for their 2024 vacation, you’ll want to stay at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa on Oahu.

They recently did a huge refurbishment on their pool area during the last few years. This means their lazy river, kids splash pad, and all the pools will be shiny and new!

Aulani is the only place in Hawaii where you can have breakfast with Mickey Mouse, search for menehune, go snorkeling in a private lagoon, and have a pool party with Disney characters!

Plus, kids ages 3-12 can participate in Aunty’s Beach House, a free drop-off kids club. Check the latest rates and availability.

9. PLYMOUTH, ENGLAND

In 1620, the Mayflower set sail from England to the United States of America. So, 2020 was the 400th anniversary of that event.

First of all, you’ll want to head to Plymouth for the opening of The Box. It’s a new cultural attraction that opened in September 2020 that showcases everything about the Mayflower, including toys the children played with.

Families can also visit the Mayflower Steps, the last stop before the Mayflower set sail for America.

And once you get your fill of history, head to the National Marine Aquarium (the largest in the UK), ride on the Plym Valley Railway, and play at Central Park.

10. INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA

Like Pittsburgh, Indianapolis is a kid friendly travel destination based solely on the family attractions in the city.

Did you know the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis is the largest children’s museum in the world? They have incredible permanent exhibits about Greece, dinosaurs, American POP, the International Space Station and more.

While you are in Indy, take time to climb on the outdoor sculptures at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, make music at the Rhythm Discovery Center, and get a hands-on learning experience about pioneer life at Connor Prairie.

11. NORWAY

Norway saw a jump in American tourism with the release of Disney’s Frozen several years ago, as it’s the setting of the film.

After the release of Disney’s Frozen 2, Norway is gaining even more interest from families as a European vacation spot.

Families won’t want to miss these Frozen attractions:

  • Akershus Fortress (the model of Elsa and Anna’s castle)
  • Norsk Folkemuseum (to see traditional folk dancing costumes that inspired the clothing worn by Anna and Elsa)
  • St. Olaf’s Church (the model for the chapel used when Elsa is crowned Queen of Arendelle)
  • Troll Forest (this magical playground will delight kids of all ages)

Another cool thing to do in Norway with kids is experience the Sami way of life. Sami culture is a big part of Disney’s Frozen 2 and there are opportunities to camp in a traditional lavvo (Sami tent) under the Northern Lights, see real reindeer, or see a Sami art exhibition.

For lodging, consider staying in one of Norway’s famous ice hotels!

12. NICKELODEON RESORT RIVIERA MAYA, MEXICO

The all-inclusive Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Rivera Maya features 276 oceanfront swim-up Pad Suites and Flat Suites. Plus, four amazing Nickelodeon-themed signature Penthouses.

Of course, the main draw is hanging out with your kids’ favorite Nickelodeon friends like SpongeBob Square Pants, Dora the Explorer and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

Nickelodeon Resort Riviera Maya

Besides the Nickelodeon entertainment and decorations, you’ll want to go for Aqua Nick. It is one of the largest water attractions in Riviera Maya and has nearly 500,000 sq. ft. of splashy fun including a lazy river, tubes, mini relaxation pools, and water slides.

For little ones, they have an interactive water playground featuring a splash park with mini-tubes and water slides.

As an all-inclusive, your family will have your pick from 10 premium restaurants and bars to get your fill of gourmet food.

There’s also a state-of-the-art fitness center and spas that feature kids’ treatments. Check the latest rates and availability.

13. BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS

While Boston is always an amazing, kid-friendly travel spot, and 2024 is no exception. There are tons of hidden Boston attractions and activities. There are tons of things to do, even if you only have 24 hours in Boston.

While you’re in Boston with kids, check out the Boston Children’s Museum (one of the oldest in the world), explore the Boston Tea Party ships, learn about the Freedom Trail, build at the LEGOLAND Discover Center, and play at Boston Common.

If you’re looking for a kid-friendly place to eat in Boston, head to Legal Harborside. Not only do they have a great menu, but kids can watch boats come in and out of the harbor. But, the real draw is that kids can go fishing in a stocked trout pond inside the restaurant!

And if you want to extend your trip to Massachusetts, head to Cape Codder Resort & Spa about 90 minutes outside of Boston. They have an amazing indoor water park and kid-friendly spa.

14. WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND

There are tons of cool things to do in New Zealand with kids, but Wellington is a really neat area to explore.

Your family can visit the Te Papa Museum (with hands-on activities and interactive experiences), go on the Weta Workshop Studio Tour, ride a cable car, and more.

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Fishing in New Zealand with kids. Photo credit: Traci Wong

And if you want to extend your trip to New Zealand (which you should!) then plan to head to Rotorua to ride the Skyline gondola, visit a Maori village, play in the Hell’s Gate mud pool, and explore the Wai O Tapu geothermal park.

15. CAMP LONG CREEK AT BIG CEDAR LODGE IN RIDGEDALE, MO

Glamping has been a big trend in the United States for years now, but you’ll want to head to Camp Long Creek in the Ozarks.

This new luxury glampsite opened in May 2019 and has 42 rustic-chic huts, luxury glamping tents (with canopy beds, chandeliers, and an outdoor shower and soaking tub), and cottages. So, something for everyone.

While not all glampsites are kid-friendly, this one offers pack ‘n’ play cribs for families with young children and they offer a s’mores kit.

Of course, you’ll want to check out the luxury amenities like the spa, multiple golf courses (designed by top golfers like Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Tiger Woods), horseback riding, the Kids Adventure Club, and more.

16. VENICE, ITALY

If you’ve been following the news, you’ll know that Venice has been sinking for decades. However, lately it’s been flooding. A lot.

If you’d like your kids to see Venice before it totally disappears, you might want to plan your trip in 2024. In fact, that’s exactly what MY family is doing! We did 1 day in Venice last summer and now we’re planning on doing 3 days in Venice next time.

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My kids loved riding in gondolas in Venice! Photo credit: Marcie Cheung

Of course, kids will get a kick out of riding in one of the famous Venice gondolas. But, they will also think it’s cool riding on the water taxis to get around to see the sites. Older kids will love seeing the eerie prisons in the Doge’s Palace.

And be sure to visit the islands of Murano and Burano to see handcrafts and some of the most colorful houses.

For a luxury experience, stay at one of the hotels right on the Grand Canal where kids can watch gondolas from your hotel room window. There are tons of kid-friendly things to do in Venice!

17. KAUAI, HAWAII

Hawaii is always a top kid friendly travel destination and with so many direct flights from the West Coast, it’s becoming more affordable, too.

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Kids will love tubing down an old sugar cane canal on Kauai. Photo credit: Kauai Backcountry Adventures

Kauai is one of those chill, laid-back Hawaiian islands outdoorsy families are drawn to. From waterfall hikes to Na Pali boat cruises to the “Grand Canyon of the Pacific,” Kauai has an adventure for everyone.

It’s also a foodie’s paradise. They have an incredible food truck scene and some of the best organic shave ice in Hawaii.

But, I’m recommending Kauai as a 2024 family vacation destination specifically because the Disney movie Jungle Cruise was filmed there.

The film is based on the popular (and hilarious) Disney ride and stars Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson (of Moana fame.)

Watch the movie and then head to Kauai for your own jungle adventure!

18. PARIS, FRANCE

Europe is a very popular 2024 travel destination for families. That’s because there are so many things to do in Paris with kids!

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My kids like riding ALL the carousels in Paris! Photo credit: Marcie Cheung

A few top attractions for families include the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, Musee d’Orsay, the Louvre, and Notre Dame Cathedral.

Plus, you can easily do a day trip to Disneyland Paris!

I highly suggest booking a few kid-friendly Paris tours so that your family can learn about Parisian history and culture from an expert. Plus, food tours in Paris are always a good idea!

19. SONESTA MAHO BEACH RESORT, CASINO & SPA IN ST. MAARTEN

For another amazing all-inclusive beach-front resort, head to the Sonesta in St. Maarten. It re-opened in February 2019 with a refreshed design, a new Teen Zone, a decked-out Kids Club, and new loft-style rooms to give families a bit more privacy.

Sonesta Maho Beach Resort

With pools, beaches, fitness centers, kid programming, a casino and a spa, there’s really something for all family members.

Parents will love how easy it is to get to Maho’s shops and restaurants. Kids will love the animal encounters at Parotte Ville and ziplining at Rainforest Adventures.

Sonesta is the largest family resort in St. Maarten. Check the latest rates and availability.

20. UNIVERSAL STUDIOS ORLANDO

I have to include Universal Studios Orlando in Florida specifically because of the new Surfside Inn and Suites, which opened in 2019 and the Dockside Inn, which opened in 2020.

These two new value hotels make up Universal’s Endless Summer Resort. These affordable hotels start at $100 per night and include amazing on-site experiences and perks like Early Park Admission and resort-wide transportation.

They also offer two-bedroom suites that can sleep six people.

At Universal Studios Orlando, you’ll have to check out the newish The Bourne Stuntacular. This live-action stunt show is based on the Bourne film franchise and will be sure to impress kids of all ages.

And Potterheads will want to fully explore The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and ride on the new Hagrid’s Creatures Motorbike Adventure.

You can either do Universal Studios on its own or incorporate it into a Florida road trip.

21. CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO

If you’re looking for a warm travel destination that’s easy to get to from the West Coast, check out Cabo San Lucas.

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Cabo is one of our favorite resort vacation spots!

There are tons of kid-friendly Cabo San Lucas all-inclusive resorts that families will love! Our top pick is the Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos!

Plus, there are lots of things to do in Cabo with kids like seeing whale sharks, riding a camel, doing a taco food tour, or adventuring on an ATV!

22. PUERTO RICO

If you’re looking for a fun place to go that’s closer to the East Coast, try Puerto Rico! It’s a U.S. territory but it will feel like you’re in a foreign country.

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The beaches in Puerto Rico are lovely! Photo credit: Marcie Cheung

There are several kid-friendly resorts in Puerto Rico. A few top picks include the St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort, the Hyatt Regency Grand Reserve Puerto Rico, and the Hyatt Residence Club Dorado.

Plus there are lots of fun things to do with kids in Puerto Rico like explore the Las Cabezas de San Juan Nature Reserve, relax at Flamenco Beach, or do an ATV tour at Hacienda Campo Rico. And you’ll definitely want to explore Old Town San Juan, Puerto Rico.

23. ROME, ITALY

You know how they say that all roads lead to Rome? Well, I know at least 5 friends who are heading to Rome this summer! We went last summer and had a blast!

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We had a great time learning about ancient Rome at the Colosseum! Photo credit: Marcie Cheung

Whether you want to hit up all the top Rome attractions for kids or explore some of the most secret hidden gems in Rome, you’ll find plenty to do!

And there are some great kid-friendly hotels in Rome, if you know where to look. A few of our top picks include the UNAHOTELS Decò Roma, the Inn at the Spanish Steps, and the Trianon Borgo Pio.

24. AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS

Finally, one of the coolest family travel destinations for 2024 is Amsterdam. We went last summer and we loved it so much that we’re heading back next summer!

Photo credit: Steven with Flytographer

We enjoyed seeing the Van Gogh Museum (it’s totally worth doing a guided tour) and doing a day trip to see both Zaanse Schans and Gliethoorn.

The Anne Frank House is also a sobering and powerful experience for older kids.

Are your dream kid friendly travel destinations on this list? Head to Expedia to find the best deals on flights, hotels, activities, vacation packages, and more!

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