Family Fun & Safe Kid-Friendly Vacation Ideas

Photo credit: Bermuda Tourism Authority
Photo credit: Bermuda Tourism Authority

Travelling with family can sometimes be challenging… one person wants to go here, the other wants to go there, and sometimes there’s one that just doesn’t want to do anything (teenagers, right?). Regardless, family trips always end up being a good time with the people you love – maybe with some bumps on the way but what’s a family trip without some head-butting?

Picture your perfect family trip…where are you? What are you doing? Whether you want small towns, beach getaways, scenic hikes, or animal adventures, we’ve got you covered…

Looking for a mix of paradise and adventure? Bermuda‘s pink sand beaches and crystal-clear waters are the perfect setting for an exciting family getaway to an island. Go beyond the ordinary for your next family vacation. Discover the adventures and excitement that make Bermuda a magnet for active families.

BAMZ Family Shot. Photo Credit: Bermuda Tourism Authority
BAMZ Family Shot. Photo Credit: Bermuda Tourism Authority

Bermuda Aquarium Museum and Zoo (BAMZ)

See marine life and mammals from Bermuda and places as far away as Australia and Madagascar! Located in Flatts Village, BAMZ is one of the world’s oldest aquariums and features hundreds of fish species, rescued sea turtles, harbour seals and a 145,000-gallon coral reef exhibit with sharks and black grouper. The zoo has more than 300 birds, reptiles and mammals from islands around the world, while the Bermuda Natural History Museum has interactive exhibits describing Bermuda’s geological formations and habitats.

Town of St. George. Photo Credit: Bermuda Tourism Authority
Town of St. George. Photo Credit: Bermuda Tourism Authority

Town of St. George

This amazing window to the past will stimulate minds both young and old. Wander back in time through the town of St. George, the oldest continuously occupied British settlement in the New World where you’ll find picturesque cottages, cobblestone streets, centuries-old architecture, scattered around King’s Square. Notable sights include the Bermuda Old State House from 1620, the Old Rectory from 1699 and St. Peter’s Church, Their Majesties Chappell, one of the oldest churches in the Western Hemisphere. Nearby, discover many unique natural attractions, including the limestone formations of Tobacco Bay Beach, Tom Moore’s Jungle and the Crystal Caves of Bermuda.

Blue Hole Park Tom Moore's Jungle. Photo Credit: Bermuda Tourism Authority
Blue Hole Park Tom Moore's Jungle. Photo Credit: Bermuda Tourism Authority

Walsingham Nature Reserve

Discover Bermuda’s very own jungle! Walk through lush forest trails, swim in translucent blue waters and explore subterranean caves at this 12-acre reserve that is locally known as Tom Moore’s Jungle. Along the trails you’ll see mangroves, several bird species and natural swimming grottoes like the famous Blue Hole.

If you’re looking for somewhere to get recharged by vibrant cities and breathtaking views, North Carolina offers a wide range of multigenerational entertainment. Whether you are into sports and adventure, arts and culture or rest and relaxation you are sure to find something that all ages will love.

Linville Caverns. Photo Credit: North Carolina
Linville Caverns. Photo Credit: North Carolina

Linville Caverns

North Carolina’s only show cavern located near the High Country allows visitors to go on entertaining and informative guided tours to get a glimpse of nature at work “inside” Humpback Mountains. Affordable family fun that features amazing mineral color, unique formations, an underground stream with native trout, the “Bottomless Pool” and a peek into total darkness.

If you’re looking for somewhere to get recharged by vibrant cities and breathtaking views, North Carolina offers a wide range of multigenerational entertainment. Whether you are into sports and adventure, arts and culture or rest and relaxation you are sure to find something that all ages will love.

North Carolina Zoo Giraffe and Toddler. Photo Credit: Visit North Carolina
North Carolina Zoo Giraffe and Toddler. Photo Credit: Visit North Carolina

North Carolina Zoo

Located near the scenic Uwharrie Mountains, the North Carolina Zoo is the world’s largest natural habitat zoo and considered an international leader in animal conservation. As one of the largest attractions in the state, the Zoo delivers fun for family and friends from exciting animal encounters to enchanting outdoor art where guests will encounter 1,600 animals along a five-mile walking trail and can also enjoy hiking trails. Connect with wildlife from two different continents as you explore 500 acres of exhibits carefully constructed to resemble natural habitats.

Mile High Swinging Bridge at Grandfather Mountain of Bridge Exterior Shot. Photo Credit: Visit North Carolina
Mile High Swinging Bridge at Grandfather Mountain of Bridge Exterior Shot. Photo Credit: Visit North Carolina

Mile High Swinging Bridge at Grandfather Mountain

Enjoy the cool mountain air as you cross Mile High Swinging Bridge, a 228-foot suspension bridge spanning an 80-foot chasm at more than 1 mile in elevation with a 360-degree panoramic view from Grandfather Mountain.  A total of 11 trails dot this spot, one of the highest peaks in the Blue Ridge Mountains, so you can take on anything from a gentle walk to a rigorous trek.

If your family is full of animal lovers, then Maryland is a great option and is so much fun for families because they offer infinite adventures and activities that everyone will enjoy. It doesn’t matter how old or young you are, it’ll always be a good time exploring Maryland’s animal kingdoms alongside your family! BONUS: Maryland is only an 8.5 hour drive from Toronto.

Catoctin Wildlife Preserve. Photo Credit: Catoctin Wildlife Preserve
Catoctin Wildlife Preserve. Photo Credit: Catoctin Wildlife Preserve

Catoctin Wildlife Preserve

Catoctin Wildlife Preserve welcomes you with natural ponds, lush landscaping, and wandering Ambass-zoo-dors, eager to indulge inquisitive guests. Discover Animals from Around the World including dusty Camels and awkward Ostriches from the African Safari, Jaguars and 30 different species of Amazon Parrots from Latin and South America, boa constrictors and Amur Leopards from Eurasia, and so much more! You can also enjoy a one-hour Safari Ride to discover exotic animals from 6 continents. The Safari Rides are an optional upgrade from your regular park admission ticket for $16.50 per person.

African Penguins. Photo Credit: Maryland Zoo
African Penguins. Photo Credit: Maryland Zoo

Maryland Zoo

Engaging people with the wonder of the living world, the Zoo gives visitors a chance to meet over 130 different species – birds, mammals, amphibians, and reptiles! Walk through the #1-rated Children’s Zoo and third-oldest zoo in the nation to explore the African Watering Hole, the Maryland Wilderness, and visit the award-winning Penguin Coast. Make sure to visit the Southern White Rhinoceros — the third largest land mammal in the world, dwarfed only by the Asian elephant and the African elephant. If you really want to connect with animals, the Penguin Encounters allows you to take part in an intimate, 30-minute encounter with a guided keeper experience, special photo opportunities, and up-close experience with African Penguins!

Assateague Island Wild Horses. Photo Credit: National Park Service
Assateague Island Wild Horses. Photo Credit: National Park Service

Assateague Island

If you want to experience wild animals in their natural habitat, Maryland has the perfect spot for you! Who can resist the allure and mystique of wild horses romancing the beaches of this unspoiled island? No one knows just how these horses found their way to the island more than 400 years ago, but their iconic beauty adds to the allure of Assateague’s miles of pristine beaches. But don’t get too close – while they are beautiful and majestic, these are still wild and tough horses. Admire their beauty from a distance!

It’s time to let your inner child run wild and Nevada is the perfect place! Whether you’re travelling with children or not, Nevada is filled with activities that will make you feel like a kid at heart, disconnect from the digital life, and explore!

Ash Meadows. Photo Credit: Travel Nevada
Ash Meadows. Photo Credit: Travel Nevada

Desert National Wildlife Complex

The Desert National Wildlife Refuge, Ash Meadows, Pahranagat and Moapa Valley make up the greater Desert National Wildlife Complex. Take a trip to the largest wildlife refuge to discover the 320 bird species, 53 mammal species, 35 reptile species, 4 amphibian species, and over 500 plant species that inhabit its 1.6 million acres. With so much land to cover and so many things to see, you may want to plan for more time than just one afternoon – luckily, you can reserve a campground at the Desert Pass Campground for an incredible overnight experience!

SunBuggy. Photo Credit: SunBuggy
SunBuggy. Photo Credit: SunBuggy

SunBuggy Fun

Take a leisurely off-road nature tour with an experienced guide or engage in a high intensity desert chase with the family in a super fun and speedy SunBuggy, suitable for all ages from 4 to 104. Sunbuggy is the world’s most amazing off-road adventure tour company with the best record in off-road ATV and Dune Buggy rental industry for over 18 years. With the widest selection of ATVs, UTVs and Dune Buggies, their vehicles can seat anywhere from 1 person to 9 people. After racing your family in these Buggies, Mario Kart will never be the same!

Animal Ark Wildlife Sanctuary

Devoted to rescuing wild animals from all around the Silver State and beyond, Animal Ark is the best place to get up close to Nevada’s wildlife. Animal Ark is home to all kinds of creatures, including kit foxes, desert tortoises, Bengal tigers, wolves, and so much more. If you really fall in love with the animals there, you can event adopt one to help provide basic living necessities. This wildlife sanctuary is an amazing opportunity to experience animals closer than ever before and learn all about them. Animal Ark acknowledges that wild animals absolutely belong in the wild.

Animal Ark. Credit Animal Ark Wildlife Sanctuary
Animal Ark. Credit Animal Ark Wildlife Sanctuary

These adventures are sure to make any family trip unforgettable! Whether you spent the entire pandemic together or apart, it’s time to get back out into the world and have fun with new and exhilarating experiences.

So, where are you taking your family next?