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13 Best Vacations for Kids Under 10 Years Old – Fun Places to Go!

Emily Appelbaum

Embarking on a family vacation with kids under ten years old is an adventure like no other.

It’s a time filled with laughter, discovery, and the creation of lifelong memories.

From exploring captivating destinations to engaging in exciting activities, the best vacations for kids under 10 offer a world of wonder and imagination.

These extraordinary getaways are carefully crafted to cater to the interests of your family.

But choosing the best place that will fit your family’s preferences and budget might be overwhelming.

My family and I experienced the same challenge.

And that’s why I will help you plan for your epic family getaway by reviewing these fantastic destinations.

I have learned a lot from traveling with kids, and I also talked to other families.

I also rated each destination according to its safety, kid-friendly activities, affordability, ease of travel, and more.

I did this to help travelers like you have stress-free vacation planning.

So, prepare yourselves as you discover the top-rated destinations in our reviews below.

Best Vacations For Kids Under 10 Compared

Whether you’re searching for a fun-filled or thrilling kid-friendly destination, we got your back.

Here’s a comprehensive review of our top-pick destinations.

Editor’s Choice

ten year old trip

Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront

Located in Portland, Oregon, the Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront is a premier hotel offering an exceptional family experience.

  • Safety: 4/5
  • Kid-Friendly Activities: 4/5
  • Affordability: 3/5
  • Ease of Travel: 4/5
  • Accommodation Options: 4/5
  • Food Diversity: 4/5

#2nd Best Choice

ten year old trip

Park Hyatt Vienna

Located in Vienna, Austria, the Park Hyatt Vienna is an exquisite hotel that offers an extraordinary experience.

  • Safety: 5/5
  • Kid-Friendly Activities: 3.5/5
  • Food Diversity: 5/5

#3rd Best Choice

ten year old trip

Cedar Cove Resort & Cottages

Situated along the stunning Gulf Coast in Holmes Beach, Florida, Cedar Cove Resort & Cottages offers a memorable vacation experience for families.

  • Kid-Friendly Activities: 5/5
  • Ease of Travel: 3.5/5
  • Food Diversity: 3.5/5

Here are the top vacations for children under 10 years old.

1. Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront (Editor’s Choice)

Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront

1401 SW Naito Pkwy Portland, OR 97201 (503) 226-7600 Visit Website Social Media Open in Google Maps

Ratings Criteria

  • Convenient downtown location with waterfront views
  • Various kid-friendly amenities
  •  Expensive rates

The hotel boasts a convenient downtown location with easy access to popular attractions and entertainment venues.

The hotel’s spacious and comfortable rooms ensure a pleasant stay, while their staff are friendly and attentive.

Portland Marriott features a swimming pool where your kids can splash and play.

It also has a game room with fun activities to entertain them.

Apart from that, Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront is near the Oregon Zoo and the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry.

Related: Places to Eat: Portland, OR

2. Park Hyatt Vienna

Park Hyatt Vienna

Am Hof 2 1010 Wien, Austria (122) 740-1234 Visit Website Social Media Open in Google Maps

  • Luxurious rooms
  • Multiple dining options
  • Limited kid-friendly activities within the hotel

The Park Hyatt Vienna is known for its impeccable services and luxurious amenities.

The hotel offers spacious and elegantly appointed rooms to provide your family with a comfortable retreat.

Their attentive staff ensures that your needs are met, offering personalized assistance and creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere.

Although the hotel may not have an extensive list of on-site activities specifically designed for kids, its central location allows families to explore Vienna’s family-friendly attractions.

From visiting the Schonbrunn Palace to enjoying a horse-drawn carriage ride, there are countless opportunities for children to enjoy the trip.

Related: Best Family Vacations in Europe

3. Cedar Cove Resort & Cottages

Cedar Cove Resort & Cottages

2710 Gulf Dr N Holmes Beach, FL 34217 (800) 206-6293 Visit Website Social Media Open in Google Maps

  • Various beach and water activities
  • Relaxing and peaceful ambiance
  • Additional charges for certain amenities and services

This beachfront resort provides a picturesque setting with its pure white sand beaches and crystal-clear waters, ideal for your family getaway.

The resort offers various beach and water activities, such as swimming, snorkeling, and kayaking, ensuring endless fun adventures for your kids.

They can also build sandcastles on the beach, splash in the resort’s swimming pool, or engage in friendly games at the designated play areas.

What’s more, the resort’s peaceful ambiance allows families to relax and unwind, surrounded by the natural beauty of the Gulf Coast.

Related: Restaurants: Sarasota, Florida

Related: Restaurants: Venice, Florida

4. Four Seasons Chicago

Four Seasons Chicago

120 E Delaware Pl Chicago, IL 60611 (312) 280-8800 Visit Website Social Media Open in Google Maps

Nestled on the iconic Magnificent Mile, Four Seasons Chicago is a luxurious hotel renowned for its excellent service and world-class amenities.

The hotel provides spacious and elegantly designed rooms and suites, ensuring a comfortable and stylish retreat.

The hotel also offers an impressive range of amenities and activities.

The Kids for All Seasons program provides children with a supervised and engaging experience.

The program has activities like arts and crafts, interactive games, and educational workshops.

You and your kids will also love the hotel’s spectacular indoor pool, where you can splash and play.

They also have a dedicated poolside menu with delicious kid-friendly options.

5. Victoria, British Columbia

Victoria, British Columbia

Victoria, BC, Canada V8W 1T3 (250) 953-2033 Visit Website Social Media Open in Google Maps

Picturesque Victoria boasts some truly lovely gardens and green spaces, which means plenty of space to play!

A family favorite is the Fisherman’s Wharf, replete with colorful waterfront homes, fresh seafood, harbor seals and “water-ballet”-performing water taxis (on specified dates); your 4 year old will love the color and vibrancy!

The Chinatown area, North America’s 2nd oldest, is a great spot for shopping and noodles; you can also see Canada’s narrowest street here—Fan Tan Alley.

If insects don’t send chills up your little one’s spine, consider a visit to the Victoria Bug Zoo with its tanks of live bugs from across the world.

You’ll also be treated to over 550 million years of natural history at the Royal British Columbia; the interactive exhibits are fun, all the while enabling learning in your tyke.

Recommended Hotel: Magnolia Hotel & Spa

6. Albuquerque, New Mexico

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Albuquerque, NM (505) 222-4357 Visit Website Social Media Open in Google Maps

The state of posh spas and beautiful Spanish architecture from the colonial era, New Mexico is home to Albuquerque, where family-friendly fun is on offer the whole year through.

Perhaps the city’s biggest draw is the Balloon Fiesta held every fall, which is when most families visit.

Stick around till winter and the ski areas are a treat, with customized sledding and skiing lessons just for the tots.

Other great places to go include the Petroglyph National Monument where you’ll find carvings from as early as the 1300s, Old Town to wine, dine and shop and the riverside ABQ BioPark.

Stay at the Hyatt Regency Tamaya to enjoy 3 pools, a waterslide and activities such as bread making, horseback riding and leather stamping, sampling fresh pueblo oven bread, dance performances and storytelling sessions under the stars.

Recommended Hotel: Hotel Parq Central Albuquerque

Related: Places to Eat in Albuquerque, NM

7. Legoland, Florida

1 Legoland Way Winter Haven, FL 33884 (888) 690-5346 Visit Website Social Media Open in Google Maps

Florida’s Legoland is a world unto itself and sets the stage for a great vacation for children between the ages of 2 and 12.

With plenty of properties around the world, Legoland is one of the top family-friendly destination spots, regardless of where!

Apart from quintessential amusement park rides, shows and Lego landscapes, Legoland theme park features fun roller coasters, built to be thrilling enough for the older ones while also being gentle enough for the younger ones, who are new to the adrenaline rushes.

You’ll find attractions from the Lego Movie World, such as the Battle of Bricksburg (the schiite for water battles), Unikitty’s Disco Drop and Masters of Flight, to name a few.

Stay at one of the Legoland-themed hotels on-site for fun that extends beyond the amusement park rides!

Recommended Hotel: LEGOLAND® Florida Resort

8. Dude Ranch

1122 12th St, Cody, WY 82414 (307) 587-2339 Visit Website Social Media Open in Google Maps

If you’ve got kids who are 4, 5, or 6 year olds, also known as “the age when they still love mom and dad but are cool enough to be on their own”, Dude Ranch is an excellent idea!

Dude Ranch presents a great combination of plenty of family downtime where you can bond and a plethora of outdoor activities just for the tots—they can enjoy their independence while you catch a much-deserved break with the spouse!

The cherry on the cake is that Dude Ranch is all-inclusive, which not only saves you money but also does away with the worry of figuring out meal stops each night.

Your family will also have more opportunities to meet other families and make new friends.

Recommended Hotel: Northern Hotel

9. Frisco, Texas

Frisco, Texas

Frisco, TX (972) 292-5250 Visit Website Social Media Open in Google Maps

The proud home of the Dallas Cowboys, Frisco is a great option if you’re a family of sports lovers.

Between The Star, the National Soccer Hall of Fame and the National Videogame Museum, almost every kind of sport is covered, both digital and non-digital!

Frisco also holds the distinction of being the first American city where KidZania, an internationally-renown interactive theme park for tots, set up shop; the brand threw open its doors in Frisco as recently as 2019.

KidZania is of, for and by the kids—tots can be pilots, window-washers, doctors, whatever they wish, and earn KidZos (currency) for it, too.

Come summer, head to the Dr. Pepper Ballpark to catch an exciting Frisco RoughRiders game, or enjoy a leisurely float on the on-site lazy river.

Recommended Hotel: Omni Frisco Hotel

10. Dinosaur Valley State Park, Texas

1629 Park Rd 59 Glen Rose, TX 76043 (254) 897-4588 Visit Website Social Media Open in Google Maps

Situated around 75 miles southwest of Dallas, the Dinosaur Valley State Park is an excellent idea if your tots are between the ages of 5 and 11 and love dinosaurs (let’s admit it—which kid doesn’t?)

Home to some of the world’s best-preserved dinosaur tracks, you can explore as much as you want at this state park by taking a tour in a covered wagon, mountain biking through the trails or simply walking.

Explore the footprints near the Paluxy River; once you’re done, go fishing with poles that you can rent as part of the park’s Tackle Loaner Program.

Also, consider exploring the many museums in Texas’ Dinosaur Capital—downtown Glen Rose.

For a truly unique experience, camp at the park; pitch a tent or park your RV.

Recommended Hotel: Hilton Garden Inn Granbury

11. Disney World, Florida

Orlando, FL 32830 (407) 939-5277 Visit Website Social Media Open in Google Maps

If you’re visiting the real deal, original, first-in-the-world Disney World in Florida, you can rest assured that the vacation is going to be special for you and the tots alike.

Whether 2, 20 or 80, Disney World has always captivated kids of all ages!

Little ones will love seeing their favorite Disney characters in flesh and blood while the fireworks display over Cinderella’s Castle will have them gasping in awe.

Start with the classics at the Magic Kingdom, after which, you can explore the Animal Kingdom that’s fresh off its 20th-anniversary celebrations.

Disney Springs is a must visit for the Star Wars and Toy Story fans (yes, I’m talking about mom and dad!).

Staying at a Disney property is a good idea (duh!); another family-friendly, budget-friendly option to consider is Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld.

Recommended Hotel: Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort

12. San Diego Zoo, California

San Diego Zoo, California

2920 Zoo Dr San Diego, CA 92101 (619) 231-1515 Visit Website Social Media Open in Google Maps

One of the best zoos in the world, California’s San Diego Zoo is one of the few places in all of the United States where you can see the world’s tiniest bears and their cousins—giant pandas!

Embark on the Panda Trek to see these not-so-little furballs; choose the Elephant Odyssey for your little one to catch sights of real-life Dumbos or the Northern Frontier to see arctic foxes and polar bears.

Africa Rocks is another popular exhibit, where you can see leopards, lemurs and baboons.

Come October, the “Kids Free San Diego” fervor takes over and most hotels throughout the city offer excellent deals.

If you’re visiting off-season (or any time in the year, really), consider staying at the Manchester Grand Hyatt (right next door to The New Children’s Museum) or Catamaran (for water sports rentals).

Recommended Hotel: The US Grant, a Luxury Collection Hotel, San Diego

Related: Restaurants: San Diego

13. Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin

Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin

Wisconsin Dells, WI (800) 223-3557 Visit Website Social Media Open in Google Maps

When you’re visiting the “water park capital of the world”, you know some good times are in store for your family vacation!

A hit among kids aged 2-14, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to water-based fun in the city—you can get a day pass and make the most of America’s largest water park (Noah’s Ark) or enjoy an African-themed, wild-and-wet resort stay at the Kalahari.

If sunken cities are more to your little one’s liking, head to the Lost City of Atlantis at Mt. Olympus, replete with geysers, slides and, of course, monster dump buckets!

Some of the budget-friendly, family-friendly picks to consider for accommodation include the Hilton Garden Inn, the Alakai or Day’s End Motel; these are also much quieter than the popular resorts with water parks.

Recommended Hotel: Delton Grand Resort and Spa

Related: Restaurants: Wisconsin Dells

Vacationer’s Guide 

Comparing destinations: which one is right for you.

When choosing the most fun places to go with your kids, consider your desired experience and interests.

Also, check and compare each destination’s drawbacks and limitations.

The Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront offers a convenient downtown location with stunning views and various kid-friendly activities.

However, one drawback of this hotel is its pricing, as it tends to be expensive.

The Park Hyatt Vienna is a luxurious hotel that impresses with its upscale rooms and multiple dining options.

But it has limited on-site kid-friendly activities.

Cedar Cove Resort & Cottages offers a relaxing and peaceful ambiance and provides various beach and water activities.

However, certain amenities and services have additional charges, which can be a downside to other guests.

If you’re seeking a more luxurious alternative to Cedar Cove Resort & Cottages with many amenities and activities, go to Four Seasons Chicago.

Its only drawback is that noise levels can be high during peak tourist season.

How I Picked The Destinations 

I love traveling with my family, and we always choose the best places kids will love.

As we stayed in different destinations, I thoroughly studied each place’s services and other offerings.

I also interacted with other families and travelers, and we talked about their experiences.

Likewise, I asked them for some insights and tips about each property to make my reviews more credible.

Our Rating Method 

I rate these vacations based on the following criteria:

  • Safety: I use this criterion to evaluate the overall safety of every vacation destination. Does it have a strong safety record? Does it provide child-friendly safety measures? These are the questions I ask myself when evaluating safety.
  • Kid-Friendly Activities: I use this criterion to evaluate the availability and quality of kid-friendly activities. Does the destination offer a variety of engaging activities? Is it near theme parks, zoos, museums, nature parks, and beaches? Is it both educational and fun? I consider these factors when rating this criterion.
  • Affordability: This assesses the affordability of the family vacation. Is it expensive? Are the accommodations, activities, meals, and transportation affordable? Are there family-friendly discounts? These are the questions I take into account to rate affordability.
  • Ease of Travel: I use this to rate the accessibility and ease of getting around the area. Is it easy to navigate? Does it offer family-friendly transportation options? Do we need to fly to get to the destination? I ask myself these questions in order to evaluate ease of travel.
  • Accommodation Options: This assesses the availability and quality of accommodations. Does it provide spaces that separate adult and child sleeping areas? Are there amenities like a kitchen, laundry, and swimming pool available? These are the questions I ask when evaluating accommodation options.
  • Food Diversity: This criterion evaluates the availability of kid-friendly food options. Does it cater to different dietary preferences? Are there child-friendly menus? I consider these factors when rating food diversity.

Frequently Asked Questions 

What is the best holiday for kids.

The best holiday for kids is typically considered to be Christmas, as it brings joy and excitement with gifts, decorations, and the magical atmosphere of Santa Claus.

What Are Some Recommended Theme Parks Or Amusement Parks That Are Suitable For Children Under 10 Years Old?

Some recommended theme parks or amusement parks that are suitable for children under ten years old are LEGOLAND California, Universal’s Islands of Adventure, and Sesame Place.


ten year old trip

Overall, these destinations offer the best vacations for kids under 10 years old.

We had a great time exploring Vienna, thanks to Park Hyatt Vienna’s convenient location.

It was a cultural delight, and my youngest was enchanted by the horse-drawn carriage rides.

At Cedar Cove Resort & Cottages, I enjoyed kayaking with the family and swimming in the crystal-clear waters.

We had a fun-filled day of snorkeling and building sandcastles.

This resort’s peaceful ambiance also allowed us to unwind and create lasting memories together.

We also had a relaxing time at Four Seasons Chicago, with its luxurious and spacious room.

But the Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront was the best among these hotels and resorts.

From the swimming pool to the game room, my family was entertained throughout our stay.

The hotel staff was also incredibly friendly and accommodating, making sure that we felt welcomed and cared for.

Through every destination, we forged invaluable family memories and, yes, the occasional challenge of traveling with young kids.

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  • Sheryl Nance-Nash is a freelance writer specializing in travel and personal finance.
  • She has reported and written for publications like Fodors, Conde Nast Traveler and the Wall Street Journal.
  • Travel is what feeds her adventurous spirit.

A 10-year anniversary is one occasion when a couple may want more than just a romantic dinner at their favorite restaurant. The dream 10-year anniversary trip is a candlelit meal in an exotic locale that's far away—or at the very least a couple hours away from home . You can spend a lot of time coming up with 10-year anniversary trip ideas and celebratory milestones ( gifts, included ). Take a deep breath, exhale and start your research here.

10-Year Anniversary Trip Ideas in This Article:

Best 10 Year Anniversary Trips in the US

Best 10 year anniversary trips abroad, budget-friendly 10 year anniversary trips, 10 year anniversary all-inclusive vacations, 10 year anniversary getaways near you.

If you want to mark your milestone with a 10-year anniversary trip that's stateside instead of in a far-flung locale, you have plenty of great options in the good old US. In Chicago , you get museums, the lake, parks, culture and cuisine. Scottsdale stands out with its mountains and intoxicating desert landscape. In New Orleans , you get more fun than should be legal. Santa Fe is indeed "The City Different"—go there, and you'll learn exactly why it has that moniker. And Carmel-by-the-Sea is simply a romantic's dream spot.

Chicago 10 year anniversary trip idea

Chicago is the nation's third largest city. This year for the seventh consecutive time, it was named the Best Big City by Conde Nast Traveler . This midwestern metropolis is beloved for its vibrant neighborhoods, parks, lakefront, arts, culture and cuisine.

Things to Do: Take a sunset sail on Lake Michigan, stroll the lakefront path or the Chicago Botanic Garden . Visit the city's many museums and galleries. The Lincoln Park Zoo deserves a look, as does the Shedd Aquarium . To relax, treat yourselves to the couple's special at AIRE Ancient Baths . After dark, there's dinner at one of the Michelin-starred rooftop restaurants and a Broadway show in the historic theater district. You can also enjoy an evening of jazz or other live music.

Places to stay: Kimpton Gray Hotel ; Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel ; The LaSalle Chicago ; The Langham Chicago ; The Peninsula Chicago

Scottsdale, Arizona

Scottsdale, Arizona 10 year anniversary trip idea

Truth is, the Sonoran Desert is just sexy, and the backdrop of the McDowell Mountains adds to the Scottsdale mystique. While the official food is chili, don't let that fool you. There is no shortage of great restaurants here, with some 800 for foodie couples to choose from, many with patios that are perfect for peeping mountain views. Golfers will think they've died and gone to heaven with 50 golf courses. Old Town is a must with its restaurants and shops.

Things to Do: Meander hand in hand among the 50,000 plants in the Desert Botanical Garden . If you're in town on a Thursday night, you won't want to miss the Scottsdale ArtWalk. For a dinner you'll both always remember, make a reservation at the tres chic Café Monarch in Old Town, with its ever changing menu. For adventurers, there are hot air balloon rides, hiking, off-roading, rafting and more.

Places to stay: Boulders Resort and Spa Scottsdale ; ADERO Scottsdale, Autograph Collection ; Senna House Scottsdale, Curio Collection by Hilton .

Santa Fe, New Mexico

Santa Fe, New Mexico 10 year anniversary trip idea

Santa Fe is the oldest capital city in the US. For a small town, there is so much art. In fact, it's one of the largest art markets in the country. For the art-loving couple celebrating their 10-year anniversary, this will be a sweet spot, with several museums and more than 250 galleries along Canyon Road, the Railroad District and elsewhere. There are mountain biking, hiking and horseback-riding trails. For a day trip, get your thrills rafting the Rio Grande or Rio Charma, or charter a fly-fishing trip.

Things to Do: When you two are looking to get the zen vibe flowing, Ten Thousand Waves , a world-class spa with private outdoor baths set in a forest, awaits. For history buffs, there's the New Mexico History Museum and the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture . End the night with The StarGazer adventure. The train takes you from the Santa Fe Railyard out into the dark skies of the scenic northern New Mexico landscape. Enjoy Champagne and live music in restored vintage Pullman cars.

Places to stay: Bishop's Lodge, Auberge Resorts Collection ; Eldorado Hotel and Spa ; Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado Santa Fe ; Inn and Spa at Loretto .

New Orleans

New Orleans 10 year anniversary trip idea

After a decade together, you may be in the mood to get wild and crazy. There's no better place than New Orleans to do just that. Eat, drink and be merry. Indulge. The fantastic food is downright sinful all over town. Your senses will be stimulated, and the cocktails will take care of the rest. There is always a festival, be it music, art, food, whatever—everything is worth celebrating in this city. In between the revelry, there are museums, ghost tours and cool boutiques.

Things to Do: While you will undoubtedly spend some time on Bourbon Street, fun does not begin and end with it. There is St. Charles Avenue, with its canopy of oak trees, bars, restaurants and mansions, as well as Audubon Park. Magazine Street is several miles of galleries, dive bars and shopping. For some of the best live music in the Crescent City, make your way to Frenchmen Street. Put Preservation Hall on your list for the jazz that defines New Orleans. Spend an afternoon at the Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden .

Places to stay: Hotel Saint Vincent ; Four Seasons Hotel and Residences ; Virgin Hotels New Orleans ; The Windsor Court .


Carmel-by-the-Sea 10 year anniversary trip idea

Some places you have to see to believe. Carmel-by-the-Sea is that kind of place. It's not like anywhere else you've been, made for lovers with its romantic, fairytale-like architecture by Hugh Comstock, who in the 1920s designed the village's cottages with rolled eaves, rounded doors and asymmetrical chimneys that are downright dreamy. The town on California's central coast is just one square mile that looks like a European-style village from centuries ago. It's perfect for a 10-year anniversary vacation.

Things to Do: Stroll through the courtyards and secret passageways in the village, with heart-shaped statutes, flowers, art galleries and boutiques. The scenic paths are perfect for a walk or run. When you're ready to toast each other, there are more than 15 wine-tasting rooms. You'll be wowed by the culinary scene. This small town is home to 60 restaurants. Wind down a great day with a sunset on Carmel Beach.

Places to stay: L'Auberge Carmel ; La Playa Hotel ; Hotel Carmel ; Carriage House Inn .

Maybe for the two of you, the best 10-year anniversary trip is one that's far away and exotic. Perhaps it's even where you wanted to honeymoon, but didn't. Go ahead and pack your bags. You've earned it. The world really is your oyster. For a 10-year anniversary vacation, go for the best of the best. That means places like Santorini, Dubai, Loch Lomond, Las Catalinas and Cape Town should top your bucket list.

Santorini 10 year anniversary trip idea

You've seen it in movies and in magazines, and now it's time for you two to see it for yourselves. This Greek island is renowned for stunning sunsets, the bluest of blue Aegean Sea, and whitewashed buildings with brilliant blue-dome churches. Walk the cobblestone streets decked out in cascading flowers as you take in the shops and all the history. Live the romantic fantasy in Greece .

Things to Do: Chill on a catamaran cruise to volcanic hot springs. Sip away the afternoon at wineries, or wile it away at one of the island's luxurious spas. The spot for the ultimate IG shot of the sunset is the Oia Castle. It is said that when the sun slides down, buildings shimmer in pinks, oranges and yellows. Greece is all about history, so do make your way to the Akrotiri ruins. Frolic on black sand beaches .

Places to stay: Andronis Boutique Hotel ; Canaves Oia ; Mills House Elegant Suites ; Katikies Santorini ; Andronis Arcadia ; Sea Breeze Santorini

Dubai 10 year anniversary trip idea

With Dubai, you get a triple crown of sorts—romance, luxury and adventure. Dubai is all about the extraordinary, the perfect tone for a milestone event like a 10-year anniversary trip. In Dubai , couples will find the best of the best, be it shopping, dining, nightlife, architecture or art. If you want to feel like royalty, this is the place for you. Candlelit concerts are performed at some of the city's landmark venues. Dubai is indeed one of the most romantic places in the world.

Things to Do: Shop 'til you drop is what's done in Dubai. Splurge—you're celebrating a decade of love. There is no shortage of places to spend, but even if you do more window shopping than buying, the glitz and glam you'll see just browsing is an experience. Do hit the Dubai Mall , the largest mall in the world by land area. You'll want to see the Dubai Miracle Garden , the world's largest flower garden, and The Dubai Fountain , the tallest dancing fountain anywhere. It reaches more than 900 feet. If there's one thing you're still talking about on your 20th anniversary, it will likely be a hot air balloon ride over the desert at sunrise that you took in Dubai. Other treats include a Dhow cruise on a traditional wooden boat, Burj Khalifa , a tour of Old Dubai, and skiing at Ski Dubai , an indoor ski resort.

Places to stay: Burj Al Arab Jumeirah ; Atlantis, The Palm ; JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai ; The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai .

Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Town, South Africa 10 year wedding anniversary trip idea

The Mother City, which got its name because it was the site of the first European settlement in South Africa, is beloved for its pearly white-sand beaches, spectacular sunsets and fantastic food. The centerpiece though is Table Mountain, which overlooks the city. Cape Town offers much, and is quite fitting for a 10-year anniversary getaway.

Things to Do: Table Mountain is not to be missed. It is one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature. Hearty types can hike to the summit, but it's surely a lovely ride via aerial cableway, too. Boulders Beach , with its rock pools and penguins, is a favorite. The action is at the V&A Waterfront with its shops, restaurants, roaming performers and attractions like the Two Oceans Aquarium where you can swim in the shark tank if you dare. For an art fix, go to the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (MOCAA).

Places to stay: Ellerman House ; Cape Grace ; Mount Nelson, A Belmond Hotel ; The Silo Hotel .

Loch Lomond, Scotland

Loch Lomond, Scotland 10 year anniversary trip idea

When it comes to Scotland, Glasgow and Edinburgh get all the rave reviews. But 20 minutes outside of Glasgow is Loch Lomond. This is countryside living at its best. Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park were the first places in Scotland to be awarded National Park status in 2002. The area is straight out of a movie set. You'll feel like royalty if you stay at the historic Cameron House with its fine dining, over-the-top spa and luxurious suites. There are small villages and castles nearby, amazing architecture, and tons of sheep and cows. It is one of the most beautiful places in the UK, making it perfect for a 10-year anniversary trip.

Things to Do: Loch Lomond at more than 20 miles long is the largest expanse of freshwater in the UK. Water-loving couples can jet ski and water ski, kayak and paddleboard to their heart's content. Hike mountains, cycle paths, horseback ride, go pony trekking and take long, leisurely strolls. If you two would rather experience the lake via boat, there are a variety of boat trips to do just that. Visit Loch Lomond Shores , where you can do a Segway safari, shop and dine. At SEA LIFE Loch Lomond Aquarium , there's an array of sea life and Scotland's largest collection of sharks. The fun isn't limited to the water. The TreeZone Aerial Adventure Course in the treetops with zip wires, hanging platforms and more is for thrillseekers.

Places to stay: Cameron House ; The Lodge on Loch Lomond ; Loch Lomond Luxury Lodges ; The Inn on Loch Lomond .

Las Catalinas, Costa Rica

Las Catalinas, Costa Rica 10 year anniversary trip idea

There's something special about this beach town on the coast of Guanacaste. The newly constructed community is so walkable that it's nearly car-free. One side of town is 1,000 acres of tropical dry forest, hills and valleys ideal for hiking, trail running and mountain biking. On the other side are two beaches that are awesome for swimming, kayaking, paddleboarding and boogie boarding. You'll feel like you stepped back in time with cobblestone streets and fountains throughout town that are reminiscent of the European charm of yesteryear.

Things to Do: Hit the trails on a bike. With 42 kilometers of world-class, single-track trails that feature stunning views of the coastline and valley vistas, Las Catalinas is one of the most prominent mountain biking destinations in the American tropics. Hiking and running trails have spectacular views and the bonus of likely seeing monkeys, peccaries, coatis and exotic birds. Snorkel—the variety of marine life, calm seas and good visibility make snorkeling ideal. The Beach Club is the gathering spot with its views overlooking the beach. Enjoy the elevated adults-only pool and lounge terrace—with a cocktail, of course. The Center of Joy is where you two can chill with yoga and sound baths.

Places to stay: Bon Vivant ; 229 Las Catalinas ; Santarena Hotel ; Baranda .

Ten years together is cause for celebration. But that doesn't have to mean something extravagant and expensive. In fact, much like a quiet, beachside wedding with just a few people can be as special as an extravagant fete, so can an anniversary milestone trip. There are plenty of places where you can have a good time, create memories that will give you smiles for the next 10 years, and allow you to save a little cash to do home improvements or whatever else you need to do at this stage of life.

Toronto 10 year budget anniversary trip idea

Getting to Toronto won't take all day, especially when you're coming from cities on the East Coast and in the Midwest. This cosmopolitan city is a melting pot where more than 140 languages are spoken. If you two love culture, this town is for you. There are a slew of museums; music venues; ballet, dance and opera companies; and symphony orchestras. Better still if you are a foodie, with more than 8,000 restaurants. Even if you're mindful of your budget, consider having a romantic candlelit dinner at one of the town's Michelin-rated restaurants.

Things to Do: Browsing is just as fun as buying, though you may find bargains in the cool vintage shops in the funky Kensington Market . One art stop not to miss is the Royal Ontario Museum . A good way to get a taste of the city is by taking one of the bike tours where you will explore the neighborhoods that are so unique. The Distillery District , one of the city's oldest industrial neighborhoods, is now hipster central with distilleries, restaurants, cafes, galleries and boutiques. Do hit landmarks like the 1,815-foot CN Tower for amazing views of the city's skyline. If you're in town the second Friday night of the month, head to Ripley's Aquarium of Canada for Jazz Night, which features a live jazz band, cocktails and an array of sea life.

Places to stay: Ace Hotel ; W Toronto ; Park Hyatt Toronto ; 1 Hotel Toronto ; Fairmont Royal York .

Gatlinburg, Tennessee

Sunrise over Gatlinburg skyline

This small town is the gateway to Great Smoky Mountains National Park . If you two are looking for a romantic mountain getaway that's not fussy but has charm, this one's for you. It's just an hour drive from Knoxville (if you want to get a bit of a bigger city vibe during your vacay) and half an hour from Dollywood . Discover local artisans with more than 100 eclectic shops. Connect with nature with incredible mountain views, hikes and waterfalls. That Appalachian hospitality will make you feel welcome.

Things to Do: Take the aerial tram up to Ober Gatlinburg for great shopping and dining—if it's winter, there's ice skating, skiing, snowboarding and tubing. Book a tour at the Ole Smoky Tennessee Distillery and imbibe Ole Smoky moonshine, whiskey and craft cocktails. For big fun outdoors, the place is Anakeesta , a theme park. Don't miss their Astra Lumina , an experiential enchanted night walk amongst the stars featuring immersive lighting, projection and sound, creating the ultimate celestial-romance experience. No romantic retreat is complete without a stroll across the Gatlinburg Skybridge , the longest suspended pedestrian bridge in North America and one of the most popular proposal spots in the Smokies.

Places to stay: Berry Springs Lodge ; Treehouse Grove ; Courtyard by Marriott Gatlinburg Downtown ; The Park Vista - a DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel - Gatlinburg .

St. Petersburg, Florida

Vinoy park sunrise in St. Petersburg, Florida

Picturesque St. Petersburg is on Florida's Gulf Coast. While it doesn't get the spotlight of Miami or Ft. Lauderdale, it should. It's charming, but not too cute, with a bit of funkiness, art everywhere and a vibrant culinary scene. "The Sunshine City" boasts beautiful beaches and tons of murals. The new St. Pete Pier is 26 acres of Tampa Bay in addition to downtown St. Pete's parks. You won't be disappointed if you choose to celebrate in St. Pete. There's fun to be had minus the crowds.

Things to Do: You'll want to experience the Pier with its shops, restaurants, fishing deck and more. Relax at the expanded Spa Beach and Spa Beach Park in downtown St. Pete. Two museums you must visit are the Salvador Dali Museum and the Chihuly Collection for stunning glasswork. Take your pick of water sports—kayaking, paddleboarding and jet skiing are all options here. Take one of the guided nature tours by boat or a sunset sail into the Gulf.

Places to stay: The Birchwood ; The Vinoy ; The Don CeSar ; The Saint Hotel .

Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada budget friendly 10 year anniversary trip idea

From the parks and the Riverwalk to performing arts and romantic restaurants, Winnipeg could be perfect for your 10-year anniversary trip. It's the capital of the Manitoba province in Canada, and it's known for The Forks, a historic site that sits at the intersection of the Red and Assiniboine Rivers that has warehouses that were converted into shops and restaurants, as well as leafy spaces for festivals, concerts and more. The city's Exchange District is art central with early 20th century architecture and tons of galleries.

Things to Do: Bond while biking through Assiniboine Park where you can rent from Bee2gether Bikes with their unique collection of bikes. There's much to see in the park, the English and Formal Gardens, the Mol Sculpture Garden and The Leaf , Canada's largest indoor waterfall and butterfly garden. The Riverwalk is alongside the Assiniboine River and leads to the Esplanade Riel, which gets you to Saint-Boniface , the French side of the city that is full of cafés, chocolatiers and pastry shops. When you are ready to hit the reset button, Thermëa by Nordik Spa-Nature awaits. You'll love the heated hammocks, Finnish saunas and thermal pools throughout the open-air grounds. Finish off your time there with a cocktail at the fireside lounge.

Places to stay: Inn at the Forks ; Fort Garry Hotel, Spa and Conference Center ; Mariaggi's Theme Suite Hotel and Spa ; Fairmont Winnipeg ; Mere Hotel .

Cape May, New Jersey

Cape May, New Jersey budget 10 year anniversary trip idea

This seaside resort town captures your heart. It is beloved for its beaches, Victorian homes, shops and restaurants. The Victorian architecture and the sea add to its romantic feel. You'll want to stroll the beaches hand in hand and think about the best moments from the past decade. For a small town, you'll be surprised by the variety and quality of the cuisine.

Things to Do: What is it about lighthouses that is so romantic? The historic Cape May Lighthouse is just two miles from the center of town and is worth a short trek there.

Jet ski, paddleboard, parasail, ride bikes on the boardwalk or just relax on the beach. It's kinda corny, but hey, it's your 10th anniversary—a horse-drawn carriage ride is called for. Vino can set the mood for fun, so consider going wine tasting at local wineries.

Places to stay: The Virginia Hotel and Cottages ; Sea Crest Inn ; Blue Fish Inn ; The Grand Hotel ; Beach Plum Farm

There's something to be said for a stay at an all-inclusive. You have food and entertainment at your fingertips, and you can venture off to explore as much or as little as you'd like. For your 10-year anniversary celebration, you may be thinking an all-inclusive is best. Leaving the planning to someone else has much appeal—looking at a list of daily resort activities is not a heavy lift. You pick what you fancy and just decide how much fun you want to have. Sounds perfect, right?

Serenity at Coconut Bay, Saint Lucia

Serenity at Coconut Bay all-inclusive 10 year anniversary resort

There's something special about St. Lucia, and it's the Pitons. The dormant volcanoes are two marvels of nature on the island's southwestern coast. Gros Piton is more than 2,500 feet high and Petit Piton is over 2,400 feet high. They are part of the magic, along with the bluest of seas, white sand and exotic greenery. The stage is set by nature, and Serenity at Coconut Bay takes care of the rest.

This adults-only resort has anniversary celebration written all over it. With just 36 plunge-pool suites, there are no crowds. Enjoy the coziness of lavish amenities like the private "backyard" patio with a plunge pool, a waterfall, hammocks, an outdoor shower and a wet bar. Suites are plush; think vaulted ceilings, four-poster, king-size mahogany beds, oversized soaker tubs and showers with plenty of room for two. Your butler will take care of anything. Serenity is part of the larger Coconut Bay Beach Resort and Spa next door, which gives you access to amenities like restaurants and a waterpark.

P.O. Box 246, Eau Piquant, Saint Lucia

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Castle Hot Springs, Arizona

Castle Hot Springs 10 year all-inclusive resort in Arizona

The hot springs are just part of this wellness retreat in the Sonoran desert. Here, couples can also meditate, indulge in sound baths, get a chakra tune up, and do breathwork, yoga, Tai chi and more. The backdrop of the Bradshaw Mountains adds to the serenity. For the couple looking for a rejuvenating 10-year anniversary celebration, you'll be set for that reset. But if you want to mix it up and also go for adventure, you can, whether it's hiking, taking a canyon walk, axe throwing or the Ferrata climbing course. Your bungalow with its fireplace is a respite. Bathe privately in natural spring waters in a stone tub gazing at the mountain peaks. A babbling creek provides a soothing soundtrack during your stay.

5050 N. Castle Hot Springs Rd, Morristown, AZ 85342

Spice Island Beach Resort, Grenada

The Spice Island Beach Resort is on the infamous Grand Anse Beach in Grenada. With just 64 luxury, villa-style suites, the setting is intimate. You'll only celebrate your 10th anniversary once, so consider going for a luxury suite, which has a private pool, a four-poster king bed and a deep soaking tub. Recall memories strolling the two miles of beach. Paddleboard, kayak, snorkel, dive or hop on a Hobie Cat. Bike, play tennis or play golf at nearby Grenada Golf and Country Club. There's beachside yoga and the Janissa Spa to put you two in a peaceful state. The resort's restaurant, Oliver's, is one of the island's most upscale dining spots. The cuisine is Caribbean-Creole, and there are live calypso and reggae bands.

P.O. Box Six, St. George's, Grenada

Grand Velas Riviera Maya, Mexico

You'll be happy you checked in here and sad when it's time to say goodbye. The Grand Velas Riviera Maya is luxury at its finest. It scores high on the romance meter, being set on more than 200 acres of jungle and mangroves, with white sand beaches aplenty. Sweeter still are the various suite options—all are 1,100 square feet, have balconies, and some even have private plunge pools.

Feast at eight restaurants, including five gourmet offerings. The resort's Cocina de Autor holds the AAA Five Diamond Award, the first all-inclusive restaurant in the world to win this prestigious distinction. The bar is high at the Se Spa, too. At more than 90,000 square feet, it has bragging rights for being the region's largest spa. It gets kudos for its authentic Mexican treatments, as well as offerings from around the globe—not to mention their signature seven-step water journey. Couples can enjoy stargazing with Champagne or a seaside picnic on a private spot in the sand. Talk about romance.

Riviera Maya, Carretera Cancun Tulum Km 62 Playa Del Carmen, 77710 Riviera Maya, Q.R., Mexico

Danta Beach in Las Catalinas

For a 10-year anniversary trip within a few hours drive, check out these romantic getaway guides by state for more ideas.

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An Italian Mama's Guide to Italy

10 year old girl in Venice on a boat looking at the canals

Venice with a 10-year-old: itinerary and trip report (+why you’ll LOVE it!)

Venice with a 10-year-old: our trip report! A detailed account of my two night / three days in Venice stay with my daughter, with recommended kid-friendly activities, guides, hotel, restaurants and tips.

Venice is a wonderful city to visit with children and if you follow this site, you may already be familiar with our Venice guide for families , with all our tips to plan a trip (if you don’t know it, check it out, it’s free!)

That guide is a great tool to plan a stay; however, I know sometimes it is even more useful to read an actual trip report, with a detailed account of what we actually did while in Venice, what worked and what didn’t.

This is what this trip report is!

I recently spent two nights in Venice with my 10-year-old daughter and got up to a lot of adventures and activities.

I rarely travel alone with only one of my children and this mother-and-daughter trip was something I had been wanting to do for a long time.

When the opportunity finally arose, I went all out and booked pretty much all activities I knew she’d love: while her brother remembered his trip to Venice well, she didn’t and so I had the perfect chance to do it all again!

We had the most amazing time and she adored everything (so did I!).

The trip was one or possibly even two days too short for us, and I would have loved to also be able to get her to do a mask-making class and go back to the island of Burano, which she had only seen years ago.

It was also a little intense in terms of schedule. However, we are extremely pleased with the time we had and felt busy yet not rushed.

This is my account of my trip to Venice with a 10-year-old girl who loved travel, crafts and trying new things. I hope it is useful if planning a trip to Venice with tweens!

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Venice with a 10-year-old: our itinerary at a glance

Friday : departure from Rome by train. Kid-friendly scavenger hunt in Venice with a guide. Dinner near the hotel.

Saturday : early morning photo shoot with a vacation photographer. Murano glass-making experience in Venice city center. Lunch in Cannaregio. Afternoon rowing class for kids. Dinner near the hotel.

Sunday : Free day! Visit to the small island of San Giorgio Maggiore with bell tower climb, stroll in Castello and Napoleonic Gardens, lunch in Dorsoduro, stroll between San Marco and Rialto, mid afternoon departure by train.

Where we stayed : Hotel Agli Alboretti , Dorsoduro (review below)

How we moved around : on foot the first two days. With a vaporetto pass (water bus pass) on Sunday.

Venice itinerary day 1 (Friday)

Our first day in Venice wasn’t a full day but only an afternoon and evening.

The original plan was to get the high-speed train from Rome to Venice and arrive in Venice in time for lunch, so we could settle and maybe have a play in the park before setting off for our first guided tour.

The plan kind of worked; however, our train got delayed, so we had to ditch the park plan and ended up in a bit of a rush to make our appointment with our guide!

Nothing major, but I was happy I had left two full hours between our arrival time and the tour: anything less would have been too short.

We arrived at Venice Santa Lucia Station at about 2pm and stepped into a stunning late October day in Venice.

Venice train station is right in front of the Grand Canal and no matter how many times we come here, that first view of the shimmering water and the massive dome of the church of San Simeone Piccolo always takes our breath away!

Church overlooking the Grand Canal in Venice

Our hotel was in the Dorsoduro area (wonderful), about 20-25 minute walk from the station and we decided to walk the distance.

We had a little luggage and needed to stretch our legs, so the walking worked for us.

While we could have taken the Vaporetto (water bus), it was an opportunity to have a first sense of Venice and explore the area of Santa Croce / San Polo, which we would have otherwise missed.

To find our way, we used google maps which were surprisingly good and reliable.

We only got slightly lost once and only for about a minute: while google maps sometimes get confused in Venice, we found it good in this area and many others, so I highly recommend you have them on your phone for reference.

On the way to our hotel we saw stunning canals, streets and shops: the perfect introduction to Venice!

We arrived at our hotel with minutes to spare before our tour, so we checked in, dumped bags in the room and dashed to meet our guide.

For this afternoon, we had chosen to take a tour with Lucia of Venice Walks and Tours and had picked a tour of our local area: it was a great choice!

Dorsoduro is a wonderful neighborhood, and while it doesn’t have San Mark’s or Rialto, it is beautiful and a great place to see a more local, real part of Venice.

Gondola in Venice

Lucia is from this area and she was fabulous at telling us stories about it, showing us its gems and making us feel at home.

After the travel hours and the rush to get here, it was a fantastic way to get acquainted with the area we would call home for a couple of days and felt it was a perfect start.

You can read all about Lucia here >>> our review of Lucia’s fabulous tour of Venice for kids

After the tour, we got changed for dinner and went to a local restaurant Lucia recommended called San Trovaso.

The restaurant was lovely and traditional, with prices in line with the area and very pleasant staff.

They were all smiles to us and had good menu choices both for me (I had pasta with squid ink and a glass of white wine) and my daughter (who had pasta al ragu’).

The restaurant was less than 2 minutes on foot from our hotel so we got back and crashed in our silent, spotless room for a well deserved night of sleep!

Venice with my 10-year-old day 2: Saturday

Our second day in Venice was our busiest.

Arguably, it was too busy; however, we really wanted to have an unscheduled day at least one of the days so it worked well for us to do all the structured things in one go and then nothing the day after.

FYI: we booked and paid for all these activities and received no special discount or treatment. This is our unbiased experience.

Venice photoshoot with Flytographer

We started the day bright and early with a generous breakfast in our hotel and then walked the 15 minutes that separated us from San Marco, where we were meeting our photographer.

The walk was fabulous!

Sunrise in Venice

Since we were in Venice in late October, leavening the hotel at about 8am meant we were able to witness the sun rising over Venice, which was absolutely magical!

To find our way to San Marco we used google maps again and, once more, it worked ok, with only a slight detour and a wrong turn.

Once again, we found our guide on time and had our photoshoot, which was an absolute highlight for us!

Top tip : Our photographer was Marta (same name as me!) and she was wonderful!! As well as super talented, she is a lovely person and really made sure we had a nice experience in wonderful corners of Venice. I highly highly highly recommend her! You can book her via Flytographer, and I have a discount code for you >> click here and enter CODE1693297 to redeem it <<< !

If you want to see how talented Marta is, have a look at our Instagram where we shared some of her beautiful captures!

Murano Glass making experience

The second stop of our morning was a glass maker workshop in the San Marco area for a glass class.

Glass making is a traditional craft from the island of Murano, in the Venetian lagoon, and I had considered whether we should take an half-day trip there to take a workshop.

However, we then discovered the atelier of an artisan in Venice city center and it was so much more convenient, we opted for that one.

my daughter making Murano glass in Venice

It turned out to be a great choice not just for location but also for the experience itself.

Unlike other similar places, in this atelier, my daughter and I were actually able to mold glass with the flame, and not just watch the masters do it!

The class was wonderful and very exciting.

The experience was shared and there was another family with children there, which was lovely.

The artist demonstrated how glass making work and how to be safe around the flame.

Then, he helped each of us make a glass creation of our choice (my daughter made a bunny, I made an owl, but you could also make pendants or other trinkets).

Since you need individual attention to perate the frame, the class is organized with two different activities: the one at the flame and a more independent one, the creation of a glass tile with colorful glass beads.

The two activities work well together and mean that there is no waiting around yet you can work in your own time and do not feel rushed.

You can book the same class as us on Airbnb Experiences

Lunch in Cannaregio

After the class, we had almost three hours to reach our rowing class and so we took a short walk in the dedication of the class and had a lazy lunch.

On the way, we stopped in a place that we had loved in the past and that I always recommend as unique and fun: Libreria dell’Acqua Alta.

Libreria dell’Acqua Alta is a bookshop with something unique: it has a huge arrays of books (old and new) that are not kept on shelves but in bathtubs and gondolas!

My daugther in Libreria dell'Acqua Alta

If you think this is mad and weird, you are right, it is both!

The choice is a mix of practicality and style.

The bookshop opens onto a canal and gets flooded when the high tide comes in; so, having books in containers that can take water safely is a must.

However, the bookshop has also a very specific aesthetic and this is its strength and also its demise.

While this place was once a hidden gem, it is now a place with tourists like us queuing to take photos for Instagram.

Is it still worth going to Libreria dell’Acqual Alta? Yes and no. If you can catch it in a quiet movement, maybe at opening time, absolutely yes. If you have to queue for hours, you can probably skip it.

For lunch, we picked place that looked pretty and had good reviews: la Colonna in Cannaregio, which turned out to be great.

My daughter had lasagne, I had scaloppine (meat), and we shared a dessert. The staff was lovely and the price right so this is a place we recommend.

Rowing class with row Venice

One of the experiences I most dearly wanted to have while in Venice with my daughter was a rowing class with the women of Row Venice and indeed, the class was a highlight for us and absolutely fabulous!

Row Venice is a local organization of rowing women and they offer the option of taking a class with them and spend some time on the water learning the basic skill of maneuvering a traditional Venetian boat (not a gondola, a traditional everyday working boat – much better!).

The experience is fantastic. Our teacher Luigina was wonderful and my daughter fell in love with her and rowing.

We thought we would share the effort but my daughter had no intention of letting go of the oar so I spent most of the time just sunning myself on the boat as she drove me!

The class brought us around quiet canals and on the open lagoon and it was perfect.

An absolute highlight and perfect for a 10-year-old in Venice.

You can book the same class as us here >>> Row Venice experience <<<

My daughter rowing on a Venice canal

After our class, we had a nice gelato at Bacaro del gelato nearby and then walked back to our glass workshop to collect our now cooled down creations and then walked home.

Good to know: the walk back home brought us along Strada Nova and San Marco, which are among the busiest places in Venice. As much as possible, try to avoid them and walk the longer route via small streets or get the Vaporetto. The crowds really do feel oppressive here on a busy day and it is such a shame after an otherwise blissful experience in quiet Cannaregio!

After such a long day, we rested at our hotel and had dinner in the hotel restaurant, which was nice.

While probably not a place I would specifically seek out if not staying locally, we had a lovely dinner and were happy not to have to leave the hotel again (the ravioli were delicious).

Sunday itinerary

After the busy Saturday we had, we were glad to have a free day to just wander.

Unlike the other days, we invested in a Vaporetto card for the day which we used extensively: we bought it on the spot from the machines at the San Marco bus station.

You can read here >>> our guide to getting around Venice with kids

Punta della Dogana and traghetto

After another good breakfast in the hotel, we took a stroll across Dorsoduro and reached stunning Fondamenta Salute / Punta della Dogana, a scenic viewpoint.

The walk was lovely and since we left early, we were able to get a nice stroll without too many people around (around 9am).

We then spotted a traghetto service and decided to hop on and reach San Marco by gondola.

Good to know: traghetto in Venice are gondolas operating a shuttle service between the two sides of the Canal Grande. The service costs 2 euros each, only takes a few minutes and it is a fun and convenient way to cross the canals where there are no bridges. It is also a cheap way to be on a real gondola!

When we got to San Marco, we got overwhelmed by crowds and so we relaxed a little in the quiet Giardini Reali (gardens) and then got a water bus and headed to the island of San Giorgio Maggiore.

This was recommended to us by our photographer the day before and indeed, it is a gem! The island is tiny, beautiful and quiet and has a lovely tower bell you can climb, by elevator.

From the top, you have a fantastic view of the whole of Venice, San Marco and Borge’s labyrinth in the Cini Foundation too (we didn’t get to go but looks fabulous!).

View from the top of San Giorgio Tower bell, Venice, Italy

Castello, Arsenale and Giardini della Biennale

From San Giorgio, we took the vaporetto again and had a walk around Castello, the one neighborhood we hadn’t covered this time yet.

Castello is a wonderful part of Venice and is great for kids.

The main landmark here is the stunning Arsenale (make sure you go and show your kids the statues of the lions, they are massive!) but what we love the most about here is how quiet the area is compared with others and the wonderful Napoleonic Gardens.

The Gardens were a little busier than usual as they host La Biennale Art Event which was on at the time of our visit. However, they are a fantastic green space in Venice and they have playgrounds and nice views, which made both my daughter and I very happy.

Stone lions in front of Arsenale, Venice, Italy

Lunch in Dorsoduro

For lunch, we went back to the area of our hotel and had lunch in a lovely local eatery called Ai Pugni.

The eatery was recommended to us by our photographer and is in front of a bridge we had visited on the first day with Lucia and it was perfect.

The staff was outstanding, the food was delicious (it is cicchetti , traditional small bites) and it was lovely to end our stay in the same areas as where we started!

From here, we got our bags and walked up to the station.

Rialto Bridge and market

At this point, we needed to get back to the station but I really wanted my daughter to also see Rialto, one of the biggest Venice landmarks, and so we hopped back on the water bus and went.

Rilato is stunning and a nightmare all wrapped into one.

The bridge is beautiful but the crowds here are excessive, so much so that the area is my least favorite in Venice and the one I recommend the least for a stay.

Rialto bridge, Venice, with crowds

However, I felt my daughter should see it and so we went: looking back, we should have probably just skipped it although it gave up the opportunity to talk about overtourism so we kind of learned from our own mistake!

It was however nice to then walk along small, quiet secondary roads up to Santa Lucia.

On the wasy, we were able to stop for another playground break at Girdini Papadoloulos, from where we waited fro our train to then head back to Rome.

Venice with a 10-year-old: considerations

  • Looking back, there is nothing I would have done differently for this trip, except its length.

I felt we could have really done with an additional day as a visit to the islands would have been special, especially with the weather we got.

  • My daughter is not into history but I believe it was a shame not to visit the Doge’s Palace so again, had we had more time, I would have added that
  • Not getting the water bus pass worked well for us. The pass comes into its own if you use it at lest 3 times in a day so we recommend taking it if you are going to any of the islands or you know for a fact you’ll go up and down the Grand Canal more than twice in a day (chances are you’ll do it once at most, depending where you are staying). There is no need to book this in advance as there are vending machines at all stations.
  • We didn’t book any of our meals and had no problems finding nice places good for all ages
  • We found public restrooms well-indicated and frequent. The best one was at Accademia Bridge. Many are paid for (bring coins). You can read here >>> what you need to know about public restrooms in Italy .
  • Dorsoduro was a perfect area to have our hotel
  • Getting out early (before 10) and avoiding San Marco / Strada nova / Rialto was great to escape crowds.

Our hotel review

For this trip, we got a double room with breakfast in Hotel Agli Arboretti.

Venice hotel Agli Arboretti

We had stayed at this hotel before and we find it to be a good, reliable address.

The hotel is a traditional Italian establishment in a traditional Venetian building: as you walk in, you see exposed wooden beams on the ceiling, carpet and a dark wood reception desk.

Depending on what you are used to, it may feel charming or old but this is more down to style than actual standard.

While the spaces are not huge, the rooms are perfectly functional and spotless, they are quiet and the bathrooms are modern and clean.

The breakfast is generous and varied and the on-site restaurant good and with lovely staff.

The hotel has several types of rooms, including family ones.

We enjoyed staying here. However, you can also have a look at other establishments we recommend, should you want an international hotel feel more than an Italian-style place.

Find here >>> our recommended hotel in Venice f or families

I hope you enjoyed this trip report and it helped you plan your own family trip to Venice with a tween!

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Marta Correale

Marta Correale is an Italian mama of two. Born and raised in Rome, Marta has a passion for travel and especially enjoys showing off Italy to her kids, who are growing up to love it as much as she does! A classics graduate, teacher of Italian as a second language and family travel blogger, Marta launched Mama Loves Italy as a way to inspire, support and help curious visitors to make the most of a trip to Italy and learn about Italian culture on the way.

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From relaxing escapes with your infant to deep cultural immersions upon college graduation, here are travel ideas for families with children at any stage.

Once a traveler, always a traveler. There are folks who believe a baby doesn't have to change a thing about a couple's lifestyle, and others who subscribe to the exact opposite theory. But all can agree on one thing: Those who loved traveling before expanding their family likely dream of continuing to explore the world, little ones in tow. One of the most exciting parts of having children, after all, is the way they enrich and amplify almost every experience. Then, of course, there's the awe-inspiring discovery that goes along with watching curious youngsters see and try new things, from delicious foods to beautiful cultures.

Knowing which places around the globe are most appropriate for kids as they grow into and out of different phases can be tough to anticipate. And yes, it's more daunting to fly or contend with jet lag at certain ages. It's true, too, that as little ones become big, trips become more expensive. But all the challenges are far outweighed by the collective joy that's possible on a family vacation, especially one tailored to the brood's developmental stage and interests.

Here, with the help of a few travel experts, we break it down by age group, pairing each with a dreamy destination for exposure to the wondrous world and maximum family fun.

Infants (Ages 0-1): A Mexican Beach Resort

You'll hear it from every parent: Travel while your baby is just that — a baby — because it'll never be easier. Once they start walking, all bets are off. True, you're likely sleep deprived, but doesn't that make it the perfect time to hop on a short flight to Mexico for some R&R and vitamin D?

When planning a first vacation with an infant, Indagare CEO and founder Melissa Biggs Bradley says, "You'll want a warm location with a direct flight, a big beach since infants are still too young to enjoy a kids club, and easy access to good medical care in case of an ear infection or anything more serious."

Expect to bring way too much gear, but don't worry — any parent will empathize. A family-friendly resort in a development like the Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita (for West Coasters) or Rosewood Mayakoba (for East Coasters) is a great bet since they'll happily provide the comforts of home (think: crib, mini fridge for milk, high chair, baby bathtub, or diaper pail), meaning you can focus your packing around sun protection and adorable tropical ensembles for your baby. They're also likely to offer babysitting services, in case you'd like to have dinner one night after 7 p.m. As for the new parent exhaustion, a soft, sandy beach is an idyllic place to catch up on Zs, for all of you. There's a reason sound machines come with a blue noise option — the gentle lapping of waves could lull anyone right to sleep.

Toddlers (Ages 1-4): The Island of Hawai'i

To a toddler, there's excitement to be found everywhere. They're like mini explorers, captivated by virtually every landscape and situation. Young kids who have just discovered the freedom of walking, running, and swimming will find pure magic in the Hawaiian islands. The coral reefs, beautiful beaches , Polynesian culture, soulful storytelling, near-perfect weather, and wildlife such as dolphins, whales, and sea turtles hold plenty of appeal for adults, yes, but also for toddlers.

The island of Hawai'i, specifically, offers a diversity of stunning environments, from stark and surreal lava flows to lush waterfalls, as well as resorts with little to no crowds. Mauna Lani , part of the Auberge Resorts Collection, with its ancient royal fishponds, outrigger canoes, and calm beach, exemplifies the family-forward approach. Their Holoholo Kids Crew offers thoughtful programming (think: crab hunting, Hawaiian language lessons, petroglyph walks, and natural dyeing, stamping, and feather art). And while it's designed for ages five to 12, three and four year olds can also attend with their parents (a great excuse for grown-ups to experience all the fun, too). Uncle Danny, the resort's cultural gatekeeper whose domain is the vibrant "house of knowledge," is wonderful with children.

"Many Hawaii resorts have protected ponds where you can take your toddlers into the ocean," says Biggs Bradley. "You can enjoy whale-watching cruises, and, in their later toddler years, they'll appreciate learning about the wildlife, maybe attend lei-making classes, or just relaxing by the pool or on the beach."

Elementary School (Ages 5-10): Rome, Italy

Once your kids have reached school age, they begin to hear a little more about the world around them. Basic elementary school lessons typically include ancient Rome, the Colosseum , and gladiators, says Biggs Bradley, so a trip to Rome "will further engage them in the touring, since what they've learned in school will be brought to life."

There are countless exciting activities available for kiddos, and even picky eaters will find something they love in the boot-shaped country known for pizza, pasta, and gelato. "Pizza- and gelato-making experiences are a must," says Access Italy CEO Simone Amorico, who adds that kids love making ceramics and mosaics, too. He says other can't-miss activities include, "treasure hunts in the Vatican and the Villa Borghese, where they can also ride a four-wheel bike and stop for picnics."

Meanwhile, the fairytale-like Hotel Eden is an ideal base for Roman excursions, and it's not far from Teatro Verde, a theater for puppet shows and musicals, the Explora Children's Museum, and Bartolucci, a traditional wooden toy shop where you can find Pinocchio. "At this age, a typical family tour can be boring, as they tune out and can't wait to leave," says Scott Dunn USA president John Spence. "We had our kids attend a Roman gladiator school so they could gain hands-on lessons in fighting techniques and reenact life as an ancient gladiator — they loved it."

Tweens (Ages 11-13): A Montana Dude Ranch

Between the ages of 11 and 13, kids, or tweens, will likely want some autonomy, but they also need boundaries. A dude ranch or guest ranch encompassing hundreds of acres of pristine, wide-open space makes for a wonderful compromise.

"When kids are in their early teenage years, there is nothing better than a vacation that combines adventure with something new," says Spence. "Watching our kids step outside of their element — horseback riding on mountainside cliffs or even just hiking in the beautiful Montana nature — is one of the best parts of being a parent."

Visiting a 10-square-mile property like The Ranch at Rock Creek — with a slew of included activities like fly fishing, cross-country mountain biking, photography classes, sapphire mining, and horse roping lessons — is quite a novelty for many families. Most kids, however unique their interests, will be able to find something they are stoked about. The younger ones can also attend Flint's Forest Rangers Kids Club (ages four to 12), which offers pre-booked excursions such as wildlife spotting and treasure hunting. Families can come together in the property's western-style bar for bowling, table tennis, and karaoke, too.

And perhaps the best part about Montana, home to dozens of guest ranches, is that it's gorgeous and fun year-round. It's a winter wonderland worthy of a snow globe and, at The Ranch at Rock Creek, cold-weather options include skiing (downhill and cross-country), sledding, ice skating, hockey, and snowmobiling. Expect smiles 24/7.

Teenagers (Ages 14-17): An African Safari

"It is all about the thrill of experiencing something so different from what they've ever seen before," says Extraordinary Journeys ' founder and CEO Elizabeth Gordon of taking the kids on an African safari.

Biggs Bradley adds, "Safaris are a huge area of passion for me, and I was eager to open my kids' eyes to them when they were young. The sweet spot to take children on their first safari is after 14 because by then you can ensure they will really remember the experience. They'll be able to sit in a vehicle for long periods of time and likely won't be nervous about sleeping in a tent." Plus, many camps also don't allow kids under 12 years old.

A safari is a special experience for a family to encounter together, witnessing an exciting array of animals in their natural habitat — not to mention beautiful traditions and cultures, too. "An amazing guide will teach [the kids] about tracking, get them to think like a detective, and figure out what may have happened in the area by looking at footprints," says Gordon.

As Biggs Bradley says of Kenya, "Cultural exchange is key. The opportunity for kids to meet and interact with Maasai people, for example, can be an incredibly memorable part." Properties like Sirikoi , Basecamp Explorer 's circuit, and Angama Mara provide beautiful immersion along with amazing sightings of the world's rarest species.

Another perk? Since Wi-Fi is often sparse or unavailable, families can unplug from technology and simply enjoy being together out in the bush. For even more adventure, consider adding on gorilla trekking in Rwanda (the pricier option) or Uganda (more affordable), especially if doing a safari in nearby Kenya.

College (Ages 18-21): Queenstown, New Zealand

Once kids have gone off to college, it can take a pretty enticing offer to pull them back into the fold for family vacations. Queenstown, New Zealand, is one such attractive proposition. Known as the "adventure capital of the world," it's the kind of all-season destination that offers a scene for everyone — plus, English is the main language spoken.

The birthplace of bungee jumping is home to countless thrills, from exhilarating jumps ( AJ Hackett Bungy from the Kawarau Bridge is the classic choice) to parasailing on bright blue Lake Wakatipu. "Families will love helicopter flights over the Tasman Glacier and along Milford Sound on a sunny winter day, or careening around the bends of the Shotover Canyon on a jet boat in the summer," says Gordon of this "quintessential playground."

For anyone who's not quite as much an adrenaline junkie, there are many hiking — known there as tramping — trails that reveal jaw-dropping panoramas. "New Zealand is a dream destination for a family who loves nature, landscapes, and, of course, adventure," says Biggs Bradley, adding that skydiving, rafting, caving, and fly fishing are also draws.

In the winter, Queenstown's mountains are home to epic skiing and snowboarding. The town itself is walkable and safe, with plenty of places to enjoy a sundowner, lovely meal, or the nightlife. With the kids becoming adults (and the local drinking age being 18), there's also the option to take a day for wine tasting at some of the island country's top vineyards in the Central Otago region about 45 minutes away by car.

To allow your young adults some freedom, try a couple rooms at the boutique QT Queenstown , which is full of art, quirk, and large windows showcasing the Remarkables mountain range and Lake Wakatipu.

College Graduates (Age 22 and Up): Japan

By the time they've graduated college, many young adults will be ready to dive, respectfully, into a culture as exquisite as Japan's. "Japan is a country you want to travel to when you know your family will truly be able to appreciate what it has to offer," says Biggs Bradley, pointing out the opportunity for deep cultural immersion in food and drink, museums, temples, and shrines.

In a place where there's a fine art to everything from making tea and arranging flowers to lighting incense, it's best to ensure all parties are prepared to be well-behaved and gracious guests. A more mature — or adventurous — palate is also helpful for fully enjoying all of Japan's culinary treasures. Spence calls it "the perfect place for post-graduates who want new experiences," and Japan certainly excels at providing those.

Tokyo is a dynamic urban center where exploration yields unimaginable exploits. A different energy pervades Kyoto's quieter neighborhoods of Buddhist temples, Shinto shrines, bamboo forests, and famous geisha districts. ( InsideJapan offers wonderful private tours led by local experts.) "Our kids loved trains, making the bullet train around Japan one of the best parts of the trip," says Spence.

Getting around is indeed a no-brainer — trains and buses are always precisely on time, people are friendly and willing to help despite language barriers, and there are many appealing regions (prefectures) with special attributes, such as places known for sake, hot springs (onsen), and art.

Staying in a traditional ryokan is a must, and the fourth-generation Japanese-owned Hoshinoya portfolio includes several luxury options. One of the most memorable additions to the cities, however, is a couple of days near Mount Fuji, where Hoshinoya Fuji offers spectacular views of the elusive volcano alongside exceptional local cuisine and rugged outdoorsy activities, including a food smoking workshop, canoeing, and e-biking. At the end of the day, there's no better place for a globe-trotting family to relax and share stories than around a bonfire under the stars, with live acoustic music, s'mores, and Japanese whisky.


Travelling With a 10 Years Old Kid – What Things To Consider

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Traveling with children can be an exciting and enriching experience for both parents and kids alike. It provides an opportunity to create lasting memories, broaden horizons, and strengthen family bonds. However, traveling with a 10-year-old requires careful planning and consideration to ensure a smooth and enjoyable trip for everyone involved. In this article, we will explore various aspects of traveling with a 10-year-old kid, including tips, challenges, and recommended destinations.

Planning Your Trip As Per The Joy Of Kid

Setting expectations and involving your child.

Traveling with a 10-year-old means that your child is old enough to have opinions and preferences. It’s important to involve them in the planning process to make them feel included and excited about the trip. Discuss the destination options, activities, and attractions to gauge their interests. By involving your child from the beginning, you can ensure that the trip caters to their preferences and keeps them engaged throughout the journey.

Choosing Kid-Friendly Destinations

When selecting a destination, it’s crucial to consider the interests and needs of a 10-year-old. Look for places that offer a mix of educational and recreational activities suitable for children. Popular options include theme parks, interactive museums, nature reserves, and historical sites. Research the destination to find attractions specifically designed for kids and ensure they have a range of activities to enjoy during your visit.

Packing Essentials for Your 10-Year-Old

When packing for your trip, it’s essential to consider the specific needs of your 10-year-old. Here are some essential items to include:

  • Clothing: Pack comfortable and weather-appropriate clothing, including extra layers for varying temperatures.
  • Entertainment: Bring books, puzzles, games, or electronic devices to keep your child entertained during travel and downtime.
  • Snacks: Carry a variety of healthy snacks to keep your child energized and satisfied between meals.
  • First Aid Kit: Include basic medical supplies such as band-aids, antiseptic ointment, and any necessary medications.
  • Travel Documents: Don’t forget passports, identification, and any required travel visas or medical documentation.

Luggage Considerations

Choosing the right suitcase.

When traveling with a 10-year-old, it’s important to choose the right suitcase that is both practical and manageable. The use of Antler voucher codes is a good idea here also consider the following factors when selecting luggage:

  • Size and weight: Opt for a suitcase that is lightweight and easy for your child to handle. Ensure it meets the size restrictions for carry-on or checked baggage, depending on your travel plans.
  • Durability: Look for suitcases made of sturdy materials that can withstand the rigors of travel.
  • Accessibility: Consider suitcases with multiple compartments or pockets for better organization and easy access to essential items. 

Packing Tips for Your 10-Year-Old

Packing efficiently and thoughtfully can make your trip more convenient and stress-free. Here are some packing tips for your 10-year-old:

  • Clothing: Pack a mix of comfortable and weather-appropriate clothing. Consider versatile pieces that can be easily layered.
  • Toiletries: Bring travel-sized toiletries suitable for your child’s needs, including a toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, and sunscreen.
  • Entertainment: Include books, puzzles, or travel games to keep your child engaged during the journey.
  • Comfort items: If your child has a favorite stuffed animal, blanket, or pillow, consider bringing it along to provide familiarity and comfort.

Essential Items for the Carry-On

When traveling with a 10-year-old, it’s advisable to pack essential items in a carry-on bag. This ensures easy access to important items during the journey. Here are some items to include:

  • Travel documents: Keep passports, tickets, and any necessary travel visas readily accessible.
  • Snacks and water: Pack a variety of healthy snacks and a refillable water bottle to keep your child hydrated and nourished.
  • Entertainment: Include books, electronic devices, headphones, and chargers to keep your child entertained during the flight or car ride.
  • Extra clothing: Pack a change of clothes in case of spills or accidents.

Remember to check the airline’s regulations regarding carry-on luggage size and restrictions on liquids, gels, and other items.

Traveling by Air

Choosing kid-friendly airlines.

Not all airlines offer the same level of service and amenities for families traveling with children. Look for airlines that prioritize family-friendly features , such as dedicated play areas, in-flight entertainment for kids, and special meals suitable for children. Some airlines even provide additional assistance for families, including priority boarding and extra legroom seating options.

Preparing for the Flight

Flying can be an overwhelming experience for children, especially if it’s their first time. Here are some tips to help you and your 10-year-old prepare for the flight:

  • Explain the process: Talk to your child about what to expect at the airport, including security checks, boarding procedures, and in-flight routines.
  • Pack carry-on entertainment: Ensure your child has their favorite books, games, or other activities to keep them engaged during the flight.
  • Encourage hydration and snacks: It’s important to stay hydrated during the flight, so encourage your child to drink plenty of water and pack their favorite snacks.
  • Ear discomfort: Teach your child techniques to relieve ear discomfort during takeoff and landing, such as chewing gum or swallowing.

Choosing Accommodation

Kid-friendly hotels and resorts.

When selecting accommodation, consider hotels and resorts that cater to families with children. These establishments often provide amenities such as kids’ clubs, swimming pools, playgrounds, and child-friendly dining options. Check for reviews and recommendations from other families to ensure the hotel meets your expectations regarding comfort, safety, and entertainment for your 10-year-old.

Alternative Accommodation Options

Another option to consider is booking vacation rentals or apartments. These provide more space and flexibility, allowing your child to have a dedicated area for playing and relaxing. Vacation rentals often come equipped with kitchen facilities, which can be helpful when catering to specific dietary needs or preferences.

Exploring Your Destination

Engaging activities for kids.

To make the most of your trip, plan engaging activities that your 10-year-old will enjoy. Here are some ideas:

  • City tours: Take guided tours that cater to children, offering interactive experiences and storytelling.
  • Outdoor adventures: Plan hikes, nature walks, or bike rides in parks or nature reserves.
  • Cultural experiences: Visit museums with interactive exhibits or attend local festivals and events that showcase the destination’s culture.
  • Theme parks and amusement centers: If available, explore theme parks or amusement centers that offer rides, shows, and attractions suitable for kids.

Safety Considerations

While traveling, it’s important to prioritize your child’s safety. Follow these safety guidelines:

  • Keep a close eye on your child: Ensure your child stays within sight at all times, especially in crowded areas.
  • Teach them about stranger danger: Explain the importance of not talking to strangers and what to do if they feel unsafe.
  • Establish a meeting point: In case you get separated, establish a meeting point and teach your child how to identify and approach authorities for help.
  • A: When traveling internationally with a 10-year-old, you should carry their passport, visa (if required), and any necessary medical documentation. It’s also advisable to have a consent letter from the other parent if you are traveling alone with your child.
  • A: To keep your 10-year-old entertained during long flights, bring their favorite books, games, or electronic devices. Consider downloading movies, shows, or educational apps before the trip. Some airlines also offer in-flight entertainment for children.
  • A: When traveling with a 10-year-old, ensure you keep a close eye on them at all times, especially in crowded areas. Teach them about stranger danger and establish a meeting point in case you get separated. It’s also advisable to have emergency contact information easily accessible.
  • A: In many tourist destinations, you can rent car seats and strollers. Check with your accommodation provider or local rental companies in advance to ensure availability and make reservations if necessary.
  • A: Pack a variety of healthy snacks that your child enjoys, such as fruits, nuts, or granola bars. When dining out, look for restaurants that offer kid-friendly healthy options or have a diverse menu to cater to different dietary needs.
  • A: Vaccination requirements may vary depending on your travel destination. Consult your healthcare provider or visit the website of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for up-to-date information on recommended vaccinations for your destination.

This content was published in courtesy with Tubidy (a family travel portal), as per their comment traveling with a 10-year-old can be an awesome family experience, we hope you enjoyed reading the suggestions and tips, Happy Travelling.

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Get up and go: These are the best family vacations to take with kids at every age

Tarah Chieffi

Where should we go on vacation is a great debate in family living rooms around the world.

Should we go visit grandparents or head to the beach? Maybe we should visit a theme park or take a cruise? Or perhaps we should trek to a far-flung exotic destination with lots of hiking?

There's an endless list of possibilities and factors to consider, with one of the important being the age of your children. Each developmental stage certainly presents its own challenges, but you can still have a fun-filled, memorable trip if you know how to handle those challenges and decide which family vacations are best suited for kids in each age group.

TPG surveyed real-world parents and staffers for their first-hand advice on navigating family travel to bring you the best family vacations with kids at every age and stage.

Best types of trips with an infant

Travel challenges.

Congrats — you have a new baby in the family! The good news is babies don't need much in the way of formal entertainment, though traveling with an infant isn't without its challenges.

While it isn't always picture-perfect at this stage, don't discount traveling with a baby. Once babies have a pretty solid sleep schedule, they can make for great travel companions.

If you are planning a long road trip, you'll need feeding supplies, diapers, wipes and multiple "just in case" changes of clothes for yourself and your baby. For a trip that involves flying, you'll need to find out the airline's policies for flying with an infant and bringing baby equipment like strollers and car seats.

No matter your method of travel, you'll want to choose a destination with baby-friendly amenities, a relaxed atmosphere and maybe even bonus perks like onsite babysitting so you can enjoy a parents' night out.

All-inclusive beach resort

A vacation where everything is taken care of ahead of time and you don't have to venture away from your resort is the epitome of convenience for new parents.

Many all-inclusive resorts , including Cancun's Finest Playa Mujeres , have dedicated water play areas for kids and complimentary baby care amenities like cribs, strollers and baby monitors.

If you want to get away for a walk on the beach or a romantic meal, infant child care with nannies accredited by the International Nanny Association is available at resorts like Beaches Negril .

When it comes to accommodations, a multibedroom suite or room with a separate area where your baby can sleep in a dark, quiet atmosphere will help keep that schedule you've worked so hard to create from getting too far off track. If you can't get an entire separate room, some family travel veterans have been known to make unconventional spaces like oversized closets and bathrooms work as makeshift nurseries .

Related: Best all-inclusive resorts you can book with points

Mountain cabin rental

Consider a peaceful cabin rental in the Great Smoky Mountains, Big Bear or the Rocky Mountains if you prefer a cool mountain breeze to the salty sea air. Most cabins offer full kitchens and many comforts of home -- and maybe even game rooms or hot tubs..

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With the help of a home rental service like Vrbo or Airbnb , you can easily filter out cabins that are too small or large until you find one that's just right for you and your family. You may even consider making it a multigenerational trip that includes the grandparents so they can bond with their new grandchild.

Road trip to visit the grandparents

Alternatively, for that first trip away from home, you could hop in the car and take a road trip to visit your child's grandparents in their hometown (especially if it's as picturesque as the above destinations). Depending on your family dynamics, it can be a great way to get some practice in on packing and sleeping away from home, but with some friendly faces and arms waiting on the other side.

Some parents may be ready for a visit like this right away, while others may feel more comfortable waiting until they've mastered the basics of baby care. One thing's for sure, though: You can't beat the built-in babysitting.

Advice from parents who've been there

If you've recently had a baby, going on vacation is probably the last thing on your mind, but once you've settled into a routine and are feeling up to it, a change of scenery may be just what the doctor ordered.

TPG's director of travel content and mother of two, Summer Hull, remembers that, for some, the 3-6 month range is a golden window when going almost anywhere is doable with a baby who has a good sleep schedule. "Just put them in a carrier, and away they go," Hull said.

Once they become mobile, everything changes, so take advantage of their lack of mobility while you can.

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Best trips to take with a toddler

As infants transition to toddlerhood, they become more aware of the world around them and require more entertainment and stimulation throughout the day.

That can be difficult while buckled up in a car or in an airplane seat for hours. A backpack full of board books, mess-free coloring kits and a trusty tablet can help alleviate the boredom. We're going to be honest, though: Of all the ages, the 18 months to 3 years range is the hardest for travel , as it requires the most active work from the parents.

You may also be in the midst of potty training and wondering how to manage such a monumental task while away from home.

Plan ahead by packing extra clothing, emergency pull-ups and possibly a portable potty chair if you are camping or traveling by car. If you know you have a big trip coming up, you may want to tackle potty training before your trip (still pack those emergency pull-ups just in case).

Despite these challenges, there is also plenty of joy that can come from traveling with kids at this age. After all, this is the time when they're full of wonder.

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Because toddlers are inquisitive and energetic, any destination where they can explore their little heart out should fit the bill.

Beach vacation

Whether you opt for a beachfront resort suite or a home-away-from-home rental, a spot at the beach is an easy place to set your toddler to safely dig, splash, collect shells and search for sea life.

Although it won't be the same as the relaxing beach vacation you enjoyed pre-baby, taking a trip where you can observe your toddler indulging their sense of curiosity is still pretty fun. Just be sure you do all that is necessary to ensure water safety.

You probably won't want to spend the entire day in the sun, so choose a destination with other family-friendly activities to fill your time. In addition to its award-winning beaches, St. Petersburg, Florida , offers proximity to Fort De Soto Park, the Clearwater Marine Aquarium and the Sunken Gardens' tropical botanical gardens. Meanwhile, San Diego boasts its world-famous San Diego Zoo, museum-filled Balboa Park and the USS Midway Museum.

The 30-A section of Florida is also a fantastic, laid-back place to vacation on the beach with the whole family.

Legoland Resort is the only theme park specifically designed for families with kids age 2 to 12.

With locations in California, Florida and now New York, each Legoland park has attractions, shaded play areas, interactive exhibits and on-site hotels that cater to younger children, including toddlers. Staying on-site puts you steps away from the fun and comes with special perks like free breakfast, early theme park entry and character interactions. (But remember, perks vary by location.)

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Mitchell Stoutin, TPG's director of engineering, took a unique approach to travel with his toddler.

Before visiting Sitka, Alaska, with his then 2-year-old and 4-month-old, Mitchell prepared for a struggle to keep his kids seated without getting fussy. Since neither child liked being strapped into a car seat, Mitchell purchased a Thule Chariot multiuse stroller and bike trailer to use while traveling around the small island. "We arrived with the stroller and rented bikes from the bike shop downtown so we could tow the kids around," he said. "We spent the week exploring trails, sipping coffee, eating fresh seafood and hanging out by the water."

This could be a stellar option if you are traveling to a similar destination that's easy to get around.

Related: Guide to flying with kids of every age

Best trips to take with a preschooler

Preschoolers are generally easier to travel with than toddlers because they have longer attention spans. However, they also sometimes see themselves as tiny adults.

This means stronger opinions, self-determination and the subsequent tantrums that come with not getting their way. To manage unexpected outbursts, keep your schedule loose and flexible, include plenty of breaks and pack more snacks than you think you'll need.

Your child may also be getting to the age where you debate leaving the stroller at home rather than lugging it around on vacation. Consider the amount of walking you'll be doing each day and whether you'll be out and about during nap time or after bedtime when the stroller can be used to hold your sleeping child.

If you want to test out leaving the stroller behind, research stroller rental options at your destination ... just in case.

As kids get older, more mobile and more independent, a whole new world of vacation options opens up. Now's the time to try new things on an extra-special family vacation.

Disney park

A Disney vacation can be fun at any age, but preschoolers are at that magical age where they believe in, well, magic.

It also helps that they are old enough and tall enough for many of the attractions. When you hit something they are not ready to do, Disney offers a rider switch service so parents can experience attractions their kids are too short for without having to wait in line twice.

Whether you visit Walt Disney World in Florida or Disneyland in California, max out the magic by staying on-site, booking a character meal and packing their favorite Disney character costume to wear in the parks.

But remember, these kiddos are still pretty young, so you'll want to build in lots of downtime for swimming and resting at your hotel to avoid the aforementioned tantrums, even if your kid has otherwise outgrown regular naps.

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Ski vacation

For the most part, preschoolers are too young to be overly scared of trying something new. That makes now the perfect time to take them to the mountains for a ski vacation .

Look for a ski resort that offers ski school with small classes for this young age or even private lessons. In some cases, the length and cost of private lessons is reduced for children in that 3- to 5-year-old age range. For example, at Winter Park, Colorado, a half-day lesson for children age 6 and up starts at $699, while that same lesson for younger kids is $404.

Look for family-friendly lodging — preferably with a hot tub for soaking sore muscles — that offers on-site dining and easy access to groceries and other necessities. If there's ever a time to spring for a room at the best spot on the mountain, it's now. The Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Resort and Spa , which sits just steps from Beaver Creek's ski school, can be booked with points for an excellent rate.

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Go on a cruise

Once a kid is 3 years old and potty trained, the world of complimentary kids clubs, including ones on several cruise ships, begins to open up.

Certain cruise lines are a better match for families than others thanks to their exceptional kids programming. Norwegian Cruise Line's free program for preschoolers includes activities like treasure hunts, arts and crafts projects and parades. Norwegian also has fun family amenities like bowling lanes, a miniature golf course and waterslides.

MSC Cruises offers similar child care and family activities, with its kids clubs divided into small age ranges, such as the Mini Club for kids age 3-6. This line also has a partnership with Lego, meaning your little ones will enjoy access to Lego play areas in the kids club and a dedicated Lego-themed day during each cruise.

Then, of course, there's Disney Cruise Line , which excels at keeping kids entertained. Onboard activities range from Disney cartoons showing in the movie theaters to character meet-and-greets to the Oceaneer Club, which is available to kids ages 3-12.

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While traveling with his boys in preschool, Michael Gum learned that his kids especially loved hotel rooms with bunk beds and electronic drawing tablets for inflight entertainment.

Florida-based writer and mom Dani Meyering recommends parents invest in TSA PreCheck to breeze through security, as children 12 and younger can accompany parents with TSA PreCheck through the expedited security lane. Lots of credit cards you may already have in your wallet even offer a credit toward getting PreCheck.

On a recent trip, Meyering and her husband kept everything in order at the airport by designating one parent to manage the luggage and the other to be in charge of their son.

Both Gum and Meyering extolled the value of packing more snacks than you think you'll need. "It's survival mode on travel day," Meyering said. "Bring plenty of snacks."

Best trips to take with elementary-age kids

The biggest obstacle at this age is finding the right balance of fun and hands-on activities without overtiring them.

This is also the age where school absences and working around an academic calendar become realities for many families. While planning your vacation, be conscious of your child's limitations and don't book too many back-to-back activities. Even though these kids can make it through a busy day at home, leave time for some rest and recuperation in between marquee activities.

Best types of trips

At this age, kids are largely self-sufficient and able to handle a full day of adventures. By age 6 or 7, you can start mixing in more active outings like hiking, horseback riding and exploring new cities by foot.

Dude ranch or glamping resort

Dude ranches and glamping resorts let you experience all the fun of the great outdoors while staying in luxurious accommodations. Most offer a wide range of activities like fishing, boating, archery, cycling and swimming in an idyllic, natural atmosphere.

Westgate River Ranch Resort & Rodeo in Polk County, Florida, (about an hour south of Orlando) has air-conditioned glamping tents and luxe covered wagons, among other accommodation options, plus a weekly rodeo. The Ranch at Rock Creek in Philipsburg, Montana, offers skiing and snowmobiling in the cooler months and mountain biking and hiking during the warmer months.

If you have some Hyatt points to spend, the Rawah Ranch in Colorado has a kids program for those ages 4-10.

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Bahamas resort

If you are ready to venture a bit farther from home for a beach vacation, the Bahamas is a worthy contender. Resorts like Baha Mar in Nassau have multiple hotels to choose from, some of which offer fun amenities like water parks and are bookable with World of Hyatt points , such as the Grand Hyatt Baha Mar.

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The Atlantis resort complex, which sits just a few miles away, is also an option that has thrilled kids for decades. Since some of the towers are affiliated with Marriott, you can reserve select accommodations with Marriott Bonvoy points.

International adventure

This is an opportune time for your child's first big trip out of the country.

They're old enough to handle a long-haul flight (and yes, even kids love lie-flat seats !), and they are better able to appreciate the defining characteristics of your chosen destination, whether that's snorkeling in Bora Bora or enjoying afternoon tea in London.

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Jessica Stephens, a mom of two, warns parents not to over plan. "Go in with an open mind and have a short list of things you must accomplish on your trip," Stephens said. "The other fun things you get to do are just bonuses!"

Best trips to take with tweens

When kids get into the double digits, they will probably want more space and privacy than they did when they were younger. If toddlers are the toughest age to travel with logistically, tweens may be the toughest age group to please.

If possible, you'll want to seek out accommodations with individual bedrooms or even a living room with a pullout sofa where your child can unwind at the end of a long day. Finding a space with an extra bathroom or two wouldn't hurt, either.

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These kids are also entering an age where fun with others their age can outrank fun with mom and dad or younger siblings. This makes the tween years a great time to double up and take a trip with another family or cousins or go somewhere that has a club specifically for the tween age.

Even in the world of theme parks, resorts and cruise lines, some are better suited for tweens than others.

Outdoor adventure

If you've been holding off on long-distance hikes or other iterations of "roughing it," now might be the time. A U.S. national park is a good place to start.

From mule treks in the Grand Canyon to beachfront camping in Florida's Dry Tortugas National Park to discovering dinosaur fossils at Dinosaur National Monument in Colorado and Utah , each U.S. national park offers something special for everyone, including tweens. Remember that the National Park Service also makes park passes available for free to those in the fourth grade.

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Speaking of (almost) free, kids in fourth through sixth grade qualify for a $59 Colorado ski pass that's valid at a variety of resorts .

Universal Orlando Resort

You can certainly bring younger kids to Universal Orlando Resort , but by the time they reach the tween years, they should often reach the height requirements for most attractions and won't be as scared off by the tall, looping coasters that far surpass the intensity of even Disney's most thrilling rides.

We recommend staying on-site in one of Universal's Premier Hotels since they are closest to the parks and provide everyone in your party with complimentary Universal Express Unlimited access to skip the standby lines during your visit. If you want to enjoy a real treat, go all out on a Universal VIP experience .

Disney Cruise Line

Disney Cruise Line knows how to make guests of all ages feel special, but tweens can be a tough group to charm.

Luckily, Disney has this down to a science thanks, in part, to their club for guests aged 11-14. Tweens will feel like teens while making fun projects with provided art supplies, partaking in dance parties, singing karaoke, watching movies, playing video games and more.

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Mom Shana Loveday advises parents to let their tweens help plan the trip. She also recommends teaching them the invaluable skill of reading a paper road map. "Teach them how to read the map and let them have markers to track progress," Loveday said.

Best trips to take with teens

Like so many aspects of parenting a teen, the biggest travel challenge with this age group can be getting them excited and willing to participate. Balancing their potentially busy school and work calendars can be tough, too. Asking for their input on where you travel and what you do while there can go a long way. Allowing them to bring a friend may even earn you non-sarcastic "cool parent" status for at least a few days.

The sky's the limit at this point in terms of where you go and what you do. The training wheels are gone, and you can probably take the types of trips you used to go on before you had kids — just with a teenage twist to the plot.

New York City

There is so much to see and do in New York City. Not to mention, there are quite a few opportunities to sneak in U.S. history lessons while you're there.

We can help you choose a hotel and from there, it's up to you and your teen to decide which Broadway shows to see, museums to visit and landmarks to go to the top of for perfect panoramic views of the city for social media.

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California road trip

California is well known for its theme parks and beaches, but it's also one of the best states for an epic road trip.

In addition to its general travel tips and visitor information, Visit California (the state's tourism board) offers a variety of road trip itineraries for every type of traveler. You can stick with the Highway One Classic road trip for unparalleled views of the California coast, or you can choose a trip that satisfies your family's specific interests, such as the Amazing Desert Oddities road trip or a Movie Locations Tour .

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European adventure

Nobody wants to deal with jet lag, but it is true that teens are probably better equipped to handle it than their younger counterparts.

If your teen is taking European language classes in school, you could choose a destination where they could get in some real-world practice. Or, you can bounce from country to country, which is surprisingly convenient and affordable by train or plane.

Writer, podcaster and parent Jana Seitzer loves letting her teens help plan their vacations. "We've found over the years that when they are invested, they enjoy the trip more," she said. "When everyone gets to provide input on activities and locations, everyone gets at least something they want."

Best trips to take with your college-aged 'kids'

If your college-age kids have flown the coop, planning a vacation where they have the freedom they are used to can be difficult. Keep them involved throughout the planning process and try to keep the reins loose during your trip, with pre-arranged meeting times throughout the day. As long as you land on something that sounds mutually enjoyable that works for their schedule, odds are they'll be thrilled to take a trip on their parents' dime — especially if a friend can come along.

Consider how your kid in college likes to spend their free time, and tailor your plans to their favorite activities. You could spend a day lounging on the beach or trying more active pursuits like zip-lining or parasailing.

All-inclusive resort

Because the cost includes (almost) everything, an all-inclusive resort gives everyone the freedom to do what they want, when they want, without worrying about money.

Excellence Resorts in Cancun, Mexico; Punta Cana, Dominican Republic; and Montego Bay, Jamaica; are ideal options for families with kids in college. The adults-only section of Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya is another terrific option, as it caters to guests 18 and older. There are plenty of points-friendly all-inclusive properties, too, such as the Hyatt Ziva Cancun .

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Multigenerational ski vacation

Whether you've been skiing together for years or you're all learning together for the first time, the college years are an excellent time to bring the grandparents (and maybe some cousins, aunts and uncles) along for a big multigenerational ski vacation .

Rent a spacious ski home close to the slopes so everyone has plenty of room to spread out when they're not shredding powder on the mountain as often as they choose during the day. You can even book a semi-private ski lesson for your whole group and tailor it to your current skill level.

Seitzer is an enthusiastic proponent of multigenerational trips, no matter your kids' ages. "Multigen travel is a fantastic way to spend quality family time with multiple family units making memories together," she said.

Traveling with kids of different ages

If you have multiple kids with significant age gaps in between, your biggest challenge will be finding a destination with a wide range of activities that will entice children from various age groups. Your best bet is a cruise or resort where the activities and entertainment are built right in.

Adventures by Disney

While you may feel sticker shock when you initially see the price tag, if you have a mix of ages in your family and the budget to support it, Adventures by Disney vacation packages can be a fantastic solution.

They offer guide-led trips on land and by cruise to destinations ranging from Wyoming to Antarctica . They take care of most of the details and work, and the price covers all meals and outings. Additionally, there are likely families there with kids of all ages so your group could blend right in.

Hawaiian resort

A sprawling resort with lots of activities and accommodations designed for large families will ensure everyone has an enjoyable vacation. The Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa is an amazing deal with Hyatt points. Plus, it offers daily activities like yoga, lei making and golf, as well as one of the best family pool complexes in the U.S.

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There's also a kids club (for a fee) if you find yourself in need of child care for the younger members of your travel party.

Travel writer Sarah Gilliland has 10-year-old twins and a 2-year-old son. Her advice is to save her older kids' favorite activities for their little brother's nap time.

"When he sleeps in the stroller or I head back to our hotel with him for a nap, it's go-time for them," Gilliland said. "It helps their time with us feel special, especially since they had our undivided attention for eight years." She also recommends having a grandparent, another family member or a babysitter travel with you so they can help care for the younger kid(s) while you spend time with the older ones.

Mom Christy Kelley shared a helpful tip for keeping the boredom away while en route to your destination. "A friend once suggested that I take paper lunch bags and fill each with one activity and one snack for each hour of the trip so the kids always have something to look forward to," she told TPG. "It's great for kids of any age."

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Bottom line

Naturally, these recommendations aren't set in stone. Some kids and families are ready to level up their travel early, while others like to keep things simple for a little longer. There's no right or wrong time for most types of trips, just general age ranges when some things tend to be easier than others.

If you want to head to Europe with your toddler, go for it. Or, if you want to head to Disney World with your grown kids, do it. Odds are high that great memories will be made no matter what you take on, as long as you're willing to go with the flow and keep your kids' wants and needs high on the priority list.

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