20 Best Family Holiday Destinations 2023

a family snorkelling in the sea

Looking to plan your family holiday? Whether you’re itching for sun, sea and sand. Or family-friendly outdoor activities galore – like amusement parks and water parks! Maybe you have older kids and you’re all explorers who love natural beauty and are looking to visit your next National Park. Maybe you love underwater wildlife and love diving into the sea. Whichever holidayer you are, we’re here to help you start planning with these 20 best family holiday destinations 2023!

Now is the time to start planning your family getaways during the school holidays!

Holidays for Families – Short Haul

cornwall beach at sunset

Cornwall, England

Let’s start off with somewhere close to home! The southwest has plenty of family-friendly destinations for a fab family holiday. Whether it’s Devon, Dorset or Cornwall!

Cornwall is a piece of heaven and is essentially paradise without having to travel too far. From a white, sandy beach to crystal blue waters – it’s a tranquil treasure. Did you know it attracts over 4 million visitors every year? It’s certainly a popular UK destination for British people, especially during the summer.

Whether you dip your toes in the sea at Kynance Cove, try and spot for seals on Gwithian Towans Beach or head to St. Ives if you’re looking for sandy beaches and a beautiful landscape.

Not only are there lovely sandy beaches there but also pockets of the lush wilderness! From The Lost Gardens of Heligan, which are one of the finest gardens in England. You’ll find banana trees, towering bamboo and rhubarb here! Run through ethereal lavender fields, or explore The Eden Project. A nature lover’s paradise, you’ll find busy biomes here full of towering trees, luscious plants, vibrant flowers and rope bridges to walk over!

You’ll find plenty of fun activities to do in Cornwall. Whether you’re looking for outdoor adventures for mountain biking, exploring the natural beauty and appreciating the stunning views. Or looking for weather conditions that are more favourable than a typical British summer…

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Amsterdam river and tulips

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

We know what you’re thinking. Is Amsterdam a family destination? It 100% is!

There’s so much to do and explore there – it’s a treasure trove of culture. Whether you have toddlers, preteens or teens – there’s plenty of fun activities to discover in Amsterdam. From art galleries and magnificent museums to beautiful architecture and tourist attractions that are super cool.

Head to the Klimbos Fun Forest for an outdoor adventure! Think of high-wire activities in treetop canopies or build dens in the Wood Cabin Village at Jeugland. Not forgetting the amount of green space and natural attractions you can find in Amsterdam! Like Vondelpark, Amstelpark or Amsterdamse Bos – chug along on a train, enjoy mini-golf, board a boat or head to a miniature farm!

Not to mention the amount of food you and the kids can taste! From fresh stroopwafels, delicious waffles, and tasty bread!

Whether you choose to cycle along miles of trails on your bikes, ride gondola boats along the gentle river, visit the educational and child-friendly museums or visit Holland… Why Holland? Because between March and May they have the beautiful Tulip Festival!

Your eyes will gaze upon beautiful fields of vibrant colours, the sweet smell of tulips and the mark of spring. It really is a sight to see.

family resting in the french alps resort

The Alps, France

The French Alps are a prime destination for families, especially if you’re looking for a European destination.

Not everyone craves soft sand beaches and blue waters. We know that many of you love adventure and adrenaline-packed activities! And the French Alps can certainly provide that with its snowy mountains, numerous ski slopes and an adventure of a lifetime.

Some ski resorts in France provide fun activities for all. From accessible green terrain slopes for kids who want to ski down the snow, test their snowboarding skills or head to a ski school! Maybe all your kids aren’t big on skiing, no worries – most resorts have plenty of non-skiing activities and entertainment.

It’s one of the top best family destinations 2023 that you love! Especially if you love skiing.

sunset at tenerife beach in spain

Tenerife, Spain

Now, this is one of the BEST family summer holiday destinations! From hot summers, clear skies and sandy beaches, to splashing good water parks, natural beauty and just pure FUN!

Head to Siam Water Park for electrifying slides, the BIGGEST artificial wave in the world, lush vegetation and the relaxing Coco Beach. There is so much high-energy fun to be had here, whether you spend all day whizzing down the water slides, riding the waves or heading to Bodhi Trail for some outdoor adventure.

But that’s not all to Tenerife. Did you know you can explore volcanic slopes at Teide National Park? A UNESCO World Heritage Site that is an absolute treasure to discover. If you like being outdoors and up high, head to Forestal Park for a treetop adventure and zooming zip wires!

Last but certainly not least, if your kids love to play knights and embark on medieval quests, then you HAVE to visit Castillo San Miguel Medieval Adventure. Enjoy banquet dinners, sway your swords and witness fire breathers, acrobats, ballet dancers and even more.

It’s no wonder why it’s the top destination for families. Book a villa with a private pool or a hotel on the beach – you’ll get turquoise waters and sunny weather for sure!

lazy river in canary island

Canary Islands, Spain

We’ve already talked about one of them – Tenerife – but did you know there are 4 more islands? They all have their own unique character and fantastic family activities to experience. The perfect holiday is packed with family-friendly resorts with indoor and outdoor pools.

You have Gran Canaria which has over 70km of beautiful beaches AND an enormous mountain range to discover and trek. Whether you choose to put your hiking boots on and set off on a trek or hire a bike for mountain biking! If you’re looking for natural beauty, you’ll tick that off here!

Lanzarote is the perfect destination for older kids. Especially if they’re into water sports…the waves here are gnarly. Definitely the ideal shape and size for budding surfers! Not only that, but there are plenty of cycling trails and smooth rides to ride around, as well as a stunning Timinfaya National Park to uncover.

La Palma is an eco-friendly island that younger kids will love. From stargazing under the midnight sky to hiking in lush forests, playing in the soft sand and taking in the colourful and happy villages and towns. There’s plenty of resorts here with family entertainment, water slides and so much more!

Finally, there’s Fuerteventura – the best island for beaches! Sporty teens can take their pick of water sporting activities. From windsurfing, kitesurfing, or surfing, you won’t be able to get them out of the sea! And with a stretch of 15km of beaches, you’ll find the best spot to relax in the sun and build sandcastles! You’ll also discover quaint villages, charming towns and little corners of culture.

So, if you’re stuck on where to go for your family trip, you know you have FIVE amazing islands close by to visit!

kids running across Portuguese beach

Algarve, Portugal

Did you know you’ll get over 12 hours of sunshine in the Algarve? That means so much more fun can be had with the family!

Whether you enjoy beachside activities like building sandcastles, searching for crabs, playing frisbee or swimming in the sea! Maybe you like to be moving and adventurous? Then you should journey to the western part of the Algarve for rugged slopes, and choppy waves – ideal for surfers!

Families with younger kids will love Albufeira or Carvoeiro – with their beautiful beaches, and calm atmosphere, not to mention it’s not far from the thrilling theme parks or splashtastic water parks! Did you also know in Carvoerio there are some spectacular caves you can explore on cave tours?

Not to mention all the ice cream shops you can purchase a delectable and sweet treat!

The waterparks you’ll find in the Algarve are Slide & Splash, Zoomarine, Aquashow Park and Aqualand! You’ll never run out of kid-friendly activities in Portugal!

family outside the colosseum in rome

Rome, Italy

There’s so much culture and history here to uncover. From the magnificent Colosseum, and the intricate and stunning Sistine Chapel, to Vatican City, the Catacombs and St Peter’s Dome. It’s a good summer destination for older kids who are curious and loves a bit of culture.

You don’t have to be a history buff to appreciate amazing architecture! Or stunning scenery! The summer is the perfect time to visit Rome if you’re looking for hot temperatures – that’s when you know a gelato or two, maybe even three wouldn’t go amiss!

There’s so much to do in Rome, especially for families who love exploring! Head to the Trevi Fountain (early in the morning!) for a sight of the incredible water fountain without herds of crowds surrounding it. Take a leisurely stroll through Sistine Chapel (no phones allowed!) and a trip to the Colosseum is a must for kids who love a battle.

There are hundreds of beautiful parks and fun playgrounds to find in Rome, as well as delicious and scrumptious food! Authentic pizza, hearty pasta and all the gelato you could ever need.

A delicious and versatile European destination to discover!

ancient ruins in paphos

Paphos, Cyprus

Did you know that Paphos is the birthplace of Aphrodite? As well as beautiful Roman mosaics, some stunning UNESCO World Heritage sites and bags of family fun, culture and history – it’s a tick for family destinations!

For curious minds visit Paphos Archaeological Park to discover history from centuries ago. Wander around ancient ruins and palaces while taking in the spectacular views. You’ll find plenty of mosaics and ruined columns here! Both fascinating and spectacular.

Walk along the coastline for drop-dead stunning sunsets and the rush of water from the sea. Make a trip to Coral Bay Beach for soft sand and ocean blue waves.

If you’re looking for some splash-tactular fun, head to Paphos Aphrodite Waterpark! There’s non-stop water and non-stop fun! With fantastic water rides like Free Fall, Kamikaze and Super Volcano, you know it’ll be a fun-filled day out!

This family destination is definitely for a more chilled-out holiday – every family needs one!

blue waters and sandy beach in corfu

Corfu, Greece

Ahh, another beautiful place to visit with the family if you’re looking for sun, sea and sand.

Not only will you find soft, sandy beaches and blue waters, but also lush forests and dramatic hills! For older kids who love exploring – Corfu is the place to go. With quaint villages, rolling hills, lush forests and Venetian architecture – there’s so much to see here.

If you love the water, head out to the beach. Sunbathe and play beach games, or find shallow water within rock formations and see if you can spot any tiny critters! Then in between 15:00 – 17:00, head back to your accommodation for a quick nap before heading out for the evening! You’ll find lots of family resorts with beach clubs, and family activities!

You can even make a splash at Aqualand Water Park – which is one of the best in Europe! Packed full of zooming slides, ready for any thrill taker. Animal lovers will appreciate the Corfu Aquarium where you can admire local creatures like reptiles, lizards, snakes and even iguanas!

It’s a perfect little vacation for families looking for a classic combination. Relaxation, sun, beaches and food.

pyramids in giza

Giza, Egypt

If you’re looking for mind-blowing structures that will seriously ‘wow’ your kids – the Pyramids of Giza will really impress them.

From learning about the stories of pharaohs and the history/mythology of the country, any child will be fascinated!

There are three pyramids here – Khufu, Khafre and Menkaure. Did you know that Khufu is the largest pyramid in the Giza complex? You’ll be surprised by its dramatic and magnificent view. Not to mention The Great Sphinx! Then head to the River Nile and admire the view.

If you have time or can split your holiday – we suggest travelling to Luxor to visit the Valley of the Kings. You’ll be treated to more spectacular views of the ancient burial grounds of many Egyptian pharaohs – like the Tomb of Tutankhamun. From giant, ancient columns to elegant buildings and decor from Egyptian times. It’s truly a memorable trip for any family!

Moroccan market in Marrakesh

Marrakech, Morocco

Bliss. Warm temperatures, cool breezes, delicious food and spectacular surroundings. What more could you ask for?

From swimming under the sun, snorkelling in the wide open ocean and indulging in moreish food, it’s a picture-perfect family destination.

Head to Paloozaland for a dinosaur-themed park, packed with fun rides a 6D cinema, swimming pools and plenty of live shows! Maybe explore the area as you ride camels or fulfil your adrenaline dreams and try wakeboarding outside the city!

Just outside of Marrakech, you’ll find an Anima Garden that combines natural flora with sculpture art – a must-see for nature and art lovers. Or just enjoy a spot of tea as you enjoy the setting sun after a long day out.

northern lights in laplap

Lapland, Finland

Of course, Lapland has to make our list! It’s a magical place for kids who love Santa! It’ll truly make for a magical Christmas vacation that all families will cherish.

Your trip will be jam-packed with snow-filled activities like husky sledging, reindeer rides, skiing, snow hockey and much more! There are many family resorts you can stay at that provides all these activities and many more magical moments.

You can enjoy a private visit with Santa Claus, ride in mini skidoos, zoom down tobogganing and experience a snowmobile safari! Not to mention the chance to see the beautiful and enchanting Northern Lights! You can also visit Santa Claus Village for the Christmas spirit!

It’s truly a magical family destination that is a must for lovers of Christmas!

antalya turkey on a sunny day

Antalya, Turkey

If you’re looking for a coastal city packed with family fun, lovely beaches and culture – you’ve found the very best in Turkey! It’s very popular with families and for good reason!

The older kids can enjoy zip wires, rafting, jeep tours and quad biking if they’re feeling adventurous and the younger kids can have fun with water features and theme parks!

Head to The Land of Legends Theme Park where you’ll be transported to a world of fairy tales and adventure. With 55 amazing slides and attractions from zooming flumes, gondola rides and more – it’s the perfect family day out.

Have any dino lovers? Head to Dino Park and discover replicas of the giant animals hidden within pine forests. With lifelike sounds and movements, you’ll feel like you’ve turned back time to the Jurassic era. There’s also a 7D cinemawho knew that was a thing? And a planetarium!

Whether you hop to all the theme parks and attractions, explore caves, zoom down zip wires, discover sand sculptures at Sandland or kick back and enjoy the sun, sea and sand.

Antalya is a fabulous family destination!

roman structure in pula

Pula, Croatia

Pula is known for its preserved Roman buildings, being a heritage city and its culture. It may not be at the top of your list for family vacations, but let us tell you why you should think about it.

For older kids, they can enjoy a thrilling day out on a giant inflatable park at AquaPark! With fab water obstacle challenges it won’t be long until it turns into a family competition!

How about heading to Croatia’s first water park Aquapark Istrlandia? You’ll find one of Europe’s largest wave pools, a whole host of fantastic water slides, and splash-tacular shows!

For budding astronauts, head to Tican Observatory and gaze at the magnificent moon through the telescope and some of the planets in our solar system – it’s free! You can also take part in workshops and listen in on lectures given by renowned astronomer Korado Korlevic.

Not only that, but there are plenty of water-based activities the whole family can enjoy. From snorkelling in the beautiful oceans, scuba diving and cave exploring to dolphin watching and glass bottom boat tours!

It’s an up-and-coming destination for families – so watch this space!

scenic river in montenegro

Montenegro

A beautiful and charming destination to visit. With picturesque buildings, quaint streets and villages and stunning beaches. There are plenty of places to hike here, with the lush wildlife surrounding you, the enchanting views below you and the excitement of finding somewhere new!

It’s a destination to visit if you’re looking for Instagram-worthy snaps, a relaxing atmosphere, chilled environments and beautiful scenery. Plus, the weather is fab, the architecture is elegant and awe-inspiring and has various National Parks further inland in the mountains!

Did you know they have 5 national parks? Now you do! Hiking takes a lot out of you, but when you’re blessed with picture-perfect views that are truly magical and enchanting, it’s all worth it. You can also enjoy white-water rafting, camp outside, go kayaking and more!

It’s a little under the radar at the moment, which makes it all the more reason why you should visit before the crowds swarm in!

Holidays For Families – Long Haul

If you’re looking for holidays for families that aren’t a European getaway, then we’ve got you. From the dream destinations to beach getaways!

universal studios orlando

Orlando, Florida, USA

Now, this is the ultimate dream destination for all families out there.

Universal Studios, Disney World, extremely crazy golf, theme parks galore and amazing water parks…need I say more!?

If you’re looking for pure adventure, adrenaline-packed days full of thrilling rides, excitement, crazy theme park food and some of the best all-inclusive resorts! At Universal Studios’ inclusive family resorts, you can find kids clubs and even shuttles to their parks!

Whether you spend all day in Harry Potter World, darting through crowds to get on The Incredible Hulk or you head straight to Disney World for all things magical – Orlando, Florida has and will always be a favourite holiday! It’s certainly mine and I still have my Disney character’s signature book!

But there’s more than just Universal Studios and Disney World. Way more. You’ve got Busch Gardens, Adventure Island, Aquatica Orlando, Gatorland and much, much more! You can find a theme park for any kind of adventurer. Not to mention exploring the Everglades, relaxing on white sandy beaches and all the FOOD you can indulge in, in Orlando.

It truly is one of the best family destinations to book – in any year – because it’s a firm favourite!

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white sand beach in cancun

Cancun, Mexico

In need of a trip full of flavour, fiesta and fun? Book your family holiday to Cancun, Mexico! Full of beautiful beaches, aqua blue oceans, tropical paradise and food to satisfy every flavour.

But what is there for kids to do?

Loads! If your kids love exploring, then snorkelling in the clear waters is a must! What colourful fish will they be able to spot? If you’re feeling adventurous, why not book an excursion where you can swim with whale sharks? That’s one way to make this holiday memorable.

If your kids love getting mucky, then why not roll around the day in an ATV? Whether you head out on a tour or ride all day! Some tour groups will have you going off-road in the jungle and take you to admire some of the natural canopies and caverns! Perfect for your adventurous explorers!

For those who love to get wet – water parks are the best kind of days out! They beat the heat, but provide ample amounts of fun. You’ll find the All Ritmo Water Park which has all kinds of bright and colourful slides and water-based activities. Or Venture Park is full of family fun, with different ‘worlds’ to explore, there will be various rides to experience – big, small, curly wurly and more! Not forgetting the wave pool, a long lazy river and plenty of lounge chairs for the parents to relax on.

Not to mention a Captain Hook dinner cruise! An epic voyage under the setting sun on exact replicas of 18th-century galleon vessels. You’ll admire the Mexican coastline, listen to tales of Captain Hook himself and enjoy a delicious banquet!

two sea turtles in the sea

Barbados, Caribbean

Looking for relaxation? A beach family trip, sunbathing under the hot sun, feeling the soft breeze on your face and gazing out to the glistening sea?

This is a place for chilled-out families, who need a little TLC. It’s also one of the most family-friendly islands with superb amounts of resorts with beautiful settings and idyllic views!

With kid’s clubs, water sports, outdoor pools and a whole host of fun and cultural activities, they’ll be plenty of things to do for the kids. They can play beach cricket, engage in music lessons and even dance!

Not to mention the wildlife that lives on the island. If you have little monkeys, take them to visit actual monkeys at the Barbados Wildlife Reserve! You’ll find birds, racoons, deer, mara, reptiles and of course monkeys! Or if they’re more interested in underwater wildlife, book a glass-bottomed boat tour so they can spot all the sea life. If you’re lucky, you might spot a sea turtle or even a shipwreck! Maybe even go scuba diving with the older kids for an underwater adventure like no other.

Then venture underground to Harrison’s Cave one of the island’s treasures. It’s over 500,000 years old and 3 miles long! You’ll discover stalactites, stalagmites and a 50ft high cavern, before reaching a cascade pool and ethereal waterfall.

two kids looking at the aquarium in dubai mall

Dubai, UAE

A luxury destination you think shouldn’t be on this list… But Dubai is becoming a firm favourite for kids!

There’s more to this luxurious city than meets the eye. From gorgeous beaches and blue water oceans to indoor kids theme parks and jeep safaris! It can be a perfect beach holiday with super amounts of fun!

But what is there to do with kids?

Let’s get stuck into it! First, you have Dubai Mall, which is just a huge attraction as it is. From a HUGE aquarium packed with over 140 species of fish! Did you know it’s one of the largest aquariums in the world?

Next, make your way to LEGOLAND Dubai AND its waterpark! It’s an incredible theme park to visit, especially with younger kids. It’s full of excitement, colour and super cool rides. Like journeying around a lazy river with LEGO bricks or zooming down the slides.

Thirdly, Motion Gate Dubai…what is that you might ask? Well, if your kids love Shrek, Kung Fu Panda or Madagascar, we can guarantee they’ll have the time of their lives here. It’s a theme park like Universal Studios – with amazing live shows, street appearances and little rides – you can certainly enjoy a day here.

Not to mention KidZania Dubai! A city run by kids, just like in KidZania London! An attraction packed with fun activities for kids between 2-14 years! They can take on various roles from firefighters, vets and doctors to shopkeepers and radio hosts as they learn all about these world professions. They also have their own currency!

Don’t forget Bollywood Dubai, IMG Worlds of Adventure, Bounce Dubai, Infinity Des Lumieres and even ski slopes in Dubai Mall.

There’s so much to do here, who knows if you’ll get it all done in one holiday!

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Wowee! We hope you’ve found your next getaway with our list of the 20 best family holiday destinations! Whether you’re looking for the beach and all the sun you can get, you love the cold and winter sports or you’re looking for adventure! So, your family holiday can be full of fun, magical memories and good ol’ quality time.

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