Best Places to Travel with Toddlers

Author: Celine Brewer

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Congratulations! You’ve graduated from the traveling with a baby phase and are now onto the even more exciting phase of traveling with a toddler. While it’s true that traveling with toddlers can be challenging due to their increasing activity levels, but it’s also an amazing time to share the wonders of the world with your little one as she starts to become more aware of the world around her. The most challenging part is trying to choose a destination from our list of the best places to travel with toddlers for your upcoming family vacation!

Ok… so flying with a toddler can be a little trying at times (it’s really not that bad), and you’ll likely spend most of your family vacation entertaining them, but guess what? It’s totally worth it! Though traveling with a toddler might be exhausting (I don’t say this to scare you, only to set your expectations), you are going to have an incredible family vacation with your toddler.

In our experience, not all travel destinations are toddler friendly. Set yourself up for success by choosing toddler friendly travel destinations.

In our experience, some of the best places to travel with a toddler have been those where we made sure there was space and time to explore. Sure, our travel pace was slowed down significantly, but the bright side of that is we got to truly slow down and enjoy our family time together, making lasting memories along the way.

There’s something really special about watching your toddler do their fun toddler things while traveling, like chase pigeons in Piazza Navona in Rome, play with lava rocks in the lava fields in Iceland. To this day we still laugh about how our toddler refused to try gelato in Italy or mango sticky rice in Thailand (the jokes on him – now that he’s bigger he loves them both!).

Island of Elba in Italy with toddler - best vacation destinations toddlers

(Make sure you scroll the bottom where we share our best resources and tips for travel with toddlers!)

If you are looking for recommendations on where to travel with a toddler, you’ve come to the right place. Here are is a list of best international places to travel with toddlers from our own family travels and other parents who were kind enough to share their favorite toddler friendly countries to visit with us.

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Best Countries to Visit with Toddlers in Asia

Thailand with a Toddler

a toddler and his sister play in the sand on one of the many family friendly beaches in Thailand

We hadn’t been back to Thailand in 10 years, so we were dying to go back and take our kids. Having gone on many amazing beach vacations with a toddler previously, we knew they’d love spending time on the amazing islands in Thailand. We also wanted to give our children the opportunity to experience the culture of Thailand, visit some temples and see the elephants (with no riding, of course).

We weren’t sure how visiting the Elephant Nature Park with a toddler would go and, sure enough, he was hesitant at first. We made sure to give him space and let him approach the elephants only if he was comfortable. Our toddler ended up loving it and our older daughter was in heaven.

experiences like feeding elephants make Thailand one of the best international destinations with toddlers

Temple hopping with kids in Ayutthaya was fun, as we could put them in toddler carriers as needed and even used the carriers for riding bikes.

Of course, the best part was exploring the family friendly beaches in Thailand. Beach destinations make for some of the best places to travel with a toddler, especially on a beach with plenty of sand and calm water. Our kids could have collected seashells and played in the water forever!

Our tips for Thailand with kids? Be wary of going to the regions where you’ll need to take malaria pills if you aren’t sure if your toddler will swallow them. We were shocked at how well our 3 year old did, but our daughter struggled with the pills.

Since Thailand can be very busy and overstimulating, make sure to plan plenty of family fun time at the beautiful beaches! And finally, the Thai people absolutely love kids! Enjoy every moment of people wanting to pay attention to your kids!

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Vietnam with a Toddler

a family with a toddler on a moped on a family vacation to Vietnam

We visited Vietnam for a month as part of our 10-month family adventure traveling around South East Asia. Our little world traveler was just over 2 years old at the time. Busy Hanoi took a bit of getting used to but really started to grow on us after a while.

We skipped quite a few places since we were traveling with our toddler. Hanoi to Sapa for instance is around 6 hours by bus and we thought that was a bit too much. The places we did visit in Vietnam with our toddler were Hanoi, Halong Bay, Cat Ba Island, Nha Trang and Dalat.

Definite highlights and fond memories of our time in Vietnam were our Halong Bay cruise (would recommend you not to take the cheapest option like we did!), our lovely stay in Hanoi’s Old Quarter, the Easy Rider motorbike tour we did from Nha Trang to Dalat, the colourful temples in Dalat and the amazing Vietnamese street food.

Since our little boy was still small, we mostly stayed in family-friendly hotel rooms with the three of us. If you’re comfortable riding a scooter, it’s a great way to discover more of the surrounding area. Don’t forget to bring a baby carrier for travel around Vietnam! We hardly used our stroller and the carrier also comes in very handy when riding a scooter.

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Hong Kong with a Toddler

a mom at Hong Kong Disneyland with a Toddler

There are many factors which make Hong Kong one of the best destinations with toddlers. With the iconic attractions such as Disneyland, Ocean Park, Ngong Ping 360 and a tram ride up to Victoria Peak there is so much to keep your little ones busy.

Getting around Hong Kong with a toddler is easy too; the most efficient way is to catch a train (these are clean and affordable), there is also a great bus system plus taxis and Ubers that can take you all over the city.

We’ve found both strollers and carriers useful when moving around Hong Kong with a toddler – the trains do get very full at peak hour and the smaller your stroller, the better (like one of these umbrella strollers for travel).

The Star Ferry is a must when visiting Hong Kong with kids, it’s so cheap but takes you out across the bustling harbour which offers spectacular views during the daytime and front row seats to the laser show at night.

with so many fun things to do, like the Star Ferry, Hong Kong is one of the best international places to travel with toddlers

Before departing make sure you visit the markets in Mong Kok and stroll through one of the many state of the art shopping malls. We’ve always found Hong Kong to be safe, clean and rich in culture that will offer your family memories for years to come.

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Best Places to Travel with a Toddler in Europe

We love visiting Europe with a toddler! See the many reasons below why travel to Europe with a toddler is so amazing…

Croatia with a Toddler

a family visits the Klis Fortress while on a toddler friendly vacation to Split, Croatia

Imagine, stunning beaches, cities with fun narrow alleyways to explore and national parks with some of the most incredible scenery. Croatia with a toddler is definitely one to put on your list of incredible countries to travel with toddlers. We found it easy to get around Croatia without a car by taking buses and ferries. This happily allowed us to travel without their car seats!

There’s so much to explore in the cities of Croatia, like Dubrovnik where you can walk along the old city walls or do a tour of the Klis Fortress while in Split with kids (especially exciting for Game of Thrones fans!).

a toddler and preschooler play on a beach while on a family trip to Hvar, Croatia

Then make your way to some of the spectacular Croatian islands like Hvar or Korcula. Hvar has a reputation of being a party town, but I wouldn’t discount going to Hvar with a toddler. There are some stunning beaches and even a beautiful promenade that’s stroller accessible and has a playground to stop at along the way.

Of course, we recommend visiting Plitvice Lakes National Park with a toddler. We were initially disappointed with the massive crowds at Plitvice Lakes on our first day, so planning a second day there really helped. Getting to Plitvice Lakes early was key and both our kids loved it. We recommend bringing a toddler carrier instead of stroller for Plitvice Lakes, but a toddler travel stroller would work fine for everywhere else in Croatia.

a mom visits Plitvice Lakes National Park on a family vacation to Croatia with a Toddler

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Looking for the best toddler carriers for travel? We’ve tried several different options and share which ones have worked for traveling with a toddler.

Disney Paris with a Toddler

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Disney Paris is one of the best places to visit with toddlers, as it is a much smaller version of Disney World Orlando, yet it retains the characters, the energy, and overall feel of Disney. Just an hour east of Paris by train, Disney Paris has an abundance of entertainment for toddlers and is an amazing place to visit during your family vacation to France. 

Comprised of two theme parks, Disneyland Paris and Walt Disney Studios, the theme parks are much less crowded and is a smaller park overall which lends to a great experience with small kids.

Toddlers will love A Small World, a classic Disney attraction where you ride on a boat along world exhibits and singing characters. Alice’s Curious Labyrinth is a fun maze with colorful characters and amazing animatronics around every corner making toddlers giggle at the fun of it. The classic carousel, Le Carrousel de Lancelot is a perfect way to relax while deciding which ride to go on next.

The Disney mascot Goofy pushes a stroller with a child at Disneyland Paris

Character dining is easy to come by, though reservations are recommended in advance, but usually only a few weeks, and sometimes just a few days. Though the food isn’t the best, meeting famous Disney characters such as Pooh, Tigger and Mickey are highlights for the kiddos and so much better than waiting in line.

Be sure to take your child on Dumbo the Flying Elephant, when going in the off season, there is almost no line for this ride and you can ride it again and again, until your toddler spots another ride from way up high they would like to explore.

A mother watches evening fireworks at Disneyland Paris while on a family vacation to France

Even though you are traveling with a toddler, you may find useful information in our Disneyland Paris with a baby post! Be sure to save time by getting your Disney Paris tickets in advance.

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Here’s everything you need to know about visiting Paris with a toddler!

Germany with a Toddler

a toddler with a play shield stands in front of a castle archway during a family trip to Germany

Germany has got to be one of the best countries to travel with toddlers in Europe. Not only are there many castles to explore and fairy-tale towns in Germany, but so many kid-friendly parks too.

If you’re into the outdoors, Germany has some of the best kid-friendly hiking trails in the world. We’ve hiked some kid-friendly trails in the Rhineland-Palatinate forest, the Eifel National park, and along the forests in some of Germany’s fairy-tale castle towns.

Another thing you can always count on when visiting any city in Germany are the fun playgrounds. I don’t think I’ve ever been to a city that didn’t have one. You will even find playgrounds in the middle of the city, and in almost every rest stop in Germany, making it one of the best vacation destinations for toddlers.

One of the best parts about traveling to Germany with kids is the food. If you have a picky eater, Germany is the perfect place for them. You can’t go wrong with fried foods like schnitzel, which is the equivalent to chicken nuggets, spaetzle, bratwurst and of course Germany’s world famous breads! 

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Italy with a Toddler

a toddler walks atop a stone wall overlooking Rome, while on a family vacation to Italy

Italy could easily be rated as the best place to travel with toddlers! The Italian people absolutely love kids and are so welcoming. There’s so much to see and getting around Italy by train is fairly easy and really fun option with little kids.

In our time traveling Italy with a toddler, we visited Rome, the Island of Elba, Cinque Terre, Pisa, Lucca and Florence. We loved that we were able to get around without needing to travel with car seats.

Visiting the cities, like Rome with a toddler, we found that we were able to use public transportation from the airport and getting around, if it was too far to walk. We had no problems finding playgrounds in Rome, Cinque Terre and Florence!

The Aqueduct Park was such a kid-friendly thing to do in Rome during our month in Italy with kids

If you are looking for stunning scenery and time on a beach, Elba with a toddler is incredible. We also loved Cinque Terre with a toddler, since we were able to do plenty of hikes using our child backpack carrier.

One other thing we loved about traveling around Italy with kids was how easy it was to find places to rent bikes with baby seats. We were able to easily get bike rentals with child seats to ride on the Appian Way in Rome with a toddler, on a really fun bike ride in Cinque Terre, and again in while in Lucca with our kids. We even rented bikes to get around while on Elba.

Renting bikes in Elba Italy with a Toddler

Just thinking of all these amazing experiences of traveling to Italy with a toddler makes me want to go back!

See all our posts on Italy with kids here!

For even more places in Italy with a toddler, read this post on exploring Naples, Pompeii and the Amalfi Coast with a toddler.

Iceland with a Toddler

a mother carries her child while on a chilly hike during a family vacation to Iceland with a toddler

We think Iceland is one of the best countries to visit with a toddler— just think of all that open space! As long as you pack appropriately and dress for the weather (think layers) it can be ideal for little children. Icelandic culture seems very child-friendly.

All restaurants we visited in Iceland had high chairs (and high quality brands, like Stokke), and most public places have restrooms with comfortable changing tables. All of our accommodations (we used guesthouses, hotels, and vacation home rentals) were family-friendly and offered pack n’ plays. One guesthouse even provided our child with a toddler-sized bathrobe and another had childrens’ toys in the common area.

Iceland can be sunny one moment then freezing and rainy the next but it’s hard not to stay outdoors because of the awesome landscapes. There’s awesome terrain for running around, wildlife (horses, sheep, cows, puffins, whales), glaciers, waterfalls, and geothermal pools.

a warmly dressed toddler enjoys a hike during a family trip to Iceland

We found that for a small fee we could use indoor pools (found all over Iceland) which was a nice way to spend some time inside when the weather was bad. Make sure you bring a carrier for visiting Iceland with a toddler so that you’re able to get you and your little one to places inaccessible by car!

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Ireland with a Toddler

Ireland with toddler - best place to travel with toddlers

Ireland is a land of charm and enchantment, where the past and present merge but rarely clash, and a wonderful vacation depends less on the weather and more on whether you are willing to take the road less traveled.

Filled with magical spaces to explore and wide-open areas to roam, Ireland has so many wonderful places to visit with toddlers.

As you travel through the impossibly green landscape you’ll encounter a castle around nearly every turn. Crumbled ruins to poke around, restored fortresses to investigate, and majestically refurbished palaces to stay in.

the Cliffs of Moher in Ireland is an excellent place to visit with toddlers

The magic of Ireland is heightened by enchanting fairy trails which have begun appearing across the country. Equally charming to the young and the young-at-heart, the trails can be found in lush estate gardens, ancient historic sites, and even deep in some forests.

You’ll find plenty of open space alive with history and legend to fuel the imagination nearly everywhere you visit in Ireland. The hard part isn’t deciding to visit the Emerald Isle, it’s choosing what you will do.

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Malta with a Toddler

a family walks on an oceanfront boardwalk while on a vacation to Malta with a toddler

Malta is one of those perfect toddler friendly travel destinations. Everyone loves kids there. There is plenty to do for parents and toddlers. It’s easy to tire out little ones with lots of swimming in the summer.

When it’s not quite beach weather there are lots of playgrounds right on the sea wall, which are some of the nicest ones we’ve seen having traveled to 38 countries. Your toddler gets to run around and you get to sit and enjoy the gorgeous sea view while eating some gelato.

Getting around the islands is really easy with great bus and ferry service. Cities like Valletta and Mdina, Sliema are very walkable and stroller friendly. And the food in Malta is great for even picky eaters. Who doesn’t like fresh made pasta?!

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Spain with a Toddler

a toddler is surrounded by huge bubbles in a beautiful square during a family trip to Spain

Spain is a beautiful country with stunning architecture and exquisite cuisine. Even better, the people of Spain are family-focused and welcome children travelers with open arms. Not only are kids allowed in most restaurants but it’s not frowned upon to be out exploring with your little one and grabbing a late night bite. The food options are affordable, especially tapas that are usually offered in a laid back atmosphere.

In Spain, you can expect a Mediterranean climate, with hot, dry summers and mild winters making it a great destination for a family vacation year-round. And did we mention the tradition of siesta? Built-in nap time that allows for later evening activities makes for a full day of exploring!

With beautiful beaches, towering mountains, lively city centers, and a vibrant culture, Spain should be on your list of travel destinations with toddlers.

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Read more travel tips for Spain with a toddler in our posts on Madrid with a toddler, Seville with baby and Spain with a baby

San Sebastian, Spain with a Toddler

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If you’re a parent who enjoys traveling with your child but sometimes longs for the days of more relaxed travel, San Sebastian, Spain is a great destination to recapture some of that feeling.

Also known as Donostia in Basque, San Sebastian boasts our family’s favorite beach in the world, La Concha. This beach is conveniently located within the city, nestled in a protected bay with small waves and expansive sand flats when the tide is low. The lively atmosphere at La Concha includes people walking along the shoreline, engaging in beach sports, and having spirited conversations. Parents can take a break and watch their little ones play in the tide pools, making new friends along the way.

After a fun-filled day at the beach and a leisurely siesta, families can indulge in some of the city’s gastronomical delights with a relaxed dinner of pintxos (Basque tapas) in the car-free old town. Pintxo bars spill out onto the streets, allowing families to savor their favorite small plates while soaking up the atmosphere. Kids can enjoy their meal while playing in the pedestrian-only streets, while parents savor their stress-free dining experience with mouthwatering food and excellent people watching.

Families looking for more than just beach time and good food will also appreciate the museums, parks, and aquarium in San Sebastian, which provide additional activities to round out their experience. Overall, San Sebastian offers a perfect blend of beach relaxation, great food, and cultural activities for families seeking a memorable vacation.

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For even more inspiration on toddler friendly vacation destinations in Europe read our posts on Lisbon with toddlers and Greece with a baby.

Best Place to Travel with Toddlers in the Middle East

Dubai with a Toddler

Fountains in Dubai - fun things to do in Dubai with a Toddler

A city with a strong focus on family entertainment, you’ll have difficulty deciding from all the amazing things to do with kids on a family trip to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.

You could easily have a mini vacation just in one of the city’s many opulent beach resorts, but there’s plenty to enjoy around the city too. From towering heights such as the world’s tallest building, The Burj Khalifa, through to the theme parks. Dubai Parks and Resorts, which includes Legoland Dubai and Legoland Water Park are toddler favourites.

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Visiting in the cooler winter months November through to April there are plenty of seasonal outdoor activities to enjoy in Dubai with a toddler. Beyond just the beach (of which there are many, from rustic to fully developed beachfront promenades) we love Dubai Garden Glow and Dinosaur Park, illuminated evening magic.

Our tots have also really enjoyed Dubai Miracle Garden, the world’s largest flower garden with many magical pathways to explore – and a full-sized floral A380!

a flower covered Emirates airplane in Dubai

The winter is also ideal for outdoor family strolls. The dancing fountain show at Dubai Mall is always a highlight, and there’s plenty of fun with playgrounds and splash parks along the way at The Walk, JBR. Fairly new beachfront developments including the Palm Jumeirah Boardwalk and The Pointe on the Palm are proving to be popular, as well as Le Mer Beach.

And for a touch of Old Dubai, stroll the streets of the Al Fahidi Neighborhood before heading onto Al Seef, where old Dubai meets new. Finish your journey at the Dubai Frame for more dancing fountains and a birds eye view of the city.

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Best Vacation Destinations with a Toddler in the USA

Utah with a Toddler

A road trip through Utah with a toddler makes for an amazing family vacation. With Utah’s Mighty 5 National Parks, there is so much to see and do in Utah with a toddler.

Double Arches in Arches NP with a toddler

Arches National Park has plenty of places to stop along the scenic drive. With Moab and Canyonlands National Park nearby, Arches National Park with a toddler is well worth it. With several easy hikes in Arches National Park, you’ll have no trouble getting your toddler moving. Sand Dunes Arch is an especially fun place for giving toddlers some time to play in the sand.

Canyonlands National Park has the epicly scenic, yet toddler-friendly hike to the Mesa Arch. The view through the arch is spectacular, but keep a close eye on toddlers! There’s a very steep drop off, so while the hike is easy enough for toddlers to do you’ll want to keep your toddler well away from the arch.

Mesa Arch is easy hike in Canyonlands National Park for Toddlers

Bryce Canyon National Park has many scenic viewpoints and the Rim Trail is stroller friendly.

In Capitol Reef National Park, trails like the Capitol Gorge Trail and the Grand Wash Trail will keep toddlers busy for hours playing in the sand and rocks.

Finally, Zion National Park with toddlers is a fun place for a few days. Zion has not only toddler friendly hiking trails but some are paved making them stroller friendly as well. The Pa’rus Trail, Grotto Trail and Riverside Walk Trail are easy hikes in Zion National Park.

Atlanta, Georgia with Toddler

a father holds his daughter in front of a giant fish tank at the aquarium during a family trip to Atlanta, Georgia

Atlanta is such a toddler friendly city! We enjoy exploring with the Babe whenever we’re in town. There’s so much to do with kids of all ages!

One of our favorite places to visit in Atlanta is the Georgia Aquarium. It’s the second largest aquarium in the world and has over 100,000 species of marine life. It’s also the only aquarium outside of Asia to house whale sharks!

The admission to the Georgia Aquarium is a bit pricey, but kids under 3 are free! We recommend purchasing your tickets online. The aquarium does timed entries, and during peak season, you may be turned away if you don’t pre-purchase your tickets!

Right across the street from the aquarium is Centennial Olympic Park. It’s got a nice covered playground, and lots of green space where you can enjoy a picnic lunch. The Children’s Museum of Atlanta is right across from the park, and a fun place to spend some time with your kids.

We also love the Atlanta Botanical Gardens. The grounds are beautiful, and the Children’s Garden is a fun and engaging space for toddlers and older kiddos too!

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Sanibel Island with a Toddler

two kids play happily on Sundial Beach on a family trip to Sanibel Island with toddlers

Sanibel Island, Florida very family-friendly destination and a great place to travel with a toddler! You’ll find families with kids of all ages there and you are bound to spark up conversations with fellow travelers, learning what the highlights of their trip was.

There are bike paths all over the island, so with a bike and bike trail you can get around easily. A rental car isn’t necessary to have on the island but having one definitely allows you to explore a bit more.

Find yourself a top Sanibel Island family resort, like the Sundial Resort, where you can spend countless hours in the pool and have easy beach access. Other fun activities on Sanibel Island with a toddler include collecting seashells on the beach, Ding Darling National Park, and Captiva Island.

Palm Springs with a Toddler

a mom plays with her kids in front of a popsicle mural while in Palm Springs

Palm Springs is an excellent family getaway and especially if you are coming from a cold winter destination! The amount of pool time alone, will make a fun trip for anyone visiting Palm Springs with toddlers.

It’s not just about the pool though, there are plenty of fun things to do in Palm Springs and the surrounding area with toddlers. You can even take a road trip to Joshua National Park and find fun stops along the way.

If you haven’t been to Palm Springs with a toddler before, now might be the perfect time to plan a trip!

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Key West, Florida with a Toddler

four happy kids sit on a bench in a beautiful garden while visiting Key West, Florida with their family

Key West is often thought of as an escape for couples to get tropical views and tropical drinks, but it’s also very a family-friendly destination in the US. Whether it’s playing in the sand at one of the beaches or jumping around on the playgrounds at the various parks you are sure to find fun things to do in Key West with kids.

The trolley tours will safely take you up and down the narrow streets of Old Key West giving the little feet a break and the adults a chance to see the history. The trolley tour stops include a great little gift shop where you can get some beach toys and of course Key Lime Pie.

Don’t forget about a quick stop at the Southernmost Point for pictures and then you can walk around the corner to one of the best beaches (along with bathrooms) called South Beach. With hotels, a restaurant, and a Starbucks, South Beach is great for family time as you can play in the sand or rent a large umbrella if you need to escape from the sun.

From there it’s a little drive up to Higgs Beach which also has a great playground and is right next to the Key West Garden Club. There are so many native and tropical plants and a butterfly garden it keeps the little ones busy for a long time.

Finishing off the day at Mallory Square for the street performers and vendors will allow you to hopefully catch one of those postcard-worthy Key West sunsets as a family.

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Little Rock, Arkansas with a Toddler

two young kids have a great time at the farmers market in Little Rock, Arkansas

Little Rock, AR was made for family fun. First things first, Little Rock is the Capital city of Arkansas. Bring the kids over for a quick photo session or Capital tour! Or head downtown to experience the Historic Arkansas Museum.

Along the Arkansas River you will find Peapody Splash pad, Arkansas river trail and the Junction Bridge. Nearby on President Clinton Ave you’ll find the Museum of Discovery; an incredible interactive children’s museum and further down you will find the William J. Clinton Library and Museum. Can you guess that President Clinton is from Little Rock?

The kids will absolutely love eating dinner at All Aboard where a train will deliver dinner to the table. After dinner, head to The Purple Cow for some of their famous purple ice cream.

If the kids want to burn some energy, take them Allsop Park where there is a great playground and plenty of space to run. Another option is to head just outside of the city to experience Pinnacle Mountain State Park for some hiking and incredible views.

Before leaving Little Rock, everyone must eat at Roots. They have an outdoor playground and will bring toys to the table if you request it. Plus, all of their food is sourced locally.

Across the street you’ll find a cute ice cream shop called Loblolly Creamery and down the street you’ll find the Bernice Garden Farmer’s Market. You definitely won’t be lacking for things to do in Little Rock with kids.

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New York with a Toddler

a toddler admires the famous Manhattan skyline on a family trip to NYC

While most people think of it as a grown-up’s city, New York with kids is very doable, even with toddlers. It may be the city that never sleeps but you’ll find plenty to see and do in New York with toddlers.

We had been putting off visiting NYC but decided to bite the bullet and went when our son was just 2 years old. We had no idea if we were mad, but we found lots of things to do with him during our short time in the city.

While it was noisy, the bright lights of Times Square fascinated him. It’s very busy and not the most stroller-friendly but worth seeing. We enjoyed a walk around the World Trade Centre Memorial Park after a breakfast of pancakes, and even brought him to the 86th floor of the Empire State Building. Our top tip for visiting the Empire State Building with a toddler is get there as soon as it opens. We had no queues and the two floors we visited weren’t packed.

Central Park, of course, is a must-visit on your family trip to NYC. Our son enjoyed running on the grassy fields, watching the people rowing boats on the lake and watched in amazement as a horse and carriage went by. We didn’t get to the zoo but will be visiting on our next visit.

The highlight of our trip to New York with a toddler was our water ferry boat trip around Manhattan. It was a great way to visit the Statue of Liberty without getting on the island itself. It was a city that we thoroughly enjoyed with our young son, one we plan to return to in the future as soon as we can.

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Looking for another place to visit on the East Coast? Don’t miss a visit to Acadia National Park with a Baby or Toddler or North Conway with a Toddler.

San Francisco with a Toddler

San Francisco with toddler - places to vacation with toddlers

San Francisco is a great place for a fun family vacation with young children. The weather is never too hot or too cold, the cable cars are a blast and there is a good mix of food, museums and nature to keep everyone happy.

San Francisco is not a big city – just 7 x 7 miles – so your family can see a lot in a day. I like to start the day with Dolores Park, in the sunny Mission district. Grab a morning bun and a coffee from world-famous Tartine Bakery (or an ice cream from Bi-Rite Creamery, no judgement), sit back and let your toddler enjoy the playground while you people watch.

Next, choose one of San Francisco’s fun museums. I recommend the California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park. There are interactive exhibits about the history of San Francisco, an aquarium, a planetarium and a rainforest, all under one roof. All perfect for visiting San Francisco with kids!

In the afternoon, give your legs a rest and take a cable car through San Francisco’s prettiest neighborhoods. End your tour at Ghirardelli Square for hot cocoa and enjoy the views of the wharf. If there is still time, head over to to Chrissy Field to play on the beach and get some family selfies with the iconic Golden Gate Bridge.

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Toddler Friendly Travel Destinations in Oceania

Noosa Heads, Queensland, Australia

a baby plays on Noosa Beach during a family trip to Australia

Looking for a place you can feel at home and is family orientated plus toddler-friendly? Noosa Beach, QLD, Australia. Enriched with a sense of wonder, Noosa Beach is known for its beautiful beaches and landscapes.

For years, Noosa Beach has been one of my top travel destinations with toddlers. It’s the perfect spot for a family escape, with my partner, our toddler and baby, from the four walls we call our home. 

Depending on what area in particular you are wanting to head to, there is a long, stroller-friendly boardwalk, extending along next to the beautiful blue hues of the ocean water surrounded by trees that offer shade over you on your walk. 

Noosa main beach is in a close walking distance to a street filled with places to eat out, shopping stores and toilet vicinities. On the main beach, there is also the option to hire shade umbrellas, surfboards and more! 

So, along with Noosa’s gorgeous display of beaches, the area is family orientated making it one of the best places to go with toddlers in Australia.

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Camping with a toddler is an excellent way to spend even more time in nature and exploring at a toddlers pace! Get tips on camping with a baby or toddler here!

Sydney, Australia with a Toddler

a dad throws his exhilarated toddler in the air while mom watches, during a family trip to Sydney, Australia

Sydney, the land of beaches, sunshine, and avocados. How could we not be in love with this majestic city that has views for days and heaven for toddlers. There are hundreds of beaches along the coast of Sydney.

All great beaches, but some are more toddler friendly than others. Look for beaches that have sea pools, where toddlers can play and avoid open waters and any dangerous currents. Our top 3 family-friendly Sydney beaches were Bondi Beach (the north side), Shelly Beach, Manly, and Camp Cove. Always swim between the flags at the Australian beaches.

There are no shortages of other activities to do with your toddler in Sydney. From playgrounds to botanical gardens and zoos, they are fun for the kids and the entire family. Taronga Zoo is our favorite zoo in the world with the best view. It is easily accessible from most ferry terminals. And the playgrounds are everywhere and all undercover.

Ferries are the best mode of transportation in Sydney! Easy to get around while taking in amazing views and keeping the kids in awe. If you don’t have a car we recommend staying near a ferry terminal. It will be the best way to get around Sydney with a toddler.

If you have to drive, you’ll need to bring a car seat with you. Uber’s don’t have baby car seats yet and Australia has very strict laws when it comes to car seats. You can order a taxi with a baby car seat, but be warned, they can be very expensive.

Tip: There is a hole in the Ozone layer just above Australia which makes for a deceivingly hot sun. Lather up yourself and the kids – all day, everyday. Even a short walk can get you a long term burn.

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What about South America? We are definitely inspired by this post on traveling to Colombia with a toddler!

Where to Travel with a Toddler – the Best of the Rest

All-Inclusive Resorts with a Toddler

all-inclusive resorts can be the best holiday destinations for families with toddlers

Are you craving a little more relaxation while still having a toddler-friendly holiday? All-inclusive resorts are the way to go and are a perfect vacation destination with a toddler. An all-inclusive resort with a toddler or baby means not having to worry about food and having easy access to the pool will allow you more time to sit back and relax.

Going to a place like Mexico with a toddler still allows you to go on daily excursions if you are all up for it. There are plenty of places to visit with toddlers, like the Mayan Ruins of Coba, Chichen Itza or Tulum.

We have been to Mexico and stayed at an all-inclusive with a toddler when I was pregnant and it was about all I could manage. We made sure to find one of the best all-inclusive resorts for toddlers on the Mayan Riviera and spent our days wandering the wonderful pathways throughout the resort, when we weren’t sitting by the pool.

We returned to Mexico a couple of years later, and while we didn’t stay at an all-inclusive this time, it was one of the most toddler friendly vacations we’ve had. We spent so much time on the beach playing in the calm waters and even trying stand-up paddleboarding.

On days when we weren’t at our favorite Playa Del Carmen beaches for toddlers, we had an incredible time at the eco-parks and swimming in kid-friendly cenotes with our toddler and preschooler.

two kids play in a beachfront cenote while on a family trip to Playa del Carmen Mexico

Here are all the resources you need to plan your family trip to the Mayan Riviera.

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Golf Resorts with Toddlers

best resorts with toddlers

Golf resorts can be one of the best places to go with toddlers and young children. For those of you who don’t know me, it’s no secret that I love golf. From a very young age I’ve always enjoyed playing it, watching it, and talking about it. It’s a special game; one that can be played by anyone at any point during their life, and one that can be played with almost anybody.

That includes family. As I watch my children grow, I get more and more excited to introduce them to golf. They’re not quite there yet, but my wife and I have broke them in a little bit with various trips to golf resorts. You might be surprised to find out that a golf resort can be one of the best family vacation destinations with toddlers.

The best part about it? You won’t even have to leave the resort! Once you park the car and get all your belongings into the room, that’s it! The rest of your time can be spent walking the scenic paths, eating at one of the many fine (and kid-friendly) restaurants, swimming in the pools and kicking back in the hot tub, or finding a fun family activity for everyone to enjoy. And these activities, we’ve come to find out, are endless!

Enjoy practicing you and your children’s stroke on the putting green. Find a playground and spend some time pushing your kids on the swings. Let your kids pick out a small souvenir at the resort’s golf shop. Find out what the resort has to offer and schedule an outing with your family. We’ve ice skated, taken carriage rides, played FRISBEE golf, and even got to take a golf cart for a spin! (The kids loved that!)

No matter what you find yourself doing and whether you like golf or not, you’ll always find something for you and your children to do at a golf resort. It’s the ideal destination for any young family!

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Resources and Tips for Traveling with Toddlers

traveling with toddler

Now that your toddler is on the move, not only will you need to adjust your expectations and slow down your pace of travel, but you’ll also need some new travel gear!

We’ve put together a list of our favourite toddler travel essentials, airplane activities for toddlers and screen free travel toys for toddlers. Plus find even more toddler travel toys in our 1 Year Old Travel Toys and 2 Year Old Travel Toys lists!

For flying with toddlers, start with our tips for getting toddlers to sleep on airplanes. One thing that we don’t fly without when traveling with a toddler is our inflatable airplane cushion for toddlers. Not all airlines allow them but we’ve been successful in using it on most of our flights, so don’t miss the tips on that.

We also have a list of budget inflatable airplane cushions or read our full Fly Tot Review and Flyaway Kids Bed Review.

If dealing with toddler jet lag has you worried, you can read all about our experience plus my top tips for dealing with jet lag in toddlers.

Fly Tot inflatable airplane cushion for travel with toddler

Once your toddler moves to a toddler bed at home, it’s more difficult to convince them to sleep in a travel crib or pack n’ play, so we’ve found some of the best travel beds for toddlers. We also travel with one of these travel high chairs to make meal times more enjoyable.

Getting around will definitely be slower when traveling with a toddler, but our post on Uber with a baby or toddler will still be helpful. We also cover toddler travel and getting around in our post on travel with a baby carrier or stroller. One thing that will be key is keeping your hands-free to keep your toddler close – we recommend one of these backpack diaper bags for travel.

You may still get your toddler to sleep in your travel stroller. Our toddler was always more interested in walking, so we use toddler carrier for travel and sometimes, we travel with a backpack carrier like the Deuter Kid Comfort 3 (depending on if we plan to do a lot of hiking with toddlers).

Italy with toddler - best vacation destinations for toddlers

And what do you do when your toddler decides it’s time to start potty training right before a trip. We share all our tips for traveling with a potty training toddler here. Trust me when I say that it won’t be so bad, with a little preparation, a portable travel potty and using pull-ups when needed!

If you plan to spend a lot of time outside, don’t forget a toddler sun hat and toddler sunglasses.

Finally, for a little inspiration, read how one couple travels with their 2 year old all around the world!

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Celine Brewer is the owner of Baby Can Travel. Not only does she have years of experience traveling with babies & toddlers, but she's helped millions of new parents travel with their babies and toddlers for over a decade. In addition to writing on her baby travel blog, she has shared her expertise on traveling with a baby or toddler by contributing to articles about traveling with a baby with the Washington Post, USA Today, the Lonely Planet magazine and Pregnancy & Newborn magazine.

Celine also writes about family travel on the site, which she co-owns with her husband. Being from the Canadian Rockies, she shares her passion about her home and travel to Banff National Park and area on their site

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