50 ultimate kid travel experiences

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From tasting authentic bush tucker to draping a snake around your shoulders, we know you love trying new things on family trips. (Even if your parents freak out!) An explorer named Daniel Raven-Ellison worked with young adventurers around the world and created 50 must-do kid travel experiences. Here’s a few ideas Daniel and kids think kids and families will love:

  • Sleep under a mosquito net
  • Stand in two countries at the same time
  • Explore a shipwreck
  • Experience a theme park
  • Scroll down for the rest!

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1. Float in a lagoon

Kid Travel - Float In A Lagoon

For a relaxing day in the sun, floating in the most beautiful turquoise waters, you must go to Blue Lagoon. Located on the tiny island of Comino, in between Malta and Gozo, the pictures you see beforehand are gorgeous, but you’ll learn they don’t do this lagoon justice once you see it in person. While you’re floating you can clearly see the coral below you—it really is that crystal clear. And be sure to bring your snorkeling gear or buy some if you want an up close look of the coral, as Blue Lagoon is also ideal snorkeling spot for kid travel.


2. Walk over an inactive volcano

Volcanoes are beautifully fierce, natural landscapes to see on TV or from a distance, but they’re even more so when you’re standing on top of one. And Thrihnukagigur, a 4,000-year dormant volcano in Iceland, is where you should go to experience this first-hand. Take a tour that involves a 45-minute hike and even takes you inside the volcano, the only one that does this. Even though you know it’s inactive, it’s a rush unlike any you’ve ever felt being able to actually walk across one; not to mention it’s a totally Instagram-worthy photo op that’s guaranteed to make all your friends jealous.


3. Discover ancient temples and ruins

Kid Travel - Discover Ancient Temples And Ruins

For all you history and archaeology buffs, there’s no place better to visit than Mexico. The ruins of Teotihuacan are some of the oldest and most remarkable to see and learn about. This City of the Gods is home to 600 pyramids. Hike your way up the Sun Pyramid and Moon Pyramid for a bird’s-eye view of the area and make a point to enjoy another tourist favorite, the Temple of Quetzalcoatl. With nearly 2 million annual visitors and just a short drive from Mexico City, it’s no wonder this UNESCO World Heritage site is a desired and memorable kid travel spot … and adults too.


4. Camp in the mountains

Kid Travel - Camp In The Mountains

When summer rolls around, all you can think about is getting back out in nature with your family. It’s the perfect way for kids to get out exploring while bringing your entire family closer together. For the ultimate experience, head to Silver Falls State Park, the crown jewel of Oregon, to camp in the mountains, whether your preference is by tent, RV or cabin, and participate in other camping activities, like hiking and biking backcountry trails. Is there really anything better than camping in the mountains with your family, singing around a campfire, roasting marshmallows and sleeping under the stars? We think not.

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5. Catch a train between two countries

Kid Travel - Catch A Train Between Two Countries

Don’t miss out on the chance to see and experience two cultures during one trip while riding in comfortable style between the two. Ride the Eurail and choose the France-Italy Pass for possibly a once-in-a-lifetime chance to see two of Europe’s most popular countries in one day. See the Eiffel Tower in Paris, bon appetit in Rome and more as the train will arrive at the center of each city on its stop list. And one of the best parts—kids 0-11 travel for free! Catching a train between two countries is the way to actually enjoy a day of traveling.


6. Dig for fossils

Kid Travel - Dig For Fossils

Few things are more fascinating to children than animal fossils, so take your kids to the Warfield Fossil Quarries in Wyoming where they can spend as many hours as they want searching for and digging up fossil fish. And best of all, every fish kids find, they’re able to keep and take home with them. The common fish include Knightia, Diplomystus, Phareodus and Priscacara, but there are also rare species you might find. No reservation is needed, and they’ll provide the necessary tools and a basic guided lesson for a successful fossil hunt. Kids will learn that sometimes a little hard work leads to a lot of fun and amazing discoveries.


7. Make new friends who speak a different language

Kid Travel - Make New Friends Who Speak A Different Language

Nelson Mandela once said, “If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his own language, that goes to his heart.” Locals will appreciate when you try to speak their language when you’re in their home, and knowing a few phrases will make your trip easier. So start learning Mandarin, a language more than 900 million people speak, and test your skills in China. Talk to some locals, restaurant waiters, taxi drivers, etc., in their native tongue to help you better learn this country’s predominant language and maybe in the end make a new friend during your kid travel experience.


8. Photograph a local bird of prey

Kid Travel - Photograph A Local Bird Of Prey

Kids are captivated by how animals move, their bright colors and funny noises they make, which is why they seem to really enjoy bird watching. Take it beyond just looking at birds; take your next kid travel experience to Kruger National Park, which is just a short drive away from kid-friendly places to stay in Johannesburg. The flagship of South African national parks is home to 507 species of birds. The Big 6 birds visitors want to see are: Kori Bustard, Martial Eagle, Lapetfaced Vulture, Pel’s Fishing Owl, Saddle-billed Stork and Southern Ground Hornbill. You’ll learn about how they live in their environment, and with that many birds, your kids will have plenty of chances to capture their favorite bird of prey in flight or neatly perched on a branch.


9. Create beach art with seashells

Don’t just sit in the sand staring at the ocean. Get creative with your kids by hunting for seashells and then creating beach art with your findings on Shell Beach. Situated on L’Haridon Bight in Shark Bay, this beach is the perfect spot for seashell art, and rightly named, as it’s home to billions of tiny coquina bivalve shells that replace your typical sand. The snow-white beach itself stretches more than 100 km long, and its shells lie between 7 to 10 meters deep. Lapped by an aqua blue sea, Shell Beach will be a unique visit, and you’ll leave home with unique shell art.


10. Cross the equator

Kid Travel - Cross The Equator

There’s no better place to straddle the equator than at the center of the world, Ecuador, specifically at Mitad del Mundo, also known as the Middle of the World Monument. This site was constructed to memorialize where an explorer calculated our world’s equatorial line. Along with the monument, there are also museums, restaurants and tourist shops you can check out after getting a picture of being on each side of the world’s equator. While it may be a popular tourist spot, it’s a fun kid travel trip that’s worth dealing with possible tourist crowds and is just a short distance from the capital.


11. Taste authentic bush tucker

Kid Travel - Taste Authentic Bush Tucker

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Bush tucker, which is also called bushfood, is any food native to Australia that was used by the Aboriginal people. Common bush tucker includes foods from animals, such as kangaroo, emus and rock wallaby, and plants, like wild orange, wild passionfruit and conkerberry. Gardener’s Lodge Cafe is a Sydney speciality, and it’s the perfect little place to taste traditional Australian bush tucker, without venturing too far from one of IHG’s modern Sydney hotels. Its homestyle cooking, that uses unique bush flavors, and the chance to have a picnic outside by the duck pond on a warm, sunny day make this a must-dine-at Aussie cafe for families.


12. Take a dip in a river

Kid Travel - Take A Dip In A River

When summer hits, there’s no better feeling than cooling off in a cool river. And where should you go this summer? Brandywine River in Wilmington, Delaware. So grab your life jackets and jump on in, or since it’s a slow-moving river, you can also float it in a tube or canoe for a more relaxing afternoon water ride. Because it is a river, make sure you take necessary safety precautions before and during your swim. And since it’s less than two hours from New York City, extend your vacation and check out some of NYC’s family-friendly spots.

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13. Discover a local animal sanctuary

Night Safari is arguably Singapore’s most popular tourist attraction. It’s the world’s first nocturnal zoo, and a true kid travel experience that’s worth a night away from that plush downtown Singapore hotel bed. Take the guided tram ride through 7 geographical zones, or get the VIP treatment via a personal tour with your very own tour guide who will give you insights into the park and all its residents. Night Safari is a memorable experience for the whole family to see animals in their natural habitat during the night hours, especially for all you night owls. And if you have time, you can also visit the River Safari and the Singapore Zoo.


14. Ride on the back of a local animal

Kid Travel - Ride On The Back Of A Local Animal

Children can ride on the back of the Aldabra Giant Tortoise at Mount Kenya Wildlife Conservatory, and the best part is you don’t need to worry about the animal running off with your kid! Turtles are friendly, and of course slow-moving animals, so you know your kid will be safe on the back of one, and your kid likewise shouldn’t be afraid to ride this green creature, unlike say a giant elephant or spitting camel, even though this turtle is larger than all the ones they’ve seen at the pet store. The Aldabra Giant Tortoise is sturdy enough for parents and very entertaining to kids.


15. Roast marshmallows on a fire

Kid Travel - Roast Marshmallows On A Fire

Camping isn’t just for the summer months. Yes, your kids are out of school in the summer, but give them a much-needed winter or spring break in the magical and tranquil Sahara Desert. Erg Chigaga Luxury Desert Camp, which offers a main camp area or private camp, isn’t even close to your typical summer family camping trips in the woods—which is why you have to go. Ride a camel and test your skills at sand boarding during the day, and then end your night gathered around the campfire roasting marshmallows and enjoying some informal drumming and accompanying music.


16. Go to the highest point of a city

Kid Travel - Go To The Highest Point Of A City

When you have to walk to the highest point of a city, it’s so tiring is it even worth it? Yes! And at Ancon Hill, the highest point in Panama City, you’ll see breathtaking 360-degree views of the city’s landscapes and buildings. Most people spend about 30 minutes hiking up to the top, where you’re likely to see sloths in trees and soaring birds, but you can also drive up most of the way and then take a two-three minute walk to the very top if you have young children. Many tourists call this their favorite spot, but you won’t know if it’s yours until you go.


17. Drape a snake around your shoulders

Kid Travel - Drape A Snake Around Your Shoulders

The thought of even being near a snake out of a cage may terrify you, but our kid travel list tells us that many of you aren’t scared. Founded by a high school biology teacher (who is known by many as the Reptile Man), the Reptile Zoo in Monroe, Washington, isn’t for the faint of heart. But for the daring kids, it’s their kind of petting zoo as personal boundaries really don’t exist. They get the chance to handle and hold various kinds of snakes. Some of the snakes they have are cobras, rattlesnakes and a black mamba.


18. Feel the rhythm of a traditional dance

Don’t just feel the rhythm of a traditional dance—make the rhythm with your own two feet. And where better to dance your heart and feet away than in Ireland? In Dublin City, spend a couple of hours taking an Irish dancing class to learn a few basic building blocks, steps and dances along with hearing and learning about some traditional Irish songs and instruments. Experience an interactive dance party at one of Dublin’s best cultural attractions that’s full of energy, laughter and fun. It’s guaranteed to show you and your kids a stomping good time.


19. Take a stroll in a night market with your family

Kid Travel - Take A Stroll In A Night Market

The Panda Market celebrates the city’s immigrant population with delectable dishes, singers, dance groups and some fun haggling with local vendors. Called the International Summer Night Market when it first started back in 2008, Travel & Leisure have rated it one of the top four night markets in the world. The market runs from May through September, is popular for all ages and there’s no entrance fee. It’s a family-friendly and enjoyable way to enjoy a Richmond, BC summer night where a kid can travel around the world without even leaving this 10-acre site.


20. Learn history in an ancient castle

Kid Travel - Learn History In An Ancient Castle

If your kid wants to be the king or queen of the castle for a day, then take them to Dover Castle, located in England’s coastal town of Dover. Let your kid roam throughout the inside and outside of the castle and its grounds—making sure they get the chance to climb up the Great Tower and wind their way through the underground medieval tunnels—while learning about all of Dover Castle’s intrigue and mysteries. On selected dates throughout the year, the castle even comes to life with characters playing members of the royal court of King Henry II.

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21. Enjoy a local festival

Kid Travel - Enjoy A Local Festival

Is your child obsessed with the movie “UP”? Then you have to take them to Albuquerque, New Mexico, in October for a colorful, high-flying festival—it’s like the movie, but even better and with more vibrant hot air balloons. Even if the Disney Pixar film isn’t a favorite, the Albuquerque International Balloon Festival is a must-attend local festival for kid travel. In addition to seeing a mesmerizing parade of giant flying balloons, you’ll also engage your ears with the various styles and sounds of locally talented musicians.


22. Experience a theme park

Kid Travel - Experience A Theme Park

If you’re going to take your kids to their first theme park, go big and take them to the most popular theme park in the world. In sunny Orlando, magic, twisting rides and favorite Disney characters abound at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom. Take them on classic Disney rides, like It’s a Small World (if you don’t mind getting the song stuck in your head) and Space Mountain, and then make your kids’ fairytale dreams come true by meeting their favorite Disney princesses. Disney’s Magic Kingdom is a bucket list item for kid travel at least once while they’re growing up—if not every year.


23. Go on a canyoning adventure

Kid Travel - Go On A Canyoning Adventure

Strolling through street markets and lounging on the beach are great things to travel for, but some people want more; they want to travel for a thrilling adventure. And we know exactly where you need to do with your adventurous kids—canyoning. Nestled in the Commonwealth of Dominica, you can experience heart-pumping fun and adventure by exploring the hidden depths of this magical island. All levels of experience, fitness and age groups can experience extreme Dominica this way. Prepare for rappelling through waterfalls, jumping over falls into clear pools of water and non-stop action and adventure.


24. Barter in a grand bazaar

Kid Travel - Barter In A Grand Bazaar

Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar is one of the largest and oldest covered markets around the world. It’s also one of the most visited, as it attracts between 250,000 and 400,000 visitors every day. With more than 3,000 shops covering 61 streets, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to become a bartering pro for whatever jewelry, embroideries or antiques catch your eye. Take note, the Grand Bazaar is closed on Sundays and bank holidays so don’t try visiting on those days or you’ll miss out on your chance for negotiating a good deal.


25. Build a giant sandcastle

Kid Travel - Build A Giant Sandcastle

If summer break means beach break in your family, then Dorset is calling your name. With close to 100 miles of golden coastline, it’s no wonder it’s a sought-after kid travel destination. Weymouth in particular is a great location, especially if you’re looking to build your very own super castle. Weymouth has some of the purest sand around that sets as hard as stone when compacted, making it the perfect spot to build one. And if you don’t believe us, just know that it’s home to the world-famous Sculptures in Sand attraction on the Weymouth seafront.


26. Feel the splash of a waterfall

Sure there are waterfalls all around us. There may even be one just up the road from you. But why not make a vacation out of seeing one? Behold the beauty, hear the roaring sounds and feel the spray and mist from Victoria Falls, the largest waterfall in the world. A top attraction in Africa, located on the Zambezi River, it’s the world’s only waterfall that’s longer than 1 km and taller than 100 meters. The water levels varies through the year, but consider visiting during the dry season (October and early November) so your kids can brag that they’ve not only seen but walked through parts of the largest waterfall in the world.


27. Learn to cook a native dish with a local

Kid Travel - Learn To Cook A Native Dish With A Local

Have you ever wanted to try Korean sushi? Well you can, but don’t just order it from a local restaurant—get a local to teach you how to make it. Gimbap (or kimbap) is what this native dish is called, and it’s made from steamed white rice (the bap part) and other ingredients that use traditional Korean flavors. The ingredients are rolled into a gim, sheets of dried seaweed, cut and then served in small bite-sized slices. So see the sights in Korea, but don’t leave before a local teaches you how to make this easy but delicious dish.


28. Photograph the mesmerizing Northern Lights

When you’re looking for a winter getaway, bring your coat and camera and head to Iceland to capture the greatest show on earth, the Northern Lights. Also called Aurora Borealis, this eye-catching show is visible just about any and everywhere throughout the country, but your best views and photos will come from Thingvellir National Park. While the Northern Lights are active pretty much all year long, dark, clear nights are the best times to see them, so visit during the winter months and hope Mother Nature provides good weather and clear skies.


29. Sleep under a mosquito net

Kid Travel - Sleep Under A Mosquito Net

Everyone should go on a family trip to a foreign country. It’s a chance to create lasting memories and grow closer to your family. But because some foreign countries are prone to disease-carrying mosquitos, like Costa Rica, be sure to apply bug spray and sleep under a mosquito net at night to better prevent yourself from being bitten by one of these insects and being protected from flies and other pesky bugs. Some say sleeping under one is comfortable, while others claim it gets too hot. But in our book of kid travel, being a little warm at night is way better than being covered with itchy bug bites for the next three days.


30. Spend a day underwater snorkeling

Snorkeling under the clear turquoise waters of the Caribbean is one of most popular outdoor travel activities, and there’s no better snorkeling spot than St. Martin. There are about a dozen nice snorkeling areas around the area, where varied swimming skills are advised for each. Skilled divers and newbies both come here to see schools of colorful fish, vibrant coral and cool shipwrecks. You may even get to see and play with sea turtles and eagle rays. For an eye-opening underwater adventure, dive into the peaceful waters of St. Martin.


31. Stand in two countries at the same time

Kid Travel - Stand In Two Countries At The Same Time

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We’ve already got you straddling the equator, now kid travel experts are telling us they always want the chance to stand in two countries at the same time. But why do two when there’s a place where you can stand in three countries at once? Visit Drielandenpunt in Vaals, which is the location where not only two but three countries borders meet. It’s also called the tripoint, where the Netherlands, Germany and Belgium meet up, and along with being in three countries at one time, there are also fun attractions to enjoy, like a maze, picnic area, skeet shooting lessons, etc.

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32. Go whale watching

Kid Travel - Go Whale Watching

It’s one thing to ride a boat and see nothing but water for as far as your eyes can see; it’s another thing to see giant whales coming out of the water while on a boat ride. So while the kids are on Christmas vacation, take them to this Mexican city where you’re guaranteed to see humpback whales during its whale watching season, which lasts December 15 through April 15. You’re also likely to see bottlenose dolphins, sea lions, sea turtles and other marine animals who call Cabo San Lucas their home.


33. Sleep under the stars

Skip packing the tent this summer—sleep under the stars instead! For a good night’s sleep under the stars, just grab your sleeping bag and head to Bryce Canyon National Park. It’s one of the prettiest canyons in all of Utah, not to mention one of the best national parks. Bryce Canyon is also perfect for stargazing and even hosts an annual four-day astronomy festival every summer festival. Before you sleep under the star-filled, clear mountain skies, go on a hike and drive to Sunrise or Sunset viewpoint. With how connected to bright screens kids are today, a disconnected night under the stars is exactly what the doctor ordered.


34. Take a walk in a national park

There are hundreds upon hundreds of national parks spread throughout the world, making it somewhat of an impossible decision to choose which is best for kid travel. So we’ll decide for you. Head out to the Western part of the United States to experience the world’s very first national park. Walking through Yellowstone National Park provides all kinds of diversity for family trips. With every turn you’ll see mountains, lakes, wildlife, geysers and more, and by the end of your visit, you and your kids will have turned into total nature lovers if you weren’t already.


35. Trek to the top of a mountain

Kid Travel - Trek To The Top Of A Mountain

With more than 50 “14ers” in Colorado, this mountain state is the go-to state for trekking with your kids to the top of a mountain. From no experience to a family of professionals, Colorado has a mountain for every age and kind of hiker. Make sure you wear sturdy shoes and lots of layers, pack water and sunscreen and bring your camera to capture the breathtaking images you will see throughout your hike. Mountain hiking seasons rely on weather and elevation, so double check that the mountain you want to climb to the top of is open before you start planning your whole trip.


36. Go on an authentic husky sledge ride

Kid Travel - Go On An Authentic Husky Sledge Ride

Your kids probably have a pet dog and have most likely ridden a sled down a snowy hill. Now they just need to combine the two and experience a snowy dog-sledding adventure. Riding on the back of a sled pulled by Huskies through the Canadian Rockies is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for kid travel. You’ll see the beautiful Canadian countryside while the wind blows your hair and your heart races as these cute furballs pull you through the snow at 20-30 mph. We can’t promise you that you won’t be buying your kids a pet Husky after this unforgettable winter travel experience.


37. Eat ice cream in Italy

Kid Travel - Eat Ice Cream In Italy

You can travel to Italy for a number of reasons, but let’s be honest, we all go for the food. From pastas to pizzas to tiramisus, our stomachs can’t get enough (even if when our jeans say stop). But, a trip to Italy isn’t a complete trip until you’ve tried gelato ice cream, one of the country’s best-loved sweets. And at Giolitti, an ice cream shop in Rome that’s been around since 1900, you can get a small cone, big cone, chocolate covered ice cream cone, ice cream biscuit—really, anything on the menu is packed with sweet, rich flavors. You’ll go every day you’re in Rome.


38. Go on a safari drive

Kid Travel - Go On A Safari Drive

An African safari holiday is a holiday worth spending your time and money on. You can go with a tour guide, or you can be really adventurous and tour Africa independently. A self-drive safari is the best way to get up close and personal with the big game and beautiful scenery Africa has to offer. Namibia, especially, has really embraced the self-drive safaris, building a nice road network with easy-to-read signs as well as places to stay, making it a fun and safe place for kid travel. For the best weather, wildlife and scenery, visit between June and September.


39. Explore a city by bike

Kid Travel - Explore A City By Bike

Exploring a city by bike gives you the freedom you want while discovering all the ins and outs of an urban city. Cycling through Portland is how you’re going to experience this city using all your senses. It gets you seeing, hearing and smelling parts of the city you wouldn’t normally be able to on a car or by bus—the best part may be your ability to smell amazing restaurants before you see them. Portland’s bike share program goes into effect July 2016. Portland’s streets are pulsating with life, so get peddling to fully immerse yourself in this metropolis.


40. Surf at sunrise

Kid Travel - Surf At Sunrise

Surfing is the way of life on Oahu, so why would you go anywhere else to surf and see a breathtaking sunrise over the ocean? Oahu’s South Shore has smaller waves and warm water, while North Shore has bigger waves. The waves off Waikiki are a great spot for kids to learn to surf, but enlist the help of a local surf instructor and use your best judgment to decide what beaches and waters are best for your kid’s’ ability level. Keep in mind it’s best not to visit during the winter months when swells are high and surf competitions are going on.


41. Explore a shipwreck

Kid Travel - Explore A Shipwreck

Exploring a shipwreck is a hauntingly fascinating for kid travel. Numerous shipwrecks are spread throughout the vast ocean floors, but the U.S.S. Kittiwake in Grand Cayman is ideal for first-time shipwreck explorers. Because the waters are fairly shallow, you can dive various times throughout any given day, and for a limited time, an underwater museum has been installed on the Kittiwake, so divers can see pictures of what the boat once looked like and gain insights into the lives of its former crew. An entrance fee from a licensed operator is required, so continue maintaining and protecting the wreckage.

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42. Learn about a local folklore

Kid Travel - Learn About A Local Folklore

When it comes to spinning a riveting yarn, The Brothers Grimm are arguably the best tall tales. Experience the undisputed grandfathers of the fairy tale with a visit to Kassel, Germany. Opened in the fall of 2015, Grimm World – Kassel is a permanent exhibition on the Kassel vineyard. The museum’s modern exhibition format provides visitors of all ages and interests general enlightenment on the Grimm Brothers works. Grimm World – Kassel is designed to be a place of exploration and active learning. With playful and informative layouts, as well as voice, literary and cultural studies, visitors gain a new perspective on the multi-faceted work and life of the brothers.


43. Sleep on a boat

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Take a full-day excursion on one of the finest vessels in the Bahamas —and the kids will definitely be able to sneak in a nap while you stay captivated by the scenery. With more than 300 days of sunshine along with the warm Caribbean Sea, it’s no surprise thousands of boaters choose to embark on a high-seas adventure to Nassau Paradise Island. You can take your trip on a sailboat, chartered boat or even a yacht! Or if you’d rather feel the wind rushing and the sprays of the sea, set out on the turquoise waters on a powerboat. Relaxing or racing, sailing (and sleeping) over the waters of the Bahamas is a must-do for kid travel.


44. Explore a lake by kayak

Kid Travel - Explore A Lake By Kayak

There are many ways to enjoy a lake, but from the kid travel experiences, it seems that kayaking one is the route to go. And luck for you, you’ve have your choices of places to rent kayaks for you and the whole family when you visit Lake Erie. Islands of Lake Erie are considered a paddler’s paradise. With warm, clear waters and rocky cliffs, you’ll be surrounded by great scenery and clean water. Explore sea caves and waterfalls as you paddle your way through the great waters of Lake Erie, and keep your eyes peeled for herons, osprey and bald eagles as you’re out on the water.


45. Learn how to play a foreign instrument

Kid Travel - Learn How To Play A Foreign Instrument

Can you imagine what your life would be like without music? Neither can we! Music plays such a big part in our lives, and rather than just listening to other people, start making your own music. It also gives you so much insight into a culture that you can only find outside the walls of where you stay in Tokyo. But don’t just learn to play any old normal instrument; learn to play the koto, the traditional Japanese stringed musical instrument, from a local while you’re visiting Tokyo. Learning to play a foreign instrument is good for anyone because it’s not only fun, it teaches self-expression and provides health benefits—all of which you obviously want for your kids.


46. See the world from a bird’s-eye view in a plane

Kid Travel - See The World From A Bird’s-Eye View In A Plane

Hop in and head up in the sky in an airplane tour for the only way to truly see all the beauty and vastness of the Grand Canyon. This scenic flight starting from the South Rim lasts roughly 45 minutes and will take you over the Colorado River and Little Colorado River as well as offer breathtaking views of the Zuni Corridor, Point Imperial, the Kaibab Plateau and the Kaibab National Forest. The Grand Canyon isn’t just another hole in the ground, and a plane tour over it will prove that to you as soon as you lift off.


47. Taste a delicious local dish

Kid Travel - Taste A Delicious Local Dish

When kid travels take you to a new city or country, you have to take in the sights, visit the popular attractions and last but certainly not least, you have to taste some of the area’s local dishes. And when you’re in Berlin, a city whose food scene is growing, you’ve got a plethora of tasty authentic dishes to try. But a local old favorite you simply can’t pass up is eisbein. The Germans love their pork, so be sure to try this famous local dish at the city’s oldest restaurant, Zur Letzten Instanz, which has been around since 1621.


48. Get lost inside a museum

Kid Travel - Get Lost Inside A Museum

A city known for its fine art, Paris is home to numerous museums, from as big as the Louvre to lesser-known ones like Musee Rodin, that you could easily get lost inside for hours. So how do you choose? You don’t. You plan a trip long enough to see as many as you want! Spend time seeing the impressive sculptures of Auguste Rodin, Impressionist paintings by Monet, contemporary art, photography and more. After getting lost inside any of Paris’s museums, even just for an hour, you’ll fully understand why Paris is one of the world’s premier destinations for kid travel.


49. Catch a local transport in a foreign country

Kid Travel - Catch A Local Transport In A Foreign Country

From the world’s tallest skyscraper to ritzy beach clubs, Dubai is known for its flashy buildings and world-class hotels. But underneath all that glitz and glam, the most populous city of United Arab Emirates really is a fairly conservative city. So if you want to see the city from a local’s perspective, then ride through the city with the locals on the Dubai Metro. Your kids will love it, and they might even take a short nap (a win-win for you). But you will definitely love riding this elevated platform across the city and stopping at some of Dubai’s local shopping spots and other attractions.


50. Witness a local ceremony

Kid Travel - Witness a Local Ceremony

If you’re looking to happen upon a lavishly colorful local ceremony, then head to Jaipur, India, for your chance to see a royal wedding. India is a country filled with diversity, and that is well reflected in its traditional marriage ceremonies. From the bride’s intricately embroidered and brightly colored attire with gold and precious stone jewelry to the groom’s big entrance on a horse to the painting of the bride’s hands and feet, whatever part of the three-hour long spectacle you see, you’ll be impressed. Raj Palace, Gold Palace and Samode Palace are some of the popular venues for extravagant wedding celebrations so be sure you experience to round out your kid travel list.

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