Is your family feeling a bit of cabin fever? You’re not alone! After far too many months holed up at home, we are all feeling a bit of wanderlust. Fortunately, the world of travel is finally starting to open back up and post-COVID family vacations are becoming a real possibility.
Whether you are looking to travel across the country or around the world, it’s time to start planning! Let’s look at a few of the family-friendly destinations that your kids are going to love.
Here is your rundown of the best of the best post-COVID family vacations.
Celebrate Walt Disney World’s 50th Anniversary
Did you know that Walt Disney World is turning the big 5-0? What could possibly be than celebrating Disney’s 50th anniversary with the kids?
Do your little ones love Ratatouille? They’re going to love the new 4D experience opening in October. And that’s just one of the many new options for post-COVID family vacations in Disney.
Planning Tip: Before you go, be sure to download the app. With the Magic at Your Fingertip app for iPhone or Android, you can get all of the details that you to plan the perfect trip. Find the meet and greet times, browse restaurant menus, manage all of your tickets, check out the expected wait times, and other handy features that will make your trip so much easier. Download the app before you book anything and take the advice nature of this one-stop-shop.
At Epcot, you’ll find new rides like the Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind roller coaster; the water ride for Journey of Water (based on Moana); and a new Spaceship Earth ride. Meanwhile, at Disney’s Magic Kingdom, the kids can check out the Tron Lightcycle Power Run roller coaster as well as the Minnie’s Runaway Railway roller coaster at Hollywood Studios.
When you are ready to plan your adventure, check out the Disney Resort Hotels updates. As different areas of the Disney resort family adjust to their new 2021 schedule, you can find the latest options right there. Head over to the Build Your Vacation button and choose the perfect Disney hotel for your next adventure. Be sure to check out our fave: Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas – Kidani Village!
Florida is so much more than just Disney! Before you go, read our guide to the best way to spend a week in Florida with the kids.
Unforgettable Post-COVID Family Vacations in the Yucatan Peninsula
From Cancun to Playa del Carmen to Tulum, the Riviera Maya is a dream destination for tropical beaches, incredible wildlife, fascinating Mayan ruins, and endless adventures. This picture-perfect space between the Caribbean Sea from the Gulf of Mexico offers the famous UNESCO world heritage site of Chichen Itza and other Mayan archaeological sites that are great for giving kids a hands-on look at history.
The best waterpark in Mexico (maybe the world)? Check out the Xel-Há Aquatic Park near Tulum. It’s a natural water park with unlimited snorkeling, food, and drinks plus aquarium, and lots more. If you’re doing any amusement park while in the Yucatan Peninsula – do this one!
Another must-see in the area is Las Coloradas pink lakes. Just three hours outside of Cancun, you will find this magical spot where the seawater turns to a stunning cotton-candy pink (you’ll definitely want your cameras for this!).
Looking for a dream hotel for your family? Check out El Palacito Secreto . Located in the beautiful Mérida, this place is both incredibly chic and family-friendly. If you are traveling with a big group, be sure to check out Caesars Palace. This private house option will sleep up to ten guests in a stunning four-bedroom, three-bathroom property.
Exploring Portugal with Kids
For gorgeous beaches and endless sunshine, there is no better pick than Portugal. This family-friendly country is a fun and easy pick for travelers of all ages. This coastal country is incredibly safe and you’ll be able to get by in English with no problem. Best of all, its small size makes it easy to cover the best of the best in a single week.
Resort towns in the popular Algarve area like Tavira, Praia da Luz, Alvor, and Carvoeiro are great designation for a calm kid-friendly summer destination. You can also find fun waterparks, zoos, and other family-friendly spots around Lagos and Vilamoura. Looking to get a dose of culture and explore the bright lights of the big city? Be sure to plan some time in Lisbon and Porto, and check out our 8 Best Events for Families in Portugal.
When it comes to affordable beach resorts for families, we love the Alfagar Village in Albufeira, Portugal. The cozy apartments here are dotted over an expansive tropical garden at the edge of a dramatic seaside cliff. With a sweeping view of the ocean, this is one unforgettable destination.