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Family Friendly Trips

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When you travel with your children, you make memories that will last a lifetime. These 45 family friendly trips are the perfect way to experience the world together!

NORTH AMERICA

Canada

Banff
Do: heli-tour, hiking, canoeing, horseback riding, biking, wildlife tours

 

Vancouver
Do: shop, visit art galleries, explore Vancouver Island, Capilano Suspension Bridge, Vancouver Aquarium
Insider Tip: The hotel has a heated outdoor pool on the 5th floor!
The natural beauty of Canada.

The natural beauty of Canada.

United States

Chicago
Do: Field Museum, Cubs game at Wrigley Field, play at Maggie Daley Park (near the “Bean”), architectural boat tour, Shedd Aquarium
Amazing view at the Four Seasons Chicago.

Amazing view at the Four Seasons Chicago.

Insider Tip: Everyone screams for ice cream, but your kids will scream extra loud when the Ice Cream Man brings his cart to your room at the Four Seasons. You can enjoy made-to-order sundaes after a day of exploring. Plus, the property is comprised of about 50% suites, so as a Brownell client you are likely to be upgraded!

 

Orlando
Do: Disney World, resort water park, fireworks, lazy river, water slides, outdoor games, bi-weekly character breakfast
Insider Tip: You CAN enjoy Disney World and have relaxing time during the same trip! The Four Seasons is located within the gates of Disney, but it is not in the thick of it so you can have as much – or as little – Disney as you want!

 

South Carolina Lowcountry
Do: Bike, horseback ride, or kayak through the property, fish, dolphin encounters, day trip to Savannah

 

Nashville
Do: Country Music Hall of Fame, Tennessee Titans or Predators game, concert at the Ryman, eat hot chicken

 

Montana
Do: The activities are endless! Fly fishing, hiking, horseback riding, shooting, biking, wildlife watching, archery, and more

 

Atlanta
Do: World of Coca-Cola, CNN Studio Tour, Centennial Olympic Park, Braves baseball game, Children’s Museum of Atlanta, High Museum

 

Rhode Island
Do: Squash, croquet, billiards, beach, pool, sailing, crabbing
Insider Tip: Children can watch movies in the screening room in the morning (and parents can enjoy a classic movie like Casablanca in the evening).

 

The rodeo in Jackson Hole is a must!

The rodeo in Jackson Hole is a must!

Wyoming

Stay: Four Seasons Resort Jackson Hole
Do: fly-fishing, day trip to Yellowstone National Park, horseback riding, hiking, white water rafting, kayaking, rodeo
Insider Tip: Enjoy pizza at Dornan’s in Moose and watch the sunset over the Tetons.

 

California
Do: golf, tennis, equestrian program, butterfly field, geocaching, photography classes, hiking, biking, cooking classes
Insider Tip: One of the few kid-friendly properties in the area, Carmel Valley Ranch is a great spot for families. There are 60,000 Italian honeybees on property, and guests can enjoy a bee experiences – just be sure to book this popular activity in advance!

 

Arizona
Do: swim, golf, tennis, Funicians Kids Club
Insider Tip: The property has eight pools as well as an awesome waterslide and splash pad. Parents can relax while kids swim and play or enjoy the spa while little ones are in the kids club.

 

Alaska
Do: hike, National Park Junior Ranger Program, glacier viewing, whale watching, dog sledding,

 

Hawaii
“Each island is so different from the next. Don’t try to see it all in one vacation or you’ll wear yourself out. Leave time to relax and enjoy where you are and what you’re doing.”  – Brownell Advisor Deborah Barth
Oahu
Stay: The Kahala Hotel & Resort
Do: People watching on Waikiki Beach, shopping and dining on Waikiki Beach, see Pearl Harbor with a private guide, surf lessons on Waikiki
Insider Tip: “Don’t miss the shaved ice at Matsumoto’s” – Brownell Independent Advisor Katherine Gould

 

Maui
Do: Snorkel at Molokini, see the sunrise on Haleakala, hike at Iao Valley, go to the Old Lahaina Luau, Twin Falls
Insider Tip: The road on Haleakala is very windy, so be aware if prone to carsickness (take an extra set of clothes for the kids in case of an “accident”). If you’re going up to see the sunrise, pack hat, gloves, and warm clothes, and head to Grandma’s Coffee House for breakfast afterwards.” – Brownell Independent Advisor Suzette Mack
Maui Wowi!

Maui Wowi!

Mexico

Punta Mita
Do: golf, beach, horseback riding, kayak, paddle board, surf, basketball,
Insider Tip: Relax in the spa while your children have fun in the complimentary Kids for All Seasons program.

 

Riviera Maya
Do: snorkeling, swimming in the cenotes, exploring ruins in Tulum, day trip to Isla Mujeres
Insider Tip: “Teenage girls will love shopping in Playa de Carmen.” – Brownell Independent Advisor Katherine Gould

CARIBBEAN

St. Martin
Do: tennis, water skiing, windsurfing, snorkeling, sailing
Insider Tip: Belmond La Samanna has 3- and 4-bedroom villas with private pools and full kitchens – perfect for your Caribbean home away from home!
Brownell VP of Marketing and Development Haisley Smith's daughter at Belmond La Samanna during a multigenerational family trip.

Brownell VP of Marketing and Development Haisley Smith’s daughter at Belmond La Samanna during a multigenerational family trip.

Antigua
Do: Water skiing, paddle boarding, snorkeling, tennis, basketball, snorkeling, and more
Insider Tip: Non-motorized AND motorized activities are included at this resort, so there is plenty to do!

 

St. John
Do: Snorkeling off one of their seven beaches, rent a jeep for the day and explore the island, sailing trip to British Virgin Islands, underwater snorkeling park in Trunk Bay

 

Jamaica
Stay: Half Moon
Do: swimming with dolphins, croquet, equestrian center, ride bikes
Insider Tip: “Try the delicious local jerk shack directly across the street from the resort called Scotchies for authentic Jamaican cuisine and atmosphere.” – Brownell Independent Advisor Katherine Gould

 

Turks & Caicos
Stay: The Palms Turks & Caicos
Do: Conch tour, snorkel, paddle board, swim, beach, bike to town
Insider Tip: Head to the fish fry on Thursday night for a taste of local flair.

 

CENTRAL & SOUTH AMERICA

Stay: Cruise on Lindblad’s new National Geographic Endeavour II 
Do: wildlife encounters, snorkel, hike, scavenger hunts, nature lessons, hands-on science lessons
Insider Tip: A trip to the Galapagos is one your children will always remember. During the summer, Lindblad has an extra naturalist on board that does special kids-only activities. But trips that time of year fill up quickly, so plan with your Brownell Advisor as early as possible!

 

Costa Rica
Stay: Hotel Punta Islita
Do: Surfing, zip lining, horseback riding, rafting, rappelling
Insider Tip: “Kids love the animal encounters–especially the monkeys–and cool hotels; parents love time by the sea. Throw in some zip lines, whitewater rafting, rock climbing and surfing lessons for the high-energy crowd, and you have the perfect mix of adventure and R&R. But wait, there’s more: it’s easy to get to, the locals are welcoming, and the food isn’t fancy–just fresh and delicious!” – Brownell Independent Advisor Martha Rhodes

 

Peru
Stay: Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel
Do: Hike, explore Incan culture, ride Paso horses, raft, ATV tour
Insider Tip: Combine Cusco, Lima, Machu Picchu, and the Amazon for one incredible trip!” –Brownell Independent Advisor Sam McClure

 

Patagonia
Do: trekking, ride with gauchos, fly-fishing, kayaking, ice hiking

 

EUROPE

Italy

“Italy is best for families. Everyone loves the food, a lot of the sites are outside (you don’t have to worry about wiggly kids at the Colosseum), and gelato and wine solve most problems!” – Brownell Independent Advisor Carrie Mahoney
Do: Colosseum, Roman Forum, Vatican, Trevi Fountain, mythology lesson, Gladiator School

 

Florence
Stay: J.K. Place Firenze
Do: Tuscan cooking class, see the David at the Acadamia, leather market, Uffizi Gallery, climb to top of Campanile

 

Venice
Stay: Belmond Hotel Cipriani 
Do: Piazza San Marco, explore the markets, gondola ride, mask-making class
Insider Tip: “Booking a local guide is so important. They bring a place to life, and their wealth of knowledge transforms an okay vacation into an unforgettable one. Through our guide, we experienced Venice in a very special way.” – Brownell Independent Advisor Katherine Gould

 

United Kingdom

Little ones love the guards in London.

Little ones love the guards in London.

London

Do: The London Eye, See a West End show, Harry Potter Studios, Tour of Chelsea Stadium, eat sushi at Harry Nichols, High Tea, Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace, see the Crown Jewels at the Tower of London, Victoria and Albert Museum

 

Scotland
Stay: Gleneagles
Do: Tennis, falconry, golf, shooting, fishing, off-road driving, equestrian school, off road driving
Insider Tip: Off road driving isn’t just for adults – they offer junior off road driving (think: mini Land Rovers) for children ages 4-9!

 

France

Bayeux
Do: See the Bayeux Tapestry, Helicopter ride to get eyelevel with the cliffs our American soldiers climbed in Normandy, Mont St Michel, stop at Giverny on the way from Paris, American Cemetery, cooking class, clay pigeon shooting

 

Paris
Do: Fat Tire Bike Trip to Versailles, Behind the Scenes Eiffel Tower Tour, Fashion Show at Galeries Lafayette, Pastries at Laduree, Concert at Sainte Chapelle, Catacombs, Musee d’Orsay, boat ride on the Seine, Pompidou Center
Insider Tip: If your little ones need to get out energy, Le Meurice has scooters they can take across the street to the Tuileries Gardens. Plus, the hotel often has a promotion for 50% off the second room for families!

 

Madrid
Do: Prado Museum, Retiro Park, Royal Palace of Madrid, Puerta del Sol, Market of San Miguel

 

Iceland
Stay: Custom tour 
Do: geothermic pools, volcano heli-tour, snorkel, ATV tour, whale watching, hiking, horseback riding
Insider Tip: Reykjavik has a famed nightlife – stay here during the week if you (and your little ones) want to avoid the excitement.

 

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Travel Coordinator Alyson Jarvis enjoys an elephant ride in Thailand.

Basel to Amsterdam
Do: Aerial cable car, canal tour, Koblenz scavenger hunt, climbing forest, castle tours
Insider Tip: Uniworld was voted #1 for “World’s Best River Cruising for Families” by Travel + Leisure and a river cruise is a fabulous way to see multiple European cities without unpacking and repacking!

 

Asia 

Japan

Stay: Family Japan Tour with A&K
Do: Imperial Palace, Tokyo skytree, wadaiko drumming lesson, Komagatake Ropeway, origami lesson, ride a bullet train

 

 
Chiang Rai, Thailand
Stay: Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort
Do: Work with the elephants, cooking class, three-country tour
Insider Tip: Your Brownell Advisor can get an upgrade at time of booking, and you can see three countries from your suite – Thailand, Myanmar, and Laos!

 

China
Do: walk along Great Wall of China, pottery class, cooking class, visit pandas

 

Africa 

Capetown, South Africa

Cape Town

Cape Town

Stay: One&Only Cape Town
Do: See penguins on Boulders Beach, Table Mountain, Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, hike, Greenpoint Park

 

South Africa Safari
Stay: Singita Kruger National Park
Do: game drives, stargazing, community visits, swim, walking safari

 

Kenya
Stay: andBeyond Bateleur Camp
Do: game drives, hot air balloon ride, bush walks, visit a Maasai village

 

Australia

Cairns
Stay: Lizard Island
Do: beach, snorkel in Great Barrier Reef,
Insider Tip: Children 6 and older are welcome at Lizard Island during Family Time, so little ones can experience this fabulous resort.

 

Sydney
Do: Sydney Opera House, shop, Bondi Beach, Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, Sydney Olympic Park
Insider Tip: The Park Hyatt is in a prime location under the Harbour Bridge so you’re walking distance from restaurants, shopping, and more.

 

New Zealand 

Queenstown
Stay: Matakauri Lodge
Do: Adventure – Queenstown is the adrenaline capital of the world, stay on a farm, Bay of Islands for snorkeling and scuba diving
Insider Tip: “With so much to do, New Zealand is great for teens.” – Brownell Independent Advisor Sam McClure

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