Vacations for Kids

Top 10 Vacations for Kids

by Danielle Leshin

*The top 10 vacations for kids were choosen based on how budget friendly and family friendly each destination is. Click on each destination to learn the tricks and tips to finding the best rates, cheapest days and free things to do. You'll be on your way to a fantastic family vacation before you know it!

  • 1. Dunes Village resort, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina -The Dunes Village Resort has been rated #1Best Family Hotel in Myrtle Beach and #2 Best Family Hotel in the US by Travelers’ Choice. 
  • This great family resort is our #1 pick for vacations for kids,  oceanfront resort. With rooms ranging from a king suite wth kitchenette to 4 bedroom condo with full kitchen, your bound to find the perfect accomodations.
  •  Dunes Village Resort is located oceanfront, the beach is just outside your room. They offer 2 indoor waterparks included with your stay, a game room that is sure to please adults and children alike. They also offer plenty of childrens activities and many of them are free. 2 outdoor pools and a lazy river. 
  • You'll find some great deals can be had during the off season, which is September thru April, minus holidays and spring break.......read our full review and see pictures of the Dunes Village Resort here.
Dunes Village Resort

Dunes Village Resort,Myrtle Beach, SC



  • 2. Caribbean Cruise - The best way to see the Caribbean is on a cruise! This is by far the cheastest way to see the Caribbean.
  •  The good news  is, there are still cruise lines that offer deep discounts on 3rd and 4th passengers and kids Cruise Free discounts.
  •  Our top picks for cheap family vacation cruise lines are: #1 Disney Cruise Lines, best for younger kids, #2 Royal Caribbean for tweens/teens, #3 Holland America for the best value and least expensive & #4 Carnival for all around good value. 
  • Depending on your budget, Holland america will be much more affordable, but Disney will have more to do for younger kids. 
  • Check out our Kids Cruise Free page to find the cheapest way to book & what cruise lines offer these great kids cruise free deals. Next to Disney, cruises are our 2nd choice for best family friendly vacation.
Holland America Cruise

Aboard Holland America

Disney Dream Cruise Ship

Disney Dream Cruise Ship



  • 3. Disney World - Walt Disney World seems to be the #1 favorite family friendly vacation destination. For good reason too! This place is made for kids, young and old. 
  • There is something for everyone , and every budget at Disney world. There is a never ending supply of entertainment, most of it free if you know where to look (see our free things to do in Disney page). 
  • Our pick for the # 1 park in Disney is The Magic Kingdom, followed in a close second by Hollywood Studios. Disney can be a cheap family vacation, you just need to know how to find the best deals and where. 
  • If your looking a for vacations for kids, Walt Disney World should be at the top of your list. Check out our Cheap Disney Vacations page to see how to find the best deals and discounts for your Disney Vacation.
Walt Disney World Castle

Walt Disney World



  • 4. Wilderness at the Smokies - Water Parks seem to appeal to just about everyone. Who doesnt want to spend a couple of days riding waterslides, surfing in a pool  and floating in a wave pool ? You don't even have to visit the ocean to feel like your there. 
  • With so many options, our #1 pick is Wilderness at the Smokies, they were also voted one of the top water parks in the world by The Travel Channel. 
  • They offer huge outdoor water parks as well as one of the best indoor water parks I have ever been to. 
  • If this family friendly vacation destination is too far of a drive for you, check out our Top 10 Best Water Parks page for a water park near you.
Vacations for Kids Wilderness at the Smokies

Wilderness at the Smokies



  • 5. Yosemite National Park  -  With so many family friendly things to do at Yosemite, where do you start? 
  • A must see is Yosemite Falls. Nature at its best, the majestic views and wonder of the land will create magical memories. From waterfalls, hiking, horseback riding, train rides, free museums your options are never ending. 
  • This is a great cheap family vacation, wether you camp or stay at a hotel. Yosemite is our #1 pick for national parks, vacations for kids.
  • To see our full review on the best hiking trails for kids and best family activities & accommodations in Yosemite, see our Yosemite Vacations Family Fun page.




Yosemite National Park Photos
This photo of Yosemite National Park is courtesy of TripAdvisor


  • 6. Universal Studios  -  For those of you that love roller coasters, this is a fantastic family friendly vacation perfect for thrill seekers. 
  • Every ride is themed around a movie or TV show, from Suess Landing to the Transformers 3D ride. There are rides for the entire family, toddlers to the big kids. 
  • There are two parks at Universal Orlando; Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios Orlando. 
  • You really need a minimum of  2 days to do both parks. Each park has something unique to offer and you wont want to miss either one of them. 
  • After the park, head on over to Universal Citywalk for the restaurants, shopping and nightlife. 
  • To make this a cheap family vacation , we have reviewed the best budget friendly hotels and found the best discounted Universal Studio tickets. 
  • Check out our Universal Studios Discounts page to see details. Check out our Universal Studios Must do list, to see what you don't want to miss.
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Universal Studios Orlando

Universal Studios Orlando

Universal Studios Simpsons Ride

Universal Studios Orlando, Simpsons Ride



  • 7. SeaWorld - Plenty of exciting shows and rides for kids of all ages. SeaWorld Orlando and SanDiego have taken it to a new level.
  • With shows of the likes of Las Vegas,  two of the best roller coasters in Orlando and SanDiego, this place has taken SeaWorld of yester year to a whole new level. 
  • You really want to take at least two days to see this park and all the fantastic shows and interactive exhibits. 
  • With specials from $89.99 for a season pass, this is one unforgettable budget friendly and friendly family vacation. 
  • SeaWorld is one of the best vacations for kids, if your kids love marine life, they will never want to leave this marine paradise.
  • Check out our How to book a Cheap SeaWorld vacation page and top 10 Must do at SeaWorld list
SeaWorld Dolphin Feeding

SeaWorld Dolphin Feeding

SeaWorld One Ocean Show

SeaWorld One Ocean Show



  • 8. Chicago  - Chicago has it all, from beautiful sandy beaches, world class museums, art, shopping and dining. You are bound to find something special for everyone during a trip to Chicago.
  •  See our Chicago with kids page to see our tips for planing a fun, cheap family vacation to Chicago.
Navy Pier Chicago

Navy Pier , Chicago, IL



  • 9. Yellowstone National Park - The first national Park in the world. 
  • Yellowstone is know for it's numerous geothermal features, including "Old Faithful" geyser. The perfect place for hiking, camping, boating and sightseeing. 
  • This is one of our favorite vacations for kids, and a wonderful family vacation destination. 
  • Visit our Yellowstone Family Vacation tips and Must See page to get started planning the perfect Yellowstone vacation.


Yellowstone National Park Photos
This photo of Yellowstone National Park is courtesy of TripAdvisor


  • 10. Las Vegas  - Las Vegas with kids? Why is this place on our Top 10 Vacations for Kids list ? 
  • Heres why, Las Vegas isn't like it used to be. In the past decade, hotels have taken note of the tremendous amount of families coming to Las Vegas every year and have built attractions and accomodations that cater to families with kids of all ages.
  •  Las Vegas boasts some of the greatest shows, coolest hotels. There are plenty of food and activities to keep the entire family happy. 
  • Visit our Las Vegas with Kids page to see our Top 10 things to do with kids in Las Vegas and best hotels for kids.
Las Vegas Strip M & M Store

Las Vegas Strip M&M Store

These are the best and the most budget friendly vacations for kids in the US. If you don't think you can afford any of these places, think again. Check out our links to each of our top 10 vacations for kids picks, we show you how to book a cheap family vacation and where to find the best deals, how to get the best discounts, when the cheapest time to travel is and how to stretch your budget to make your dream vacation happen.


Have a Fun Filled Vacation !

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