Fun Places to Fly with Kids
Are your kids begging you to let them see what the inside of an airplane looks like? There are tons of fun places to fly for a family vacation that will let your kids experience travel in a whole new way.
Flying on an airplane as a kid is a magical experience they’ll remember forever, along with all the memories you create as a family. Here’s a little inspiration for family plane travel that will send your imaginations soaring:
Families love traveling to the Windy City because there’s so much to do for kids of all ages — a planetarium, children’s museum, Navy Pier, Shedd Aquarium, and more! Millennium Park’s iconic Cloud Gate sculpture (also called the Bean) is a kid favorite sight, plus there are usually free and cheap activities nearby, like yoga in the park or bike rentals. If you really want to wow the kids, consider staying at the science-themed Hotel EMC2 or the stunning high-rise Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, both of which are unique and intriguing to the whole family.
Jackson Hole is where you’ll find Grand Teton National Park, a modern marvel on its own. If you’re visiting during the summer, you can take advantage of hiking trails or go rafting down Snake River.
If you’re traveling in the winter, Jackson Hole boasts a world-class ski resort that’s inviting for all ages and skill levels. Snow King Resort also has snow tubing to expand your family fun, or head to Teton Village to get some family photos at the ice castle before you go ice skating.
About an hour and a half’s drive southwest of Dallas is the famed Dinosaur Valley State Park, where your young adventurers will find some of the best-preserved dinosaur tracks in the country. After they’re done wandering the footsteps of the ancient giants, you can embark on a family bike ride along some of the park’s trails, go fishing, or hit up some of the history museums in Glen Rose. The park itself is perfect for camping, but if you didn’t want to fly with all that extra baggage, you can book a room at one of many modestly priced hotels in the area.
The Mile High City features one of the best zoos in the country and a sprawling children’s museum that’s equal parts educational and fun. There’s also a free open-air trolley that can take you from place to place without worrying about car seats and Uber drivers.
The Roller Coaster Capital of the World, kids who love a good thrill will have a field day at Cedar Point. The park is home to more than 15 roller coasters and dozens of other family rides for all ages. If you’re looking to make a full week of fun, there’s a Great Wolf Lodge about five miles from the park to give you the best balance of coasters and water slides.
Part of the scenic Pacific Coast Highway (which is an adventure in and of itself, San Francisco is a treasure trove of family-friendly activities. Take a ride on a streetcar, explore the massive Exploratorium at Pier 15, or head to Pier 39 to experience the “Disneyland of San Francisco” complete with street performers, mirror maze, carousel, and other activities. The city by the bay is also home to more than 100 parks and playgrounds, a variety of museums, and water activities.
Hopefully, these suggestions inspire some new travel ideas to consider, and who knows, maybe our families will cross paths in the air!