Spending time together as a family is a great chance to bond and create life-long memories. But it doesn’t happen as often as it should. When you get the chance to get away as a family, city breaks are enjoyable for all.
Whether little ones enjoy getting about on your shoulders or kicking back in the pram, they’re a family-friendly holiday. As CTI suggest, when you mix in some museums and amusement parks, city breaks are also great for visual stimulation and are guaranteed to tire out the most energetic of children.
When you think of the UK, people tend to jump straight to London. But there’s plenty else of offer. Bath might be small in size, but there’s loads to do according to Mums Net. Of course, they say, the big draw is the Roman Baths but there’s also a choice of galleries and museums, lots of quirky, independent shops to explore and a range of places to eat. Not to mention the plenty of green open spaces to let off steam – Alice Park and playground is particularly family-friendly.
If you want your whole family to have their breath taken away, you should visit Iceland. Home to spectacular landscapes and the chance to see the Northern Lights, it’s a must-visit for any adventurous families. The Blue Lagoon, a thermal pool, around 45 minutes’ drive from the capital (and near the airport) is something you should add to any Iceland itinerary. There’s even a swim-up bar for the adults.
Summer holidays are an expensive time for families to go away. The October half term can be a cheaper option for young families with children in school. In fact, the Telegraph says it’s one of the best times of year to visit Croatia. It’s still warm enough to swim in the Adriatic Sea, and it will be less crowded than in the summer time.
Barcelona is a great city to engage your family’s imagination. Gaudi’s masterpieces across the city – including the unfinished Sagrada Familia – are sure to get everyone’s creativity and imagination going.
For nature lovers, there’s also the amazing central Parc de la Ciutadella. It’s full of treats for young children – including a fountain with gilded dragons that spit water, a boating lake, a huge mammoth statue, and wild green parrots. Try and spot some.
If you’re looking for history, culture, sports or shopping for your next family city break, Boston isn’t going to let you down on any front. It’s offered up as a great alternative to the more popular New York. Whether you decide to cheer on the Red Sox, appreciate masterpieces at the Museum of Fine Art, stroll through the grounds of Harvard University or do all the above and more, you’re sure to have a good time in Boston. Who knows, you might be back to visit your children studying one day.
What cities have you visited as a family? Let us know and share your suggestions.