As a mom with little ones, you so rarely have a moment to think about vacation; bottles, diapers, playdates and laundry seem to leave no room – or sanity – for making travel decisions. With summer approaching, it is the season to start planning some family getaways though deciding where to travel with a baby can be a challenge. Not to worry – we have some family friendly cities and destinations that are sure to provide a break for Mom and Dad, fun times for the family and memories that you’ll look back and love.
So, sit back, start planning what to pack as we share a great travel list for baby. Here are the best travel destinations for you and your baby.
1. Beach Baby: It’s no wonder that beaches are always a go-to destination for families with infants and small children. Why? Because almost everyone enjoys spending some time with the waves tickling your toes and some sand in your bathing suit! Seriously, for parents a beach vacation can be the easiest way to get away, have fun, relax and still maintain the all-important kids’ schedules. So check out the Bahamas’ Atlantis and enjoy top notch amenities accompanied by everything a little one could need – family-friendly staff and restaurants, a splash park for little ones, acres of water attractions and beaches and enough sea creatures and aquarium attractions to keep any member of your family in awe. If you’re looking to get a little further off the grid, the Turks and Caicos’ Beaches Resort has a reputation that is well deserved. Aside from the exotic scenery, the resort offers Sesame Street programming that is sure to delight your little one, certified nanny services, stage shows and other family-friendly attractions including daily programs and events and character sightings.
Want to keep things stateside? Then check out Florida’s Port St. Lucie and their Club Med Sandpiper Bay that boasts its Baby Club Med to keep your little one engaged and entertained. Or, visit Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, known for its family friendly restaurants and lodging options. The scenic Harbor Town and South Beach areas as well as miles of bike trails, beautiful beaches, lighthouses, horseback rides and an island trolley are sure to keep the whole family entertained.
2. Go North: Northeast, that is. New England is a wonderful summertime destination, especially if you’re traveling in July or August when that area of the country is really hitting its “summer stride.” Check out Martha’s Vineyard (Massachusetts), which looks as if it were made just for your family. Enjoy some time on the beach, a stroll through historic Edgartown or a visit to the antique fire truck! Put Baby on the back and explore the miles of bike paths and the beauty of the six towns that make up Martha’s Vineyard. If you happen to be lucky enough to be in town for the 4th of July, no one knows how to celebrate our Nation’s birthday quite like MV!
If Massachusetts is still a bit too South for you, travel a little farther up to Highgate Springs, Vermont and visit the luxurious Tyler Place Family Resort. What makes Tyler Place so spectacular? Well, it might be the mother’s helper assigned to you to provide one-on-one babysitting and care during your stay! The staff at Tyler Place works with you to provide that perfect mix of R & R for mom while still giving you time with your baby be it playtime, meal times, or activities. This is an all-inclusive resort, featuring a camp-style atmosphere that allows children to enjoy getting to know other kids, gives adults time with other adults but also allows for a lot of quality family time. With everything all about families, it’s no wonder parents return year in and year out!
3. Island Time: If you are looking for a more exotic vacay, say goodbye to life on the Mainland and say “Aloha” to Hawaii! For Moms and Dads who want a tropical getaway without the hassle of actually going abroad or worrying about customs, Hawaii can be the perfect solution. Though it can take a long time to arrive, especially if you’re coming from the East Coast, it’s totally worth the wait, given the beauty of the islands, the family-friendly atmosphere and the array of amenities that are just waiting to entertain you – and your Baby! The Hawaiian Islands are home to a variety of hotel and resorts so it’s great for many different budgets. Moreover, given the amount of tourists that visit Hawaii each year, it is no surprise that Disney now has a presence there, with the opening of its resort, the Aulani on Oahu. Geared to all things family, the Aulani offers everything from infant massage classes to Kids Camps for their potty-trained little ones, as well as a plethora of Disney characters to delight and amaze.
And, that’s just the tip of the iceberg! Vacation in style at The Breakers in sunny Palm Beach, Florida or head over to the west coast and enjoy beautiful Marco Island, filled with tons of family friendly hotels and resorts. Feeling more adventurous? Go west to San Diego, California and enjoy the Zoo, Legoland, beautiful beaches and scenic Balboa Park.
Living the good life and enjoying a vacation or two definitely doesn’t end when your family expands. In fact, you’ll probably learn to love these moments even more!
Your Baby Pibu Team