Glasswing butterfly, Monteverde Butterfly Garden. Photo © Christopher P. Baker.

Family Fun in Costa Rica

Combining educational options with fun keeps children (and parents) enthralled. From snakes and sloths and crocodiles to river safaris and air tram rides through the forest and above volcanoes, these ideas focus on outdoor adventure & learning while experiencing nature.

From the amazing collection of Pacific seashells to the planetarium, Bishop Museum explores Hawaii’s culture through many different disciplines.

Bishop Museum in Honolulu, Hawaii

The premier natural and cultural history institution in the Pacific and the largest museum in the state, Bishop Museum explores Hawaii’s culture through many different disciplines. Kids will especially enjoy the Science Adventure Center.

Kids meeting a flock of laying hens in a green field.

Kid-Friendly Activities in the Hudson River Valley

Young travelers find many opportunities for entertainment and recreation in the Hudson River Valley, from hiking and swimming to apple and berry picking to tours of historic homes and museums. Here are a few family-friendly destinations.

With dramatic landscapes and wildlife-watching opportunities, Waterton's Bison Paddock keeps all ages entertained.

Glacier National Park Kid-Friendly Trip Ideas

The trick with kids in Glacier is to be prepared on hikes and adventures. From hikes to fishing trips to horseback riding and a whole lot more, here are some great kid-friendly trip ideas in Glacier National Park, along with advice for making the trip that much easier.

A Swainson's Toucan poses for a picture at the Pana'ewa Rainforest Zoo.

Pana‘ewa Rainforest Zoo in Greater Hilo

Not many travelers can visit a zoo in such a unique setting, where the animals virtually live in paradise. The Pana‘ewa Rainforest Zoo is small, delightful, and home to both endemic and introduced species. A visit will take a full day; here’s helpful trip planning information and tips.

The California Tower's belltower and dome in San Diego's Balboa Park.

One Day at Balboa Park, San Diego

There’s more to see and do at Balboa Park than can comfortably be accomplished in one day. If you’re only going to make one pass through the treasured cultural center of San Diego, here’s how to prioritize your visit with kids and without.

A National Museum of Bermuda exhibit showcases the legacy of shipwrecks.

National Museum of Bermuda

Bermuda’s largest and most-visited attraction, the National Museum of Bermuda combines a spectacular property with historic buildings and fascinating exhibits, artifacts, and cultural heritage displays. The site has been restored to its 19th-century military footprint encompassing all the fortifications of the Dockyard and historic buildings within, including the dramatic Northwest Rampart, linking the Keep fortress with the Casemate Barracks.

A giant panda eating bamboo at the San Diego Zoo.

The Best of Family-Friendly San Diego

Whatever your kids are into, there’s probably a little something to keep them entertained. The question you need to ask yourself as a parent is: how much can you handle? Fortunately, a few of these family-friendly San Diego attractions are parent-friendly, too.

An instructor preparing to zipline tandem with a young boy at Zip Isle on the Big Island of Hawaii.

Hamakua Coast Ziplines

Zipline rides are booming on the Big Island. While there’s lots of competition between companies on the Hamakua Coast for the best course, there’s only one certified provider. Constructed in partnership with certified engineers, this course guarantees the utmost safety for zipliners.

A castle-like building amidst a vineyard in fall colors.

California Coast Family Road Trip Ideas

Driving the California coast is a classic family road trip, with a range of attractions for kids to enjoy. While some popular destinations are very much kid-focused, other attractions such as zoos, aquariums, and unique locales are truly family-friendly, offering a bit of fun for everyone.