Exploring a city with kids is quite a different experience to an adult-only city trip. Gone are the days of late nights, extra fancy restaurants and distraction-free people watching. So what makes a city fun for families? Turns out it’s not just having child-friendly and child-focused attractions, important as they are. Food that kids will love plays a key role, as does a friendly local welcome.
Luckily, our amazing community of travelling families has plenty of recommendations for child-friendly cities around the world.
The expert view
‘My favourite city to explore with the kids has to be Lisbon. It seems always sunny and happy, with warm smiles everywhere. There are some brilliant places to visit, from Lisboa Story Centre to the aquarium, which is one of the biggest in Europe. Then there are pastel de nata, the best custard tarts out there.’
– Lonely Planet family travel pathfinder Nichola from globalmousetravels.com
Our Twitter community says
Istanbul! Open spaces, gorgeous trams, awe inspiring history, bazaars full of treasures, lovely people and boats galore 😍
— Five Adventurers (@Fiveadventurers) May 18, 2018
Copenhagen. Every museum has an awesome kids section, they are welcome in cafes + restaurants and the bike lanes are safe enough for them to cycle round the city with you. Plus of course, Tivoli.
— Ruth Mottram (@ruth_mottram) May 14, 2018
Barcelona. Hands down. Food education, art and architecture education and lots of beach time!
— Coolkidstravel (@coolkidstravel) May 10, 2018
Hotels, restaurants and attractions make a huge fuss out of little ones so they have as much of a special stay as grown ups. There are tonnes of activities for kids to do, check out some of our favourite things to do with preschoolers 😃https://t.co/S9eLkbess1
— Little Explorer Adventures (@esther_and_noah) May 15, 2018
Our Facebook fans say
The above comments and more family travel tips can be found on our Facebook feed.
Want to investigate further? Try these helpful extra resources:
1. Parents.com lists their top 10 best cities for kids in the US
2. Here our Pathfinders Globetotting.com share 29 European cities as recommended by fellow family travel bloggers
3. Marie France USA has an article on the top 10 cities in Asia to visit with kids
4. And finally… Lonely Planet writer Abigail Blasi provides eight tips for surviving a city trip with kids
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