12 Cool Family-Friendly Getaways You'll Want to Book Now
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Google the search term "family-friendly vacations" and you'll be hit with no less than 43 million results in less than one second. (We'll give you a sec to see for yourself.) While the Grand Canyon and Disneyland have certainly earned their spots on every travel-loving clan's bucket list, there are plenty of other cool, creative, and stylish destinations that welcome wayfarers of all ages.
Whether you're looking for a great American road trip, a Mediterranean paradise, or an exotic island retreat, check out some of Fashion Mamas members' most memorable getaways that'll have you wanting to book your flight (or rent a car) stat.
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"I'll never forget our first trip to Scottsdale, Arizona. Diego was super tiny and we stayed in a cute casita at JW Marriott Camelback Inn Resort & Spa. I love that there were so many gardens for Diego to crawl around, and they had two pools: one for adults and one that was more family-friendly. They also had a great gift shop with desert-inspired kids items, like a plush cactus that Diego still sleeps with today!"
— Natalie Alcala, Fashion Mamas founder and freelance fashion editor
Park City, Utah
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"We just took out kiddos to Park City, Utah this winter and it was amazing! We rented a house and the kids did daily ski school. The whole town is kid-friendly and has [delivery services] for groceries, restaurants, and a baby equipment rental. After four days, our kiddos were skiing and we can't wait to go back."
— Samantha Gutstadt, actress, model, and digital content creator
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"Maui! We stayed at the Fairmont Kea Lani which is an all-suite hotel, so [there's] plenty of room for littles and they can set up cribs in the rooms with amenities like baby toiletries. Very kid-friendly hotel with kid pools, water slide, activities, [and more]. Plus, the kiddos love the beach, luaus, and nice weather."
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"Whistler [in Canada] in the summer: awesome hiking trails, farmers market, splash pads, a great kids boutique that stocks a bunch of my favorite lines, and a huge outdoor pedestrian mall that's car-free and safe for kids to run around with a huge playground. Not to mention one of my favorite spas, Scandinave, for when you're ready for some kid free time."
— Melissa Gould McNeely, Wardrobe Stylist & Costume Designer
Exuma, The Bahamas
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"Exuma [in the Bahamas]! The Grand Isle Resort and Spa was amazing and so friendly to the kids. The girls loved swimming with the pigs, picking sand dollars on the beach, and hanging on Iguana Island. Plus, they have some of the most beautiful beaches I have ever seen."
"This AirBNB in Ojai is unreal for kids. It's on a turtle conservancy so during they day there are literally hundreds of turtles roaming around the property (including two giant tortoises!) and the kids were obsessed. Plus, there is a wonderful kitchen and gorgeous pool & hot tub, so [you] can't go wrong!"
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"Last summer, we took a month-long road trip through the Northern Rocky Mountain states. We visited Lava Hot Springs in Idaho, Yellowstone Park and Jackson Hole in Wyoming, Glacier Park, and various Indian reservations in Montana, and Mt. Rushmore in South Dakota. I am part Northern Cheyenne Indian, so we really wanted these city boys of ours to get a full on experience of where my grandma was raised. EVERY SINGLE place we visited was an amazing experience for our whole family. South Dakota is filled with tons of family adventures and experiences.
We ended our trip with two nights at my uncle's wheat farm which lies right on the Canadian border. All my boys got to experience farm life; riding all the farming equipment, sitting in the back of a pick up truck, digging for dinosaur bones. It was magical. Our favorite place we stayed was at the Cody Wyoming Trout Ranch teepee camps where we stayed in a teepee right on the edge of the Shoshone River. The teepees were SO luxurious and we were able to comfortably sleep our entire family of five. It was definitely an incredible experience for my LA city boys!"
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"Playacar, Mexico. [It's] a safe, gated community within walking distance to Playa del Carmen, which has everything you need. We rented an awesome house with a pool right on the beach. So awesome for young babes who nap a lot: you can still enjoy pool and beach while they sleep! It's also close enough to Tulum for some fun day trips. In addition, there are some amusement parks like Xcaret and cenotes (sacred freshwater sinkholes) which are great for bigger kids."
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"Marrakech, Morocco. We stayed at El Fenn and it was MAGICAL. There are land turtles that live on the property and my son loved them. They have wonderful room service when you're on house arrest (bed time) after 7pm. We'd order dinner and sit next to the fire outside our room [which was] cozy and so romantic. There are plenty of pools shaded and also a hammam (Turkish baths), so in the mornings you can hammam to start your day."
— Alana Lawrence, wardrobe stylist and costume designer
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"The Disney Aulani hotel in Oahu is amazing! My husband is a Disney fanatic so there was no question [that] we stay here event time we go. They have tons of activities to keep [the babes] occupied and a little harbor on the beach which was great when [our son] was little. The pool and floating river are a perks, too."
Hosteria Mandala, Ecuador
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"Hosteria Mandála in Ecuador. It's a fishing village, so food is ocean-to-table. We stayed in the treehouse for 10 days, water was waist-high and 80ish degrees, [and there are] mud baths and a cacao factory close by. We ate like kings: fresh organic juices and food custom-made and fish for every meal. The Isla de la Playa (home of the blue footed boobies) was [also] right there. It's [an affordable alternative to] Galapagos, and we saw a mega pod of dolphins while we were there!"
— Veena Crownholm, Former Miss California, media host, and lifestyle blogger