The DEPARTURES Guide to Family Vacations

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The destinations and experiences from around the globe to satiate every member of your brood.

This year, according to a recent AAA survey, more than one-third of Americans will travel as a family. Luxury hotels and tour operators are taking this figure in stride, providing adults and kids both with what they seek in an escape, near or far. Today, vacationing with kids doesn't have to mean sacrificing any of the sophisticated experiences you crave—whether that's maximizing togetherness with extraordinary adventures for the whole clan, or ensuring maximum enrichment for your children while you and your partner find some time alone. With our short lists to the perfect getaways around the globe and our tried-and-true tips on how to do the world’s most vibrant cities with kids in tow, read on for our guide to booking the perfect family getaway.

Trips to Book

All in the Family: Our Guide to Spring Break 2017
This spring, bring your whole brood on one of these 13 luxe getaways. From spring skiing in Beaver Creek to exploring Mayan culture in Mexico, there’s something to suit every type of adventurer. See the slideshow »

Top Luxury Retreats for Families
Traveling with the kids doesn’t have to mean putting up with kitsch. These 16 world-class retreats—from French wine country to the Great Barrier Reef—strike just the right balance of comfort and class for families vacationing together. See the slideshow »

The Best Caribbean Retreats for Families
The Caribbean offers many lush hideaways that combine discreet luxury with family-friendly amenities. We compiled 13 that are sure to please kids and parents alike. See the slideshow »

4 Family Safari Adventures
The ins and outs of the best African experiences to do with children. Read the article »

From the Archives: The Return of Club Med
After a fall from grace in the 1970s, Club Med rebranded as the name in family vacations at the turn of the millennium. Now under new ownership, is the company finally making a comeback? Read the article »


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Destination Guides

How to Do Miami with Kids
Traveling with children who don’t care for high-end fashion or blue-chip art? The city offers plenty of activities to keep them entertained and enriched. Read the article »

Kid-Friendly Things to Do in Venice
From building boats to dining on the best pizza, where to go and what to do with your kids in the City of Bridges. Read the article »

The Best Children’s Boutiques in Paris
The city’s Seventh Arrondissement is a veritable paradise of Parisian kidswear—velvet collars, fancy shirts, cashmere ensembles. Here, the eight best spots to shop for your little ones. Read the article »

From the Archives: A Family’s Journey In Italy
Fashion media mainstay Annemarie Iverson has done the college romp to Florence, fashion shows in Milan, romantic jaunts to Venice. Now, she faces the greatest adventure of them all: an Italian vacation with her whole family. Read the article »

 

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