Travelling with your kids is a perfect way to discover a familiar destination from a completely new perspective. Not only will your kids forget all about their video games, you’ll make some long-lasting family memories that you’ll reminisce about for years to come. Whether you’re planning a family road trip or a fun outing, the West Coast is dotted with plenty of interesting and engaging destinations that will delight both your kids and you. Here are some of the most exciting attractions and activities on the West Coast that will ensure that your family has a whale of a time!
Disneyland, an obvious and forever-popular attraction for children, is a perfect opportunity for your kids to dive into the world of cartoons (if they haven’t already). Since Disneyland can get quite crowded, you should plan your visit for off-peak seasons from mid-January to mid-March, mid-April to mid-May and mid-September to mid-November. To avoid standing in line forever, you can get a FastPass for your kids’ favourite rides. From thrilling rides to fun shows and your favourite characters, you and your kids will have tons of fun. After all, who doesn’t like hanging out with Mickey, Minnie and the rest of the Disney crew.
Stop by the Monterey Bay Aquarium
After relaxing at some of the most beautiful beaches of the Monterey Peninsula, you should stop by at the lovely Monterey Bay Aquarium. Not only will your kids be fascinated by the diverse marine life, your visit to the Aquarium will be both fun and educational. With plenty of exhibits and activities, the Monterey Bay Aquarium is a perfect choice for a family day of fun. To avoid the crowds, you should go to the Aquarium midweek in the afternoon or in fall and winter, when there are generally fewer visitors. As for the highlights, don’t miss the opportunity to see the hand-feeding of sharks, eels, and other marine species. You and your kids will be amazed by great white sharks, charmed by otters and mesmerised by rooms full of jellyfish.
Reconnect with animals at the San Diego Zoo
As a popular attraction both among tourists and locals, the San Diego Zoo is a lovely destination for families. Owing to its popularity, this zoo can get quite crowded, so you should avoid holidays and weekends for your visit. You and your kids can explore the zoo at your own pace travelling in a 2-passenger GoCart or riding on the Hop-on Hop-off Trolley. The African Rocks are the newest exhibit that will provide you and your family with an opportunity to learn more about various African cultures and admire African animals.
Chill at Caramel Beach
As one of California’s most family-friendly beaches, Caramel Beach is a perfect choice if you want to spend a lovely day outside relaxing, playing with your pets or swimming. With beautiful weather conditions year-round, this beach will help you keep your kids away from their phones and computers. Furthermore, here, you are allowed to make a bonfire, so when packing for your picnic, you shouldn’t forget delicious s’mores. The entire town is extremely pet-friendly and a lot of restaurants and shops will greet your animal friends with open arms. Don’t worry about your car, either – you can find a parking spot and then hop on a free trolley that will take you throughout the entire town.
Try flying in Las Vegas
Believe it or not, there are plenty of fun activities you can try in Las Vegas that don’t include gambling. One of them is definitely going on a thrilling indoor zip line that will get your kids excited – you can almost hear them bragging about their amazing family trip to their friends. This is a perfect activity for older children looking for an adventure. There’s no need for worrying about their safety – even if they fall, they will land on soft trampolines. In addition, with a Full Access Pass, you’ll be able to explore other attractions, including the arcade, laser maze and fun factory for younger children.
Whether your children want to meet their favourite Disney characters, learn about animals or have an exciting adventure, your family trip to the West Coast will be truly amazing.