Travel Bucketlist: 50 Places to take your Kids


Bucketlist : 50 places to take your kids

It is not always about checking off countries and counting passport stamps, for us when we go Outside Suburbia.  It is about sharing the experience with the kids, spending  family time with them, making memories, watching them learn and grow from these travels.   Having said that we do have an every growing bucket list of experience and places to explore in this big beautiful world of ours!

We try to travel in Summer to destinations where there is more sightseeing, museums, history – not really a vacation since you are constantly on the go.  We try and take a break in between to have some relaxing days.  I like to make elaborate itineraries and map out a plan for these summer travels but sometimes we get to a destination or place and love it so much we end up throwing the itinerary to the wind and enjoy the place – stay and linger longer.  Given that during academic year the kids are juggling various activities, working on their grades and other school works our winter trips are geared towards some Rest and Relaxation! Kiddos need them as much as adults. So winter break we try to do the vacations where it is more of the beach destinations and kids get to be bum out in the beach, try the various water sport activities while we relax by the pool or ocean – morning walks on the beach, some easy hikes and sunsets with cocktail in hand are the only things on the agenda!


Here’s a roundup of 50 places to take your kids before they grow up. 

Some of these are trips we have done and some that is still on our list to do… 

Ride the Gondolas in Venice
Visit Coliseum/Colosseum in Rome, Italy
Visit Pompeii, Italy
A Road Trip on the Amalfi coast, Italy
Visit the Beefeaters at the Tower of London, and see the Crown Jewels
Visit Stonehenge
Ride in a seaplane
See a Flamenco dance in Seville, Spain
Visit Black forest, Germany
A Road Trip through the white villages in Spain
Visit the French Riviera
Walk through the lavender fields of Provence
See the Sunflower fields of Tuscany (Disclaimer: we didn’t see the sunflowers this trip just saw the fields, we have to make another trip soon!)
Try Pizza in Naples
Go to a Wellness retreat in Bali, Indonesia
Phi Phi Ley island, Krabi, Phuket, Thailand
Catch a sunset at Rick’s café, Jamaica
Hike through the towns of Cinque Terre, Italy
Ride the bullet train in Japan
Biking around Stanley Park in Vancouver
Walk on the Great wall of China
Eat Dim sum in Hong Kong
Boat ride to the famous arch in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
Climb up to see the Machu Picchu, Peru
Hike in Patagonia, Argentina
Look for Nessie in Scotland
Visit a Harry Potter location
See the Iguazu Falls
Visit the Wildlife in Galapago islands
Visit Vallée de Mai, called the Garden of Eden in Seychelles
Go on a desert Safari near Dubai
Stay in a water bungalow
See the big 5 somewhere in Africa
Go swimming with Penguins at Boulders Beach in Capetown, South Africa
Drive around the Ring Road in Iceland
Visit the Mayan Ruins
Visit the Marble wonder of Taj, Agra, India
Visit the Hava mahal and pink palace in Jaipur, India
Stay in the Palace on the lake in Udaipur
Stay in a houseboat
Have a Greek salad in Greece
Climb up the Sydney Harbour bridge
Visit Uluru in Australia, catch a the sunset at the Red Center
Kissing and swimming with Dolphins
Visit Keukenhof Tulip Garden, Netherlands
Visit the temples in Cambodia
Visit Banff and Lake Louise, Canada
Visit the Treasury at Petra, Jordan
Visit the Pyramids of Egypt
Visit a Christmas Market
Try Fondue in Switzerland

Bucketlist : 50 places to take your kids

Here are a few more in and around the US

Visit the Bean in Chicago Illinois
See Spring Training baseball games in Arizona (A special for the baseball fan)
Drive on Highway 1 from Los Angeles to Monterey County
People watch in South beach, Miami Beach, Florida
Visit the Key West and try the Key lime pie
Visit the Florida Everglades and ride the air boat
Go on a hot air balloon ride
Charleston, South Carolina
Visit the campuses of MIT and Harvard in Boston, Massachusetts
Watch the seals at Seal beach
Catch a Caribou (on camera) in Alaska
Listen to some Jazz in New Orleans, Louisiana
Visit DC in Spring
Visit New York in Summer
Visit Vermont in Fall
Visit Utah in Winter
See the Green Sea Turtles in Hawaii
Ride the Husky sledge ride in Tahoe
Have some wine in Napa Valley Wine just for the adults 🙂
Big Bend National Park
Glacier National Park
Zion National Park
Yellowstone National Park
Yosemite National Park
Visit the Golden Gate Bridge

What is on your bucket list, what other ideas do you have for us to add to our wanderlust list? How many have you checked off, let me know in the comments below (only counts if the whole family was together in the trip)

8 thoughts on “Travel Bucketlist: 50 Places to take your Kids”

  1. This is such a fabulous bucketlist – your kids are quite lucky! Sounds like they’ve already had some quite incredible experiences – and I like to see that many destinations they’ve crossed off have educational value too – Stonehenge, the Colosseum, Pompeii – it’s so much better to learn about history at the sites where history took place than it is in a classroom.

    1. Thanks Mike, we like to add some educational experiences along with some just for fun. When they do school projects based on the places they visited – those travel dollars spent are worth every penny!

  2. As a child, I would look forward to our family trips – mom and dad did a very similar thing to you, would take us on exciting international trips during summer, and winter holidays were more geared towards relaxing – I agree, kids do need that downtime sometimes too. It’s fantastic to see that a lot of your US based list is made up of National Parks and natural attractions – the outdoors is where kids should be – such a huge playground this world of ours.

    1. Thanks Callie – that down time is much needed for the kids these days with so many activities and school work. There are so many wonderful places in the US we have not explored yet! Might have to do a roadtrip to all of them after we retire!!

  3. I love that your focus is on moments and memories with your family and kids as opposed to a mad rush to cross countries off a list. This is a fabulous list of adventures to do with kids, I think it’s so fabulous that you’re inspiring wanderlust and a thirst for seeing the world in them from a young age – more power to you as you tackle the rest of this list!

    1. Thanks Megan – I feel like when you visit a country you just can’t check it off a list – so many experiences and exploring one can do.
      We don’t often get to all of them in a single trip of 2 weeks or less! Then there is visiting it in different seasons. So why build a bucketlist based on a country list?!

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