Traveling with kids is always a little stressful. You’re removing them from a consistent schedule and known surroundings, which can generate apprehension and anxiety. It’s not uncommon for children, especially when they’re young, to dissolve into tears when the slightest annoyance occurs during your travels.
8 Popular Tourist Activities Kids Love While Traveling
It’s difficult to enjoy your trip when your kids aren’t having a good time. You obviously want them to have fun, but you also don’t want to be stuck at the playground all day long with little adult entertainment.
The solution is to work with your children and not against them. Plan your trip with a variety of touristy activities that both you and the kids will love. Here are some suggestions that will apply to most major tourist destinations:
- Take a Duck Tour
Duck tours can be found all over the United States, wherever major bodies of water are found. These are a combination of on-land and on-water guided tours. The guides will often crack silly jokes while telling you history and interesting pop-culture information about the city.
Duck tours are extremely kid friendly. The tour guides are instructive and amusing, and they give kids duck whistles that can be blown at various cues on the trip. Going from land to water in the same vehicle is also a lot of fun, and they’re sure to enjoy the unique experience.
- Eat Food
What kid doesn’t like to eat? As you’re exploring the city, keep an eye out for kid-friendly foods, like cotton candy, churros, ice cream, and hot dogs. A little bribe to keep your kids happy and fed is harmless and part of the experience. It’ll give you a chance to eat some delicious cuisine as well.
Just remember that while new foods might be exciting to you, your kids may not want to try new things. Stick to foods they know, but cater to their interests if they want to try a new treat.
- Find Animals
Cities of all sizes are bound to have a zoo, petting zoo, etc. Most kids enjoy animal encounters. Zoos often have programs and educational features that are rewarding for you as well. You’ll see a new zoo and let your kids participate in a memorable experience along the way.
- Go Up High
While some kids are terrified of heights, most are fearless in the face of high adventure. Find the tallest building in the city you’re visiting and go to the top. As long as you stick to the enclosed viewing area, your kids will be safe, and they’ll be thrilled with the view.
- Find a Children’s Museum
Children’s museums are a godsend for both tired parents and cranky kids. These venues are loaded with age-specific exhibits for toddlers and teenagers alike. They’re designed to aid curious exploration, with science experiments and hands-on experiences.
If seeing the joy on your kids’ faces as they explore these museums isn’t enough, you can also join in on the fun. Most museums encourage adult participation, and it’s an excellent opportunity for you to create memories with your kids.
- Go for a Walk
Older kids might get tired from walking too much, but your younger children will likely welcome a leisurely ride in their stroller. They can fall asleep or look around while you enjoy the scenery.
On your walk, you might run into horse-drawn or bicycle carriages. Hop in for a unique tourist experience of a new city.
- Go to the Hotel Pool
After a long day of sightseeing, everyone likes a good dip in the pool. The kids are especially excited about the prospect of water time. It can even be used as a reward for good behavior during the day.
You might be tired from your busy day, but don’t miss out on this opportunity to play with your kids. The hotel pool can be one of the most exciting parts of the trip for your children. You’ll create incredible memories during this time, and they’ll always cherish that time playing in the water as a family.
- Watch a Show
If you’re dying to see a show on Broadway in New York City or another renowned theater, look for a kid-appropriate show. Disney offers a variety of high-quality productions that are great for the whole family. It will be wholesome for the kids and entertaining for everyone, allowing you to get this experience without leaving the kids at home.
Jenna is a freelance writer from Renton, WA who is particularly interested in travel, nature, and parenting. Follow her on Twitter.