Tips for a Successful & Fun Family Vacation

The ins and outs of family vacations, from planning to enjoying.

Time for a Vacation

Family Walking Along Beach

Like parenthood itself, a family vacation is both wonderful and a big headache. It's expensive but full of moments to cherish. Is it worth all the trouble if it leaves you feeling like you need a vacation after your vacation? We say definitely. The editors of American Baby do a lot of traveling ourselves! Here's advice we've gleaned from experience.

The Top 10 Family-Friendly Cities

  1. Boston
  2. Chicago
  3. Ft. Lauderdale
  4. Nashville
  5. Orlando
  6. San Antonio
  7. San Diego
  8. San Francisco
  9. Seattle
  10. Washington D.C.

Surviving the Long Drive

Every summer, Managing Editor Kate Kelly and her husband drive their three sons on an 18-hour trip to Canada. Their lessons learned:

Break up the trip. Keeping kids in car seats for more than 6 hours means misery. "We stay with friends one night, stay at a hotel the other night, and stop at local attractions along the way," Kelly says.

Take blankets and pillows to help kids nap in the car.

Get a portable DVD player. At Best Buy and, kid-friendly models range from $100 to $250.

Give kids daily playtime at parks or fast-food playgrounds.

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