Travels with Baby Destinations


Start here for travel inspiration, hotel reviews, recommended activities, transportation tips and more. Includes features for Travels with Baby + our sister site Family Travel 411, and articles of interest that Shelly's written for other outlets.


USA    Hawaiian Islands    Canada       Europe        South America


Bahamas / Caribbean / Mexico      Central America      Africa


       Australia & New Zealand        Asia / Southeast Asia / India

For general baby travel gear advice (what to buy or bring, logistics) see FAQ and Popular Topics and also Great Products & Gear.


For more travel planning help see Guidebooks and Travel Planning.





United States

Featured destinations in the USA  (ABC order by state)


Alabama Family Travel Tips




To the Moon: Visiting Huntsville's U.S. Space & Rocket Center (Family Travel 411)


The 411 on Huntsville with Kids (Family Travel 411)


Falling for Howard: A Huntsville Love Story (of Sorts) (Family Travel 411)



Northeast Alabama (Fort Payne, Lookout Mountain...)


The 411 on Northeast Alabama with Kids (Family Travel 411)




Alaska Family Travel Tips




The 411 on Juneau with Kids (Family Travel 411)



California Family Travel Tips


California road trips


Anderson River Park: Great pit stop for family road trips on I-5


The 5 Best Places to See California's Giant Redwoods and Giant Sequoias with kids



Northern California (see also San Francisco)


Best winter weekend getaway with baby in Northern California?





Momcation in Berkeley: My Review of The Spa Claremont (Family Travel 411)



Big Trees SP


Tips for camping at Big Trees Calaveras State Park/Angel's Camp



Bodega Bay / Sonoma Coast


Cheap & free Bodega Bay with kids


Review of Bodega Bay Lodge & Spa


Sand in my Robeez: 6 tips for a great weekend at the beach from a savvy 12-month-old



Bodie State Historic Park


The road to Bodie (ghost town)



Crescent City


A visit to Ocean World Aquarium at Crescent City, California





Gray whale in the river! (a Photo Fave)





The Drive-Thru "Chandelier Tree"





One good reason to stop at Weed, California (road trip tips)



Long Beach


Budget travel/Live large in Long Beach with Kids (Aquarium of the Pacific & more)



Los Angeles


Cheap and Free L.A.: A Stroll through the canals of Venice (with video)


Review of the Inn and Venice Beach


Santa Monica Pier - A visit to the Arlington West Memorial  (Photo Fave)





Dennis the Menace Park (the OTHER great place you've got to see in Monterey)



San Diego


San Diego's Balboa Park with kids


Stretch your family vacation dollars in San Diego


Old Town San Diego with Kids


Review of Homewood Suites Liberty Station in San Diego



San Francisco


The 411 on San Francisco with Kids (at Family Travel 411)


Visiting the San Francisco Exploratorium (at Family Travel 411)


Recommended driving loop for north central SF - Golden Gate Bridge, Park, Beaches & More


Picnic at the Palace of Fine Arts


Our "Ride the Duck" San Francisco tour


San Francisco's Most Beautiful Beach to Visit with Kids (or without)


Go Dutch in Golden Gate Park (at the Wilhelmina Windmill)


To the Lighthouse: Point Bonita (north end of Golden Gate Bridge)


Fun at Fort Funston - Dog and hang glider paradise


Tips for visiting the San Francisco Zoo with little kids


Caffe Trieste in North Beach (Photo Fave)


San Francisco  Airport - A sneaky San Francisco Airport parking tip (Family Travel 411)




Santa Rosa / Sonoma County


Review of Safari West African Tent Camp tent camp (at Family Travel 411)


Jeep safari tour of Safari West Wildlife Preserve (at Family Travel 411)



Sequoia National Park


Review of Wuksachi Lodge inside Sequoia National Park


Hiking Moro Rock with little kids in Sequoia National Park


Crystal Cave - Important tips for your visit to Crystal Cave in Sequoia National Park


The 411 on Sequoia National Park with Kids (Family Travel 411)



Yosemite National Park


Road Stop: Oakdale Cheese & Specialties en route to Yosemite


Tips for biking Yosemite with baby, toddler, little kid


The celebrated jumping frogs of Birch Lake (Camp Mather, Yosemite NP)


A ride on Yosemite Mountain Sugarpine Railroad and learning to pan for gold


Horseback riding with my daughters and Yosemite Trails


Date Night at Tenaya Lodge (with kids camp!)


Review of Evergreen Lodge at Yosemite National Park


Review of Curry Village Tent Cabins in Yosemite


Review of the Wawona Hotel


Ask Shelly: What to do with car seats at Yosemite National Park?




Florida Family Travel



Everglades and South Florida


Why South Florida Should Absolutely be on Your Family's Travel Bucket List (The Adventure Collection blog)


Key West


History on the Rocks: The Key West Shipwreck Museum (Family Travel 411)


If Cats Could Type in Key West: A Visit to the Hemingway Home Museum (Family Travel 411)




Five expert tips for planning your visit to Walt Disney World with a baby, toddler or preschooler


Orlando's best hotels for families



Florida statewide


Florida and Georgia baby gear rental agencies


Florida hotel babysitter and vacation nanny agencies



Hawaii Family Travel Tips


General Hawaii Family Travel Tips


Best baby carrier for Hawaii vacation with 14-month-old?


Hawaii baby gear rental agencies


Hawaii hotel babysitter and vacation nanny agencies



Big Island with Kids


Big Island - Hiking Kiluaea Iki Crater, Volcanoes National Park - pregnant



Kauai with Kids


Kauai - Review of Castle Kaha Lani condos


Kauai - Review of (Aqua) Kauai Beach Resort


Kauai - Kauai's best beach for babies and toddlers


Kauai - Kauai's best north shore beaches for kids


Kauai - Kauai's best playground (and off-airport waiting area) for families


Kauai - Visiting the National Tropical Botanical Garden, Poipu


Kauai - Kauai fun with little kids? Leave it to the Looky Board.


Kauai - Juice truck at Hanalei


Kauai - Dressed cute for a cause in Kauai


Kauai - Salt Pond Park - beach haven for little kids and little critters


Kauai - Finding a vacation babysitter or nanny in Kauai


Kauai - The upside of jetlag with kids


Kauai - The 411 on Kauai with Kids (at Family Travel 411)


See Shelly's Kauai with Kids board on Pinterest

Follow Shelly Rivoli's board Kauai with Kids on Pinterest.



Maui with Kids


Maui - Review of Wailea Beach Villas Penthouse


Maui - Review of Napili Kai Beach Resort


Maui - Review of Travaasa Hana for Families (Family Travel 411)


Maui - How to build a budget-friendly Maui family vacation (Family Travel 411)


Maui - Boogie boarding at Ulua Beach - "Today I am a Mom"


Maui - Finding Maui's north shore baby beach (minutes from the airport!)


Maui - Our visit to the Maui Ocean Center: The Hawaiian Aquarium


Maui - Iao Valley banyan tree


See Shelly's Maui with Kids board on Pinterest!


Follow Shelly Rivoli's board Maui with Kids on Pinterest.



Oahu with Kids


Oahu - Oahu's 5 Best Beaches for Kids Under 5 (baby- and toddler-friendly beaches)


Oahu - How to find a trustworthy hotel babysitter on Oahu




Louisiana Family Travel Tips


Shreveport - The 411 on Shreveport with Kids (Family Travel 411)


Shreveport - Ziplining Louisiana Style with Gators & Friends (Family Trave 411)



New York Family Travel Tips


New York Upstate - The 411 on Adirondack Park with Kids (Family Travel 411)


NYC - Tips for taking the New York City subway with a stroller


NYC - New York City taxi services with car seats and boosters


NYC - Hire private car service for your family's vacation in New York


NYC - Car seats laws and taxis in New York and beyond


NYC - Tips for visiting Bronx Zoo with babies and small children


New York statewide - New York baby gear rental agencies


New York statewide - New York hotel babysitter and vacation nanny services



Oregon Family Travel Tips


Five Paths to Family Adventure in Oregon (The Adventure Collection blog)


Ashland - A most unlikely duet: Pit stopping at Lithia Park, Ashland


Bend / Central Oregon - Newberry National Monument / Lava Lands


Detroit / Cascade Mountains - Review of Breitenbush Hot Springs Retreat


Gleneden Beach - Review of  Salishan Golf Resort & Spa


Newport - Coast through the Oregon Aquarium - with tips for your family's visit


Newport - An Ode to the Nye Beach Chowder Bowl


Portland - Polar bear plunge at Oregon Zoo (Portland Zoo)


Portland - Baby gear rental agencies


Portland - Oregon hotel babysitter and vacation nanny services


Salem - Enchanted Forest children's story land and amusement park


Silverton - Fall in love with Silver Falls State Park


Silverton - Seven reasons to visit Silverton, Oregon


Winston - Tips for visiting Wildlife Safari in southern Oregon



Pennsylvania Family Travel Tips


Lancaster - Traveling unplugged: My ah-ha moment in Amish Country


Philadelphia / Poconos Resorts - Pennsylvania baby gear rentals



Utah Family Travel Tips


Vernal / Jensen - Visiting Dinosaur National Monument with Kids (at Family Travel 411)


Bryce Canyon National Park - Into the Canyon: Hiking Bryce Canyon National Park with Kids (FamilyTravel411)




Washington Family Travel


Centralia / Grand Mound - Review of Great Wolf Lodge


San Juan Islands - The ferry from San Juan Island (photo fave)


San Juan Island - Review of Friday Harbor Suites


Seattle - Seattle's 5 Best with Kids Under 5


Seattle / statewide - Seattle baby gear rental agencies


Seattle / statewide - Seattle hotel babysitter and vacation nanny services




Washington, D.C., Family Travel Tips



Metro D.C. / airports - Washington D.C. baby gear rental agencies


Metro D.C. - Hotel babysitter and vacation nanny services




Canada Family Travel


Vancouver with Kids


Review of The Modage, vacation rental townhouse in Kitsilano


Tips for visiting Vancouver Aquarium


Visiting Granville Island with little kids


Hooray, hooray for Sophie's Cosmic Cafe


Moms Around the World: Vancouver




Montreal with Kids


Insider Tips for Travelers with Kids - Moms Around the World: Montreal



Toronto with Kids


Insider Tips for Travelers with Kids - Toronto: Moms Around the World

Bahamas / Caribbean / Mexico


Bahamas with Kids


Family cruise to Bahamas without passport for a baby or toddler?



Jamaica Family Travel


Jamaica - Review of Franklyn D. Resort (FDR)


Jamaica - Vacation Nanny 411 (FDR Resorts)


Jamaica - Tips for Visiting Dunn's River Falls with Young Children


Jamaica - Photo Fave: My little snake charmer at Dolphin Cove, Ocho Rios



Mexico Family Travel


Mexico City - The 411 on Mexico City with Kids (at Family Travel 411)


Mexico - Flying to Mexico with a baby in his own seat - without a car seat


Mexico - Review of Dreams Resort Riviera Maya



Puerto Rico Family Travel


Puerto Rico - Puerto Rico with Kids: San Juan's 5 best activities with kids under 5


Central America


General Central America travel tips - Adventure travel tips from Author Pamela Voelkel (with Q&A)



Costa Rica Family Travel


Costa Rica - Alajuela (San Jose), Review of Buena Vista Hotel


Costa Rica - Alajuela (San Jose), Review of Hotel Villa Dolce


Costa Rica - Alajuela, Tips for Visiting Zoo Ave with kids


Costa Rica - 5 ways to ease your arrival in Costa Rica with kids


Costa Rica - Traveler beware: Car seat laws in Costa Rica are stricter than in the U.S.


Costa Rica - Visiting Arenal Hanging Bridges with a Baby, Toddler or Little Kid


Costa Rica - A visit to La Paz Waterfall Gardens Nature Park and Wildlife Refuge


Costa Rica - A visit to Doka Coffee Estate, Alajuela


Costa Rica - Photo Fave: Travels with Grandma - Reaching new heights in Costa Rica with SkyTrek and SkyTram


Costa Rica - Tips for traveling by ferry from Puntarenas to Nicoya Peninsula


Costa Rica - Nicoya Peninsula: 5 Best with Children Under 5


Costa Rica - Review of Blue Batik villa, Playa Hermosa (Santa Teresa), Costa Rica


Costa Rica - Review of Casa Vista family vacation rental on the Nicoya Peninsula


Costa Rica - Dinner with our Private Chef in Costa Rica


Costa Rica - 5 things I wish I'd known before moving my kids to Costa Rica


Costa Rica - Photo Fave: View from (the toilet at) Casa Vista


Costa Rica - Photo Fave: Sunset at Playa Hermosa


Costa Rica - Photo Fave: DIY beach hut, Playa Hermosa


See Shelly's Costa Rica with Kids board on Pinterest

Follow Shelly Rivoli's board Costa Rica with Kids on Pinterest.



Guatemala Family Travel


Let's go fly a kite: Guatemala's families celebrate the Day of the Dead in high style




South  America


Argentina Family Travel


Buenos Aires - Moms Around the World insider tips for your family's visit to Buenos Aires with kids


Argentina's tradition of the The Three Kings... and their thirsty camels



Brazil Family Travel


Brazil: Rio de Janeiro: Moms Around the World - insider tips for your family's visit to Rio with kids


See also: Baby gear rental agencies in South America






General Europe Family Travel Tips


One very good reason to fly British Airways with your baby or lap-held toddler


General - Which twin stroller is best for travel to Europe?


General - Follow-up to "Which twin stroller best for travel to Europe?"


General - Three Castles Fit for Kid - family-friendly villas in France, Spain, and Italy



Belgium Family Travel


Brussels - The 411 on Brussels with Kids (Family Travel 411)



Denmark Family Travel


Denmark - Christmas in Copenhagen - tots flock to Tivoli



England/U.K. Family Travel


England - How to take a London taxi cab with your stroller (and your child still in it)


England - Tips for visiting London's Natural History Museum with young children


England - Cat mummies at the British Museum


England - Clock Room at the British Museum




France Family Travel



Paris with Kids


France - Paris with Kids: Why and how to get the Paris Museum Pass


France - Seven reasons you'll be glad to have a stroller in Paris


France - Paris with Kids: Make a Post-Louvre pitstop at this playground in the Tuileries


France - Paris with Kids: Say bonjour to the Parc de Jeux at Jardin du Luxembourg


France - My recommended Paris Airport Shuttle providing car seats and boosters


France - Best use of airline miles to get from San Francisco to Paris with baby?


France - Montmartre Carousel, Paris


France - Car seat advice for Paris airport shuttle with baby


France - Paris: 5 Best with Children Under 5


France - Best baby-friendly cafe in Paris


France - Finding diapers in France


France - Tips for juggling toddler naps while visiting Paris


France - Tips for using the Paris Metro with a stroller... if you must


France - Tips for riding Paris buses with a stroller


France - The captivating carousels of Paris (with some free in December)


France - Five favorite books for a Paris family vacation (Family Travel 411)



Germany Family Travel


Germany - Moms Around the World: Weinstadt, Southern Germany



Ireland Family Travel


Dublin - The 411 on Dublin with Kids (Family Travel 411)


Italy Family Travel


Italy - Tips for travel with toddler in Italy, plus a senior and car seat


Italy - When in Rome in October, take the family on "Gite fuori porta"


Italy - Rome's tradition of the Befana... and her trouble-shooting small broom



Netherlands Family Travel


Netherlands - Amsterdam's 5 Best with Kids Under 5


Netherlands - Double stroller for trip to Netherlands in November?



Spain Family Travel


Spain - Cordoba - The 411 on Cordoba with Kids (FamilyTravel 411)


Spain - Costa del Sol - Review of vacation rental apartment Carabeo 2000, Nerja, Costa del Sol


Spain - Costa del Sol - Exploring the Nerja Caves with kids, Costa del Sol


Spain - Costa del Sol - A visit to the Nerja Donkey Sanctuary, Costa del Sol


Spain - Costa del Sol (Photo Fave) Nightfall at Nerja


Spain - Granada - Tips for visiting the Alhambra and Nasrid Palace


Spain - Thanksgiving in Andalucia (Costa del Sol)



Sweden Family Travel


Sweden - The 411 on Stockholm with Kids (Family Travel 411)







General Africa - Family Safaris


When Are Kids Old Enough For An African Safari? (The Adventure Collection)


Kenya Family Travel


Kenya - Moms Around the World: Nairobi


Morocco Family Travel

Marrakech - The 411 on Marrakech with Kids (Family Travel 411)


South Africa Family Travel


South Africa - Moms Around the World: Johannesburg



Asia / Southeast Asia / India


General - Advice for travel to Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand with two babies?



India Family Travel


India - Advice for flying to India with a 2-year-old


India - Advice for flying to India with twins and handicapped mother?


India - Bangalore family travel tips - Moms Around the World: Bangalore, India



Indonesia Family Travel


Indonesia - Moms Around the World: Jakarta, Indonesia



Taiwan Family Travel


Taiwan - Celebrating Chinese New Year in Taipei, Taiwan



Thailand Family Travel


Thailand - The 411 on Chiang Mai with Kids (Family Travel 411)


Thailand - How to ride an elephant with a baby


Thailand - Breastfeeding in Bangkok


Thailand - The ferry to Koh Phi Phi




Australia & New Zealand


Australia Family Travel


General - Important tips for using child safety seats during travel in Australia


Cairns - Moms Around the World, Cairns, Australia


Sydney - 5 Best with Kids Under 5: Sydney (activities, restaurant, beach & more)



New Zealand Family Travel


New Zealand Baby Gear Rental Agencies