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

 

Huntsville

 

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

 

Juneau

 

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?

 

 

Berkeley

 

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

 

 

Klamath

 

Gray whale in the river! (a Photo Fave)

 

 

Leggett

 

The Drive-Thru "Chandelier Tree"

 

 

Lake Tahoe

 

South Lake Tahoe - The 411 on South Lake Tahoe with Kids - Winter Edition (Family Travel 411)

 

South Lake Tahoe - How South Tahoe’s “The Loft” and “Magic Fusion” Get it Right for Families (Family Travel 411)

 

 

Weed

 

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)

 

 

Monterey

 

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)

 

Orlando

 

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

 

 

 

North Carolina Family Travel

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Zion National park - The 411 on Zion National Park with Kids (Family Travel 411)

 

 

 

 

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

 

Vancouver Island - The 411 on Tofino with Kids (Family Travel 411)

 

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

 

 

Newfoundland with Kids

 

Newfoundland - The 411 on Newfoundland's St. John with Kids (Family Travel 411)

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

 

Baja Sur - The 411 on La Paz with Kids (Family Travel 411)

 

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

 

 

 

US Virgin Islands

 

The 411 on the US Virgin Islands with Kids - St. Thomas and St. John (Family Travel 411)

 

The 411 on the US Virgin Islands with Kids - St. Croix (Family Travel 411)

 

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

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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

 

 

Ecuador Family Travel

 

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

 

Europe

 

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

 

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

 

County Kerry - The 411 on County Kerry with Kids (Family Travel 411)

 

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)

 

 

 

Africa

 

 

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

 

 

Malaysia Family Travel

 

Langkawi - The 411 on Malaysia with Kids - Langkawi (Family Travel 411)

 

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