Best Family Trips
The splurge destination: Kauai, Hawaii
When to go: Mid-April to mid-June or September to mid-December, when the weather is good but it’s less crowded.
Sample economy airfare: $950 from Seattle to Lihue
The allure: Seshadri’s splurge pick is dubbed “The Garden Island” because the landscape is lush and green, with rolling hills of taro fields, seaside cliffs, tropical rainforest and waterfalls.
But what really makes it great for families is the abundance of group activities, including kayaking, hiking, golf, exploring small towns (like art-focused Hanapepe) and feasting at luaus. Kids may especially enjoy riding the Kauai Plantation Railway at the Kilohana Estate or climbing the wooden playground at Lydgate State Park.
The beaches—like famed spot Hanalei Bay—are considered some of the most idyllic in the world. And resorts like the 9,000-acre St. Regis Princeville offer upscale service without stuffiness. An ocean-view suite can start from $900 per night, but you can save by booking a family vacation package starting at $650 per person, per night.
The budget-friendly alternative: Miami
When to go: March to May, when the barometer stays within the 70- to 80-degree range, right before hurricane season hits.
Sample economy airfare: $385 from New York City to Miami
The allure: Miami may be known for its spicy nightlife (something parents with a babysitter may appreciate!), but with tons of beaches, beach-worthy temperatures year-round and an abundance of resorts—like the family-friendly Loews Miami Beach Hotel ($285 per night)—South Florida is a perfect getaway for parents traveling with kids of all ages, says Seshadri.
Aside from the obvious activities (jumping in the pool, paddle surfing in the ocean or just lying under an umbrella with a good book), families have an array of fun outings to choose from, including the Everglades Animal Farm, Zoo Miami or the 30-acre Monkey Jungle reserve.