Welcome to the New Year! Now is the perfect time to start planning your family vacations and getaways for 2023. What destinations are on your bucket list? What kind of memories do you want to create with your loved ones this year? To help you out, we have curated the Top 20 Vacations for Families in 2023, featuring our favorite picks for this year’s adventures.
1 . Hawaii
Say “Aloha” to Hawaii, a dream destination for families seeking beauty, adventure, culture, delicious cuisine, and a unique atmosphere. For families, Maui is our top pick with great resorts, shopping, excursions, dining and of course the absolutely majestic Maui tours. Explore the lush landscapes and stunning beaches of Kauai, another gem in Hawaii’s archipelago. For families seeking a mix of relaxation and outdoor thrills, the Garden Isle’s natural beauty and diverse activities make it a must-visit. Don’t forget to immerse yourselves in the vibrant Polynesian culture and take part in traditional luaus for an authentic Hawaiian experience.
2. Walt Disney World Resort
Embark on a magical journey to Walt Disney World Resort, a cherished rite of passage for most families. This year, the parks are brimming with exciting additions like Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, Pandora – The World of Avatar, and Toy Story Land. Moreover, there are more enchanting attractions opening soon, including Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, a ride starring these beloved iconic characters.
3. Universal Orlando Resort
Calling all Harry Potter fans! Universal Orlando Resort awaits you with the enchanting Wizarding World of Harry Potter. But that’s not all; three parks, including Volcano Bay, the thrilling water theme park, offer endless excitement. The resort is ever-expanding, and the latest addition, Universal’s Endless Summer Resort – Dockside Inn and Suites, opens in May, providing affordable accommodation options.
4. Beaches Turks & Caicos
Experience the ultimate all-inclusive luxury at Beaches Turks & Caicos, perfect for families of all kinds. Four magnificent villages representing Italy, France, Key West, and the Caribbean, greet you with a 12-mile long beach and turquoise waters for snorkeling, wind-surfing, paddleboarding, sailing, and kayaking. There’s no shortage of fun for teens and tots with water parks, X-box lounges, and dance clubs. It’s an ideal destination for multigenerational family gatherings, bachelor/bachelorette weekends, or a rejuvenating girls’ weekend getaway. Don’t miss the heartwarming inexpensive vow renewal option, allowing the whole family to cherish this special occasion.
5. The Grand at Moon Palace Cancun
Indulge in an unforgettable all-inclusive experience at The Grand at Moon Palace Cancun, one of our favorite resorts for families. With new accommodations, world-class dining, a waterpark, golf, and spa, everyone in the family will find something to love. Plus, kids and teens stay free at Palace Resorts, and you can enjoy up to $1,500 resort credit for spa treatments, tours, romantic dinners, golf, or even swimming with dolphins!
Immerse your family in the wonders of Atlantis, where excitement knows no bounds. From pools and beaches to swimming with dolphins, sharks, or stingrays, an extraordinary water park, and the largest open-air marine habitat in the world, Atlantis offers an abundance of activities. Choose from various accommodations to suit your needs and budget.
7. Southern California
Southern California beckons with a plethora of attractions to suit every family member’s interests. Thrill-seekers will adore Disneyland Resort, Knott’s Berry Farm, and Universal Studios Hollywood, while marine life enthusiasts can visit Sea World San Diego. Don’t miss LEGOLAND California, perfect for your LEGO enthusiasts. Additionally, the region boasts beautiful beaches and the glitz and glamour of Hollywood, ensuring an unforgettable family experience.
8. National Geographic Journeys
Embark on a meaningful adventure with National Geographic Journeys, offered in partnership with G Adventures. These trips blend fun, hands-on exploration, cultural encounters, and ample free time, all within the safety and camaraderie of a small group.
9. Adventures by Disney
For the ultimate “luxury” family experience across the globe, consider an Adventures by Disney vacation. Join a group of families and make lifelong friends as you embark on incredible tours to Italy, New York, Nashville, Costa Rica, Peru, and more. These experiences offer unique local and behind-the-scenes encounters that will keep you coming back for more.
Explore America’s final frontier in Alaska, whether on a cruise or at breathtaking resorts. From relaxing cruises with stops in Alaskan cities to thrilling tours throughout the state, you’ll have a chance to climb glaciers, witness magnificent wildlife, and create lasting memories.
Fulfill your dream of witnessing the mesmerizing Northern Lights in Iceland. This beautiful country offers an array of natural wonders to explore, from the colorful Golden Circle to the largest icecap in Europe. Go whale watching, hike through waterfalls and valleys, visit a stunning “red sand” beach, and indulge in the renowned Blue Lagoon while the Northern Lights dance above.
12. New York City
Experience the magic of New York City with exclusive packages for special events like the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and the iconic ball drop on New Year’s Eve. Imagine a private breakfast followed by prime outdoor seating for the parade, or warm up with hot cocoa and private bathrooms when you need a break. It’s the ultimate way to check off those bucket-list moments with your family.
13. Hard Rock All-Inclusive Resorts
Whether you seek a couples’ getaway or a family vacation, the Hard Rock All-Inclusive Resorts in Mexico and the Caribbean have it all. Picture amazing beaches, cool pools, world-class restaurants, vibrant nightlife, and more. These unforgettable resorts promise a rockin’ time for you and your loved ones.
For the ultimate family vacation, consider a cruise where you wake up each morning in a new destination, full of adventure, and only need to unpack once. Cruising offers excellent value since everything is included in one price. Choose from ocean cruises with family favorites like Disney Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean Cruise Line, and Norwegian Cruise Line, or opt for a river cruise with Ama Waterways in partnership with Adventures by Disney.
15. Puerto Rico
With its amazing beaches, rich history, and world-class resorts, Puerto Rico is a fantastic destination for your family vacation. Dive into coral reefs, trek through jungles, indulge in shopping sprees, or simply relax on the beach. Whether you opt for a family cruise or a stay at one of the island’s incredible hotels, Puerto Rico promises a tropical paradise experience.
16. Punta Cana
Experience the perfect Caribbean vacation in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. With amazing all-inclusive resorts, stunning beaches, and world-class golf courses, there’s something for everyone in the family. Regardless of your budget or dreams, Punta Cana awaits with a wealth of unforgettable experiences.
Jamaica offers an enticing blend of adventure, romance, and relaxation. Delight in its natural wonders, from rivers and waterfalls to the captivating Caribbean Sea. Explore the rainforests and hike the Blue Mountains with your loved ones. Meet friendly locals, savor local cuisine, and unwind while watching the sunset to the soothing sounds of reggae rhythms.
18. Riviera Maya
Stretching along the Yucatán Peninsula’s Caribbean coast, the Riviera Maya boasts some of Mexico’s finest hotels and resorts. From the bustling city of Cancun to the ancient ruins of Tulum, the region offers an array of all-inclusive and boutique accommodations on idyllic sandy beaches. Explore the Mayan ruins, visit eco-tourism parks, snorkel the coral reef, play golf, or simply soak up the sun – the Riviera Maya promises an unforgettable adventure.
Italy is a captivating destination that truly has it all. From historical and architecturally stunning cities like Venice, Milan, Verona, and Rome to beautiful beaches and breathtaking lakes like Lake Como, Italy will leave you mesmerized. Embrace the rich culture, indulge in delectable cuisine, and explore fascinating ruins, making memories that will last a lifetime.
20. Costa Rica
Discover the pure bliss of Costa Rica, one of the happiest places on Earth. Its pristine beaches and crystalline waters, framed by swaying palm trees, create the perfect backdrop for a relaxing escape. Embrace the “Pura Vida” lifestyle as you explore national parks, encounter diverse wildlife, and embark on thrilling excursions.
These top 20 family vacation ideas for 2023 offer something special for every family, ensuring a year filled with unforgettable adventures and cherished memories. Happy travels!