Make a break for the USA and start planning your next school holiday escape. Whether you choose to visit the beautiful Hawaii Islands or the city that never sleeps, kids of all ages will love an American adventure. Tour the highlights of Hollywood or take your little ones to the many theme parks in Orlando. From toddlers to teens, you will have a wealth of family friendly entertainment at your fingertips. Check out our top five USA cities for Aussie families.
The jewel of California, Los Angeles is a truly magical destination for families. Just like Bianca and her family, you can experience the highlights of this bustling metropolis, from the glitz and glamour of Hollywood to the breathtaking beaches of Santa Monica. Hire bikes and enjoy a scenic ride along the boardwalk or take to the skies on the iconic Ferris wheel at Santa Monica Pier. Go behind the scenes at Universal Studios Hollywood and experience a little bit of movie magic or head to the popular outdoor shopping mall, The Grove, for a few hours of retail therapy. Right next door, you’ll find a world of edible treats at the Farmer’s Markets, from cupcakes and donuts to pizza, burritos, hot dogs and sushi.
Are you and the kids chasing a relaxing beach getaway on your next school holiday break? If so, you can’t go past the idyllic islands of Hawaii. Adventure abounds, with bubbling volcanoes, tropical rainforest and gorgeous beaches at your fingertips. Little ones will have ample time to enjoy the sun, sea and sand, while teens can experience their first surfing lesson on the famous shores of Waikiki Beach. Visit the Polynesian Cultural Centre on Oahu and be tempting by mouth-watering cuisine with an authentic Ali’i Luau royal feast. In the winter months, Hawaii also becomes an excellent destination for dolphin and whale watching. And don’t forget to schedule in time for some fabulous shopping at one the mega malls!
The pretty city San Francisco boasts more than its fair share of family attractions. Choose to fly to Los Angeles and take a drive along the Californian coast to find your feet in San Francisco. A hop-on, hop-off bus tour is a great way to become acquainted with the city’s steep streets. The iconic Golden Gate Bridge is a wonderful sight to see, whether you choose to drive across it, sail underneath it or take a stroll along the length of the bridge. Wander through the quirky carnival-like shops at Fisherman’s Wharf and be sure to stop and see the playful seals at Pier 39. Retail therapy is at its very best in Union Square, while a ride through the city’s hilly streets on one of the classic cable cars will be a treat.
It really comes as no surprise that a sprawling city like New York is overflowing with family friendly attractions. Spend a few days seeing all the sights, from the Statue of Liberty and the Empire State Building to the beautiful surrounds of Central Park. Although it may appear as a concrete jungle, New York City is home to many open green spaces, so always keep an eye out for fantastic parks during your adventures. Explore the shops around Times Square, including the impressive M&M’s World and the giant Toys ‘R’ Us flagship store. See an amazing performance on Broadway or take the kids the Rockefeller Centre, where you can join a NBC Studio Tour, visit the Top of the Rock observation deck or go ice skating in winter.
Whether you have Disney-obsessed little ones or adrenaline seeking teens, a holiday to Orlando will keep everyone in the family happy. This world famous city is highly touted for its impressive array of theme parks. Every day will be an action-packed adventure, whether you choose to see the animal shows at SeaWorld Orlando or splash out at Wet ‘n Wild water park. Experience the movie magic of Universal Studios Florida or get your adrenaline rush with the thrill rides at the Islands of Adventure. Of course the crown jewel of Orlando is the amazing Walt Disney World Resort, home to four magical theme parks and two water parks.