Take your family travel to one of these international, family-friendly destinations in 2023.
After two years of border closure, Japan ranks at the top of many 2023 travel bucket lists, especially Osaka. As one of Japan’s largest cities in the Kansai region, Osaka is the ultimate international family destination. Osaka offers numerous theme parks and attractions, like the world’s largest aquarium, Universal Studios Japan and Super Nintendo World, opened in 2021 and yet to be explored by world travelers. Recently, the highly anticipated Ghibli Park made its debut, located just two hours from Osaka’s city center. For an engaging, kid-friendly stay, check out the new Hoshino Resorts RISONARE Osaka. Built on the concept of playing with creativity, RISONARE Osaka features one of the largest ateliers in Japan, designed to foster children’s big ideas based on the Reggio Emilia Approach. The property also offers concept rooms, allowing kids the freedom of expression by drawing on the walls and windows.
Zemi’s white-sand beaches and luxury accommodations offer the ultimate playground for families. Zemi’s island-inspired Kids Club provides memories even the littlest of travelers will never forget. Young travelers can enjoy mermaid swimming experiences, coconut bowling and cooking lessons at the Kids Club. While the kids are entertained, parents can enjoy a plethora of dining experiences, complimentary kayaking and snorkeling, and a massage. Zemi’s beachfront suites and penthouses comfortably sleep six guests and come fully equipped with kitchens, living and dining areas, in-suite laundry, and fully furnished terraces with private plunge pools.
Club Med Quebec is Club Med’s first resort in Canada. With more than 300 rooms, the family-friendly, all-inclusive ski resort features locally inspired culinary experiences, a private 5-star Exclusive Collection space, stunning views of St. Lawrence River and mountains, and unlimited ski-in/ski-out access. Enjoy year-round activities like skiing, biking and hiking, as well as activities traditional to the region such as ice skating and dog sledding. Send the teens to Club Med Passworld, where they can participate in curated group activities from snowboarding lessons to graffiti art to disco nights. Meanwhile, the little ones can learn to create a short theatrical performance at Mini Club Med.
Located on Dubai’s manmade Palm Island, Atlantis, The Palm, is a 5-star resort perfect for the ultimate family vacation. Guests of all ages can choose from a variety of activities and experiences like world-class, Michelin-starred dining; several pools, including Palm Pool, which offers a first-class view of the city skyline; and the largest waterpark in the world, Aquaventure. Enjoy thrilling waterslides, The Lost Chambers Aquarium consisting of more than 65,000 marine animals, dive experiences and Wavehouse, an upscale dining destination offering bowling and surf lessons.
As the only major U.S. airline to own a flight school, United Airlines already hit a major milestone, and now the carrier celebrates another important — and historic — step as the inaugural class of United Aviate Academy pilots graduates, leading the next generation of aviators. The 51 students in the graduating class were majority, at 80 percent, women and people of color — another stride toward United’s goal of training 5,000 new pilots by 2030 with half women or POC.
Huntsville, Alabama, is one of those destinations helping define the family-friendly vacation. Home to NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center, the city is lovingly nicknamed Rocket City thanks to its history of always reaching for the stars. This is where you’ll find Space Camp, where kids and families can take part in various programs at the world’s largest space museum, U.S. Space and Rocket Center.
Through Dec. 31, family travelers can enjoy the most unexpected thing in Florida: a white Christmas. The Now Snowing in Celebration festival in Kissimmee, Florida, embraces winter traditions for both locals and visitors. Free to visit, families will love heading to the town built by Disney.
United Airlines is in the midst of a major initiative to modernize its fleet over the next several years. After first announcing the plan in 2021, planes fitted with United’s signature interior are finally beginning to appear across the airline’s narrowbody fleet of Boeing and Airbus planes. United flyers are sure to notice these enhancements from the moment they step on board: Each new or updated plane sports remodeled seats, seatback entertainment screens for everyone, Bluetooth connectivity and more, all adding up to a better experience on every journey.
Let family travels take you to one of these stunning aquariums around the United States. Recently, Aquarium Store Depot analyzed TripAdvisor reviews containing words such as beautiful, breathtaking and picturesque for 175 public aquariums across America. Each aquarium ranked based on the percentage of reviews to determine the most eye-catching aquariums.