Best Family Vacations in Europe
From Colosseum-touring in Rome to playing soccer in Madrid, Europe features something for travelers of all ages and interests. To help guide you to a European locale that offers a winning mix of family-friendly attractions and affordable hotels, as well as high approval among vacationers and experts, U.S. News editors ranked the top places to visit across the continent. Vote for your favorite spots below, and get inspired to plan your next trip.
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From the London Zoo and the London Dungeon to Platform 9¾ at King's Cross Station and The London Eye, this city captivates its visitors both young and old. Many of the top attractions offer tours, which are an excellent way for families to engage with and learn about the sites. London is known for its high price tags, but you can find budget-friendly lodging at chain hotels or vacation rentals. You can also easily move around the city using the affordable Tube, though splurging for a ride on the city's iconic red buses may be worth it once.
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With iconic landmarks and kid-friendly attractions like the Centre Pompidou and Luxembourg Gardens, the City of Light offers a fun and enriching vacation experience. And let's not forget the Eiffel Tower, which is sure to delight your children as it lights up at night. Nearby Disneyland Paris is also a popular attraction for those with little ones. If you'd rather stick to central Paris, you'll find many of the city's top attractions sit within a mile of one another.
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In Rome, you and your kids can form lifelong memories as you brush up on ancient history at the Colosseum and the Pantheon. And with plenty of piazzas for children to roam and kid-friendly museums to tour, Rome is an educational and crowd-pleasing city to explore at any age. Not to mention, the city's culinary scene is awash with kid-approved items, such as pizza, pasta and gelato.
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Brussels' quirky attractions (think: the iconic Manneken Pis statue and the Mini-Europe theme park) will entertain both children and adults. All travelers will appreciate the Grand-Place, a massive square with impressive architecture. There are also various museums, many of which offer kids programs. As families wander between museums and landmarks, they can feast (sans silverware) on treats like waffles and smoutebollen (similar to donuts), which are sold at food trucks throughout Brussels.
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Barcelona is known for its nightlife, but there are several reasons for families to visit. Gaudí's artwork in Park Güell is sure to impress adults and make children feel as if they've wandered into a fantasyland. Similarly, the street performances along Las Ramblas captivate and surprise audiences of all ages. Plus, families can always head to the beach for some outdoor fun or watch a soccer game at Camp Nou stadium.