Just because you have a new baby doesn’t mean you don’t still love to travel. Yes, it’s true, that you will need to make a few adjustments to travel with a baby, it is still possible if you choose the right places to travel with a baby.
Our family hit the road with our first baby just 8 weeks after he was born to attend a wedding over 500 miles away. I won’t say it wasn’t a bit of an eye opener, but what in life isn’t after a baby is born?
Here are a few ideas to help you scratch that travel itch even if you do have a new little bundle in tow.
Rent A Cabin In The Smoky Mountains
Visiting the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and renting a Cabin in Gatlinburg is a perfect place to travel with a new baby. Most cabins in the Smoky Mountains will have everything you need for caring for the baby, plenty of space for everyone to spread out, and a relaxing atmosphere for mom and dad.
The Cabin, itself, is the vacation.
Consider the amenities you will have over that of a hotel.
Mom and Dad can set the baby crib or pack-n-play up in a separate bedroom for baby naps while they enjoy sipping wine or coffee on the large deck and taking in the beauty of the Smoky Mountains.
When the little one awakens, strap on your baby hiking pack and head out for fresh air and a hike in one of the nations most beautiful National Parks.
In the evening after enjoying a steak dinner that you grill on your own deck and getting your little tyke down for the night, slip into the jetted hot tub and soak in the mountain air before your tiny human awakens for another feeding.
Then if, and only if, you insist on getting out of the cabin, nearby Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, offer numerous restaurants and activities to be enjoyed.
Rent A House In Florida
If a cabin in the mountains doesn’t suit your taste, how about a house in Florida? What could be better than relaxing by the pool in the sun with your new little one? Florida is definitely one of the best places to travel with a baby in the US.
Our family spent three weeks on Anna Maria Island in the Spring and we did not want to return.
As with a cabin rental, a Florida vacation home rental provides the much needed space for mom, dad, and baby.
The most challenging thing about hotels when traveling with little kids who are still napping is that mom and dad feel they have nowhere to go when it’s time to nap. A home away from home in the sunshine state can be just the solution you are after.
Take A Baby On A Cruise To Anywhere
Another great place you can travel with a baby is on a cruise! Taking a cruise is one of the most exciting vacations for a family with a baby. Traveling with a baby can be stressful, but a cruise is such a carefree way to travel, with life on-board made easier by unlimited baggage allowances, a fantastic selection of buffet and restaurant food and lots of great places to relax and play.
Many cruise ships even offer a choice of freshly-prepared or jarred baby food at no extra cost. Baby equipment such as strollers, baby baths and sterilizers are often available to hire free of charge.
From ports across the US, families can cruise to destinations such as the Bahamas, Caribbean, Canada or even transatlantic to the Mediterranean.
Jenni from Cruise Mummy Family Cruise Tips
Aulani Disney Resort & Spa, Hawaii
Disney alway makes it easy to travel with a baby, and Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, is one of the best Hawaiian resorts for babies because they have so many baby-friendly amenities. Just call the front desk and they can send up a pack ‘n play, diaper genie, bed rails, high chairs or even outlet covers. And you can pick up additional diapers in their gift shop.
And while kids under the age of 3 cannot take advantage of the free kids club, they can still participate in many of the free programming. A favorite is Uncle’s Storytelling at the outdoor fire pit, where you can hear authentic Hawaiian legends as well as the story of Moana. And you can get the cutest photos of your baby with Disney characters like Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Goofy, Stitch, Moana, Pluto and more!
Of course, one of the best parts about Aulani, a Disney Resort and Spa, is their amazing pool area. They have the Keiki Cove Splash Zone, the Menehune Bridge water play area and the Waikolohe Stream where parents can float down the lazy river with their baby.
Finally, if you want a date night, Aulani can help arrange babysitting services. Why wouldn’t you want to head to Aulani with a baby?
Marcie Cheung of Marcie & The Mouse
Columbus, Ohio is a great place to visit when you’ve got a baby in tow.
First off, Columbus is home to one of the best zoos in the United States. In addition to the excellent animal exhibits, the Columbus Zoo offers nursing stations and family bathrooms throughout the grounds. Strollers are also available to rent.
While you’re at the park, you can check out one of the many playgrounds and sculptures that little ones love to explore. If you need a break from the summer heat, pop into the aquarium to take in an underwater view. If you’re traveling with a toddler, check out Little Explorers’ Base Camps which are drop in exploration stations that are available on select Tuesday and Thursday mornings.
Even if your little one never leaves the stroller, the Columbus Zoo is a beautiful place for the whole family to walk around.
Another great spot to bring your baby in Columbus is COSI [Center of Science and Industry]. This kids museum offers the Little Kidspace which is for babies through first graders (bigger kids aren’t even allowed). This area offers tons of hands on activities, role play, and sensory experiences that will entertain your little one for hours.
Katie from Zen Life and Travel
Philadelphia is a great city to visit with a baby. There are so many baby-friendly things to do in Philadelphia.
In Philadelphia, you’ll find the oldest zoo in the country. The Philadelphia Zoo has more than just animal exhibits though. In fact, it’s full of science exploration activities. You can also immerse your baby in zoological wonder across the river at Adventure Aquarium in Camden. There’s a ferry from Penn’s Landing in Philadelphia for a fun and stimulating commute to the aquarium.
Philadelphia also has several interactive museums for children, including some that would entertain an older baby or toddler. Check out The Franklin Institute and The Academy of Natural Sciences. They are two interactive science museums with exhibits for all ages. The Please Touch Museum is another favorite for families with babies and toddlers to safely explore and learn. Just outside of Philadelphia you’ll also find Sesame Place, a great way to spend the day for any young family. Whatever you’re looking for – Philly is a wonderful city to travel with your baby.
Consider purchasing the Go Philadelphia All-Inclusive Pass with Hop On Hop Off Tour which includes admission to the zoo and many other Philadelphia attractions.
Derek from Robe Trotting
Great Wolf Lodge, Anaheim California
We already know that Disney is one of the best places to travel with a baby, but another great place in Anaheim, CA to visit with your baby is The Great Wolf Lodge. This lodge is the perfect place to travel with a baby because the indoor waterpark is fun year-around kids under 2 are free. Your little one can enjoy time in the dedicated child’s area with warm water and baby slides.
There are life jackets provided and several lifeguards keeping an eye on the kids. Safety is the number one concern and you can see it in how there is special attention dedicated to the child areas in the waterpark. You can spend a week or weekend in the hotel and have everything you need. Along with the waterpark there are activities for kids although many are not geared towards babies.
If you are considering a trip to Anaheim, I’d recommend spending a two r three days at The Great Wolf Lodge.
Corritta of Itz a Family Thing
Seattle, Washington is a fantastic destination for families looking to explore a new city with a baby. The high amount of rainfall makes Seattle a beautiful place to spend time in nature on a hike or at a local park. Spend the day visiting Green Lake Park and, if it’s summer, take the baby and enjoy the wading pools.
If mom or dad is into airplanes, consider a visit to the Museum of Flight or tour the Boeing and Future of Flight Aviation Center. and definitely plan to spend a day at The Woodland Park Zoo where you can see over 300 animal species.
When you get hungry and thirsty, then head to Peddler Brewing Company where holding a baby gets you $1 off off your pint. Visit the Travel Mad Mum for even more fun things to do in Seattle, Washington.
Karen at Travel Mad Mum
Jay Peak Resort – Jay, Vermont
If you and your significant other are looking for a winter getaway, but have a little bundle in tow, check out Jay Peak Resort is located in Jay, Vermont. This phenomenal ski resort makes for a great place to travel with a baby in the winter or in the summer. For a winter skiing break for mom and dad, Jay Peak Resort offers helping hands for your little one while you get some much needed R&R or time on the slopes.
The Mountain Kids Adventure Center and Austria Haus childcare facility both offer a place of fun little ones as young as six weeks. Families will also enjoy being car free once you arrive as transportation is provided from your chalet to the ski lodge, restaurants, or slopes!
The hotel has seven on site restaurants and a full spa for parents to take a much needed break. Other resort amenities include a coffee shop, an arcade, an award winning golf course, disc golf, fitness facility, several athletic fields.
Tavia Carlson from Big Brave Nomad
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