Traveling With Children
Many spots in California are ideal destinations for families with children of all ages. In both the San Francisco Bay Area and the Los Angeles region, amusement parks, interactive museums, zoos, parks, beaches, and playgrounds all make for family-friendly fun. Even some of the upscale hotels offer great programs for young people, and many Southern California resorts designate at least one swimming pool as “family” or “loud” to accommodate rambunctious fun and outside voices.
You know your children best, so you can plan a great trip they’ll love based on their special interests. Would they prefer Disneyland or the San Diego Zoo? Surf lessons at Huntington Beach or rock climbing school at Joshua Tree? Redwood trees or youth nightclubs?
On the other hand, there are a few spots in the Golden State that beckon more to adults than to children. Frankly, there aren’t many family activities in Wine Country. This adult playground is all about alcoholic beverages and high-end dining. Similarly, the North Coast’s focus on original art and romantic B&Bs brings out couples looking for weekend getaways rather than families. In fact, before you book a room at a B&B that you expect to share with your kids, check to be sure that the inn can accommodate extra people in their guest rooms and allows guests under 16 years old.
© Liz Hamill Scott from Moon California, 2nd Edition