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What Are The Best LGBTQ+ Family-Friendly Destinations For A Vacation?

Finding a family-friendly destination can be a challenge in and of itself, as is the case for vacation spots that welcome LGBTQ+ couples. Combine each of these two factors, and you’ll unfortunately find you need to do a little extra research to find your ideal holiday location.

To save you the tiresome task of trying to lock down destinations that can accommodate both LGBTQ+ visitors and families, we’ve done the research for you. We’ve added all of our top picks for your next family trip into this fail-safe guide, with spots in just about every corner of the globe.

Check out our collection of vacation destinations that are both gay and family-friendly.

What Are The Best Gay Family-Friendly Holiday Destinations In The U.S.A.?

Whether you’re from the States and hoping to find somewhere close to home to visit, flying with children for the first time, or are visiting from overseas and hoping to do some international travel with your kids, you’re sure to find somewhere that catches your eye below.

California

As one of the most liberal states in the U.S.A., California is unsurprisingly ranked among the best, safe, family-friendly destinations for same-sex parents.

The Golden State is home to some incredible scenery and natural beauty, with national parks like Yosemite, Sequoia, and Joshua Tree waiting to be explored, but the cities are just as captivating. We’ve selected two of our favorites below.

 

Lesbian family holding their toddler son on laps posing for a photo on San Francisco Bay, California, the US
Lesbian family holding their toddler son on laps posing for a photo on San Francisco Bay, California, the US © Getty Images

 

San Francisco

As the host of one of the U.S.A.’s best-loved Pride festivals, it’s little wonder that San Francisco kicks off our list.

Regardless of the age of your little ones, you’ll have a myriad of things to see and do here. Some of the unmissable activities include biking across the Golden Gate Bridge, uncovering the history of Disney at The Walt Disney Family Museum, and connecting with the most majestic creatures at the San Francisco Zoo.

Tick iconic sights off your bucket list with your kids and travel from place to place with Airport Taxi Cabs.

San Diego

With an enviable blend of sun-drenched beaches, diverse museums, and thrilling theme parks, San Diego is a natural choice for families with kids of different ages.

Your older children will have a chance to try their hand at surfing at the likes of La Jolla Shores, while younger explorers will love The New Children’s Museum. To keep the whole family entertained, be sure to add amusement parks like Sesame Place and LEGOLAND to your itinerary. That’s all before talking about San Diego Zoo, regularly regarded as the world’s most beloved zoo.

Coastal Cab Company makes getting around as straightforward as possible.

Hawaii

A state brimming with some of the most open-minded and friendly locals, Hawaii is the destination of choice for many LGBTQ+ families.

rainbow beach hawaii
Rainbow beach, Hawaii © Getty Images

Most of the seven main islands here are excellent choices for those traveling with kids. Honolulu has the likes of Wet ‘n’ Wild Waterpark and Waikiki Aquarium, eastern Oahu is where you’ll find the gorgeous Aulani, a Disney resort with a Polynesian twist, while Maui offers some of the best snorkeling around.

Get around Oahu with Charley’s Taxi and explore Maui with CB Taxi.

Florida

Florida is a popular choice with anyone looking for year-round summer weather, pristine beaches, and the most spectacular amusement parks you’ll ever come across. Still, it’s also got some wonderful locations for families with same-sex parents and their youngsters. In addition to Key West and Fort Lauderdale, we think you’ll love some of the following spots.

Miami Beach

This dreamy island city is brimming with things to keep everyone in the family happy beyond the breathtaking beaches.

The Miami Beach Bandshell is where you’ll catch nightly performances and live music, while the Botanical Gardens, Lincoln Road shopping area, and Museum of Illusions are great places to keep in mind when you want to mix things up from the laid-back North Beach.

North Miami Beach Taxi Service is an ideal cab company for visiting families.

Orlando

It wouldn’t be right to compile a list of the finest Stateside destinations for families and not talk about Orlando.

No matter how old your children are, they’ll be blown away by the charm of the Magic Kingdom, the hair-raising rides at Universal Studios, and the exotic wildlife at the Animal Kingdom. You’ll have the option of picking a Disney-inspired lodging or resting up somewhere slightly more low-key, like the fabulous The Point Orlando Resort.

Boy swims in a pool, Orlando, U.S.A
Boy swims in a pool, Orlando, U.S.A © Getty Images

Check out the parks with the local shuttle buses or with a cab from Orlando Taxi 24.

New York City

A world-class city with some of the planet’s most revered landmarks, New York is a sensational vacation destination for all ages, meaning it’s particularly popular with big families with children with age gaps.

Of course, you’ll want to hit up the must-see sights like the Statue of Liberty, Times Square, Central Park, and the Empire State Building. After you’ve checked out these spots, pencil in stops at the likes of the American Museum of Natural History, catch a show on Broadway, and ride the Ferris wheel on Coney Island.

Ticket another item off your to-do list and take one of the famous Yellow Cabs during your stay.

Seattle

The birthplace of Starbucks and the home of the soaring Space Needle, Seattle is a buzzing West Coast metropolis with an abundance of things to do in and around the city.

There’s a little something for everyone here. If you prefer the outdoors, Seattle is a convenient gateway to the stunning Mount Rainier National Park, or if you’re a family of thrill-seekers, Wild Waves Theme and Water Park is a must. Within the center, you’ll have the Pacific Science Center, Pike Place Market, and the Artists At Play playground to discover.

Travel the city in comfort with Seattle Airport Taxi.

Denver

Despite being Colorado’s most happening city, Denver also has an inviting, chilled-out vibe that attracts gay families with both older and younger children.

Denver and the Flatirons
Flatirons and Mountains, Denver © Getty Images

The most popular thing to do here is to catch a glimpse at some 3,000 animals at Denver Zoo, but the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, the Downtown Aquarium, and Elitch Garden amusement parks are all well worth making room for in your schedule. There’s also a super cool Firefighter’s Museum in the downtown area to explore and nearby ski resorts for winter visitors.

We recommend using Denver Taxi Cab to get around.

Provincetown

Sitting on the northernmost pocket of Cape Cod is Provincetown, one of the East Coast’s most renowned LGBTQ+ destinations.

You could spend weeks here with your family and never have a moment of boredom. Between whale-watching tours, sunbathing at Race Point Beach, and visits to Commercial Street and the awe-inspiring sand dunes, you certainly won’t be short of things to do. The Provincetown Inn is our favorite family-friendly hotel in the area.

A mix of P-Town Taxi Service and Ptown Pedicabs make exploring Provincetown super simple.

Puerto Rico

Are you looking for something a little more tropical? Puerto Rico gives you all the paradise island energy while still boasting a plentiful supply of adventure-filled activities.

Curious kids can get their history fix at Castillo San Felipe del Morro before diving into the island’s magical rainforest at El Yunque National Forest. On the days when you’re feeling something a bit more relaxed, grab your bathing suit and unwind at the idyllic beaches in towns like Rincon and Aguadilla. Each of these towns is a popular surfing hub, should any of your gang want to catch some waves.

Isla Verde, Puerto Rico
Isla Verde, Puerto Rico © Getty Images

Take the stress out of getting around Puerto Rico with Wilbert Taxi Service.

What Are The Best Gay Family-Friendly Travel Destinations In Europe?

Europe is often credited with having some of the world’s most welcoming and accepting countries for families with LGBTQ+ parents, but there are certainly some nations that are more open to gay visitors than others.

However, you’ll still have numerous options for your overseas vacation, and these are some of our top recommendations.

The Netherlands

Famously progressive and tolerant, the Netherlands is a buzzing and beautiful country that has so much to offer families.

Although its infamous Red Light District and plethora of cannabis cafes are some of its most notable attributes, this is just a fraction of what the capital, Amsterdam, is all about. The Anne Frank House and NEMO Science Museum are musts during your visit. Be sure to get out of the city, too, and uncover spots like the fairytale-themed Efteling amusement park and traditional villages like Zaanse Shans.

When you’re not cycling or hopping on the metro, get a ride from Amsterdam Taxi Centrale.

Sweden

Often topping the list of the world’s most liberal nations, Sweden is the kind of place where anyone, regardless of their walk of life, is sure to feel welcome.

Anyone planning to base themselves in Stockholm will have the chance to delve into the country’s maritime history at the Vasa Museum, sing their heart out at the Abba Museum, and visit Skansen, the world’s oldest open-air museum and zoo. Outside of the capital, you’ll have a chance to catch the Northern Lights at Abisko National Park for a truly unique travel experience with your kids.

Stockholm has plenty of great taxi companies, such as Taxiutrustning.

What Are The Best Gay And Family-Friendly Vacation Destinations In Asia?

We’re heading east this time to give you a rundown of some of Asia’s most family and gay-friendly travel destinations. Though some countries are much more LGBTQ+ inclusive than others, some of the continent’s most sought-after locations are ideal for youngsters and same-sex parents.

Thailand

The Land of the Smiles has long been famed for its openness to gay visitors and thriving LGBTQ+ scene, and it has no shortage of cities, islands, and mountainous regions that you and your kiddos will fall in love with.

Closeup of LGBT couple while they are holding rainbow hearts on hand. LGBT happiness concept.
Closeup of LGBT couple while they are holding rainbow hearts on hand, Thailand © Getty Images

Whether it be temple-hopping in Bangkok, connecting with elephants in Chiang Mai’s Elephant Nature Park, or island-hopping from the likes of Koh Samui, Phuket, or Krabi, few places have as much to see and do as Thailand. For something a little more off the usual tourist trail, book into a floating bungalow at Khao Sok National Park.

Thailand is also the most budget-friendly country on this list, making it an easy choice for families looking for an affordable retreat.

There are brilliant taxi companies wherever you go, but Koh Samui Taxis and Bangkok Cab are some of the most reliable around.

Israel

Israel has some of the most relaxed LGBTQ+ laws in the Middle East, and Tel Aviv, the country’s capital city, is an increasingly sought-after holiday location.

Start your visit in Tel Aviv, where you can take a dip in the Mediterranean, visit the planetarium at the Eretz Israel Museum, or glide over the city in a hot air balloon. Make sure you allow some time to explore the rest of the county while you’re here. At just two hours apart, you’ll be able to float in the Dead Sea and snorkel in the Red Sea in a single day.

Quick Taxi is among Tel Aviv’s best cab services.

What Are The Best LGBTQ+ And Family-Friendly Destinations In The Rest Of The World?

Outside of these regions, there is a wealth of superb spots for same-sex parents who want to travel the world with their kids.

We’ve put together this collection of holiday destinations to give you some ideas and inspiration.

Mexico

Mexico is always one of the most in-demand countries for a sunny escape, and you’ll certainly have no shortage of areas to pick from nestled along either the Pacific or the Caribbean.

Cancun

If you’ve been dreaming of shimmering turquoise waters, powder-white beaches, and jaw-dropping cenotes, add Cancun to the top of your bucket list.

There’s no shortage of lavish resorts in the area if you want to treat yourself and your family to a little luxury. However, Xcaret, a natural water and adventure park, and a visit to Chichen Itza are non-negotiables.

Portrait of 6 years old girl showing off her braided hair with pride.
Portrait of 6 years old girl showing off her braided hair with pride, Cancun © Getty Images

Taxi Cancun is a top-rated local cab service.

Los Cabos

The West Coast has just as much to see and do as its eastern neighbor.

Los Cabos is where you’ll find the picturesque Santa Maria Beach, turtle conservation centers, and exciting whale-watching tours, giving you a perfect mix of excitement and relaxation.

Airport Baja Transfers is a top-tier taxi company serving the area.

Puerto Vallarta

This gorgeous resort town has a diverse array of activities that will keep even the fussiest of little ones enthralled.

An after-dark dinner on the Pirate Cruise is a must, as is a kayak ride or banana boat experience for older or adventurous kids. Smaller children can get involved in the action at one of the many water parks and playgrounds.

Puerto Vallarta Airport Transfers make exploring hassle-free.

Toronto

Friendly locals, a ton of indoor and outdoor activities, and a whole host of family-friendly restaurants have cemented Toronto’s status as an ideal choice for a city break.

You’ll never be stuck for things to do here, but some of the must-see attractions to check out with your clan include the iconic CN Tower, Toronto Zoo, and the Ontario Science Center.

You can count on Taxi Toronto to get you where you need to go.

Costa Rica

The Latin American paradise of Costa Rica is another country that’s celebrated for its broad-minded and warm locals.

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Happy Young Lesbian Women Enjoying freedom and Walking on the Beach, Costa Rica © Getty Images

Whether you choose to get in touch with nature at the likes of Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve and Tortuguero National Park or prefer to surf and sunbathe on beaches in Jaco and Puerto Viejo, you’ll have a holiday of a lifetime here.

Call on companies like Taxis San Jose and Caribe Shuttles for a ride.

Argentina

A relatively cheap place to travel with kids and bursting with vibrant culture, Argentina is a remarkable country for a memorable family vacation.

There’s no end to the attractions this South American nation boasts, but the otherworldly Iguazu National Park, the dazzling diversity of marine life at Peninsula Valdes, and the kid-friendly museums of Buenos Aires are stand-out experiences.

Discover the capital safely and comfortably with Taxis Buenos Aires.

Sydney

Considering it consistently ranks as one of the world’s most livable cities, it’ll be no surprise to see Sydney on this list.

Both kids and grown-ups alike will be mesmerized by the Harbor Bridge, Opera House, and Bondi Beach. Beyond these world-famous landmarks, you’ll have to make room for Manly Waterworks, the SEALIFE Aquarium, and the NSW Rail Museum to your schedule.

Fast Maxi and Silver Sydney are two fantastic taxi companies.

Conclusion

We hope this round-up of gay and family-friendly holiday destinations makes your planning process a little less stressful and a lot more exciting.

No matter where in the world you’re reading this from, some of our favorite LGBTQ+ vacation spots won’t be too far from you and will provide you and your little adventurers with the most unforgettable moments of family fun.

That being said, we can’t deny that picking just one spot from this list is another obstacle you’ll have to tackle!

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