400+ Family Bucket List – Travel and More

I created our family bucket list back in 2016. It came about because of a heartbreaking reality check. Life really should be for living and we really need to try to enjoy it as much as we can. For me, I love travelling and going out for the day. I’m not one for sitting still. Even watching TV isn’t really my thing. In the evening I’d rather be sat in a restaurant, down the beach, at the gym, or in a theatre. One thing I really love doing is going away for the weekend. Luckily our son loves it as much as I do. It’s a great way of exploring somewhere and as we are often restricted with regards to how long we can go away for it’s perfect for us.

I’ve had our family travel bucket list on my website since the start. I published it as a page and not a post though so it’s not really been getting any traffic. I am republishing it today as a post with categories to make it easier to find ideas and inspiration. There are at least 400 ideas below. If you have anything you think I should add please do let me know in the comments at the end of this post. Thank you.

Day Out Bucket List Ideas

Climb to the top of a Lighthouse. = completed read here
Do a Junior animal experience somewhere.
Enjoy lots of free days out = Ongoing read here.
Follow a trail in a city = completed read here
Go and see a major airshow display = completed Read here.
Go bowling = completed Read here.
Go canoeing.
Go crabbing off a pier.
Go fishing at a lake.
Go fishing on a boat.
Go for afternoon tea somewhere = completed. Read here.
Go Geocaching.
Go Go Karting.
Go Ice skating = completed, read here.
Go Indoor Skydiving.
Go Indoor Sledging = completed read here.
Go Llama trekking.
Go on an Easter egg hunt at an attraction.
Go on a Go Ape adventure = completed, read here.
Go on a Gruffalo trail = completed, read here.
Go pond dipping.
Go on a pony trek. = completed
Go pumpkin picking = completed read here
Go roller skating.
Go on a scavenger hunt.
Go strawberry picking = completed read here
Go on ‘themed’ walk in woods
Go to a bubble rush.
Go to a carnival.
Go to a children’s festival = completed read here.
Go to a circus.
Go to a ‘dress up‘ event.
Go to a Major fair = completed read here.
Go to a fire station open day.
Go to a Grand prix formula 1.
Go to a large outdoor water park.
Go to a major American civil war re-enactment event.
Go to a major Sealed knot re-enactment event = completed read here.
Go to a medieval dinner event = completed read here.
Go to a music festival.
Go to an indoor bounce centre = completed read here.
Go to an open-air concert and take a picnic.
Go to an outdoor swimming pool/lido = completed read here.
Go to a pantomime = completed read here.
Go to a ‘proper’ Christmas market = completed
Go to a rodeo.
Go to a Wild wild west show.
Go to see a live Orchestra = completed read here.
Go to a County Show = completed, read here.
Go to watch American baseball.
Go to see a film at a classic cinema = completed, read here.
Go to see a football match.
Go to see the seals at a major seal colony in the UK = completed read here.
Go to watch horse racing – day at the races = completed read here.
Go whale and/or dolphin watching.
Have an owl/falconry experience.
Have a ride on a camel = completed read here.
Have a ride on a tourist boat in the UK = completed read here.
Have a themed birthday party.
Play as many crazy golf courses as possible = ongoing 1st one read here.
Ride on a donkey = completed read here.
Ride on a pirate ship = completed read here.
Ride on a pony = completed read here
Ride on an epic zip wire.
See a bird show.
See a dolphin show = completed read here.
See a famous waterfall = completed read here.
See all 7 wonders of the modern world.
See a medieval joust at a castle = completed read here.
See a Punch and Judy show = completed read here.
See lots of hot air balloons take off.
See the red arrows at a major air show.
See the tulips and windmills in Holland.
Splash in a splash park.
Theatre – Take our show mad boy as much as possible = ongoing read here.
Transportation – Go on at least 5 open top tourist buses = ongoing Lincoln, Stratford London
Transportation – Go on a boat on a boating lake.
Transportation – Go on a cable car.
Transportation – Go on a glass bottom boat = completed read here
Transportation – Go on a pedalo.
Transportation – Go on a red double-decker London bus = completed read here
Transportation – Go on a sea/sand train = completed read here.
Transportation – Go on a tram = completed read here.
Transportation – Go on a Trolleybus = completed read here.
Transportation – Go on a water taxi.
Transportation – Go sailing on a yacht.
Transportation – Ride in a dune buggy in the desert.
Transportation – Ride in a horse-drawn carriage.
Transportation – Ride on a miniature steam train = completed read here.
Transportation – Ride on a paddle steamer = completed read here.
Transportation – Ride on a steam train = completed read here.
Visit at least 10 different castles = ongoing – Bolsover, Castle Rising, Belvoir castle, Peveril, Lincoln. Boston,
Visit at least 10 different English heritage places = ongoing – Thornton Abbey & Gainsborough, Middleham castle, Pickering Castle, Kenilworth Castle. Please click here for more ideas.
Visit at least 10 different Historic houses association places = ongoing.
Visit at least 10 different museums = ongoing – Lincs life, National railway, Magna, National Space centre, Yorkshire museum farming, Cusworth Hall. Beaulieu, York castle museum. Royal Museums Greenwich,
Visit at least 10 different National trust places = ongoing – Belton House, please click here for more ideas. Brimham Rocks, Beningbrough Hall, Fountains Abbey,
Visit at least 10 different UNESCO sites.
Visit at least 10 different zoos = ongoing – Woburn, Twycross, Yorkshire Wildlife park.
Visit at least 5 different aquariums = ongoing Bournemouth Oceanarium, The Deep Hull, Scarborough Sea Life.
Visit 5 different air museums = ongoing – Lincs Aviation.
Visit 6 different Cathedrals/Minsters = ongoing – York, Lincoln Cathedral.
Visit 5 different nature reserves = ongoing – Gibraltar Point, Donna Nook, Whisby
Visit a big maze.
Visit a children’s museum.
Visit a famous pier.
Visit a large cave = ongoing Speedwell, Peak and Blue John.
Visit a model village = completed read here
Visit and explore a ‘ghost’ town.
Visit as many farm parks as possible = ongoing – Tattershall, Sacrewell, Manor farm. Hall farm park, Boston Park farm, Filey Bird Garden, Pink Pig Farm. White post farm, Mary Arden’s Farm, Playdale Farm Park,
Visit somewhere to celebrate Chinese New Year.
Visit somewhere that makes and sells own ice-cream.
Walk an Alpaca = completed read here.

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Day Out Attractions to Visit

Go to see Disney on Ice = completed read here.
Go to see Marvel Universe Live = completed
Go to top Eiffel tower.
Go to Woodhall Spa 1940s weekend and dress up = completed read here.
Have afternoon tea at Betty’s = completed read here.
Merlin – visit all 7 places in Blackpool.
Merlin – Alton Towers.
Merlin – visit one of their Sea life centres = completed read here.
Merlin – Warwick castle.
See a tennis match at Wimbledon.
See Cirque De Soleil.
See monster trucks live.
Transportation – Go on Ffestiniog railway.
Transportation – Go on North Yorkshire Moors railway = completed read here
Transportation – Go on Snowdon mountain railway, Gwynedd.
Transportation – Go on the Settle to Carlisle railway.
Transportation – Ride in a Gondola in Venice = completed read here.
Transportation – Ride on a Thomas steam train – day out with Thomas.
Transportation – Travel on Semmering railway.
Visit Alcazar de Segovia castle, Near Madrid Spain.
Visit Annecy, France.
Visit all 5 towns in Cinque Terre, Italy.
Visit Alnwick Castle, Northumberland.
Visit Alpamere Waterpark Scarborough.
Visit Arundel castle, Scotland.
Visit Athens, Greece including the Acropolis.
Visit Bamburgh castle, in Bamburgh.
Visit Bath and see the sights.
Visit Beamish in north east.
Visit Bewilderwood, Norfolk = completed read here.
Visit Blackpool = completed.
Visit Blackpool illuminations = completed.
Visit Blackpool pleasure beach.
Visit Blackpool Tower = completed read here.
Visit Blackpool zoo.
Visit Blenheim palace = completed read here.
Visit Bodiam castle, East Sussex.
Visit Bolton Abbey, North Yorkshire.
Visit Bosworth battlefield on an event day = Completed read here.
Visit Bounce Below Ffestiniog, Wales.
Visit Bournemouth and see the sights = completed read here.
Visit Bourton on the water (Cotswolds – Birdland, a model village, motor museum, dragonfly maze etc).
Visit Bran Castle, Romania.
Visit Burghley house, Lincolnshire = completed, read here.
Visit Butterfly house, near Sheffield = completed, read here.
Visit Calke Abbey, Derbyshire and it’s adventure playground, NT.
Visit Calypso Cove waterpark, Barnsley.
Visit Cambridge and see the sights, go punting.
Visit Castle Howard = completed read here.
Visit Chatsworth house and farm park, Derbyshire.
Visit Cheddar Gorge, Somerset.
Visit Christmas at Blenheim = completed read here.
Visit Cleethorpes and all family attractions.
Visit Colchester zoo.
Visit Conkers, Leicestershire = completed read here.
Visit Conwy castle, Wales.
Visit Corvin castle, Hunedoara Romania.
Visit Cragside and it’s fab adventure playground, NT.
Visit Creswell Crags in Nottinghamshire = completed read here.
Visit Crich tramway village = completed read here.
Visit Croft castle, Leominster and its natural play area, NT.
Visit Diggerland, Yorkshire = completed read here.
Visit Dinosaur adventure park, Norfolk = completed read here.
Visit Drayton manor theme park and Thomas land.
Visit Dudmanston Hall, Shropshire. and it’s playgrounds, NT.
Visit Eilean Donan castle, Highlands of Scotland.
Visit Eltz castle, Wierschem Germany.
Visit Eureka the national children’s museum.
Visit Europa Park in Germany.
Visit Fantasy island, Skegness = Completed Read here and here.
Visit Flamborough head = completed read here.
Visit Flamingo land = completed read here.
Visit Florida Everglades and go on an airboat.
Visit Gloworm caves in New Zealand.
Visit Go to the summer Olympics.
Visit All three Gulliver’s theme parks = ongoing Gulliver’s Kingdom, Matlock Bath.
Visit Hampton court palace.
Visit Hardcastle Crags, west Yorkshire.
Visit Harewood house.
Visit Harry Potter Studio tour London.
Visit Hawkstone Park Follies.
Visit Hull free museums x5.
Visit Kenilworth castle = completed read here.
Visit Kidzania, London.
Visit Knowsley safari park.
Visit Leeds Castle, Kent.
Visit Lightwater Valley theme park = completed read here
Visit Longleat.
Visit Longleat festival of lights.
Visit Longshaw, Sheffield and its natural play.
Visit Mablethorpe = completed read here.
Visit Magna Science Adventure, Yorkshire = completed read here.
Visit Margate and see the sights.
Visit Marwell zoo.
Visit Matlock bath (Heights of Abraham, Gulliver’s kingdom, caves, fish and chips on the parade. aquarium, illuminations and mining museum).
Visit Mont St Michel and St Michael’s point.
Visit Mother Shipton’s cave, north Yorkshire = completed read here.
Visit Mount Rushmore.
Visit National space centre Leicester = completed read here.
Visit Neuschwanstein Castle Bavaria Germany.
Visit Paignton Zoo.
Visit Peppa pig world = completed read here.
Visit Portmeirion, Wales.
Visit Puy Du Fou theme park in France and stay over.
Visit Robin hoods bay, North Yorkshire = completed read here
Visit Rufford Abbey and park = completed read here.
Visit Scarborough.
Visit Sherwood forest.
Visit Skegness and all family attractions = completed
Visit Springfields Adventureland, Spalding = completed read here.
Visit Stanwick lakes, East Northants.
Visit Stokesay castle, Shropshire.
Visit Stonehenge and Glastonbury.
Visit Stourhead estate, national trust, Wiltshire in the autumn.
Visit Stratford upon Avon = completed read here.
Visit Sudbury Hall, Derbyshire and the museum of childhood, NT.
Visit Sundown adventure land, Notts = completed, read here.
Visit Tatton Park, Cheshire.
Visit the Edinburgh festival.
Visit the Forbidden corner, North Yorkshire = completed read here.
Visit the Giant’s Causeway, Northern Ireland.
Visit the Palace of Pena, Lisbon Portugal.
Visit Park Asterix theme park near Paris.
Visit Popeye Village Malta.
Visit PortAventura theme park, Spain.
Visit Puzzlewood in Gloucestershire.
Visit the shipwreck beach in Zakynthos, Greece.
Visit Twinlakes, Leics = completed read here.
Visit Twycross zoo = completed, read here.
Visit Vatican City, Italy.
Visit Warwick castle.
Visit Whitby, North Yorkshire coast = completed.
Visit Wickstead park.
Visit Windsor castle.
Visit Woburn safari park = completed read here.
Visit Woods filled with bluebells = completed read here.
Visit York – See all the main attractions = completed read here and here.
Visit Yorkshire wildlife park = completed read here.
Walk on the great wall of China.

400+ Family Bucket List - Travel and More

Holidays in Europe – Bucket List Travel Ideas

Holiday – Amalfi coast, Italy.
Holiday – to Eurocamp, somewhere with massive pool area or theme park. Choose from one of the best 28 Eurocamp sites.
Holiday – Go on a cruise to Scandinavia or Mediterranean. This post could help with choosing.
Holiday – Go on a major train journey, that involves sleeping on it. 10 of the best train journeys.
Holiday – Take the train or walk around the Cinque Terre in Italy.
Holiday – To Austria – especially Hallstatt.
Holiday – To Barcelona, see the sights.
Holiday – To Budapest, Hungary.
Holiday – to Carcassonne and Cap D’agde, France.
Holiday – To Corfu (again), north of the island.
Holiday – To Corsica, France.
Holiday – To Crete, Greece.
Holiday – To Croatia, Dubrovnik.
Holiday – To Cyprus.
Holiday – To Denmark, Copenhagen, Tivoli Gardens, LEGOLAND, Viking centre and stunning castles.
Holiday – To Disneyland Paris again! Choose the best Dinsey hotel for you.
Holiday – To each of the Canary islands that you can fly to = ongoing – ticked Gran Canaria.
Holiday – To Efteling theme park in the Netherlands = completed read here
Holiday – To Eurocamp.
Holiday – To Florence, Italy.
Holiday – To Germany = completed read here
Holiday – To Greece.
Holiday – To Iceland, visit the blue lagoon etc. = completed read here.
Holiday – To Lisbon, Portugal.
Holiday – To Magic of Robin Hood hotel near Benidorm, Spain.
Holiday – To Majorca, Spain – especially to the Pirates Village.
Holiday – To Menorca, Spain.
Holiday – To Mykonos, Greece. Best things to see and do there.
Holiday – To Norway, fjords etc.
Holiday – To Paris France – see the main sites.
Holiday – To see Pompeii, Italy.
Holiday – To Porto, Portugal.
Holiday – To Prague. Check out these things to do.
Holiday – To Rome, Italy – see all the major sights.
Holiday – To Santorini, Greece.
Holiday – To Sardinia, Italy.
Holiday – To Sicily, Italy.
Holiday – To Slovenia, Lake Bled.
Holiday – To Spain – Rhonda and Mijas are top of the list.
Holiday – To Strasbourg, France.
Holiday – To Switzerland, go up the Matterhorn, visit Lucerne etc.
Holiday – To Thailand.
Holiday – To Venice, Italy = completed, read here.

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Holidays in the UK – Especially Weekend Break ideas

Holiday – Go glamping somewhere = completed read here.
Holiday – In a forest park.
Holiday – In a luxury caravan = completed read here.
Holiday – On a narrowboat on a canal = completed read here
Holiday – Sleep in a tree house.
Holiday – To Brighton and see the sights, pier etc.
Holiday – To Butlins = completed read here.
Holiday – To Chester Zoo for 2 days.
Holiday – To Cornwall.
Holiday – To Derbyshire = completed read here
Holiday – To Edinburgh.
Holiday – To Harrogate, north Yorkshire.
Holiday – To Haven = completed read here.
Holiday – To Hunstanton – or somewhere else in Norfolk = completed read here.
Holiday – To Isle of Skye (the dinosaur isle).
Holiday – To Lake District.
Holiday – To London = completed read here

  1. London – Go on a cruise of the Thames.
  2. London – Go on a tourist bus = completed
  3. London – Go on the Emirates Cablecar.
  4. London – Go to the theatre = completed, Lion King
  5. London – See the Houses of Parliament = completed
  6. London – See Buckingham Palace = completed
  7. London – See the changing of the guard = completed
  8. London – Visit all 5 Merlin pass places.
  9. London – Visit HMS Belfast.
  10. London – Visit National maritime museum = completed
  11. London – Visit St Paul’s Cathedral = completed
  12. London – Visit the British Museum.
  13. London – Visit the Cutty Sark = completed
  14. London – Visit the London transport museum.
  15. London – Visit the Natural history museum = completed
  16. London – Visit the science museum.
  17. London – Visit the Sky Garden = completed
  18. London – Visit the Tower of London = completed
  19. London – Visit Trafalgar square = completed
  20. London – Visit Westminster Abbey.


Holiday – To Northumberland.
Holiday – To Port Lympne Giraffe hotel.
Holiday – To Ribby Hall near Blackpool = completed read here.
Holiday – To Scotland.
Holiday – To Tattershall lakes, Lincolnshire (since the revamp).
Holiday – To the Channel Islands.
Holiday – To Wales.
Stay in a castle.

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Holidays Overseas – Outside of Europe

Holiday – Go on an African safari.
Holiday – To Australia – see the sights, especially the Great Barrier reef.
Holiday – To Bahamas. Swim with the pigs. (stay at Atlantis resort.)
Holiday – To Borneo to see Orangutans.
Holiday – To Canada – tick off everything on my bucket list post.
Holiday – To China, Beijing and Hong Kong.
Holiday – Disney cruise line.
Holiday – To Dubai.
Holiday – To Florida (Disneyworld universal.) = completed read Disney posts here.
Holiday – To Gapalagos. Tick off everything on my bucket list.
Holiday – To Hawaii.
Holiday – To Indonesia.
Holiday – To Lapland to meet Santa etc. = completed read here.
Holiday – To Madagascar.
Holiday – To MaldivesBucket list things to do.
Holiday – To Mexico, Riviera Maya. Tick off everything on my bucket list.
Holiday – To Morroco.
Holiday – To New England, USA. Cape Cod etc.
Holiday – To New Zealand.
Holiday – To Peru, Machu Picchu. This is how I’d like to visit.
Holiday – To Petra, Jordan.
Holiday – To somewhere really exotic with palm trees and stunning beaches.
Holiday – Return to Sri Lanka with our son. I have a 2 week family friendly schedule for Sri Lanka.
Holiday – To Sun city in South Africa.
Holiday – Tour of the Caribbean islands.
Holiday – To Venice = completed read here.
Holiday – To West coast of USA, Grand Canyon, Vegas, Hollywood, San Francisco, California, Alcatraz.
Stay at Giraffe Manor in Kenya.
Stay at Ocean Suites in Singapore.
Stay in an overwater bungalow.
Stay somewhere with a large on-site waterpark. See here for ideas.

400+ Family Bucket List - Travel and More

Lifestyle Family Bucket List Ideas

Be front row at a concert.
Be in the audience for a TV show.
Build a gingerbread house.
Build a snowman bigger than you.
Cook marshmallows on an open fire.
Dress up for Halloween and have a party.
Eat at Bubba Gump = completed read here.
Eat at Hard rock café = completed read here
Eat at each different national chain restaurant = ongoing.
Eat at each different ‘cuisine/style’ of restaurant = ongoing.
Eat at Grotta Palazzese Hotel Restaurant, Puglia Italy – restaurant in a cave.
Eat at Planet Hollywood = completed read here
Eat at Rainforest Cafe = completed
Eat Candy floss at a fair = completed read here.
Eat fish and chips on a beach.
Experience a white Christmas.
Find a real fossil.
Float in the Dead sea.
Fly a kite
Gardening – Grown own fruit and vegetables.
Have face painted.
Join in with the RSPB birdwatch = completed read here.
Learn how to play any musical instrument.
Learn how to ride a bike.
Learn how to swim without armbands = completed at 5 years old 🙂
Look properly at the stars.
Make and eat bonfire toffee.
Make and eat toffee apples.
Make a worm farm.
Meet Santa as much as possible! – in as many different ways as possible.
Paint a pot at a paint a pot cafe.
Pick your own pumpkins for Halloween = completed read here.
See the Aurora Borealis = completed.
See Puffins = completed in East Yorkshire
Sign up for a year art subscription box.
Start a family tradition.
Stay in at least 50 different hotels = ongoing various reviews.
Stay in each of the major hotel chains = ongoing Travelodge, Mercure, Novotel.Crowne Plaza.
Swim with dolphins.
Swim with Turtles.
Watch a movie outdoors with a picnic.
Watch turtles hatch and run for the ocean.
Winter – Go on a husky-drawn sledge = completed.
Winter – Go on the Santa express rail journey.
Winter – Go tobogganing.
Winter – Go to LaplandUK.
Winter – Go to Polar Express event for Christmas.
Winter – Go to Sundown to meet Santa = completed read here.
Winter – Go to Winter Wonderland in London or Manchester.
Winter – Have a snowball fight.
Winter – Ride on a snowmobile = completed.

400+ Family Bucket List – Travel and More

We also have a summer bucket list for things to do with the kids over the summer, why not check it out. There’s even a FREE printable checklist.

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400+ Family Bucket List - Travel and More

400 Family Bucket List - Travel and More


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