June’s wet weather predictions getting you down and the summer holidays seem too far away to wait for a dose of sunshine or adventure? Well good news, if you book a weekend break with your family this month you won’t have to deal with the hoards of tourists and inflated prices of high season.

We have selected our top five weekend destinations to visit before the summer holidays, some of which are just a two hour flight away.

1. Amsterdam

This welcoming, watery city is at its most attractive this month, offering sunny canal-side bike rides, pretty parks in full bloom, child friendly pavement cafes… no wonder the Dutch enjoy one of the highest quality’s of life in the world!

The compact city is a fantastic place to visit with children, and it is rated one of the best places to raise a family too. Parents and children love it for its wealth of cool culture, including some fantastic museums – check out our list of top 5 family activities in Amsterdam.

Better still, you don’t even need to brave the airport with your toddler, just hop on the train at London St Pancras and you’ll be there in 4 hours.

2. Nice

Nice offers the perfect mix of city and beach, and it’s just a two hour flight from London so it’s ideal for a weekend break with young children.

If the sun is shining, walk, skate or cycle along the famous Promenade Anglaise. You can also visit the food markets, or even hire a car and explore a little more of beautiful Provence. We’ve done the hard work for you and compiled a list of some of Nice’s best child-friendly activities for inspiration.

This month there is also a fabulous two day festival of food, drink, talks and music at stunning Nice Chateau. Fete du Chateau Weekend is on 29th and 30th June. Check flight times.

3. Vienna

Vienna really springs into activity this month, as the cultural city’s summer season of open air concerts and festivals begin. Art, music, history and architecture abound in Vienna, as well as some amazing food and a refined cafe culture.

There are grand palaces flanked by beautiful manicured grounds for the kids to explore, as well as the world’s oldest zoo and a vintage amusement park.

Choose your Vienna family-friendly accommodation.

4.  Barcelona

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A sandy beach, a fun-loving city, amazing food, ancient history and world-famous architecture – if you haven’t been to Barcelona yet, it’s time to seize the day!   Unsure where is best to try tapas with the kids? Check out our Best Places to Eat in Barcelona with Children.

This really vibrant city has a party vibe all year round, but especially this month which is full of festivities and parades. Corpus Christi festival is from June 20th to June 23rd. The highlight is the outdoor mass on Sunday in front of the Cathedral and the huge parade afterwards.

23rd June is also Saint Joan’s night – a vivacious evening of bonfires, fireworks and sparklers to celebrate the summer solstice.

The weekend of 29th June is the festival of Saint Peter – the old city neighbourhoods of Sant Pere, Santa Caterina and La Ribera celebrate this Catalan tradition. You will see a parade of dragons, giants and mythical figures.

5. Florence

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The birthplace of the Renaissance is one the most beautiful cities in the world that makes it easy to explore with young children. Booking a weekend break for your family before the summer holidays means you will hopeful avoid some of the crowds, and the searing Italian heat.

Lastly, the kids will love to discover the outdoor public pools and beautiful villa gardens, whilst you soak up the romantic, artistic atmosphere that envelops this whole city.

Find out where to get the best ice cream in Florence.

Have you decided yet which weekend destinations will you choose before the Summer?

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