Every State's Most Family-Friendly City

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by TravelPulse Staff
Last updated: 3:00 AM ET, Fri April 15, 2022

The Most Family Friendly Cities in the United States

Family-fun adventure is out there, and these cities are well worth a spot on your family bucket list. From visiting National Monuments and museums to exploring the great outdoors, there's something for every type of family traveler.

Gulf Shores, Alabama

Visitors to Alabama's Gulf Coast, specifically Gulf Shores and nearby Orange Beach will be met with exceptional shorelines-32 miles in fact-in addition to all of the seaside staples that vacationing families have come to expect and enjoy, including imaginative miniature golf courses, pulse-pounding go-kart tracks and coming-of-age experiences, including the Wharf's Ferris wheel, which is one of the tallest in the Southeast at a soaring 112 feet.

Anchorage, Alaska

Alaska is a premier destination for adventure and the state's largest city, Anchorage, is an excellent jumping-off point for visiting families. The many museums, parks and trails here are enhanced by the phenomenal scenery. Groups traveling with small children will absolutely love the mesmerizing Alaska Railroad, the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center and the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail as well as the Alaska Aviation Museum.

Phoenix, Arizona

Like Alaska, Arizona's largest city offers the most for traveling families in 2022 as visitors will encounter numerous outdoor attractions from the 140-acre Desert Botanical Garden to the towering Camelback Mountain. The city also boasts an impressive list of museums showcasing art, Native American culture and Western history. The hands-on Children's Museum of Phoenix is another great option. The valley's plentiful parks and preserves are also worth exploring and sports-loving families will have lots to look forward to, including heading downtown to watch one of the NBA's top teams in the Phoenix Suns.

Eureka Springs, Arkansas

A city chock-full of charm in Arkansas' Ozark Mountains, Eureka Springs is ideal for adventure no matter your age. Visitors won't want to miss the destination's spectacular natural springs or leave before enjoying some ziplining or hiking and fishing at Lake Leatherwood. Families can also take part in spooky ghost tours through the historic downtown, put their skills to the test inside of challenging escape rooms and sample local wine and treat their taste buds at beloved stops like the Local Flavor Cafe.

San Diego, California

California's most entertaining city also happens to be its most family-friendly. Travelers will need at least a few days to experience all that San Diego has to offer, from the sun-kissed shores of Coronado and La Jolla to beloved attractions such as SeaWorld and sprawling Balboa Park's extraordinary San Diego Zoo. The little ones will be enthralled with the area's otherworldy tide pools and various museums and wildlife encounters while adults can look forward to immersing themselves in the locale nightlife in places like the famous Gaslamp Quarter.

Beaver Creek, Colorado

Located just outside of Vail about two hours west of Denver, the mountain village of Beaver Creek offers families tons to do far away from the crowds regardless of the season. Skiing, horseback riding, hiking, rafting, kayaking and golfing are just some of the many activities that await. Additionally, the scenery here is unmatched and attractions like the Walking Mountains Science Center provide a place for guests of all ages to learn and have fun at the same time.

New Haven, Connecticut

Famously the home of Yale University, New Haven will wow families with intriguing museums, beachfront parks, scenic hikes and one-of-a-kind attractions like the PEZ Visitor Center, which is home to the largest, most comprehensive collection of PEZ memorabilia on public display in the world. New Haven also offers kid-friendly adventure at Jordan's Furniture where guests can participate in the world's largest indoor adventure ropes course. Foodies must also dive into the city's incredible pizza scene, highlighted by the ultra-creative Da Legna.

Wilmington, Delaware

In northern Delaware, Wilmington offers visiting families a plethora of fascinating museums, including the highly-acclaimed Hagley Museum and the Delaware Children's Museum offering interactive experiences that even adults will be tempted to try. Families will also enjoy the scenic Wilmington Riverwalk and the area's many outdoor offerings from Brandywine Creek State Park to the uber-charming Bellevue State Park.

Orlando, Florida

Families traveling to the Sunshine State have no shortage of phenomenal beach destinations to choose from but Orlando in the central portion of Florida stands out for its world-famous theme parks headlined by the iconic Walt Disney World Resort and Univeral Orlando Resort. Hair-raising roller coasters and water slides as well as up-close encounters with their favorite movie and TV characters make this stop a must for families with small children. However, adults will have a great time also, especially touring Orlando's underrated downtown featuring mouth-watering restaurants and vibrant nightlife.

Tybee Island, Georgia

Atlanta certainly has lots to offer families visiting Georgia but spring and summertime travelers will be hard-pressed to pass on Tybee Island. Located less than a half-hour from Savannah, this barrier island has been a vacation favorite for centuries, offering not only pristine beaches but wildlife encounters in the form of dolphin tours and bird watching as well as delectable seafood at an array of inviting outdoor dining venues. Families can also cast a line from the pier, enjoy a relaxing kayaking excursion or tour a historic lighthouse.

Lahaina, Hawai'i

Lahaina is the ideal hub from which to explore all that Maui has to offer and provides a taste of island life for families who are visiting.

The mile-long Ka'anapali beach provides white sand, a protected harbor and numerous accommodations. Lahaina is also home to the Maui Ocean Center, where families can get to know the marine ecosystems of the surrounding waters.

Families looking for adventure will find a number of places to explore. Take them for a hike along the Kapalua Coast Trail or teach the littles how to surf with the Royal Hawaiian Surf Academy. For those looking for a rush of adrenaline, there's the Flyin Hawaiian Zipline. Go for relaxation at Lahaina Banyan Court, the town's historical center.

Coeur d'Alene, Idaho

Enjoy life lakeside in Coeur d'Alene. The region is home to a number of lakes, the Pacific Northwest's largest theme park and endless opportunities for fun and family bonding.

Adventure awaits for families headed to Northern Idaho, where unique golf courses, hot springs, museums, galleries, quaint towns and luxury accommodations await. Head to the Kootenai National Wildlife Refuge in Bonners Ferry, stop in at Copper Falls, go for a kayak on Spirit Lake or explore the Brickel Creek Trail. The Silverwood Theme Park is the area's largest and offers more than 70 rides, games and attractions. Nearby Boulder Beach Water Park features raft rides, high-speed waterslides, a lazy river and more.

Chicago, Illinois

Big cities mean big fun for families and the Windy City does not disappoint. There are endless things for families to do and discover, whether its the Miracle Mile or Lake Michigan.

With a number of tours and attractions as well as museums and shops, families can grab a CityPass to make sure they hit all the main attractions and save as well. These include destinations such as the Field Museum, Shedd Aquarium, Skydeck Chicago and more.

Bloomington, Indiana

College towns are often hubs of activity, making them fun for students and families alike. That's Bloomington, Indiana, which offers numerous activities for kids of all ages.

At nearby Monroe Lake, families can rent a pontoon boat or paddle around in a kayak. At Griffy Lake, there's fishing from the shore or from a canoe. There is hiking in Morgan-Monroe State Forest and Yellowwood State Forest and mountain biking at Wapehani Mountain Bike Park.

In the city, the Wonderlab Museum offers interactive experiences, the Frank Southern Ice Arena is the perfect place for kids to get their energy out from October through March and climbers will want to try out Hoosier Heights indoor rock climbing facility, with experiences for all ages.

Sioux City, Iowa

Take the family to Sioux City where visitors of all ages will find activities to enjoy.

Visitors can explore their creative side at the Sioux City Art Center, a museum with ocal, national and international exhibits. Younger kids will love the LaunchPAD Children's Museum with exhibits that use water, wind and building materials so kids can use their STEM skills.

A 100-foot-tall sandstone monument in the middle of a 23-acre park houses the Sergeant Floyd Monument and is home to the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center for hands-on activities.

Families experience Sioux City like rock stars with accommodations at the Hard Rock Hotel. For an aquatic adventure, check out Storm Lake's King's Pointe Waterpark Resort.

Topeka, Kansas

Affordable family fun is around every corner in Topeka, Kansas. The great outdoors awaits with at trip to Lake Shawnee Kaw River State Park.

History comes alive at the Kansas Statehouse, the Kansas Museum of History and the Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Museum.

Children will enjoy hands-on experiences at the Kansas Children's Discovery Center, which offers one-of-a-kind exhibits.

Plane enthusiasts will love exploring the Combat Air Museum where visitors can view more than 30 aircrafts from WWI to the present day and climb into the cockpit of a Skyhawk US Navy attack plane.

On the wilder side, stop in to visit your favorite animals at the Topeka Zoo or families can step back in time at Old Prairie Town, a pioneer village with an old-fashioned soda fountain.

Louisville, Kentucky

Louisville is bustling with activity for families. Indoor and outdoor adventures await year-round.

Baseball fans will want to start at the Louisville Slugger Museum, while science enthusiasts will want to head for the fascinating Kentucky Science Center. Visitors can hop on board the Belle of Louisville steamboat for a scenic Ohio River cruise. Horse-lovers will definitely want to see Churchill Downs and for those looking for adventure, nothing beats an underground zipline at Louisville Mega Caverns.

New Orleans, Louisiana

Family fun abounds in New Orleans. Kids will want to start exploring the city with a trip to the Audubon Zoo and Aquarium where they can see lions, orangutans, ocelots, flamingos and more as well as penguins, jellyfish and sharks.

Little ones will love spending time in Storyland in City Park and no one will want to skip out on the beignets at the world-famous Cafe Du Monde. Older kids can enjoy renting bikes to ride around the park or exploring Big Lake via boat.

It's Mardi Gras year-round at Mardi Gras World where families can learn about the making of the floats and the history of the celebration in New Orleans.

Families can also stop in at the New Orleans Boulder Lounge for indoor rock climbing or head to the Louisiana Children's Museum.

Bar Harbor, Maine

Bar Harbor, in northern Maine, is surrounded by Acadia National Park on all sides and close to Maine's Mount Desert Island, meaning there are numerous opportunities to get outdoors and enjoy.

In town, there is Agamont Park and the Village Green. Families can hike along the shore path or just spend time at the beach.

It's also the ideal place from which to explore Acadia National Park. Take the kids on a drive around the auto loop. Families can hike or rent bikes to enjoy the many trails. Kids can participate in Acadia's Junior Ranger Program, too.

The Trenton Bridge connects Bar Harbor to Mount Desert Island, a unique stop while visiting the area.

Ocean City, Maryland

The family-friendly resort city of Ocean City is an ideal vacation spot. With a bustling boardwalk and amusement parks for all ages, there is plenty to see and do in this coastal city year-round.

There are several entertainment centers, including the Jolly Roger Amusement Park, Baja Amusements, Speedworld Go-Karts, Under the Bridge Watersports and more.

Families can also enjoy free activities such as movies on the beach in the summer and Family Beach Olympics on Tuesday evenings. Kids can play in the spotlighted sand during the 100 Nights of Lights.

In 2022, the OC Big Wheel has also returned to Trimper's on the boardwalk this summer season.

Bedford, Massachusetts

Bedford is perfectly situated. It's a small town with a small-town feel with only about 14,000 residents. It has a plethora of family-related activities, has a steep history that dates back all the way to Revolutionary War - check out the town library that houses the first U.S. flag flown during the Revolution - and its crime rate of 1.52 crimes per 1,000 residents is extraordinarily low. Oh, and Boston with all its culture and sports and its own history, is just 15 miles away.

Ann Arbor, Michigan

This one is a bit of a dichotomy. Ann Arbor, of course, is the home to one of the biggest and greatest research institutions in the country with more than 30,000 students on the University of Michigan campus. No doubt it's one of the great college towns in the country but it's also one of the most diverse, eclectic and family-friendly cities around. The school districts are outstanding, there is a vibrant music scene and, of course, top-notch college sports. And Detroit is just 45 minutes away to the east and Toledo, Ohio, and its famous zoo are an hour south.

Lakeville, Minnesota

Lakeville is a suburb of the Twin Cities of Minneapolis-St. Paul and is growing. Families are attracted by a plethora of favorable factors - the school districts are top-notch, crime is low, healthcare is terrific, and with a population of 65,000, Lakeville has a per capita income higher than the national average yet actually offers a variety of affordable housing options.

Petal, Mississippi

We had a friend once who told us he was from Petal. When we asked where that was, he said (seriously), "Oh, it's not that far from Pearl." Don't laugh. Both towns are outstanding for families. Petal has one of the country's highest-ranked school districts, and the area's YMCA is the epicenter of activities for kids.

Dardenne Prairie, Missouri

This is a great suburb just west of St. Louis. One of the most family-friendly aspects of Dardenne Prairie is the abundance of parks in the city. The town is rural for being so close to a major city, and the school district is always highly rated.

Whitefish, Montana

Like many small towns in Montana, Whitefish is straight out of another era, or straight out of central casting, or both. If you're a family looking to raise your children outdoors, this is it There are plenty of parks, plenty of open space, skiing, ranches and more. And it's a relatively young town so it's perfect for like-minded families.

Lincoln, Nebraska

Like Ann Arbor, Michigan, Lincoln is a college town and home to the University of Nebraska. In addition, it's also home to the state capital. Families won't lack for things to do here. In fact, in a 2021 survey, WalletHub named Lincoln the 11th best city in the country in which to raise a family.

Henderson, Nevada

Look, we all know Nevada has legalized gambling and is arguably one of the top five or 10 tourist draws in the world in Las Vegas. Not to mention a couple of great areas in Reno - known as "The Biggest Little City in the World" - and Carson City. But locals will tell you that the Vegas suburb of Henderson is terrific for families. Crime is almost 23 percent below the national average, housing is affordable, the cost of living index is low, and there are kid-friendly activities. Put it this way - this is where the majority of hotel-casino workers live.

Portsmouth, New Hampshire

So, for a state whose motto is "Live Free or Die" it might sound intimidating. That's part of the charm, however, in living in one of the most quintessential areas and towns in New England. Portsmouth is a great seaport town near the border of Maine, not only great for tourism but for full-time family residents as well. A thriving downtown boasts cool shops and great restaurants that are welcoming for children. Prescott Park is a big family hangout destination.

Toms River, New Jersey

Now this is quite a distance from being a typical Jersey suburb, but that's also why families like it so much. At the southern end of the Jersey Shore, Toms River is close enough to the beach to easily get there within minutes, far enough to not have to pay beach-front rents and mortgages. One of the big draws is the number of organized activities for kids. For instance, on an annual basis Toms River has produced some of the state's - and, in some years, some of the country's - best Little League baseball program.

Albuquerque, New Mexico

If you're headed to New Mexico, Albuquerque is a favorite family vacation spot, with countless fun things to do together. You'll find numerous museums, nature centers, aquariums, science centers, theme parks featuring rides, mini-golf and arcades; and available outdoor activities ranging from hiking and biking to hot-air ballooning. Among the state's top visitor attractions is the ABQ Biopark, which encompasses four separate facilities: the Aquarium, highlighting species from the Gulf of Mexico, complete with coral reefs, stingrays, jellyfish a 285,000-gallon shark tank; the 64-acre Zoo, offering close encounters with 250 exotic and native animals from across five continents; the 36-acre Botanic Garden, with 1.5 miles of paths, BUGarium and Butterfly Pavilion; and Tingley Beach, where visitors can picnic and go boating, fishing, hiking, biking, wildlife watching and more. Also check out Explora, New Mexico's premier hands-on, innovative learning center geared towards kids, or the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science, where families can experience everything from dinosaurs and volcanoes to an immersive planetarium.

Finger Lakes, New York

Encompassing 11 lakes with over 650 miles of shoreline, the picturesque Finger Lakes region in central-west New York has plenty of great outdoor pastimes to offer families. Be sure to stop by the Strong National Museum of Play, which is one of the best children's museums in the U.S. and fun for all ages, boasting the world's largest collection of toys, dolls, board games and electronic games, as well as Upstate New York's only year-round indoor butterfly garden. The Rochester Museum & Science Center (RMSC) and its Strasenburgh Planetarium is another great place for families to explore interactive exhibits that take them from the depths of the ocean to the edge of the universe.

Seeking excitement? Visit RPM Raceway in Syracuse for go-kart racing at up to 45mph, along with luxury bowling, arcade games and VR experiences. Be sure to include a visit to Seabreeze Amusement Park in Rochester, which appeals to all ages with roller coasters, thrill rides, live shows, a water park loaded with attractions and more.

Outer Banks, North Carolina

While technically a string of barrier islands, consisting of numerous towns and villages off the coast of North Carolina, the Outer Banks is an unsurpassed vacation spot when it comes to family-friendly activities and attractions.

The islands' open beaches and state parks offer just about every land and water activity imaginable. If you're not ready to navigate them alone, adventure and equipment rental company Kitty Hawk Kites has ten sites located in the Outer Banks and is a favorite among families. It offers everything from hang gliding, parasailing and jet skis to kayak tours, ropes courses, horse tours, scenic airplane tours, deep-sea fishing charters and much more.

Historical and cultural attractions also abound, including the Roanoke Island Festival Park, home to the Elizabeth II, a replica of the 1585 vessel that carried the first colonists to attempt a settlement in the New World, the Roanoke Island Adventure Museum and Settlement Site, Elizabethan Gardens, North Carolina Aquarium and more.

Fargo, North Dakota

Ranking among the safest communities in the country, Fargo is a great option for families with its welcoming Midwestern and slightly old-fashioned feel. Of all the kid-friendly things to do here, the Red River Zoo tops the list with over 89 animal species, an antique carousel and new, interactive children's exhibits. Take the kids to explore Bonanzaville, a functioning pioneer village of 40-or-so buildings where you can learn about the region's earliest settlers and how they lived, with around 400,000 historic artifacts on display. Aviation history enthusiasts will enjoy the Fargo Air Museum, where dual airplane hangars display aircraft ranging from a Wright Brothers' flyer to the MQ-1 Predator unmanned aircraft. Open seasonally from May through November, Thunder Road Family Fun Park offers plenty of exciting attractions under one roof, including a 1,100-foot go-kart track, two 18-hole golf courses, batting cages, bumper cars, an arcade, and a 5,000 square foot multi-level Laser Tag Arena.

Sandusky, Ohio

Located along the shores of Lake Erie, Sandusky is known for its abundance of family-friendly activities and attractions, including water, wildlife and amusement parks.

The city is home to Cedar Point amusement park, which is famous because it boasts some of the world's fastest and tallest roller coasters with panoramic views over Lake Erie, though there are also rides and attractions geared toward young children.

Meanwhile, the Merry-Go-Round Museum features a working vintage carousel, built in the 1920s, complete with a menagerie of fully restored, hand-carved wooden animals.

The coastal city is also known as 'Ohio's Water Park Capital', due to the popularity of its indoor waterparks that can be enjoyed year-round, including Castaway Bay, Kalahari Resorts & Conventions Water Park, Watering Hold Safari and Water Park, and more.

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

With its Wild West heritage, Oklahoma City (OKC) has earned itself the title of 'Horse Show Capital of the World' and retains a rich cowboy culture. Kids will love exploring the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, filled with artifacts and exhibits that celebrate the American West. It features an outdoor learn-and-play area that includes replicas of a tribal village and Old-West structures, and the kids can put on their first pair of chaps and spurs at the Children's Cowboy Corral.

One spot that's sure to please is the 'Adventure District', where you'll find many can't-miss museums and attractions, including the Science Museum Oklahoma, offering eight acres of hands-on science experiences and thousands of space, aviation and cultural artifacts.

The Boathouse District, located along the Oklahoma River, is an outdoor recreation hotspot and offers kid-friendly activities like ziplining, an 80-foot climbing tower, slides, a playground and more. Families can also opt to rent kayaks, canoes and stand-up paddleboards to get out on the river together.

Portland, Oregon

Portland has plenty of family-friendly action to entertain everyone. Head to Washington Park, which is comprised of multiple attractions, including the Oregon Zoo, the Portland Children's Museum, the World Forestry Center Discovery Museum and the Hoyt Arboretum, along with other amenities.

Another good outing would be a trip to the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, which has a giant-screen OMNIMAX movie theater, a planetarium and a retired Navy submarine that guests can explore.

And yes, as part of the PNW, it's as likely as not to rain during your visit. Luckily, Portland has a wide range of indoor activities, fun and games to entertain your whole crew. The historic Oaks Amusement Park houses one of the largest roller-skating rinks in America, plus all kinds of carnival rides and midway games. There's also an indoor skatepark, skating rinks, indoor playgrounds, rock climbing gyms, tennis courts, deluxe bowling lanes, arcades-even a sprawling indoor soccer field, and an indoor mountain biking and BMX park.

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

In Pittsburgh, families should be sure to explore a pair of eponymous institutions established by one of the 19th century's foremost robber barons. First, the Carnegie Museum of Natural History (one of the nation's top natural history museums) boasts an extraordinary collection of artifacts, specimens and cultural objects that are sure to inspire fascination among visitors of all ages. Then, there's the Carnegie Science Center, with four floors of interactive exhibits illuminating a wide variety of subjects that are guaranteed to wow kids and adults alike, along with the Buhl Planetarium. Families with young kids will enjoy the Children's Museum and MuseumLab, where learning and imagination are inspired through interactive exhibits on water, gardening, old a new technologies and artistic works. Another highlight is the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium, which is home to more than 8,000 animals representing over 600 species.

Providence, Rhode Island

Rhode Island may be America's smallest state, but it's still big in terms of family-friendly fun and attractions. Good options for all-ages outings in Providence include the Museum of Natural History & Planetarium and the Providence Children's Museum, filled with interactive exhibits and hands-on programs that help kids explore the arts, culture, history and science.

Be sure not to miss the Roger Williams Park Zoo, one of the nation's oldest and best zoos, which also offers zip-line experiences and train rides; along with Carousel Village, featuring a historic carousel and real pony rides.

Other activities your family can enjoy together in the state's capital city include arcade galleries, bumper cars, VR gaming, escape rooms, go-karting, mini-golf, and ice- or roller-skating.

For some fresh air, try the Haines Memorial State Park on the banks of the Providence River or downtown's Waterplace Park, where you can see picturesque bridges, cobblestone walkways and green riverbanks while kayaking along the Woonasquatucket River.

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Known as "The Grand Strand", famous Myrtle Beach is a vibrant seaside destination that's equipped to cater to every generation of traveler. Aside from the obvious beach activities, Myrtle Beach's family-friendly offerings run the gamut. Among them are the ever-popular Broadway at the Beach, 350 acres of retail, dining, live entertainment venues and spectacular attractions. These include Pavilion Park, filled with roller-coasters, thrill rides and nostalgia rides; Ripley's Aquarium; WonderWorks, which combines entertainment with education through over 100 hands-on exhibits; EdVenture Myrtle Beach, a children's museum packed with engaging, interactive exhibits that are fun for everyone. Nature lovers may want to spend some time exploring Brookgreen Gardens' gorgeous botanical gardens and sculpture collections, along with the Lowcountry Zoo, which houses various animal species native to the region.

Keystone, South Dakota

While this historic town might not come to mind at first, there's a wealth of family-friendly activities to enjoy here, from the Crazy Horse Memorial to the National Presidential Wax Museum and the Keystone Historical Museum. Adventure-loving families can enjoy horseback riding together in the Black Hills National Forest, hiking through the scenic nearby Custer State Park, visiting the Rushmore Tramway Adventures or taking a day trip to the massive Mt. Rushmore National Memorial. Keystone is also home to the Big Thunder Gold Mine, which offers kid-friendly activities with learning experiences, and the 1880 Train - Keystone Depot, which offers train tours throughout the region.

Memphis, Tennessee

Memphis, Tennessee offers plenty of kid-friendly experiences to enjoy. Music-loving families can enjoy visiting the Stax Museum of American Soul Music and Graceland, the home of Elvis Presley. An educational experience for the entire family can be found at the National Civil Rights Museum, while families can enjoy some outdoor time at Big River Crossing, the nation's largest pedestrian bridge, and at Shelby Farms Park, a 4,500-acre urban park offering everything from walking trails to paintball and even its own buffalo herd! It's a great place to spend a whole day enjoying, with plenty of restaurants located within. Lastly, families can enjoy Beale Street's famous music scene with some family-friendly options.

San Antonio, Texas

While all the major cities in Texas offer incredible opportunities for family friendly fun (like Space Center Houston, for one), San Antonio is definitely at the top of the list for families. From its scenic and historic River Walk where families can enjoy boat tours, dining along the canal and exploring the museums along the waterway to the Natural Bridge Canyons, where kids can enjoy ziplining and watching thousands of bats in their natural habitat, San Antonio is home to a wealth of activities. History lovers can enjoy bringing their kids to The Alamo, which offers opportunities for education with demonstrations of what life was like three hundred years ago. Another great place to visit, with a less infamous past, is the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park, the only UNESCO World Heritage Site in all of Texas. It offers a view of Texas history that extends as far back as before the area was controlled by the U.S. and Mexico. Lastly, but certainly not least, is the 90-year-old Majestic Theatre, which offers a wide range of performances including child-focused performances to help the little ones foster creativity.

Salt Lake City, Utah

Salt Lake City, Utah offers so many experiences for the entire family to enjoy! Within the city limits, a visit to Temple Square can bring families closer to their past at the interactive Family History Center, while the Leonardo Museum offers hands-on experiences for children to enjoy. For outdoor-loving families, skiing or hiking the Wasatch Mountains is definitely going to be a memorable experience. There are also seven designated Dark Sky Places within a two-hour drive from the city, including Antelope Island State Park and Timpanogos Cave National Monument, where families can camp overnight for unobstructed views of the Milky Way.

Burlington, Vermont

Burlington offers a good blend of fun activities for both adults and children. Located along Lake Champlain, families can take in the stunning lake views and city skyline with a boat tour before heading back to wander around the city's historic downtown area and through the Church Street Marketplace. Kids will love visiting the exhibits at Echo Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, while the budding artists can enjoy a visit to the Shelburne Museum. This city offers plenty of waterfront parks and walking paths for families to take advantage of the lakeside. Families can enjoy a scenic tour of Burlington's countryside with dinner with the Green Mountain Railroad. Lastly, a great day trip idea for families is visiting a nearby farm to enjoy learning about the region's incredible produce, like maple syrup!

Williamsburg, Virginia

Williamsburg, Virginia is a great place for families because it's home to the nation's largest living history museum! Families can enjoy learning about the nation's colonial history strolling through Colonial Williamsburg's 301 acres, with reenactments, demonstrations and even horse-drawn carriage rides. While there, families can learn about art through the ages at The DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum, the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum and Bassett Hall. The Jamestown Settlement is also a great kid-friendly attraction for historical immersion. It's also home to Busch Gardens Williamsburg, Water Country USA and Go Ape Freedom Park, so families can balance educational activities with more physical ones.

Seattle, Washington

Washington is full of incredible family-friendly experiences, especially when it comes to outdoor attractions and road trips. But Seattle still offers plenty of city attractions for families, including the interactive Seattle Aquarium, the Seattle Children's Museum, the Museum of Pop Culture, the Space Needle and so much more! The Volunteer Park, Artists at Play Playground, Alki Beach Park, Woodland Park Zoo, Golden Gardens Park and Pier 57 offer great outdoor activities for children and families. The Seattle Public Market is another great place for kids and teens to discover new foods and explore. Families can also enjoy taking a boat excursion along the bay, where families can spot whales during certain times of the year.

Harpers Ferry, West Virginia

Most recognizable as a stop along the Appalachian Trail, Harpers Ferry offers plenty of history and outdoor activities for children of all ages. Whether it be enjoying parts of the famous trail or enjoying activities in the Harpers Ferry National Historical Park or John Brown's Fort, history and nature abound. Kids will love wandering through the True Treats Historic Candy shop, which offers an educational experience with plenty of candy types that have been beloved for centuries. At the confluence of the Shenandoah and Potomac rivers, Harpers Ferry is also positioned perfectly for water activities, including kayaking, fishing, floating or rafting.

Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin

Better bring your swimsuit, because this destination is known for water-loving summer activities! The Wisconsin Dells, considered the "waterpark capital of the world," is home to more waterparks than you can count, making it a great summer destination for families, though it does have appeal year-round. In between splishing and splashing, families can enjoy treating themselves to handmade fudge and taking a ride on the semi-aquatic ducks, which unlike their cute name were created for military use before they made their mark in the area's tourism industry. It also hosts a variety of events each year, including live music and family-friendly festivals.

Jackson Hole, Wyoming


A family trip to Jackson Hole, Wyoming is sure to provide memories that will last a lifetime. Considered the gateway into Grand Teton National Park and Yellowstone National Park, the city is a great base from where families can explore both parks. Families can enjoy driving, snowshoeing, hiking, snowmobiling or taking a tour through the parks to see some of the nation's most iconic natural wonders and wildlife. Horseback riding at the A-OK Corral and whitewater rafting are just two of the other activities to enjoy in the area, too. Families visiting during winter can also enjoy the National Elk Refuge. Jackson Hole itself is home to events like the Jackson Hole Rodeo, Grand Teton Music Festival and Old West Days, which make for great cultural additions during a trip to the area.

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