Traveling with kids can be fun and easy...if you know where to go.
If you have kids, you understand the amount of work (and patience) it takes to take kids on a vacation, especially if it is packed with adult activities. Thankfully, throughout the United States, there are plenty of kid-friendly attractions that will keep kids entertained while on vacation. Check them out and get inspiration for your next family vacation!
You don't always have to travel across the country to find the best attractions for kids. There are plenty of kid-friendly places to visit all around the country, so fun is never too far away. Thank goodness, right?
In The West
The Exploratorium - San Francisco, CA
Although the museum is geared toward children, it is a perfect place for a fun family adventure. There is plenty for adults and kids to do together, and you never know, you might learn something!
Legoland - Carlsbad, CA
Enjoy Lego cities, a water park, a lego aquarium, and much more at this adventure park. Bring mini Lego figures and trade with park employees. Perfect for young children.
Dole Plantation - Wahiawa, HI
If you're exploring the Hawaiian islands and looking for a break from the beach, explore the Dole Plantation. Take a Pineapple Express tour, sample pineapple treats and find your way through the giant maze.
In The Middle
Twirl Toy Store & Play Space - Taos, NM
A place for kids to play for free, this toy store is a fan favorite. The store is wonderfully decorated and offers free classes for the kids. Watch the fish swim around the pond or help your kids find their inspiration.
San Antonio Zoo - San Antonio, TX
With two cage-free exhibits and plenty animals, you can spend hours walking around the zoo and exploring. You will see a variety of animals, and guests say this is a must go if you're in the area.
Museum of the Rockies - Bozeman, MT
If you have a dinosaur lover, this is the place for you. This museum houses the largest T. Rex skill ever discovered. Play all day, but don't miss the geysers erupting from 10:00 a.m. to noon.
Sea Turtle Inc. - South Padre Island, TX
This seat turtle rescue is both educational and adorable. Learn about turtle rescue efforts while enjoying the ohhs and awws as baby turtles swim by.
Bats Under the Congress Bridge - Austin, TX
If you're traveling in the summer, this is a must see. Watch half a million bats fly out together at sunset for their nightly hunt. It's a long show, lasting about 45 minutes! Don't forget the bug spray.
City Museum - St. Louis, MO
Check out the Enchanted Caves at the museum where kids can take a 10 story conveyor belt and come down on a spiral slide. Let the kids run wild at the climbing and exploring museum.
Winter Park Resort - Winter Park, CO
Channel your inner white rabbit with movie-themed ski slope names. Put the kids in ski classes for a little time to yourself. Planning a summer trip? No problem. They have summer mountain biking, too.
On the East
Boston Children's Museum - Boston, MA
Known as one of the best children's museums in the country, there is always something to do here. Get your hands dirty with the kids, fly a plane or drive a truck.
Ocean City Boardwalk - Ocean City, MD
Dating back to 1902, this is the perfect old time boardwalk. With plenty of carnival-like features including cotton candy, street performers and food, there is something for everyone, including the parents!
Disney World - Lake Buena Vista, FL
Have a great time with Mickey and friends at Disney World! This magical kingdom is filled with fairy-tales, exciting rides, fun-filled getaways and more!
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Orlando, FL
Get as close as you can to the "real thing" with this Harry Potter world. If your kids are fans, they'll get wrapped up in this fantasy world for hours..and you may too!
American Museum of Natural History - New York, NY
This museum is packed with things to do. From dinosaurs to a planetarium, there is something for everyone to learn here. Rotating exhibits make it easy to enjoy the museum again and again!
Dollywood's Splash Country - Pigeon Forge, TN
Escape the summer heat with Dollywood's fun water rides. Enjoy the lazy river or get adventurous with white water rafting.