31 Family Friendly US Cities #takeyourkidseverywhere

When you’re making memories with your kids you have unlimited options.  While some families just want to relax together at an all-inclusive beach resort, another option is to visit one of these family friendly US cities, where you’ll find the best opportunities for parents and kids to explore, learn, and be entertained.

Whether you are looking for children’s museums, amusement parks, zoos, water parks, or even beaches, choosing a city destination eliminates one concern: weather.  There is always something fun and interesting to do indoors in a city.

Visiting a big city with kids

Instead of focusing on the negatives of big cities, like noise and traffic, think of the positives: getting around to all the attractions is often much easier, on foot, or public transit, Uber, and taxis.  The food options are endless, and parents can even take advantage of late night room service after the kids are asleep, something that is rarely available in small towns.

If you’re traveling with babies or young kids, city travel may require a bit of extra planning because of all the equipment needs – strollers, pack and plays, etc. but it’s all doable, and worth it.

My biggest tip for traveling in cities with kids is to manage your expectations based on what your kids can handle.  While in Stockholm, I wanted to visit EVERY museum, but I knew Vivi wouldn’t be able to handle that much walking/standing/looking/reading, so I alternated short visits to adult museums with parks, kids’ interactive museums, boat rides, and amusement parks, and we quickly figured out public transit so we could hop-on and hop-off busses, and boats to get around without being exhausted.

31 Family Friendly US Cities:

Seattle, Washington

Pack your rain jacket – just in case – and check out all of these family friendly Seattle attractions.

San Diego, California

Fantastic year-round weather, terrific beaches, and tons of kid-friendly activities make traveling to San Diego with kids a no brainer.

Portland, Oregon

Thinking of visiting Portland with kids? Don’t hesitate. This will likely become your favorite city, known for great food, natural beauty, beer and fun!

Washington, DC

Families love Washington DC, there are so many amazing things to do, and a lot of them are free!  Read on to plan your kid-friendly Washington DC adventure. Over 15 million visitors every year can’t be wrong!

Orlando, Florida

Planning a family vacation to Orlando? There are so many fun things to do in Orlando with kids of all ages it may be hard to decide what to do first.

Palm Springs, California

Planning to visit Palm Springs with kids? Don’t hesitate, this family friendly paradise is only a two-hour drive from Los Angeles, and is blessed with an average of 350 days of sunshine each year.

Fort Worth, Texas

Dallas is a huge hub, and it’s also a fun family destination worthy of a visit.  Check out all these great family activities in Dallas Fort Worth!

Las Vegas, Nevada

I know, family friendly Las Vegas sounds nutty, but it’s true.  I’ve taken my daughter to Las Vegas, and it was a fun and relatively inexpensive getaway.

Anaheim, California

Anaheim is most famous for being the home of Disneyland.  However, there’s so much more to do in Anaheim with kids.  Here are 25 to choose from.

Chicago, Illinois

There’s no question that the Windy City is one of the most popular cities in the USA, and it’s not just because of the deep-dish pizza and Chicago-style hot dogs. Here are 17 fun things to do in Chicago with kids, including fantastic parks, zoos, and museums

San Francisco, California

Visiting San Francisco with kids? This world renowned tourist destination has so many attractions and activities it’s hard to decide what to do first.

New York, NY

Looking for things to do in New York City with kids? There are countless family friendly activities and attractions in the city and nearby.

San Antonio, Texas

From history and culture, to attractions to food, there’s something for everyone in San Antonio. Here are my top picks for your next adventure in San Antonio with kids.

Jackson Hole, Wyoming

If you’re planning a trip to Jackson Hole with kids, whether winter or summer, there’s plenty to do in this outdoor wonderland.

Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin

Known as the “Water Park Capital of the World.” Here are the top things to do in Wisconsin Dells with kids. Fun fact – you’re going to get wet!

Denver, Colorado

If you’re planning to visit Denver with kids, you’ll find a variety of terrific family attractions and museums to choose from.

Honolulu, Hawaii

Oahu is a perfect family vacation destination. You’ll never run out of activities when you visit Honolulu with kids.

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Considered one of America’s best family vacation spots, you won’t run out of fun things to do in Myrtle Beach with kids.

New Orleans, Louisiana

the city is full of history, culture, fantastic food and entertainment so don’t hesitate to visit New Orleans with kids.

Destin, Florida

Turquoise Gulf of Mexico waters and sand like powdered sugar are why the area is known as the Emerald Coast, but are only part of the reason you’ll love family friendly Destin.

Bellingham, Washington

With all the fantastic parks and trails to explore in the area, expect to spend a lot of time outdoors when you visit Bellingham with kids.

Houston, Texas

If you’re looking for a fun family friendly city that offers year-round sunshine and an enormous list of attractions, take a closer look at Houston.

Boston, Massachusetts

Known as America’s greatest walking city because the top attractions are either in close proximity to each other or accessible to the city’s subways, buses, and commuter rail. You’ll also find it to be one of the most family friendly cities when you visit Boston with kids.

Atlanta, Georgia

Southern charm is just one of the reasons Atlanta is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the South East. Here are my picks to the best family-friendly activities and fun things to do in Atlanta with kids.

Tucson, Arizona

Tucson is a perfect destination for your family because of the diverse activities and attractions available.

Nashville, Tennessee

Nashville is full of fun family friendly things to do. Visit parks, take music tours, check out museums. Here are 3 attractions you don’t want to miss if you visit Nashville with kids.

Providence, Rhode Island

Providence, Rhode Island is a lovely town on the southern New England coast between New York and Boston, that calls itself a Creative Capital. Here are my picks for fun activities when you visit Providence with kids.

Santa Monica, California

There are so many fun things to do in Santa Monica with kids you’ll want to spend a few days exploring this picturesque coastal city in Western LA County.

Savannah, Georgia

If you’re thinking about visiting Savannah with kids you’ll find there are plenty of fun activities that the whole family will love, including outdoor adventures and picnics at parks, interactive exhibits at museums, wildlife centers and aquariums.

Jacksonville, Florida

Jacksonville is a beautiful coastal city. Most people come for the 22 miles of beaches, but if you visit Jacksonville with kids they’ll also love the fun and interactive museums, animal attractions, and parks.

Phoenix, Arizona

Adults flock to Phoenix for the 365 days a year that the golf courses are open.  It’s not just a playground for the grown ups though.


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