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 – Kknown 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.
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Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Buffalo, New York
Grand Rapids, Michigan
St. Louis, Missouri