31 Family Friendly US Cities #takeyourkidseverywhere

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Lizzie Lau

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.


Looking for a family vacation destination? These 31 US Cities have fun attractions and activities to enjoy with your kids.

31 Family Friendly US Cities #takeyourkidseverywhere

19 thoughts on “31 Family Friendly US Cities #takeyourkidseverywhere”

  1. This is a perfect post for my sister. She has been trying to plan a trip for her family. With three kids under 18 it had been tricky for her. I might have to go with them if she picks one of these.

  2. WOW! Never thought about Vegas being Kid friendly! I just added a bunch of new places that I want to visit now with the kiddos! I think New York will be my next trip.

  3. I love the variety in this roundup of the best family-friend US cities. I’m sure parents would refer to this list while planning their family vacation trips. You’ve made life 10x easier for all of us.

  4. YOu have a huge list of fun places to take the kids. I’ll have to check out your adventures in the Dallas area. Even though I have lived here for a long time, there are still places that I haven’t had the chance to take my kids to yet.

  5. My son and his wife are expecting their first baby. They love to travel, so I know they’ll appreciate this guide.

  6. What a list! We’ve only been to NYC, Atlanta, Nashville and Savannah with our son. Would love to check those other places in the future. Thanks for the tips and ideas.

  7. What an excellent list of family friendly US cities. I know that we’ve been in our small NH area forever, so it’s nice to get the kids out to see new places and ways of life. Glad to know which cities are best to bring them.

  8. Our son is now almost 17, so traveling with him has ended for now. When he was younger we did many of these trips, and they were all wonderful, from Montreal to San Diego. And Las Vegas three times! I know he will come around again, but for now we have some amazing memories, and for that I am grateful. Thanks for this terrific list!

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