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50 States Series: Top Family Attractions Worth Traveling For


When raising children, it can be difficult to find an ideal vacation destination that appeals to all family members. Will it be safe? Will it be relaxing? Will my six-year-old meet the height requirements or will my three-year-old be scared? Will my twelve-year-old actually look up from her phone for five minutes? All are valid questions when planning out your next trip.

You want a vacation that will be memorable, fun, will provide hours of entertainment and gigabytes of photographs. We’ve searched through every state in the U.S. to find the 50 top family attractions worth traveling for. Museums, zoos, parks, roadside attractions, sightseeing spots, and many, many more were considered for the list. Some of these entires you’ve heard of before, and some are diamonds in the rough. So check out our list and start planning a trip the whole family will never forget:

Alabama (Tuscaloosa)Alabama Museum of Natural History

Alaska (Anchorage): Alaska Wild Berry Products

Arizona (Tucson): Children’s Museum Tucson

Arkansas (Gentry): Wild Wilderness Drive-Through Safari

California (San Francisco): Aquarium of the Bay

Colorado (Morrison): Dinosaur Ridge

Connecticut (Bridgeport): Barnum Museum

Delaware (Wilmington): Kalmar Nyckel

Florida (West Palm Beach): Palm Beach Zoo

Georgia (Atlanta): Atlanta Botanical Garden

Hawaii (Waikoloa): Dolphin Quest Hawaii

Idaho (Coeur d’Alene): North Idaho Fair & Rodeo

Illinois (Rockford): Discovery Center Museum

Indiana (Fishers): Conner Prairie Interactive History Park

Iowa (Waterloo): Lost Island

Kansas (Shawnee): Wonderscope

Kentucky (Louisville): Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory

Louisiana (New Orleans): Carousel Gardens Amusement Park

Maine (Portland): Children’s Museum & Theater of Maine

Maryland (Rockville): Go Ape

Massachusetts (Plymouth): Plimoth Plantation

Michigan (Detroit): Michigan Science Center

Minnesota (Brainerd): Paul Bunyan Land

Mississippi (Pearlington): Infinity Science Center

Missouri (St. Louis): Grant’s Farm

Montana (West Glacier): Glacier Outdoor Center

Nebraska (Omaha): Omaha Children’s Museum

Nevada (Ely): Nevada Northern Railway National Historic Monument

New Hampshire (Laconia): Funspot

New Jersey (Camden): Camden Children’s Garden

New Mexico (Albuquerque): Explora Science Center

New York (Brooklyn): Jane’s Carousel

North Carolina (Chimney Rock): Chimney Rock State Park

North Dakota (Bismarck): Sleepy Hollow Theater & Arts Park

Ohio (Cleveland): A Christmas Story House & Museum

Oklahoma (Tulsa): Tulsa Air & Space Museum

Oregon (Warrenton): High Life Adventures

Pennsylvania (Philadelphia): Please Touch Museum

Rhode Island (Providence): WaterFire

South Carolina (Greenville): Falls Park

South Dakota (Rapid City): Reptile Garden

Tennessee (Chattanooga): Tennessee Aquarium

Texas (Dallas): Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Garden

Utah (Bingham Canyon): Kennecott Copper Mine

Vermont (Waterbury): Ben & Jerry’s Factory Tour

Virginia (Harrisonburg): Explore More Discovery Museum

Washington (Sequim): Olympic Game Farm

West Virginia (Charleston): Clay Center

Wisconsin (Milwaukee): Milwaukee Zoo

Wyoming (Thermopolis): Wyoming Dinosaur Center & Dig Sites

For more activities per state to add to your trip, check out our lists of Restaurants, Marathons, and Museums.

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