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50 States Series: Top Family Attractions Worth Traveling For (2016 Edition!)

In early 2014 we launched our 50 States Series on the FlipKey blog. Throughout the months we’ve touched on a number of subjects – awarding businesses, museums, activities and more with a spot on our lists. We spent time highlighting their attributes, accomplishments, and why they deserve to be a stop on your next vacation.

We’re starting back at our roots with this post – as we name another 50 family attractions from around the USA to this prestigious list. Here’s what we said about the award-winners and award process last year:

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 this year’s list and start planning a trip the whole family will never forget.

Alabama (Birmingham): Birmingham Zoo

Alaska (Juneau): Glacier Gardens Rainforest Adventure

Arizona (Grand Canyon): Bright Angel Bike Rentals & Tours

Arkansas (Eureka Springs): Turpentine Creek Wildlife Rescue

California (San Francisco): Exploratorium

Colorado (Durango): Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum

Connecticut (Uncasville): Kids Quest

Delaware (Fenwick Island): DiscoverSea Shipwreck Museum

Florida (Cape Canaveral): Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex

Georgia (Atlanta): Centennial Olympic Park

Hawaii (Waianae): Wild Side Speciality Tours

Idaho (Pocatello): Idaho Museum of Natural History

Illinois (Chicago): Harry Caray’s Chicago Sports Museum

Indiana (Indianapolis): Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Iowa (Knoxville): Knoxville Raceway

Kansas (Hayes): Sternberg Museum of Natural History

Kentucky (Louisville): Muhammad Ali Center

Louisiana (New Orleans): Cajun Encounters

Maine (The Forks): Northern Outdoors

Maryland (Hagerstown): Monkey Joe’s


Massachusetts (Boston): Boston Duck Tours

Michigan (Ann Arbor): Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum

Minnesota (Wabasha): National Eagle Center

Mississippi (Jackson): Mississippi Museum of Natural Science

Missouri (Branson): Branson Scenic Railway

Montana (Bozeman): American Computer & Robotics Museum

Nebraska (Alliance): Carhenge

Nevada (Las Vegas): The Mob Museum

New Hampshire (Concord): McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center

New Jersey (Wildwood): Morey’s Piers & Beachfront Water Parks

New Mexico (Sandia Park): Tinkertown Museum

New York (Cooperstown): Baseball Hall of Fame

North Carolina (Charlotte): Children’s Theater of Charlotte


North Dakota (Fargo): Fargo Air Museum

Ohio (Cincinnati): Cincinnati Zoo

Oklahoma (Oklahoma City): National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum

Oregon (Salem): Enchanted Forest

Pennsylvania (Williamsport): World of Little League Museum

Rhode Island (Newport): International Tennis Hall of Fame

South Carolina (Myrtle Beach): Broadway at the Beach

South Dakota (Hot Springs): Mammoth Site

Tennessee (Memphis): Shelby Farms Park Conservancy

Texas (Grapeland): Mission Tejas State Park

Utah (Salt Lake City): Natural History Museum of Utah

Vermont (Waterbury Center): Cold Hollow Cider Mill

Virginia (Jamestown): Historic Jamestowne

Washington (Olympia): Hands On Children’s Museum

West Virginia (Charleston): West Virginia State Museum

Wisconsin (Madison): Madison Children’s Museum

Wyoming (Cody): Old Trail Town

For more family attractions by state to add to your trip, check out our lists of winners in 2015.