Tuesday, August 11, 2020 Edition: U.S. & World | Regional

8 of the Best Cities for Family Vacations in the US

Traveling throughout the United States is a lot of fun, but there are certain cities that are not very family friendly. When families travel, they need to find places to visit where there are activities for everyone. If they do not choose their destinations wisely, there is a chance that someone will have a meltdown at least once during the trip.

Here are 8 of the best cities for family vacations in the US:


1    New York City

Families will love all of the space that is available in the big city as they all walk from Times Square up 5th Avenue to Central Park. A special treat can include a horse drawn carriage ride in Central Park before stopping at a street vendor for a quick snack. There are many Broadway plays in the city that are family friendly, so there is a good chance that everyone will agree on at least one. For a history lesson, families can ride the ferry to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island or take a cab down to where the Twin Towers collapsed.

New York City


2    Washington D.C.

D.C. is another family friendly city and there is quite a bit that everyone can do without spending any money at all. Nineteen of the Smithsonian Museums have free admission, so the family can begin at one and work their way through the list. Most families will want to visit many of the monuments as well as the White House too. Everyone loves animals, so a trip to the National Zoo is a must. While all of the animals are cute, no one can leave the zoo without a stop to see the pandas.

Washington D.C.


3    San Francisco, California

Families will love spending time at the beach when they are visiting San Francisco, but no one will want to be there every day. There are many adventures that families can have in this city and the best way to travel to many of the city’s attractions is to take the cable car. Families can ride the cable car to Fisherman’s Wharf to watch the seals bark in the sun before heading into Chinatown for the afternoon. Pictures of this time in San Francisco are a necessity and some good ones can be taken of both the Golden Gate Bridge and the island where Alcatraz stands.

San Francisco, California


4    New Orleans, Louisiana

Music and fun are two words that come to mind when people talk about New Orleans. There is music everywhere and it can be heard as people are walking the streets or near Jackson Square. A ride on an old-fashioned steamboat will let everyone see the best of the Mississippi and people can learn more about the swamplands during an airboat ride.

New Orleans, Louisiana


5    San Antonio, Texas

San Antonio may be large, but certain parts of downtown are walkable and family friendly. Families can walk along the River Walk while going in and out of shops and stopping for a meal in one of the numerous restaurants. A Ripley’s Believe It or Not and a Children’s Museum are steps away from the River Walk, which is very convenient for families. While children might not be too enthused with a trip to the Alamo, they will most likely change their mind once they arrive. A perfect way to relax at the end of a long day is cruising down the river during an elegant river cruise.

San Antonio, Texas


6    San Diego, California

The weather is perfect almost all year long in San Diego, so it is the perfect place to visit when a family wants to go to the beach and spend a lot of time outdoors. In the downtown area, many people will want to explore the Gaslamp District before going to both the Maritime Museum and the USS Midway Museum. The San Diego Zoo will be a hit with any animal lovers and Balboa Park offers lots of space for running around and picnicking.

San Diego, California


7    Ocean City, Maryland

On the beaches of Ocean City, families will find miles of white sand beach and inviting waters plus an amazing Boardwalk. Everyone can walk along the Boardwalk until they reach the amusement park rides that are exciting and full of fun. Dinner can include Ocean City’s famous blue crabs and the evening can end with some games at the arcade. Assateague Island National Seashore is not far from Ocean City and it is the perfect place for families to watch horses run wild on the beach.

Ocean City, Maryland


8    Williamsburg, Virginia

Colonial Williamsburg is the world’s largest living history museum and the entire family will want to spend days there learning how a farm works and doing the chores that need to be done. The whole family can even rent costumes to make the visit more realistic. When a break is needed, everyone can take a carriage ride through the town. The driver will tell stories about the person who originally owned the carriage throughout the ride.

Williamsburg, Virginia



These eight cities are only a few of the best cities where families can vacation and have a good time. There are many more scattered throughout the U.S. and families will find those cities as they are planning trips to these cities.


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