Want to impress your children? Take them 10 places that every kid should visit, including selections that run the gamut from historical sites and natural wonders to museums, amusement parks, and more. There are some places your family will just have to see to believe, and to explore to understand – so start writing up your own bucket list today. As you put it together, you’ll get a good sense of what kinds of activities and stopovers you’ll also want to plan along the way, a fun bonding activity unto itself. Following, you’ll find a list of places to make at least one trip to, while your kids are still down to hang with Mom and Dad. Here are 10 places that every kid should visit at least once, and ten places at which your family will make lasting memories.
Featuring million-year-old rocks, fossils, and lizards, as well as breathtaking views, what’s not to love about the Grand Canyon? Stop by and you’ll discover that it’s more beautiful in person than in pictures – and will leave a lasting impression on your kids for a lifetime to come.
America’s very first national park is not only home to Old Faithful, the famous geyser that’s always shooting up steam, but it’s also home to a wide variety of wildlife, including bison, bears, bighorn sheep, and more.
It’s the nation’s capital city — there are so many things to do here from parks, plays, and one-of-a-kind tours to child-friendly activities of all sorts that they all could constitute another list of the 10 best places that every kid should visit. The museums are free. The monuments are moving. And there’s no shortage of top-notch places to eat as well. In short, be sure to make the trip – your family will thank you.
Surf’s up… and Waikiki is a perfect place to learn.Surfing lessons can be had, but if not, strolling the beach, wading the waters, or boogie boarding provide great ways to spend time in one of the world’s most beautiful destinations.
It’s the birthplace of the American Revolution — heck, every grade schooler has heard of the Boston Tea Party. This 2.5-mile trail which runs throughout the city will help make history come alive. Visit Paul Revere’s house, check out the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum, and see the sites where history really happened.
Lady Liberty is an iconic site that even most young children will recognize. But you won’t realize just quite how big she is until you get there in person. Plus, Ellis Island’s history and immigration records are important for everyone to understand.
Located in central Wisconsin, not far from Madison, the Dells are the waterpark capital of the world. And the place lives up to the hype, with more water parks per capita than anyplace else in America. Since you can enjoy a combination of indoor and outdoor entertainment, you can enjoy water-soaked fun any time of the year.
What kid doesn’t dream of sleeping in a tree? Well, you can visit the Swiss Family Robinson attraction at Disney or you can actually sleep in a tree house here.Besides sleeping in the clouds, you can enjoy ziplines and plenty of other fun outdoor activities here at this one of a kind destination.
Yes, it is a classic play to take your kids to Disney, but there’s a reason why it’s called the Happiest Place on Earth for several reasons – and a reason why families keeping coming back every year. Case in point: A plethora of opportunities to meet your favorite cartoon characters, fine dining and entertainment options galore, and more rides than you can shake an animated broom handle at.
One of the best children’s museums in the world, this hot spot regularly attracting major exhibits from around the globe, and reinterprets many to make them more accessible for families. The venue features a variety of fun and exciting installations to keep kids of all ages busy, from climbing areas to hard-hitting science experiments and everything in-between.
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Jeanette Hurt is the award-winning writer and author of eight culinary and
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