Best Family-Friendly City Vacations
Fun in America's great metropolises! By MiniTime
Bright lights and big cities are a family vacation’s best friends. From the soaring skyscrapers of Chicago to the breezy beaches of San Diego, America’s major metropolises are packed with the sort of attractions and excitement that children of all ages simply adore. Here, we’ve collected three of our favorite kid-friendly destinations to help you plan your next city break.
This laid-back city is easily one of California’s most kid-friendly. The attractions alone are enough to keep your little ones entertained for weeks. The San Diego Zoo offers an up-close peek at more than 4,000 animals, the San Diego Wild Animal Park conjures the experience of a rugged safari, and Legoland San Diego is packed with mini-cities constructed from the famous bricks. Combine these sights with perfect weather, gorgeous beaches and some of the best restaurants in the state, and you’ve got the recipe for an unforgettable getaway.
When it comes to family activities, America’s so-called Second City is second to none. In fact, there are so many things to see in Chicago, it’s unlikely that you’ll hit them all in one visit. Focus your itinerary on the must-see attractions — Shedd Aquarium, Lincoln Park Zoo and Willis Tower top our list — and save the rest for your next trip. Trust us: Your kids will love this Illinois icon so much that they’ll beg for a return visit.
This Sunshine State city is a treasure trove of family-oriented activities. You’ll want to experience the magic of Walt Disney World and the thrills of Universal Studios Orlando, but there’s more to the warm-weather wonderland than theme parks. Explore the museums, stroll through the colorful downtown sights, or spend some time at the fabulous hotels and water parks. The possibilities are endless.