There are tons of great places for families to visit in the USA, with theme parks and cities to suit a wide variety of age ranges and personal interests. Whether you’re looking to travel cross-country for a family vacation or just looking for a fun day out nearby, we’ve got an American destination to suit you.
America’s top family vacation spot has got to be down south in the fun-packed city of Orlando, Florida. Smaller children go crazy for Disney World, where their favorite princesses and princes mingle with Mickey and Minnie. Disney World is a great choice for families with both toddlers and slightly older children, as there are rides for every comfort level on offer.
For families with older kids who want a little more thrill from their theme park, head down to Universal Studios in Orlando. This cinema-themed park has some of the country’s most exciting roller coasters and scary rides, making it a better choice for adrenaline junkies.
Orlando is also home to SeaWorld, a water park and marine animal zoo that the whole family will love. The kids can the water coasters and watch dolphins play all day at this aquatic park, and then head back to one of Orlando’s many family-friendly resort hotels for a delicious meal and comfortable night’s rest.
Sesame Place, Pennsylvania
If you’re based in the North East and have toddlers who love to watch Elmo and friends every day, you can’t miss Sesame Place. This puppet-themed park in Bucks County has plenty of fun rides for both toddlers and grade school aged kids, and opportunities for your little ones to meet and pose for pictures with their favorite Sesame Street characters. The characters put on a fun parade show every day, and the smaller size of this park makes it a comfortable and relaxed day out for young families.
West Coast families can take a daytrip up to Legoland, just 30 miles north of San Diego. This park is all about Lego, so it’s a great day out for kids who still get a kick out of their favorite toy blocks. Legoland has some truly impressive Lego creations, from a life-sized T-Rex to amazing replicas of the country’s cities.
The park is divided into themed areas to suit different age ranges, so you’ll find fun on offer for toddlers as well as more daring rides for older kids. Bring along the swimsuits so the kids can splash around in the park’s Water Works area.
Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia
Older children with an interest in history will love Colonial Williamsburg, an interactive museum that brings our nation’s history vividly to life. The museum recreates everyday life in Colonial America, with costumed tour guides interacting with you every step of the way to fill you in on all the details. The town is made up of both original and restored buildings for genuine authenticity, and the even the local restaurants (or taverns) serve up old-fashioned American treats.
Although some of the history may go over smaller children’s heads, there’s still tons of fun to be had in Colonial Williamsburg. They can play with historical toys, ride in a horse-drawn carriage and even dress up as children from the past. This is an educational and exciting vacation that the whole family will love.
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