6. Niagara Falls, Canada
For families who live further north, Niagara Falls is a must-see destination. The falls are truly a sight you can’t fully appreciate until you see it in person.
Continue your journey in the area by heading to nearby zoos, museums and historical landmarks. There is so much to learn and experience in the Niagara Falls area for families looking for fun and education all in one trip.
7. Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii
Come here for an almost entirely outdoor experience. Hike trails over a volcano and walk through a lava tunnel. If your family loves adventure, then this is the place for you.
Volcanoes National Park is spread over 523 square miles and includes two active volcanoes: Kilauea and Maunaloa. Spend your whole day hiking and exploring, or stop at one of the visitor centers to learn more about volcanoes. Before arrival, you should check the site to see if there are any warnings or updates on one of the active volcanoes. You should also have a map and stick to the marked trails.
8. Colonial Williamsburg, Williamsburg, Virginia
Colonial Williamsburg is a living history museum that makes other similar museums look like child’s play. Bring your family here for a trip back in time. Actors in costume and genuine tradespeople fill the 301-acre complex. You can learn about history hands-on by firing muskets and watching smith or lumber demonstrations.
This location also boasts two art museums, several restaurants, and a playhouse. Tour guides take groups through the streets and teach them about the colonial capital. Older children may want to come back at night for a haunted tour. Whether you have one or more days to visit, come up with a plan so you get to experience everything you want.
9. The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, Indiana
The Children’s Museum is not one to miss. No matter what your kids are interested in, they will find something to love about this museum. History nuts will enjoy the Treasure of the Earth exhibit, where they can experience an Egyptian tomb, a shipwreck, and a working archaeology lab. If your kids like science, take them to ScienceWorks and let them learn about the different types of science first-hand.
The Children’s Museum even partnered with Disney and Mattel to bring to life “Doc McStuffins: The Exhibit” and “Barbie – You Can Be Anything: The Experience.” The whole family will enjoy the new Dinosphere.
10. San Diego Zoo, San Diego
This list wouldn’t be complete without a zoo. The San Diego Zoo is home to 3,700 rare and endangered species. You can explore in many ways: walk, take a bus tour, or even a train ride. For young children, there are play areas spread throughout the park.
What really makes this zoo unique is the memorable encounters and activities they have planned throughout the day, like at Animals in Action, where you can interact with the animals and take pictures. If you are more interested in plants, there is an expansive botanical garden.
11. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City
You may think of this museum as a place for adults, but it can also be an enriching and enjoyable experience for your kids. The Met has gone to great lengths to make this entertaining for kids. You will see a whole section dedicated to exploring the museum as a family on its website. Different family guides lead you on a self-guided tour full of fun activities.
Most of the exhibits have their own guide that gives you discussion questions, coloring activities, and things to be on the hunt for. It’s okay to be a bit silly – even in this famous museum.
Learn and Have Fun on Your Next Family Vacation
While some vacations are a much-needed time to relax and have fun, others can be a great way to develop your children’s knowledge and worldly experiences. There are so many museums, historical landmarks and natural wonders of the world that your family is sure to love. Which destination will you choose to take your family on this year?