The 50 Best Family Travel Destinations In Each State
From Disneyland to Yellowstone to the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, here are the best tourist attractions for families in each state.
Custer State Park—Custer, South Dakota
The Custer State Park looks like postcard America: endless prairie, sparkling lakes, jagged cliffs and abundant wildlife. Start from the visitor’s center and take a guided hike or jeep tour, where you’ll see tons of wild bison, donkeys, bighorn sheep and mountain goats. Kids can learn to fish at the Hook ’em and Cook ’em program, where they’ll get to fry up and eat what they catch!
National Civil Rights Museum at Lorraine Motel—Memphis, Tennessee
A trip to the Lorraine Motel should be on every American’s bucket list. It’s here that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., was assassinated, and a wonderfully curated and moving museum has grown up around this terrible history. Given its sparse coverage in most history textbooks, children will have a unique experience to learn about the American Civil Rights movement here.
Houston Museum of Natural Science—Houston, Texas
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The Houston Museum of Natural Science has plenty of world-class exhibits that you and your kids will love. Between the dinosaur exhibit, the hall of gems, and the hands-on science and engineering activities, there are plenty of opportunities to see something incredible. Also check out the attached Cockrell Butterfly Center and the Planetarium!
Bryce Canyon National Park—Utah
The Bryce Canyon has views unlike anywhere else in the country. See dozens of spindly rock formations, land bridges and the beautiful Bryce Ampitheater. Kids can take the pledge to become Junior Rangers at this park, a program that teaches them how to be a steward of the land. If you’re planning a visit in April, be sure to make it to the Utah Prarie Dog Day.
Billings Farm & Museum—Woodstock, Vermont
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A fully operational dairy farm as well as a museum, the Billings Farm & Museum is a great place for city folks to get a taste of historic—and modern—farm life. Walk through the farm house to see a preserved 1890 farm kitchen and creamery, then learn to milk cows and make cheese at one of the educational programs. Be sure to dress for getting a little dirty!
Colonial Williamsburg—Williamsburg, Virginia
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Get a glimpse of colonial America in the 18th century by stopping in Colonial Williamsburg. You can watch Revolutionary War reenactments, meet in-character townspeople, and learn about the revolutionary principles that helped found our country. You can take a horse-drawn carriage ride through the Revolutionary City or one of many guided tours.
Chihuly Garden and Glass—Seattle, Washington
Right next to the famous Seattle Space Needle you’ll find the beautiful Chihuly Garden and Glass. Take a walk through to see dozens of amazing glass works by the legendary Dale Chihuly, then get a closer look at the process at a live glassblowing demonstration. You won’t soon forget this unique artistic experience!
Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine and Youth Museum—Beckley, West Virginia
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Visitors to the Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine and Youth Museum can get an up close perspective on what coal mining is like in the past and the present. You can take a box car ride through the coal mine and tour the vintage coal camp, and even talk to in-character coal miners who will tell you all about their work and their way of life.
Rick Wilcox Magic Theater—Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin
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Who doesn’t love a magic show? At the Rick Wilcox Magic Theater you can see one of the highest-rated magic shows in the country. It’s an ideal event for all ages, and it’s a much cheaper ticket that you’ll find in Vegas. This show will undoubtedly leave you wondering how they do it!
Yellowstone National Park—Wyoming
The nation’s first national park is still one of its most impressive. At Yellowstone, walk through the awe-inspiring geothermal areas, visit the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, and see the majestic Old Faithful Geyser erupt in rainbow-streaked clouds of steam. Stay in the preserved 1891 Lake Hotel right in the park for a true turn-of-the-century experience.