Top Family Attractions
- Theme Parks & More (14)
- Zoos and Aquariums (13)
- Family Farm Stays (8)
- Children's Museums and Science Museums (14)
- Seasons and Holidays (116)
At twice the size of Manhattan, Walt Disney World encompasses four theme parks, 24 resorts, two waterparks, five golf courses, as well as dining and entertainment galore. Best of all, there's always something new to look forward to.
The highly anticipated Diagon Alley is slated to come to life at Universal Orlando Resort in summer 2014. Diagon Alley will be located at Universal Studios Florida, where 'London' has been recreated. Diagon Alley and 'London' will feature shops, dining experiences, and a new ride called Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts.
Where to Find Legoland Discovery Centers
Crazy about Lego? Plan a visit to a Legoland Discovery Center on a family getaway to Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Kansas City, Westchester, or Toronto.
Called "America's best idea" by the historian Wallace Stegner, our national park system offers families a wonderfully affordable way to visit our most cherished and beautiful landscapes, view wildlife in their natural habitat, learn about geological and cultural history, and appreciate the great outdoors.
Water Park Resorts
Water park resorts are fun places to visit with kids: many families can just point the car towards the nearest one, where they'll find a giant indoor water park with water-slides, wave pools, squirters, and giant dunking buckets. Some properties add an outdoor water park in summer months.
Ziplines (aka Canopy Tours)
Zipline adventures, aka "canopy tours", are fun thing to try on a family trip. Basically, a person straps into a harness and zips along a cable for several hundred feet. Kids as young as seven can fly through the air with the greatest of ease. Many places offer this type of fun family outing; typically, visitors do a series of ziplines (in a rainforest, for example), but sometimes the thrill is a single jump such as this zipline over the Colorado River.
Indoor Water Parks in North America
Indoor water parks are fun places to visit when on a trip. About.com's Guide for Theme Parks tells you where to find these attractions, in the US and Canada.
Swim With Dolphins, and Other Dolphin Encounters
"Swim With Dolphins" and other types of dolphin encounters are very appealing for families. Ethical issues surround these programs, however, especially when the dolphins are kept in captivity.
Family Camps: Affordable Summer Getaways
"Family Camps" are fun places to go in summer: like summer camps for kids,they provide plenty of outdoors fun, with lodgings and meals included. Lodging might be as rustic as a tent-cabins; some family camps, however, have lodges or even inn-style accommodations.