Top Family Attractions
- Theme Parks & More (20)
- Zoos and Aquariums (14)
- Family Farm Stays (8)
- Children's Museums and Science Museums (14)
- Seasons and Holidays (104)
Guide to America's Biggest and Best Water Parks
Looking for a water park? This state-by-state guide to US water parks will help you find one fast.
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.
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.
Every year, water parks around the country introduce a new crop of water attractions with bigger splashes, more thrilling drops, and crazier raft rides. Here are the latest new attractions—from entirely new water parks to one-of-a-kind water slides and interactive spray pads.
New York City Toy Stores
Several toy stores in the Big Apple are especially fun places to visit with kids, as they're more like entertainment venues than mere retail space. Families will find games, crafts, and restaurants, and even a ferris wheel.
Where to have Nickelodeon Themed Fun
Nickelodeon is the kids' TV channel that's home to popular characters such as SpongeBob SquarePants and Dora the Explorer, to name just two. Nickelodeon has partnered with several travel destinations to offer Nick-themed fun places for families: Nick Hotel in Orlando, Nick-themed water park resorts, Nick Cruises, and more.
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.
Adrenaline-pumping thrill rides might get all the buzz, but there's a lot of fun to be had by families with kids 10 and under, too. Here are the best family rides coming out in 2014.
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.
What's New at Zoos and Aquariums in 2014
Kids of all ages love animals, so it's unsurprising that millions of families visit zoos and aquariums every year. Here's a look at what's new at zoos and aquariums in 2014.
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.
Learning about the Revolutionary War will be even more fun for kids and families visiting Colonial Williamsburg this summer. The popular 18th-century living history site is launching “RevQuest: The Old Enemy,” the latest installment of its popular text-message based alternative reality game where players become secret agents fighting the British.
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.
World's Largest Indoor Water Park
The world's largest indoor water park is in the Seagaia complex in Japan, and the second-biggest is at the colossal fun-plus-shopping palace, West Edmonton Mall in Alberta, Canada.
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.