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Best Family Vacation Spots in the U.S.

Looking for an idea of where to take your family on a vacation? I have got you covered! Listed below are the top 5 best family vacation spots in the U.S. I LOVE these spots so much for a family vacation that we have been to all of these places numerous times. 

You should definitely save this post for future reference for vacation ideas for your family!

#1 Phoenix/Scottsdale area

This family vacation spot is jam packed with so many cool parks and playgrounds. They also have so many other fun attractions and things to do for kids of all ages.

This destination has so many themed playgrounds throughout the area and many with unique climbing structures. Some of our favorite parks include

  • Playtopia in Tumbleweed Park (Chandler, AZ)
  • Desert Breeze Park (Chandler, AZ)
  • Riverview Park (Mesa, AZ next to Cubs’ Spring Training facility)
  • Pioneer Park (Mesa, AZ)

Some other attractions your family also needs to visit or do are

  • McCormick-Stillman Railroad (aka Scottsdale train park)
  • Enchanted Island Amusement Park in Encanto Park (Phoenix, AZ)
  • Phoenix Children’s Museum
  • Phoenix Zoo
  • Hole in the Rock hike (Papago Park in Phoenix)
  • Take a hot air balloon ride over the desert

Make sure to add all of these parks and attractions to your vacation bucket list! You will not want to miss out on them.

#2 San Diego

Another perfect family vacation spot in the U.S. is San Diego. The weather is usually perfect and it is another destination that has SO much to do for the kids! Some of our favorite attractions to visit in the San Diego area are

  • San Diego Zoo
  • SeaWorld San Diego
  • USS Midway Museum
  • Balboa Park
  • Cabrillo National Monument
  • La Jolla tide pools and cove
  • Coronado Beach

These are just a few of the MANY family attractions that San Diego has to offer. There are also so many beaches in the area to discover as well as family friendly hikes. If you are looking for even more to do you could drive 40 min to Legoland in Carlsbad.

#3 Orlando

I am sure it is not surprising I have Orlando on here. There is so much to do in the Orlando/Kissimmee area as well. Check out my list below.

  • Disney World amusement parks
  • Disney Springs
  • Universal Studios
  • SeaWorld
  • ICON Park
  • Visit Lake Eola in downtown Orlando
  • Airboat tours
  • Wander around Celebration, FL

The Orlando area also has so many family friendly hotels. It is always fun to find a hotel with a nice pool and spend some time there as well!

#4 St. Louis

Another one of our favorite places to vacation or travel to with kids is St. Louis, Missouri. There are also lots of great attractions here for the family to enjoy and some of them are even free! Here is our family’s list of top St. Louis attractions.

  • Gateway Arch National Park
  • St. Louis Zoo (FREE!)
  • Magic House Children’s Museum (Kirkwood, MO) This is one of our absolute FAVORITE children’s museums.
  • City Museum Another favorite attraction of ours.
  • St. Louis Union Station
  • St. Louis Science Center (FREE general admission)
  • Turtle Park
  • Grant’s Farm
  • St. Louis Aquarium (inside Union Station)

When we visit St. Louis we love to stay at the Drury Plaza at the Arch. It is a great family hotel and within walking distance to the Arch.

#5 Branson

Another family friendly destination that might not be at the top of everyone’s mind but has SO much for kids of all ages to do is Branson, Missouri. Luckily for us Branson is only a six hour drive so we venture here at least once or twice a year. Below are some of our favorite Branson attractions.

  • Silver Dollar City
  • Tour Lost Canyon Cave in an electric cart
  • Big Cedar Lodge
  • Fountain show at Branson Landing
  • WonderWorks Museum
  • Titanic Museum
  • SO many FUN miniature golf courses
  • Branson Alpine Mountain Coaster
  • Lots of other fun museums
  • Go-Karts
  • Branson Ferris wheel
  • Shepard on the Hills
  • Check out the sights on the Branson Strip

This is just a small list of all the attractions Branson has to offer for families. There are also a TON of great family friendly and unique restaurants too.

So here it is…my list of best family vacation spots in the U.S. Leave a comment below and share your favorite family destination. Also, subscribe to my newsletter to receive more top 5 lists and travel ideas. KW

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