Although I always love visiting beaches for my family vacations, a city vacation is always fun. Cities offer so many different great attractions for families, including fantastic hotels, world-class museums, historical sites, and beautiful places to see. There are so many different options for families – here are ten city vacations for families.
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10 City Vacations for Families
New York City, NYC
New York City is our favorite place to visit. There is so much to do, you could spend weeks there. Some places to visit include the Empire State Building / Top of the Rock, the Museum of Math, Broadway, Times Square, Circle Line Cruises, the American Museum of Natural History, and the Central Park Zoo. See all of our favorite things to do with kids in NYC here, and check out some of our favorite restaurants, including Eataly, Alice’s Tea Cup, Ellen’s Stardust Diner, and Juniors.
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San Diego, CA
As a New England native, I absolutely love visiting the perfect weather of San Diego. There are so many fantastic things for families to do – including the amazing San Diego Zoo and Legoland, CA. Check out our family things to do in San Diego here. On our recent visits, we stayed at the Bahia Resort – see other hotels in San Diego here.
Phoenix Arizona has lots of fun things for kids to do. In addition to the city of Phoenix, there are smaller cities in the Greater Phoenix area including Tempe and Chandler, AZ, which also offer family-friendly attractions. If you visit in the spring, be sure to take in at least one spring training game. We’ve stayed at a number of hotels, including the Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak, the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, and the Westin Kierland. Or, see other hotels in Phoenix, AZ here.
When your kids are tweens and teens, definitely consider a visit to our nation’s Capital. We brought our kids last year when they were 8 and 10, and it was the perfect ages. There are so many complimentary museums – you could easily stay for a week and see something different each day. During our stay, we chose to stay outside the city in National Harbor, MD (at the Gaylord National), but you can also find a variety of hotels right in the city.
My home city of Boston, MA offers families so many different things to do, including museums, history, and beautiful sites. Here are my top things to do with kids in Boston. We recently enjoyed a stay at the Bostonian Hotel, or check out these hotels in Boston, MA. While you are there, don’t forget to see a game at Fenway Park if you are visiting during baseball season.
Detroit, Michigan doesn’t always have the best reputation, but I truly enjoyed my visit there a few years ago. There are so many different things to see and do with kids in Detroit, and I definitely want to return with my family. Highlights of my trip including Motown and the Ford Museum. During my visit, I stayed at the Westin Book Cadillac, and you can find other hotels in Detroit here.
Last year, I had the opportunity to visit Cleveland, Ohio, home of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. There are plenty of other fantastic things to do in Cleveland with kids, including the house from A Christmas Story and the Cleveland Museum of Art. For your stay, you can find hotels in Cleveland here.
Kansas City, MO
I hadn’t spent much time in the midwest, so I was thrilled to have the opportunity to visit Kansas City, Missouri recently. Crown Center has a variety of different things to do with kids in Kansas City, so it’s a great place to stay. We stayed at the Westin Kansas City at Crown Center, and you can find other hotels in Kansas City here.
Lisbon is such a beautiful, modern city, filled old-fashioned touches, like beautiful sidewalks and the world’s oldest bookstore. I only had the chance to visit for a short time, but I definitely want to return my children so that we can explore its rich history. Here’s more info about my day in Lisbon, and you can find Lisbon hotels here.
Quebec City, Canada
Quebec City is one of my favorite vacation spots in the whole world. It’s a beautiful city with a European feel, and offers museums, restaurants, shops, and so much more. There are lots of great things to do with kids in Quebec City. We stayed at the Hotel Chateau Laurier and loved the location. You can find other hotels in Quebec City here.