NOMINATE! 15 Places Kids Should See Before 15

Nominations have closed for 15 Places Every Kid Should See Before 15, and wow did you have some strong opinions about what should (and should not) be included! We had 138,833 votes and 2,932 comments in response to 562 attractions. Is your favorite landmark on the list? Check out the nominations below and come back in March to see the final list.

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Last year we revealed the American landmarks we think every kid should see. Your responses to that list were strong—and you didn't always agree with us! This time around we asked YOU to tell US which U.S. attractions we missed and help us put together the definitive family vacation checklist.

What makes a monument worthy of inclusion? It needs to be fun, educational, and especially magical through the eyes of a child. Of course, it should be enjoyable for parents too.

Now that everyone's weighed in with their nominations, our work begins: we're using your votes to help us determine our finalists. If we find an off-the-radar treasure on our own, we'll consider it, too. We also may consider destinations with lower votes for inclusion based on factors such as geographic diversity. We'll post the list in March and look forward to your comments! Stay tuned!

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  • Abraham Lincoln Birthplace, KY
    He was such an important figure in history - Alev
  • Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, IL
    This museum brings Abraham Lincoln's life into reality for children and adults from the time he was a young boy until his death. This is not a museum that you just walk thru and read documents. It is theaters with presentations by hollogram (who would know?) and the very best state of the art life size exhibits that impressed us like no other museum has. alplm.org - Martha Latch
  • Abraham lincoln's home in Springfield, IL
    It is inspirational to walk through the home in which Abraham Lincoln lived before going to Washington D.C. to occupy the White House during the troubled times of the Civil War. - ron johnson
  • Abraham Lincoln Sites in Springfield, IL
    Hands down one of the most influential presidents in our country's history. Kids should see where it literally all started. From the exact place he sat when he received the nomination for the presidency in 1860, to the spot where he stood when he said good-bye to Springfield for the last time. - Marymalinda Jones
  • Acadia National Park, ME
    Bicycle paths; mountains at the ocean walks; lobster & corn at the dock; clipper ship trip; ferry to Cranberry Islands; canoe rental on Long Pond; New England maritime culture; lupines; lighthouses; etc., etc., etc. - Ed Blair
  • Adirondack Mountains, NY

    The park covers thousands of acres of wildlife, lakes, museums, water parks, historic sites. Going tot he Adirondacks and portaging for a few days going from lake to lake is phenomenal. Very beautiful and tranquil. Wintertime is amazing up there. Snowmobiling is a must. You're amazed at how vast the area really is when you get away from the roadways. Tons of mountains to climb. I recommend it for anyone at any age.

    - Donna
  • Adirondak Extreme and Lake Placid Bobsleds, NY
    This attraction is an obstacle couse in the trees. Kids and parents will have a great time challenging themselves and each other to this course. I would recommend this for 10-adult ages. The Lake Placid Bobsleds go hand in hand with this great summer get away. All can ride in the bobsled course that was used in the Olympics. The best vacation we ever took! - Mary P
  • Adler Planetarium, IL
    The Adler Planetarium & Astronomy Museum in Chicago, Illinois was the first planetarium built in the Western Hemisphere and is the oldest in existence today. It is located in Chicago on Chicago's Museum Campus, and is great when combined with a trip to The Field Museum or The Shedd Aquarium. - Jennifer
  • Alabama Museum of Natural History, AL
    Science is better than lies. - C Baker
  • Alabama Space and Rocket Center, AL
    Because it's the most awesome display of space exploration technology and history in the world! - Colin Kilpatrick
  • Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, NM
    Biggest hot air balloon event in the world - Sid Conn
  • American Museum of Natural History, NY

    Best exhibit of the evidence for evolution

    - PZ Myers
  • Antelope Canyon, AZ
    It is the most breath taking and unusual canyon I have ever seen. - Todd Anderson
  • Any state capital building, WI
    All children should get to see where their state government resides and their representatives work. The importance of a government which governs best is the one which governs closest to the people. - Todd
  • Apex Regional Landfill, NV
    Apex Regional Las Vegas 20 miles northeast of Las Vegas Republic Services 3,199,653 tons Currently receiving on the order of 9,000 tons a day. Back in the boom year of 2007 it was getting more like 15,000 tons a day. Apex, at 2,200 acres, has enough room to keep pulling in waste at this pace for 200 years. - Susan Gahagan
  • Arches National Park, UT
    The amazing architecture of nature. - Syagria
  • Area 51, NV
    Aliens and secret aircraft. - Allen
  • Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, AZ
    The Desert Museum is a world-renowned zoo, natural history museum and botanical garden that features organisms unique not just to this part of the country, but unique to the whole world! It is fun and educational for people of all ages . There are cactus gardens, riparian areas, pollinator gardens, a walk-in aviary, a humming bird and butterfly aviary, moth and butterfly aviary, reptile and invertebrate house, a fish and amphibian house, an earth science section with a mineral gallery and gems and minerals that kids can dig for, identify and bring home, huge expanses for mammals, an art gallery, multiple restaurants and gift shops and many incredible educational tours geared towards everyone. Every time you go you learn something new. http://www.desertmuseum.org/ - Elisabeth Goodman
  • Ark Park, KY
    Kentucky will give Ken Ham and company a 50 million dollar tax break for this religious venture. How will Kentucky recoup this money? They will cut 50 million dollars from the education budget. - Penny
  • Arlington Museum, MD
    Children should be allowed to know at what price our freedom is won. The reverence shown and expected here will have a lasting impac, and instill a deeper pride in our country. - Teresa Cromer
  • Arlington National Cemetery, VA
    I have taken my children and grandchildren here because it is the greatest symbol of the cost of freedom. Along with 203 other national cemeteries maintained by the VA, the Army, National Park Service and the American Battle Monuments Commission Cemeteries around the world hold many of the 1 million plus who have given their lives for freedom. No trip to DC is complete without Arlington. - Clyde Hughes
  • Art Institute of Chicago, IL
    Fantastic art from a wide variety of time periods. - Alicia Graybill
  • ArtZeum at Jepson Center for the Arts - Savannah, GA
    Savannah’s first interactive children’s museum space, the modern ArtZeum was designed with young people in mind, but challenges young and old alike to rethink their ideas about art! Open year around and part of the Telfair Museums in the Landmark Savannah Historic District, the ArtZeum features twenty-two activities that explore big ideas about art. - Jane Sales
  • Assateague Island National Park, MD
    The most pristine beach in America, with nature trails, wild horses, tiny Sitka deer, canoeing on the bayside and beach front camping. About the only beach left in America without buildings, condos, hotels, etc. Fantastic year round. - Elizabeth
  • Astoria, Oregon, OR
    NATURE IS REALLY IMPORTANT TO LEARN ABOUT BEFORE MAN DESTROYS IT ALL IN HIS ZEST FOR GREED AND CONTROL! Plus it is Nature that gives us all AIR AND WATER, so why would we want to tell our kids LIES like that silly creation junk in KY? Silly! - Orchid Ra
  • Atlanta Regional Polo Center, GA
    Fun friendly environment where kids and adults can learn about the great sport of polo! Patient teachers and gentle horses make for a great experience. - Ed Armstrong
  • Audubon Zoo, LA
    It was one of my favorite places as a child and is now my daughter's favorite! The animals and environment are beautiful, memorable, fun and interactive. Best zoo ever! - Leigh Powers
  • Aurora Borealis - The Northern Lights, AK
    It's the only one in the Northern Hemisphere and it is awesome in the true sense of the word, and the slang sense too. - Carol Furtado
  • Australia, DC
    Because it's important to see something outside of the USA! The world doesn't end at US borders. - Astrid
  • Autry National Center, CA
    The Autry National Center is probably the best western museum and is the result of a merger of the Autry Museum of Western Heritage with the Southwest Museum of the American Indian and the Women of the West Museum. It probably has the largest collection of early cowboy movie star memorabilia. - Clyde Hughes
  • Avenue of the Giants, CA
    Awe inspiring nature. Feel the significance of self by standing withing these ancient living trees. - Amy
  • Avenue of the Giants (Humboldt County), CA
    I've taken my kids to Disneyland, Yellowstone, Yosemite, and by far, they want to go back over and over to the Redwoods. To feel so small among amazing and beautiful trees is such a wonderful feeling. They love to visit the area. My 16 year old is now convinced she is going to go to Humboldt State, just to be closer to the trees. - Eva-Marie Gordon
  • Aviation challenge, AL
    Because its a fun week to two weeks and you come away with life long friends - patrick
  • Balboa Park, CA
    Beautiful city park, great mueseums & cultural houses - Jennifer
  • Balmorhea State Park, TX
    Kids are more impressed by doing than seeing, and it's an experience. It's a huge, spring-fed pool - refreshing on a hot west Texas day and you get (or have) to share the water with an endangered species of fish. - Noni Dye
  • Baltimore Aquarium, MD
    It's amazing! - Heather Wilson
  • Bandelier National Monument, NM
    It is a great place to hike around and learn about Native American History. - Lara Anderson
  • Baseball Hall Of Fame, NY

    To learn about and see the history of the game kids pplay all summer long

    - C.S.Grant
  • Battleship Arizona Memorial, HI

    hundreds of factors in u.s. history and the history of wwii led to the attack on pearl harbor. our entry into the war changed us and the world radically.

    - stephen a. thalken
  • Battleship USS New Jersey, NJ

    one of the most decorated navel vessels of WWII and an interesting look at how sailors lived during that war

    - charlie
  • Beavertail Lighthouse and Park, RI
    This southern tip of Conanicut Island/Jamestown is named for its unusual shape. It features awe-inspiring views of the coming together of Narragansett Bay's East and West passages. Younger folks can scramble down the rocky cliffs and explore tidal pools, while their parents meditate in the peacefulness of the perimeter. All will enjoy touring the lighthouse to hear about its fascinating history. - Anne Parent
  • Bellingrath Gardens and Home, AL
    It's a place surrounded by natural beauty and horticulture. - William P. Cannon
  • Big Bend National Park, TX
    One of the most remote and untouched National Parks. Mountains, River, and Desert. - Randy Bryant
  • Big Bone Lick State Park, KY

    Big Bone Lick is a 512 acre state park in Boone County, Kentucky, USA. Big Bone Lick is recognized as the birthplace of American vertebrate paleontology. The U.S. Secretary of the Interior has recognized Big Bone Lick as a National Natural Landmark. Big Bone Lick is significant for its combination of salt springs and late Pleistocene bone beds. Ancient creatures like the mammoth, mastodon, ground sloth and bison once roamed here through mineral springs and swamps, now grassy plains covered with trees and shrubs.

    - Daniel
  • Big Hole Battle field, MT
    History of the west - Mike
  • Bill Clinton Birthplace, AR
    One of the great Presidents of our lifetime. - Ben
  • Billy Graham Library, NC
    Because it enlightens - Diana Fay
  • Biltmore Estate, NC

    history, architecture, relaxing atmosphere and family friendly!

    - angela corbell
  • Birmingham Botanical Gardens, AL
    One of the last free botanical gardens, Birmingham Botanical Gardens is open every day of the year. Truly one of Alabama's most beautiful destinations. - Andrew Krebbs
  • Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, AL
    To understand and respect the history of civil rights in the United States. BCRI is a wonderful museum that beautifully portrays the struggle to make all men and women equal. - Wendy
  • Bishop Museum, HI
    The history of the American Pacific! - Laurel Ann
  • Black Canyon of the Gunnison NP, CO
    No other canyon compares in depth and narrowness. A visual spectacle as well as excellent scientific (geologic) value. - Nancy Zaenger
  • Black hill, SD
    it has alot of history all around the black hills - rose
  • Black Hills, SD
    It's a small area with so much to see. There are caves, bears, waterparks, historical places and the most beautiful scenery. You should plan for at least three days. If you like to camp that's the best way to be 'in the hills'. Hike Harney Peak, drive the back roads. We always stay in Custer and go out from there. - Valerie Bearley
  • Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary, SD
    See the wild mustangs in their natural habitat - roaming free across the land - Sue H
  • Blue Angels Airshow - Anywhere near you, FL
    Shows teamwork and excellence and will awaken and inspire them to reach for lofty goals in any field they wish to persue. It will make them aware of the deep, rich history of their Navy and their country. - Liza Hunter
  • Blue Ridge Parkway, NC
    America's most scenic drive, it provides an opportunity for young people to experience the natural beauty of the Southern Appalachians, the many attractions of the region and the the cultural traditions of the surrounding communities in Southwest Virginia and Western North Carolina. - Dan Brown
  • Boston (Freedom Trail, Harbor, Navy Shipyard, Commons, Beacon Hill, etc.), MA
    So much early American History there. Beautiful town with great architecture. The Harbor and shipyards are very interesting as well. - Linda Blythe
  • Boston Museum of Science, MA
    Spectacular science displays, demonstrations, and events. - Kurt Hollocher
  • Boundary Waters Canoe Area, MN
    Easy access. Genuine wilderness. - Dennis Rains
  • Bradbury Science Museum LANL, NM
    Provides insights to the reasons why science and technology are crucially important to everyday life. - Jack Purson
  • British Museum, DC
    To see thousands of years of history. - Michael Barber
  • Bronx Zoo, NY
    This is the world's largest metropolitan zoo. - C. Baker
  • Brooklyn Children's Museum, NY
    This is the oldest children's museum in the nation, and as such has many fascinating collections that you're not going to see reproduced anywhere. - C. Baker
  • Brown vs Board of Education Museum, KS
    kids growing up today likely have little concept of the civil rightsw struggles of the past. Even as an adult, I found this place horrifying. The museum is housed in an old school and the displays and presentations are suitable for grade-school level children. - Dorothy Stephens
  • Bryce Canyon, UT
    Nothing like it's big cousin Grand Canyon but the colors and rock formations and hikes around this majestic park - it's like you're on Mars. - AS
  • Buffalo Bill Historical Center, WY
    Has the largest collection of artifacts related to the American heroes Buffalo Bill and Annie Oakley and the largest gun collection in the nation. It is one of the best western museums in the nation, if not the best. - Clyde Hughes
  • Busch, FL
    rides. cultural activities. - Ed Klebacha
  • Butterfly Pavillion, CO
    See the butterflies of the world, and learn about their place in the world's ecology. - Kazara Jones
  • CA Coastal Monuments, CA
    Because there is nothing quite like it anywhere else! Nearly every coastal view has these irregularly imaginatively shaped rocks dotting the horizon near and far. Many are so close to shore that you can view shorebirds from a camera or binoculars. This unique marine ecosystem is home to many living things. The educational opportunities (science to environmental) while taking kids to the beach - what kid doesn't like the beach? - are exceptional and endless. Besides, parents love it too so everyone will linger longer - just remember to bring a warm jacket. - Connie Korbel
  • Cahokia Mounds World Heritage Site, IL
    The remains of the most sophisticated prehistoric native civilization north of Mexico are preserved at Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site located just across the river from St. Louis, MO. AMAZING and educational! - Jennifer L. Irvin
  • California Academy of Science, CA
    It's just an awesome place that's pretty interactive, and a great way to get interested in astronomy and biology. - Jamie
  • California State Railroad Museum, CA
    Superlative railroad museum, family-friendly, located in Old Sacramento - Steven Hintz
  • Camp Ondessonk, IL
    Located in the Shawnee National Forest of Southern Illinois, Ondessonk’s summer camp programs provide an experience that encourages campers to have fun, grow spiritually, make friends, grow in self-confidence and self-esteem, and develop values. All of Camp's programs focus on providing a fun and enriching experience for participants by encouraging them to participate in a wide variety of new and exciting activities. Kids can learn and perfect skills like canoeing, archery, riflery, horseback riding, and more. At night, roast marshmallows over campfires, watch a Native American ceremony, or play an all-camp game of extreme flashlight tag. Each camper will also have the opportunity to cook dinner over a campfire and sleep under the stars. Campers get to live in our unique rustic units and spend their time at camp building skills and confidence, and making new friends. - Camp Ondessonk
  • Camp Quest, MI
    Kids will find an appreciation for the natural world and critical thinking without the corrupting influence of religion. A fun week-long camp with swimming, horseback riding, zip line, campfires and lots more fun. - Len Zanger
  • Camp Quest, MN
    It's a week-long, fun-filled camp that focuses on science, critical thinking, secular humanism, service to the community, the arts, sports, friendship, and just plain old having a great time! - August Berkshire
  • | Camp Quest | NorthWest, WA
    Camp Quest is a place for fun, friends, and freethought for kids ages 8-17. Our camps provide a traditional sleepaway summer camp experience with a wide range of activities including sports, crafts, games, swimming, and campfires. In addition to our traditional summer camp activities, Camp Quest offers educational activities focused on critical thinking, ethics, scientific inquiry, philosophy, and comparative religion. - Camp Quest
  • Camp Quest, OH
    Great camp for children! - Heather Wilson
  • Canyonlands National Park, UT
    Its grandeur and revelation of earth's great age speaks for itself - Chas
  • Cape Canaveral, FL
    Because it involves REAL science. As does most of the selections...except for the "Creation Museum." That shouldn't even be on the list! If anything, it's more damaging to children than informative or educational. Creationism relies on the false representation of the science of biological evolution and science in general! - Andrew Wareing
  • Cape Cannaveral, FL
    To learn about space and space flight from its beginning to now and for whats in store for the future of space flight and exploration. They also have numerious exibits of aircrafta and about space flight starting with pre mercury flights all the way up to the space shuttle and space station. they also have an extensive gift shop too. - Craig Kirk
  • Cape Cod National Seashore, MA
    Because it doesn't have a boardwalk. - Donna
  • Captiva and Sanibel Island, FL
    Seashell Capital of the world! Island feel in the US. - RCS
  • Carlsbad Caverns National Park, NM

    Be sure to take a guided tour through the caverns, so curious kids can ask lots (and lots) of questions!

    - Melissa Daley
  • Carnegie Musuems of Art and Natural History, PA

    Some of the most amazing Cretaceous fossils, including a juvenile T. Rex, are on display here. The cultural history areas, and the art museum are incredible, too. But the dinosaurs, with current information, are mind blowing.

    - Ogvorbis
  • Casa Bonita, CO
    There is cliff divers, pirate shows, a 500 pound gorilla, princess shows, fire jugglers, puppet shows, gifts shop and 2 arcade rooms all in one restaurant! - Monica Galvan
  • Casa Grande Ruins National Monument, AZ

    Teaches kids that people not only survived but thrived in very harsh environmental conditions, such as the Sonoran Desert long before central heat and air conditioning--and what could happens to a society that is not able to conserve it's most important resource--water.

    - Carol West
  • Castillo de San Marcos, FL
    It is an excellent place to take kids to learn about the history of Florida and the Spanish fort. - lisa
  • Cave Without a Name, TX
    Of all the caves and cavern systems I have visited in my life, in different parts of the world, this has always been the most magical and memorable. It's the only one that makes you feel like you're really discovering something secret and special, while still being safe and comfortable and definitely kid-friendly. http://www.cavewithoutaname.com/ - SLV
  • Cedar Point, OH
    Best amusement park anywhere! - Tina
  • Central Park, NY
    Central Park has everything - a carousel, a zoo and children's zoo, 25 different playgrounds of varying design (some are pedestrian, some are fairly innovative - bring a box to go down the slide at the Billy Johnson Playground even faster!), bathrooms, and easy access to the train and to several museums. - C. Baker
  • Chaco Culture National Historical Park, NM
    Because it is simply amazing!! The ruins are beautiful and the ongoing archaeological explorations are educational. The campground is fabulous at night with the bats winging off the cliff to eat the no-see-ums and mosquitos. The entire place is other-worldly and makes for fabulous 'ranger talks' around open camp-fires. The lessons are environmental and ecological. The experience has sticking-power--you never forget your visit to the canyon or the ancient cultures that once occupied it. - Marilyn Stark Wilbur
  • Chain of Lakes, WI
    A great family experience - Helen
  • Channel Islands National Park, CA

    Dubbed the Galapagos of North America, the five island reserve is home to hundreds of species of plants and animals not found elsewhere on the planet! The landscape, lack of infrastructure and serene settings offer a glimpse of the country before colonialization, urbanization and industrialization changed the world. The park is also surrounded by a National Marine Sanctuary and the short ferry ride from nearby man land harbors offers wildlife viewing of migrating whales, schools of flying fish, dolphins seals and sea lions.

    - Jim Luttjohann
  • Chenango Valley State Park, NY
    family activities fishing and camping. - Amy
  • Cherokee Village, NC
    The history of the Cherokee Nation and what discrimination can cause in this world. - Deana M. Wood
  • Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, CO
    A zoo on the side of a mountain! See cool animal habitats, feed the giraffes and the budgies, ride the carousel, take in the gorgeous views from the Sky Ride... Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is a gem of an attraction and fun for kids of all ages. - Andrea Munzenberger
  • Chicago, IL
    so much to see and do in Chicago! Museums, Aquarium,Planetarium, parks, zoos, history, sports games,sears tower, hancock bldg, the old water tower( one of few buildings left after the great chicago fire) - colleen woody
  • Children's Creativity Museum, CA
    As the name implies, this museum is dedicated to letting children of all ages get creative. There's a studio for making clay animation films, a puppet theater, computers with Photoshop, drums, large building blocks, karaoke, and much more. You can paint, draw, animate, sing, dance and play. Formerly known as Zuem, the museum is located in San Francisco. http://creativity.org/ - Rebecca Sparks
  • Children's Museum of Denver, CO
    It's wonderful for young children -- ages 0 to 8. All the exhibits are hands-on, so kids can experiment with bubbles and rockets, tap dance, paint, use blueprints and real tools to build creations out of recycled goods and shop in a kid-sized market. It's hours of fun. - Heather Hawkins
  • Children's Museum of Manhattan, NY
    This museum is fairly fun for children (they have a wonderful toddler room), and it's nearby to Central Park and, of course, the Natural History Museum and the Met. You can make them "suffer" through the Met (once they get there, they'll be fine!) with promises of going someplace more fun later. - C. Baker
  • Christian Museum, FL
    Wonderful alternative to the liberal theory of evolution. This place will inspire your children and bring your family closer to God. It is well maneged by good decent folks. It has a friendly atmosphere. It is affordable. It is a perfect alternative to a real museum. - Rose
  • Chrysler Museum of Art, VA
    Wonderful mixture of archaeological artifacts, sculpture, photography, and paintings from medeival to modern! There are often children's activities and workshops as well. The grounds are beautiful with sweet gardens perfect for picnicking and playing. - Michaela D'Angelo
  • Cincinnati Museum Center, OH
    Amazing interdisciplinary museum highlighting history and science with a children's museum and Omnimax theate, too! - Glenn Storrs
  • Cincinnati zoo and botanical gardens, OH
    You cannot get closer to animals than here. - Ray Nunlist
  • Citi Field, NY
    Every kid should see a baseball game -- it's America's National Pastime. Citi Field is one of the newest MLB parks in the country, and offers great views, a batting cage for kids, a miniature stadium within the stadium for kids to play wiffle ball, outstanding food, and the one and only Mr. Met -- the oldest mascot in MLB. - Joe Janish
  • City Museum, MO
    Amazing playgrounds indoors and out, plus historic architectural elements - Jessica
  • Clearwater Marine Aquarium, FL
    It is an excellent learning experience. Don't let the "aquarium" name fool you. This is actually a working marine animal hospital and rehabilitation center. And it is home to the world famous "Winter" the dolphin with a prosthetic tail. There are several educational presentations everyday. And you have the opportunity to learn a lot about the animals that you see there and even get up close and personal with some of them; all the while supporting an amazing organization as they work to rescue, rehabilitate, and release marine animals back into the wild. - Mandy
  • Cleveland, OH
    Why not a city like Cleveland? Cleveland has often been described as a city of neighborhoods, and while exploring the entire city, it would be hard to dispute that. There is a children's museum, a natural history museum, one of the best art museums in America (oh and its free!), an aquarium, the rock hall, and even a science center. Cleveland has even started becoming the epicenter of American cuisine. There are plenty of delicious, affordable restaurants, and the ever popular West Side Market. Showing your kids the importance of eating well and preparing your meals is invaluable. Cleveland also has a couple of decent beaches, a zoo, a nature preserve (right on the lake!), oh and it is directly north of a national park with an amazing bike trail that serves as a history lesson on the Erie Canal! Baseball game in the summer, football in the fall, and basketball in the winter. Cleveland has it all. And its extremely affordable too! - Derek
  • Columbia Ridge Landfill, OR
    To help children understand how the generations before have dealt with the mass consumption created by the industrial revolution. Seeing the landfill can help them understand how we are trying to reduce, reuse and recycle -creating a better way to live in the future so that generations after will thrive. - Jill Narozny
  • Coney Island, NY
    Because it's one of the older amusement parks in the nation. - C. Baker
  • Conner Prairie, IN
    This interactive museum gives a GREAT view to life in America in the 1800's. Kids can talk to the actors and ask questions, play games from the era, get candy and crafts from the era, and see how innovation was achieved in the 1800's. - Angie
  • Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, FL
    Great opportunities to view gators and other wildlife safely, close up, in their natural habitat - Phil Merten
  • Corning Museum of Glass, NY

    You might be surprised to find a glass museum is appealing to kids, but The Corning Museum of Glass offers hands-on exhibits, live glassmaking demonstrations and opportunities for kids to learn glassmaking. The Museum offers free admission for ages 19 and under.

    - Stephanie Miller
  • Coronado Island, CA
    Sun, sand, surf, history - there is a multitude for kids to do here. Golf, take sailing lessons, learn to surf, stroll the grounds of the historic Hotel Del Coronado (and their fabulous herb garden), learn a bit of history abou tthe hotel and two our military branches - the Navy and the Marines, take an arbor tour, attend one of the many festivals that take place throughout the year and watch the grunion runs in the spring and early summer! And kids - young and old would certainly love the surf dog competition! Truly an amazing American with beautiful surroundings and people! - Heather Wilson
  • COSI Columbus, OH
    Amazing science center - unique exhibit called Adventure - like being in a video game. - Kate Storm
  • COSI, OH
    It is fun for all ages , informative ,and low cost. - J. Wilder
  • Crater Lake, OR

    To experience one of our nation's breathtaking geographical formations and an opportunity to learn about a volocano's powerful impact.

    - Kathryn Kavanagh
  • Crater of Diamonds State Park, AR
    Digging for diamonds is cool! - Kristi Thurmon
  • Crayola Factory, PA
    What kid hasn't used Crayolas? - Don
  • Crazy Horse Monument, SD
    Great monument and center for kids to learn about the Lakota tribes, as well as other Native American leaders. - Anna
  • Creation Museum, KY
    Depicts real bible stories, fantastic place to visit, cost is easy to afford. Will go back again and again - Paula Fialk
  • Creation Museum, OH
    Educational and fun for all ages. A good day trip. See the Ark and more! - Beverly Roseberry
  • Cumberland Falls, KY
    Known as the "Niagra of the South," Cumberland Falls is one of the very few places in the world to see a moonbow. Lots of hiking trails and photo opportunities (and a couple more waterfalls too). - Gina Altizer
  • Daytona International Speedway, FL
    Daytona I the Birthplace and Headquarters of NASCAR and has lots of Race vehicles for kids to see. - Eric Troxler
  • Death Valley National Park, CA

    One vast place with a great concentration of natural beauty

    - bill muni
  • Delaware Children's Museum, DE
    Great for kids (and adults!). They have 7 interactive hands-on exhibits that are fun and educational at the same time. My kids never get bored and each age group is content. My 10 and 5 year old LOVE the giant climbing structure that looks like the planet Saturn. My 3 year old would play at the large interactive water table all day if I let him. The Structures exhibit, brings them all together as they try and build the biggest castle that they can with all of the big building materials. There are also always fun and interactive educational programs going on whenever we visit. We LOVE the DCM! Anything that can keep the kids entertained for hours and engage the parents too, gets an A++ in my book. The guest service people are also very engaging with the kids throughout the exhibits and are always helpful and nice. Definitely the best children's museum we have visited. - Jenny
  • Denali National Park, AK
    I hope to take each of my 3 grandchildren to a place of their choice when they are 12 yrs. old. I've been to Alaska and my 7 yr. old granddaughter has already chosen Alaska. I think Denali is amazing. Viewing moose, bear, fox, caribou in their habitat is such a sight. I hate zoos & just feel so sorry for the animals. I think anyone that see animals on their turf is the best experience a child could have and will never forget. - Dianne Luci
  • Dennis Lawler, TX
    Space history - Dennis Lawler
  • Denver Museum of Nature and Science, CO
    Perhaps the best done nature and science museum I've ever been to. Not overly huge; perfect for a couple of days to really see it all. Fantastic "Prehistoric journey" exhibit and gems exhibit - it is Colorado after all. Plus, make a week of it and visit the Rocky Mountains. - Mary Wood
  • Denver Zoo, CO
    Best zoo ever! - JG
  • DeSoto Caverns Family Fun Park, AL
    Awesome Cave lots of fun attractions - Al Mathis
  • Devils Tower National Monument, WY
    Devils Tower National Monument is an outdoor attraction that helps kids to be active in fresh air, while learning about a uniquely American geographic formation. This is America's very First National Monument, created with the enactment of the Antiquities Act, which establishes all our National Monuments. A visit to Devils Tower in Wyoming will teach kids the history of the Tower and its importance a sacred area for several Plains Indian Tribes. http://www.nps.gov/deto/historyculture/places.htm - Shawn Lucas
  • Ding Darling Preserve, FL
    great place - joe
  • Dinosaur National Monument, CO
    It's DINOSAURS. Still in the ground, exposed for your viewing pleasure. - Karley Jo
  • Dinosaur National Monument, UT
    Dinosaurs capture the imagination. I'm positive that all kids go through a dinosaur phase. (I know I did.) Dinosaur National Monument is unique in that the partially excavated fossils have been exposed, but left in place on the sheltered cliff face, allowing us to get a better conception of how creatures get fossilized in the first place. You simply don't get the same idea when looking at an assembled cast figure in a museum. - April Gardner
  • Dinosaur Valley State Park, Glen Rose, TX
    Where else can you stand in real dinosaur footprints? And the interpretive center-museum is pretty good, geologically accurate, too. Here's a good quiz for your kids - how many times do they mention the missing footprints taken by the 'big museum' in New York City? On the way out, stop at the Creation Evidence Museum and see the big statue of Tom Landry - if they let you in (they wouldn't let us in). - jonfromwilmington
  • Dinosaur World, KY
    Over 150 life size dinosaurs! Interactive exhibits like a fossil dig where kids can take home real fossils. They can uncover a dinosaur in the boneyard. Go along a walk in the woods to see all the dinosaurs! They also have a location in Texas and Florida. - Nicole Randall
  • Discovery Science Center, CA
    Discovery Science Center is Orange County’s leading destination for hands-on science fun. Guests can explore more than 100 interactive exhibits in themed areas. We also provide standards-based science education to students and professional development programs for teachers. http://www.discoverycube.org/ - steve anderson
  • Disney Cruise Line, FL
    Great way to see all your favorite friends from Disney, see great sights, see "Broadway" style shows and try new foods. Wonderful place to meet new friends. - jeff
  • Disneyland, CA
    Every kid should experience the thrill of Disneyland before they're 15. - Robbie
  • Edison & Ford winter estate, FL
    Very historical site and well maintained. Lots to see,from old lab , to old cars,and attached mirror homes. Not to mention beautiful landscaping. :-) - Joe
  • Edventure Children's Museum -- Columbia, SC
    Really fun hands-on children's museum just steps away from the South Carolina State Museum -- both are great for kids under 13. Drop the big kids off at the State Museum and catch up with them later. - Jane M.
  • Ellis Island, NJ
    (I know that you get to Ellis Island via NYC, but it's technically in New Jersey.) This country is a nation of immigrants. Children should know where they come from. - C. Baker
  • Emerald Coast beaches, FL
    One of the best places I've been in America for a kid to be a kid - playing and digging in the soft gulf coast sand. - Erika
  • Empire State Building, NY
    Architectural feat that was created over 80 years ago and was once the tallest building in the world. It changed the face of cities forever. - Jen Gorman
  • Empíre STATE, NY
    Mago al, so servil view! - Elisa
  • Erie Canal Museum, NY
    Very interesting part of the history of US migration westward, it's the last remaining weighlock building in the US. - Michael
  • Erie Canal Path, NY
    It's easy to walk the whole path or ride a bike. It's flat; it has rest stops and benches. It's as long or short a walk/ride as you want it to be. It's free, including parking. In downtown Syracuse, there's also a great museum on the canal. - Mike Mueller
  • Everglades National Park, FL
    Aligators! Up close and personal. Manatees and amazing birds. The topography cannot be found anywhere else. - Alice Miller
  • Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum, OR
    This museum houses a collection of aviation and space vehicles and history - this includes the Spruce Goose, Russian moon rover, and a SR-71 - wkg
  • Everywhere, TX
    We have traveled everywhere with our now 10 yr. old. I don't know how much she will remember, but there is nothing quite like seeing the world at a child's pace and through a child's eyes. Take your children to the places you need to understand better. - Chris Heidel
  • Experience Music Project (EMP), WA
    Where music, sci fi and pop culture collide in Seattle. - Jerry
  • Exploratorium at the Palace of Fine Arts, CA
    This is a hands on experience for kids. Virtually every exhibit involves kids interacting directly with science. It was one of my first field trips as a kid and while I no longer live in San Francisco, I can't help but recommend such a great "museum". - Todd Schacherl
  • Exploratorium, CA
    The Exploratorium isn’t just a museum; it’s an ongoing exploration of science, art, and human perception—a vast collection of online interactives, web features, activities, programs, and events that feed your curiosity. A perfect place for children to free there minds and explore! - Cyan Sattin
  • Exploritorium, CA
    Great exposure to hands on science - Steve Moyski
  • Fair Oaks Farms, IN
    Kids can see cows milked, cheese made, and a calf born (every 20 minutes or so). They can see a methane digester producing electricity from manure. Everyone should understand where their food comes from, and how well cared-for American dairy cows are. This is the future and it is good. - Roger Cryan
  • Fallingwater, PA
    I went to see this beautiful house, built over a waterfall by Frank Lloyd Wright, when I was a kid, and I will never forget it. It made me appreciate both natural and man-made beauty and how they can come together in awe-inspiring way. The beauty of the house, the falls, and the surrounding woods are something that can bee appreciated even by the youngest visitors. It is also conveniently located near the Ohiopyle State Park, making for a great weekend getaway! One of the best attractions in Pennsylvania. - Kristin
  • Fantasy of Flight, FL
    The largest private aircraft collection in the world, Fantasy of Flight captures the history of aviation from its very beginnings through WWII. It houses aircraft that are in many cases one of the last of their kind. It kindles the spirit of flight and lights the spark within for both kids and adults! - Kevin McNulty
  • Fantasy of Flights, FL
    Airplanes and flights and other interesting stuff - Ronald
  • FDR home in Hyde Park, NY
    very interesting site,Eleanor Roosevelt had a small home as well in same area,many great pictures to see - Mary Roche
  • Federal Hall, New York, NY
    first US capitol - Steve
  • Fernbank Museum of Natural History, GA
    I first went here when I was around 7, then again at 12 and 16 (I'm 19 now). I adored it each time. I think my interest in science was partially inspired by the exhibits here. - Natasha Lawson
  • Field Museum of Natural History, IL
    Because it is an amazing assemblage of scientific discovery. It has thousands of examples of plants and animals ranging from the present to the Precambrian. It also boasts the largest and most complete skeleton of a Tyrannosaurus Rex currently known. - Matthew Abbott
  • Finger Lakes, CNY, NY
    Good wholesome fun for the entire family - viki
  • Flight 93 National Memorial, PA
    The least frequented of the three 9/11 memorials, it is the most serene with its placid surroundings. Flight 93 symbolizes the struggle for survival in the air that day. Solemn, yet powerful. - Clyde Hughes
  • Florida Keys, FL
    Watersports - Jimmy
  • Ford's Theater - Washington D.C., DC
    Out of everything I showed my son in D.C. he loved this the most: Lincoln's coat, the pistol John Wilkes Booth used. Macabre I know, but he was fascinated and I think it made history come alive for him, Licoln was a real man, and showed him how far politics & hatred can go. - Kirsten Meeker
  • FortBragg-Mendocino Gateway Calif. Coastal Nat'l Monument, CA
    Lots of wildlife to see on the California Coast: lighthouses, ship wreck sites, beaches, harbors with fishing boats, tide pools, redwoods - Lizette Weiss
  • Fort Bragg-Mendocino Gateway California Coastal National Monument, CA

    The off-shore rocks along this stretch of the Pacific Ocean coastline is the least known, most seen of all 101 U.S. National Monuments. Kids love Point Cabrillo Lighthouse, seeing where a ship wrecked in 1850, Glass Beach, Harbor Seals basking on the rocks, tide pools. Great exploring for kids here.

    - Ruth Sparks
  • Fort Chadbourne, TX
    Ft Chadbourne is a unique historical site that has preserved and is presenting the history of the location that includes the stories of its inhabitants for the last 12,000 years. It is a very unusual and dazzling facility and history. - Andy Gray
  • Fort Jefferson, FL
    Several historical events took place at this fort. Used during the Civil War. - Phyllis Groover
  • Fort Laramie National Historical Site, WY
    Western expansion comes alive...this is where the Oregon, Salt Lake, and California trails seperated. It shows that The West wasn't as uncivilized as we tend to think. It was a treasure in the middle of no where...both my kids aged 8 and 10 loved it. - Camie Rabon
  • Fort Macon, NC
    Takes the kids back in time to the days of the civil war. This fort will show them just how scary the civil war was. - Hayley
  • Fort McHenry, MD
    Actually, any site about the Civil War, the Revolutionary War, the French and Indian War, or the War of 1812 should be on the list. THis is where the Star Spangled Banner was written. - Karen Kusey
  • Fort Myers Beach, FL
    Wonder of nature! Gorgeous beach and year round climate - O'NEill
  • Fort Williams Park, ME
    Fort Williams Park is a both an historical landmark, as well as a strikingly beautiful park off the rocky coast of Cape Elizabeth, Maine. Besides the ability to climb through old barracks and military structures, kids can also tour the Portland Headligh, trek along trails on the cliffs, and skip stones on the beach. It is a great place to run around outside as a kid, play make-believe, and learn a little of our nation's history while you're at it while breathing in the salty ocean breeze. - Danielle
  • Fort Worth Museum of Science & History, TX
    Originally the Fort Worth Children's Museum, it is very educational and kid-friendly with lots of hands-on activities. There is an IMAX theater and planetarium, as well. - Renee
  • Fort Worth Stockyards, TX
    Seeing Horses Cattle, and Cowboys makes learning history fun - Pam Minick
  • Franklin Institute, PA
    It's an awesome museum full of fun and science! - Tina
  • Fresh Kills Landfill, NY
    Developing ways to live better and in communion with our planet will be fueled by the site of Fresh Kills Landfill in New York. It is currently being reclaimed for design into Fresh Kills Park. Understanding the past will help our children to not repeat our mistakes. - Jill Narozny
  • Garden of Eden, MO
    If you plant it the people who go to The Creation Meseum will come. - Adam
  • Garden of the Gods, CO
    Naturally magnificent. Great Native American history. Amazing vistas and it's free! - Edward Chaves
  • Garner State Park, TX
    Nice big campsites, cabins with A/C, screened shelters. Nice trails and a great place to cool off in the river on a hot TX day. Good fishing. Lots of shade and picnic tables. - Suzette McCandless
  • Gateway arch, MO
    It's an icon. - Anne Schrader
  • Gatorland Zoo, FL
    See Gators jump for chickens. - Jed
  • George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate, VA
    It displays an important part of American History by showing kids how a working estate was laid out and run...portraying slaves' roles as well. - Marty Wolfe
  • Georgia Aquarium, GA
    So they can walk through the underwater tunnel and see the fish swim above them and crawl through another tunnel and pop out in a penguin habitat surrounded by penguins. - Dyani
  • Gettysburg National Military Park, PA
    It's historical importance - Greg R Burnett
  • Glacier Bay, AK
    With the planet changing temperature, the glaciers are melting and it is inspiring to see. - Amy White
  • Glacier National Park Trails, MT
    Best hiking in North America - Park Firebaugh
  • Glass Beach, Fort Bragg, CA
    Fort Bragg is a beautiful little town on the Mendocino coast where lots of tourists come each year. Many camp at the state campsite, MacKerricher State Park each year. Glass Beach is just a few miles from the campsite. Glass Beach used to be the Fort Bragg dump from 1949-1967, but was then cleaned up; and since then the glass has been pounded by the waves for several decades, making it perfectly smooth. You can find a variety of different colors of glass, from red to green to blue! Going at low-tide is best so that you are able to see the true beauty of what is Glass Beach. It is an excellent spot for sightseers, and children will enjoy digging, and looking for pieces of glass; but don't take it! Children may also enjoy looking at the hermit crabs and sea snails in the tide pools. You may even find a small fish! Overall Glass Beach is a unique beach not because nature made it, but beacause time and the waves have fixed mans mistake. - Alexis Clouser
  • Glass Mountain, CA
    Obsidian Glass flow - Christine Gannon
  • Glenn Curtiss Museum, NY

    Museum of early airplanes and motor cycles. First seaplane and a kid friendly cock pit to play in.

    - Joe Serphillips
  • Going to the Sun road, Glacier National Park, MT

    It's a family drive over the most impressive drive in a National Park. Views are amazing, gives them a sense of history, built in great depression, the lives lost building this magnificent road.

    - Ian Bullock
  • Golden Gate Bridge, CA
    Pictures don't do it justice. - Robbie
  • Goldfield Ghost Town and Mine, AZ
    Watch a funny gun fight, underground mine tour, see beautiful Superstition Mountain, and just experience the Old wild West. - Becky
  • Governors Island NM (New York Harbor), NY
    Families can bicycle, picnic, explore, slurp ice cream, climb outdoor art and learn the history of USA beginnings while earning NP Juinior Ranger badge. - Marcia Grubb
  • Grand Canyon National Park, AZ

    One of the most amazing natural wonders of the world. The Grand Canyon is awe inspiring and there are tons of fun activities to do there with the family.

    - David
  • Grand Ol' Opry, TN
    Music is important to every child's life. The Grand Ol' Opry is filled with history and represents the best of one type of music. Many familiar artists either got their start there or were influenced by those that did. - Sheila Wilshire
  • Grand Teton National Park, WY
    Mountains and Cutthroat trout. - Fred
  • Gray Fossil Site, TN
    ETSU and General Shale Brick Natural History Museum and Visitor Center Scientists have discovered an entire ecosystem that existed on this site 4 to 7 million years ago. For the first time the world knows what the southern Appalachians looked like at the end of the time known as the Miocene Epoch. - John
  • Great Lakes Science Center, OH
    This is a wonderfully interactive science center in Cleveland, Ohio. It has tons of hands-on exhibits--it's great fun for kids and adults alike! - Alice
  • Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve, CO
    Well,...it's the biggest sandbox and even has a creek pulsing along one side. Little kids can dig in the wet sand all day! Bigger kids can climb the 750 ft. tall dunes where the views of snow capped mountains, the San Luis Lakes and the entire San Luis Valley are breath-taking. Kids can sled or sand-board down (or run). The excellent visitor center explains the natural forces that created the dunes and the ecology of the fascinating area. - Marilyn Stark Wilbur
  • Great Smokey Mountains National Park, TN
    Great place to get up close and see nature and wildlife at it's best. Lots of hiking trails for all levels. Also lots of fun things for kids in Gatlinburg. - Patti Schweis
  • Great Smoky National Park, TN
    I love this place - John
  • Greenbrier Resort Bunker, WV
    It was built to house the US government in the event of a nuclear attack on our nation's capital. The tour provides a unique glimpse into the cold war era & visitors get to go through a decontamination chamber & see the facilities that were built to give the public the illusion that it was business as usual in the government in case of an attack. My fifth grade class was fascinated & so were their parents. I mean a secret bunker hidden in a resort that for over 200 years has hosted presidents, kings, & stars? Intriguing! - Amy Nutter
  • Green-Wood Cemetery, NY
    Historic cemetery of New York City. - Jodi Rubenstein
  • Gulf shores beaches, AL
    They are so white clean and great family atmosphere - Tammy Fowler
  • Haleakala Volcano Hawaii - Brocken spectre Effect, HI
    This optical illusion shows your shadow surrounded by a fully circular rainbow. It can happen if a few elements are in place: you are at this attaction around sunset, there are clouds and/or fog and/or rain. - Ira Gross
  • Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, HI

    This hike is better than science class—the hardened lava, the stinky sulfur. Just be sure to keep the kids on the marked paths!

    - Rose Wilson
  • Hayden Planetarium, NY

    Simply an awesome place to learn about the universe, from one of the best astrophysicists in the game! Neil Degrasse Tyson

    - Dylan
  • Head of a Man Creature, TN
    Two local teens crashed a pickup truck into this creature in 1987. Its head is now in a glass box, but local sightings persist of a similar monster! Address: 140 Public Square, Lebanon, TN Directions: Displayed in the window of Cuz's Antique Center. On the southeast corner of the public square, at the intersection of US Hwys 231 and 70 - Chris
  • Hearst Castle, CA
    My son LOVED it! we then went to the beach near the castle and saw the sea lions scattered all over sunbathing. - Charlene
  • Henry Doorly Zoo, NE
    You can walk all day and never see it all. This zoo has everything and they are constantly improving and adding new attractions so it's never the same twice. Sometimes, I come here in the winter and do "indoor hiking" there are so many indoor attractions that replicate various ecosystems: the Rainforest, the Desert, Creatures of the night, the Aquarium, the Butterfly Pavilion. My favorite is the rainforest. They also have an Imax theater. They will learn plenty about science & have fun, too. - Nicole S. Montagne
  • Henry Ford Museum & Greenfield Village, MI
    Cars, airplanes, rock & roll all in the fantastic museum then outside, the streets of America from 100 years ago with Edison's shop and the Wright Brother's bicycle shop and much, much more. Takes them back to the time of their great-great grandparents when talking on a phone or listening to a radio were fascinating new experiences topped only by the sight of men (and a few women) flying through the air! - Gerald Robichaud
  • Hershey Park & Chocolate Factory, PA
    What a combination! Amusement rides and chocolate, great day! - gail emery
  • Hersheypark, PA
    Hersheypark offers 12 roller-coasters and MANY rides and activities for kids! The entire city of Hershey is a perfect destination for kids--it's the "sweetest place in the world" and there's lots of chocolate! - Lesa Brackbill
  • Hilton Head Is, SC
    beautiful place to RELAX with family...reasonable - Mary
  • Historic Fort Snelling, MN
    Wonderful restored fort and the history of the western most frontier of the US in the early 19th century. - John Robinson
  • History Colorado Center, CO
    Immersive and high-tech exhibits that put kids in the story. They can take a virtual drive down a bumpy road in an actual Model T Ford, become a miner who must set the dynamite correctly to explode, swap goods at a trading fort with characters from the Wild West, enroll in a town high school and “yearbook” themselves with a 1920s hairdo, push a “time machine” across an enormous map of Colorado, and experience the feeling of launching off a ski jump using a simulator. - Kathie
  • Hollywood, CA
    One of the best places on earth... - David Gates
  • Hollywood Cemetary, VA
    Hollywood Cemetery is a large, sprawling cemetery located at 412 South Cherry Street in Richmond, Virginia. Characterized by rolling hills and winding paths overlooking the James River, it is the resting place of two United States Presidents, James Monroe and John Tyler, as well as the only Confederate States President, Jefferson Davis. It is also the resting place of 25 Confederate generals, more than any other cemetery in the country. Included are George Pickett and J.E.B. Stuart. Hollywood Cemetery was opened in In 1869, a 90-foot (27 m) high granite pyramid was built as a memorial to the more than 18,000 enlisted men of the Confederate Army buried in the cemetery. Hollywood Cemetery is one of Richmond's major tourist attractions. There are many local legends surrounding certain tombs and grave sites in the cemetery, including one about a little girl and the black iron statue of a dog standing watch over her grave. wikipedia - MJ Taylor
  • Holocaust Museum, DC

    It is geared to both Adults and Children with a part of the exhibit done in child proportion. It is a part of world history and a part of our history as a free nation.

    - Judi S.
  • Holy Land Experience, FL
    Best park in Orlando. http://www.holylandexperience.com/ - Kasper
  • Hoover dam, NV
    It's amazing. - Jessica
  • Horicon National Wildlife Refuge, WI
    It is the largest fresh water marsh in North America. Amazing place to show kids wildlife up close, from reptiles and insect to animals and birds. Probably one of the best places to see birds on the entire planet, including the endangered and rare Whooping Crane. - Thomas Ferguson
  • Houses of congress - the senate and house of representatives, DC
    Where everything happens - Susan randa
  • Houston Museum of Natural Science, TX
    The new Paleo hall opening this summer will be the size of a football field and be very kid friendly for kids, young and old. Among the 60+ specimens, 29 of them dinosaur related, will be a T Rex and triceratops, each with fossilized skin patches. The whole hall will be organized chronologically giving everyone a very good idea of the evolving life forms from the Paleozoic era to through the Cenozoic era. - Dianne Vitaska
  • Houston Zoo, TX
    The Houston Zoo provides a fun, unique, and inspirational experience fostering appreciation, knowledge, and care for the natural world. - Ryan Draper
  • Howe Caverns, NY
    Learning Tool - Elizabeth
  • Idlewild Park, PA
    Storybook Forest Mister Rogers Neighborhood - Mia
  • Independence Park, PA
    Where our nation began! Independence Hall, Liberty Bell, and nearby, the very interesting U.S. Mint - Betty
  • Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, IN
    Steep sand dunes, which shift and change, living natural monuments, with beautiful views of and access to Lake Michigan. - Marilyn Stark
  • Indianapolis Children's Museum, IN
    I've been to children's museums all over the U.S. and this is by far the best. They have special and free days throughout the year. Check out their web site: http://www.childrensmuseum.org/ - Steve Ford
  • Indiana State Fair, IN
    The Indiana State Fair is held in Indianapolis, which is the national headquarters for 4-H, so there are tons of animals to see; textiles and art on display. Also, the Department of Natural Resources sets up a wonderful exhibit, and the kids can even go fishing. Of course there are the rides on the midway, but there are also great concents - some of which are even offered on a free stage. - Amy
  • Inner Harbor Baltimore, MD
    It's a fun and fascinating area with good shopping and other attractions nearby, i.e., the National Aquarium. Great food, too. - Suzanne Stevens
  • International Clown Hall of Fame, WI
    An amazing collection of clown memorabilia from around the world honoring clowns past and present. Displays include actual circus clown costumes, original artwork, photos, video and posters from inductees such Emmett Kelly, Red Skelton and Bob "Captain Kangaroo" Keeshan as well as scores of circus clowns from every corner of the globe. - Pat Cashin
  • International Spy Museum, DC
    It's a very educational attraction about the world of espionage, and fun enough so that kids will want to learn. - Jasper Howald
  • Iolani Palace, HI
    Only palace on US soil - Laurel Ann
  • Ivy Green, AL
    Children can see the home where Helen Keller spent her childhood, including the pump where she spoke her first words. Each summer an outdoor play at the home chronicles the childhood of America's First Lady of Courage. - Dennis Sherer
  • Jamestowne Williamsburg, VA
    http://www.williamsburg.com/ Because it where america started. - Malena
  • Jefferson National Expansion Memorial (Gateway Arch), MO
    The Jefferson National Expansion Memorial, which includes the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Missouri, is not only a thrilling engineering marvel, it's also a vital lesson in the history of our country. Visitors to this national park can, of course, ride to the top of the 630-foot arch, the tallest monument in the United States, in a unique spherical elevator and view miles of St. Louis City to the west and Illinois farmland to the east with the mighty ribbon of the Mississippi River stretching between them, they can also learn about the history of westward expansion in the museum below the arch. The museum includes exhibits on the voyage of Lewis and Clark as well as the trip westward by pioneers--something that is unique to American History that other countries didn't experience. There are also 2 movie theaters below the arch, one of which normally shows a movie on how the Arch was built. - Joe
  • Jersey Shore, NJ
    Best beaches and boardwalks and overall fun for kids, teens, adults, everyone. - Diana
  • JLA Headquarters, DC
    An excellent civics lesson! Teaches kids about the value of citizen participation in maintaining the rule of law. - Hal Jordan
  • Jockey's Ridge State Park, NC
    It's like the world's biggest sand box! The tallest sand dune on the east coast. Kids love to climb the dunes and roll, run, or slide back down. It's also one of the best places in the world to learn hang gliding (you can get lessons there!) or fly a kite. The view is breathtaking...the Atlantic Ocean to the east, the Roanoke Sound to the west. - Jennifer Shearin
  • John F. Kennedy Space Center, FL

    To see real rocket launchers, lanching pads, meet with real astronauts, experience space in simulator rides and learn about America's space program, it's achievements and future.

    - Rita Chaturvedi
  • Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest, NC
    It is the last old growth forest on the east coast south of Maine - Sarah
  • J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, CA
    Great artwork and FREE entrance admission! - Heather Wilson
  • Jules Undersea Lodge, FL
    Two 1980s era undersea habitats, situated 30 feet deep in an emerald lagoon. The only true underwater hotel in the US, and with an educational aspect, as supervised excursions from the hotel structure to the neighboring laboratory permit visitors to learn how marine science is conducted from underwater stations like the Aquarius, and to pilot a small aquatic robot. - Robert
  • Kansas Cosmosphere and Discovery Center, KS
    To learn about astronomy, space travel, and science - Moe
  • Kartchner Caverns, AZ
    Anyone who wants to see what an undisturbed natural cave really looks like. It's damp and dark and was only discovered about 25 years ago. - Bill
  • Kennedy Space Center, FL

    What kid doesn't love rockets? The best part is that an actual astronaut does a talk every day about what it's like to go into outer space. So cool.

    - Michael Pianigiani
  • Kennywood Park, PA
    KENNYWOOD PARK, PITTSBURGH, PA A GREAT old fashion amusement park with wooden coasters - Mia
  • Kentucky Down Under, KY
    This place is amazing - they have hands on animal activities - you can feed birds, pet a kangaroo, and even milk a cow - plus they have a cave too! It is great! - Melissa Parocai
  • Kentucky Horse Park, KY
    The Kentucky Horse Park is a place where kids can develop an appreciation and understanding of the vital contributions that horses have made to mankind. Kids can learn the value of that relationship and carry on the tradition to the next generation. - Lisa Jackson
  • Kentucky Horse Park, TN

    Not only does the Horse Park offer museums for different breeds, they also have many examples of breeds of horses from all over the world. They host events that touch on events from cow horses to polo to model horses. They draw people from all nations that attend world caliber events, such as the Rolex Three Day Event. Visitors can meet champion race horses or take a trail ride through the park. Kids can experience different aspects of the horse industry, from vet care to competitions, and see how horses have shaped different cultures and histories. The hands on features at the Kentucky Horse Park will ensure that kids will have moments to remember into adulthood.

    - Rebecca Wilkins
  • King's Island, OH
    One of the best amusement park - Tonya Geier
  • Kitt Peak National Observatory, AZ
    Offers breathtaking views of the Sonoran Desert as well as a look at several amazing telescopes. - Mark Jones
  • Kitty Hawk, NC
    The birthplace of flight. How simple bicycle technology led to the development of airplanes. - Karl Mielenhausen
  • Ky derby museum, KY
    A great place to learn about the sport of kings. Kids will enjoy many interactive family friendly attractions. Families can take a tour of the track, watch live horse racing and even meet a ky derby winner. - Kari bond
  • La Brea Tar Pits, CA
    Black tar bubbling up from the grass. Bones, fossils, and active palentology in the middle of Los Angeles - Eric Bailey
  • LACMA (Los Angeles Cty. Museum of Art), CA
    Not just a great art museum, the Bruce Goff designed Pavilion for Japanese Art is perhaps the most beautiful museum building in the world. - Jaycubed
  • Lake Itasca, MN
    Walk across the headwaters of the mighty Mississippi. - Jinx McHue
  • Lake Placid Olympic center/whiteface, NY
    The history, the location, being in the adirondacks. The emotion of winning hockey medals. If you were to ask which Olympics is remembered the most, 1980 Lake Placid would be listed. - Robin
  • Lake Shasta Caverns, CA
    Lake Shasta Caverns is wonderful mix of nature, activity and adventure. The two hour tour includes a boat ride across the McCloud Arm of Shasta Lake, a 15 minute scenic bus ride up to the cavern entrance (850 feet above the lake) and a one hour guided tour of the caverns! These limestone caverns are one of, if not the best example of this type of cave withing the region! Bustling with well over 20 types of formations and countless fantasy figures within those formations. There is also gemstone panning and a large picnic area at the main gift store. Thousands of students come every year, many of which boast that this is their favorite trip. - Matthew Doyle
  • Lake Tahoe, CA
    Some of the clearest water in the world. North America's largest alpine lake. Nearly endless recreation surrounnding the lake. - Marc
  • Lancaster County, PA
    The combination of great Pennsylvania Dutch food, an amusement park (Dutch Wonderland), the Amish, restaurants, theatre and art museums/galleries in downtown Lancaster, a science center for kids, Turkey Hill Experience in Columbia, PA...the list goes on. - Chris Bittle
  • Land Between The Lakes, KY
    Because its not the Creation Museum! Actually, it's a great place to fish, hunt, horseback ride, mountain bike, birdwatch, or just enjoy the natural world. It's an easy place to avoid the crowds and have a family experience, and it's not far off the beaten path. There's also many historic sites nearby, especially in TN. - jonfromwilmington
  • Lantern Tours of the Ghosts of Zoar Ohio, OH
    A walking tour of historic Zoar, Ohio, settled by German Separatists in 1817, hear about Zoar's history and the resident spirits who reside there - Betty Roderick
  • Lawrence Hall of Science, CA
    Great hands-on science center; Plus, the single best view of the SF Bay Area - Jason
  • Legoland, CA
    Appeals to imagination - Cesar
  • Letchworth State Park, NY
    It's the Grand canyon of the east! - Bill Menheniott
  • Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, VA
    Very easy to navigate, beautiful in all seasons, and an INCREDIBLE, interactive kids garden! In winter they have a wonderful lights show, and great summer camps. - Andrea
  • Lexington and Concord, MA
    American Revolution started here - John Nann
  • Liberty Bell, PA
    The Liberty Bell and the Constitution Center near by are set up so that kids can have an interesting experience exploring the foundations of this country. Although maybe not as interesting for a pre-teen, any 13-15 year with even a passing interest in American history should get a lot out of the experience. - Jess Endicter
  • Liberty Science Center, NJ
    This is an excellent science museum just outside of NYC. - Vincenzo
  • Library of Congress, DC
    Amazing collection of American culture. The library of all libraries. - M. Majors
  • Lincolns Home, IL
    Because Abraham Lincoln played a big part in the history of the United States of America.... - Lisa Bondlow
  • Little Big Horn National Monument, MT
    History is never black and white. Children should be exposed to thought provoking incidents and ideas. Were Indians bad? Was the U.S. government bad? Who was protecting who's rights? What is the nature of "good guys" in history? - Xandman
  • Little House on the Prairie and Monkey Island, KS
    Both of these are in Independence, Kansas (Little House rural, Monkey Island at the park.) Litle House is the location of Laura Ingalls Wilder's most popular book and Monkey Island is the home of the first Space Monkey, in an especially good park.that charges a dime ride on the merry-go-round. - Mib Garrard
  • Longhorn Caverns, TX
    it's a cavern where they lowered a piano into in ground and made a speak easy during prohibition. Also, wounded soldiers were hidden there during war and it opens the mind to think of activities under ground. - Cori Edwards
  • Lookout Mountain, TN
    It's been forever since I had been, but I remember as a kid seeing Ruby Falls and being amazed. - Chris Flint
  • Los Angeles, CA
    An array of entertainment and education, from Disneyland and a multitude of beaches, to museums, to the Hollywood Hills, to acting and music studios, to the Graumann's Chinese Theater. There is a lot of history in Los Angeles at many of these attractions, and much to learn while having fun! Great for all ages. - Whitney Bridwell
  • Los Angeles County Department of Coroner, CA
    A fun adventure for the whole family. - Trevor
  • Los Angeles Maritime Museum, CA
    Great exhibits on local fishery and the USS Los Angeles. - Neil
  • Los Encinos State Park Los Angeles, CA
    Early California history, easily accessible state park right in the heart of the San Fernando Valley/Los Angeles. Wonderful place to learn of CA's hispanic, Indian and foreign roots while touring the lovely adobe home, admiring the guitar lake, and feeding the ducks. - Char Bransky
  • Louisville Zoo, KY

    The Louisville Zoo's award-winning exhibits are the area's most popular family attracttion. We offer the ultimate in "edutainment", Education + Entertainment!

    - Keith Dunn
  • Lowell Observatory, AZ
    It is home of the discovery of Pluto & the expanding universe. You can come here and learn about the stars and planets, and even look through real telescopes at night, benefiting from Flagstaff's dark skies. - Gerard van Belle
  • Luray Caverns, VA
    Luray Caverns, for more than 130 years, has been renowned as one of the world’s most spectacular natural wonders. - Kala Iyer
  • Mackinac Island, MI
    The entire island is listed as a National Historic Landmark. The island was home to a Native American settlement before European exploration began in the 17th century. It served a strategic position amidst the Great Lakes fur trade. It is home to Fort Mackinac, built by the British during the American Revolutionary War. It was the scene of two battles during the War of 1812. The island has undergone extensive historical preservation and restoration and has banned almost all motor vehicles. Travel on the island is either by foot, bicycle, or horse-drawn carriage. Roller skates and roller blades are also allowed.Bicycles, roller skates/roller blades, carriages, and saddle horses are available for rent. The downtown streets are lined with candy shops, many sell a variety of fudge, and some of the confectioners have been operating for more than a century. - Mike Grantham
  • Mackinic Island, MI
    Very unique and filled with history. - Dave V
  • Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum, CA
    It's fascinating, fun, and freakishly fab - JLG
  • Mall of America, MN
    Nickelodeon Universe is the obvious draw for kids and their families, but the Mall also features lots of shopping, food and entertainment. - Jinx McHue
  • Mammoth Caves National Park, KY

    Spectacular caving that all ages can enjoy!

    - Teri
  • Manzanar National Historic Site, CA
    Because it's an important part of WWII history that is often overlooked simply because it was a wrong move on behalf of American Government. Kids need to see the mistakes made by racial profilers to raise awareness of racism in society and make them more accepting of the many cultures California has to offer. - Katie
  • Mariner's Museum, VA
    The USS Monitor exhibit - makes the Civil War seem so much more real and impactful. The artifacts are displayed so well that they create an informative and haunting account of this great war ship. Great museum. - Jim
  • Mark Twain Museum and Boyhood Home, MO
    The Mark Twain Museum and Boyhood Home is rich with the history of America's most well-known and beloved author. Set in Mark Twain's Hannibal, Missouri which is located on the magnificent Mississippi River the museum caters to adults and children alike even supplying a paddle wheel and riverboat whistle which kids young and old are encouraged to blow. A variety of special events including National Tom Sawyer Days where kids can enter contests such as fence painting and frog jumping. Special events and shows (some of them free) are held throughout the year. What a fun way for kids to learn about Mark Twain and the history of small town life on the MIssissippi River in the United States. - Karen See
  • Mark Twain's (Samuel Clemens') Grave, NY
    "In religion and politics people's beliefs and convictions are in almost every case gotten at second-hand, and without examination, from authorities who have not themselves examined the questions at issue but have taken them at second-hand from other non-examiners, whose opinions about them were not worth a brass farthing." - Autobiography of Mark Twain "A man is accepted into a church for what he believes and he is turned out for what he knows." -- Mark Twain, quoted from Barbara Schmidt, ed, "Mark Twain Quotations, Newspaper Collections, & Related Resources" The best minds will tell you that when a man has begotten a child he is morally bound to tenderly care for it, protect it from hurt, shield it from disease, clothe it, feed it, bear with its waywardness, lay no hand upon it save in kindness and for its own good, and never in any case inflict upon it a wanton cruelty. God's treatment of his earthly children, every day and every night, is the exact opposite of all that, yet those best minds warmly justify these crimes, condone them, excuse them, and indignantly refuse to regard them as crimes at all, when he commits them. Your country and mine is an interesting one, but there is nothing there that is half so interesting as the human mind. -- Mark Twain, Letters from the Earth - Sue Smith
  • Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site, GA
    To learn Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Legacy of Racial and Social Justice. - Pam Peltier
  • Maryhill Museum, WA
    Amazing display of native goods and a unique chapter in the history of the development of the Pacific Northwest, along with a replica of Stonehenge as a tribute to the fallen - Thomas
  • Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center, CT

    At the world’s largest Native American museum, your journey begins 18,000 years ago as you travel through a glacial crevasse, hear dripping water, feel chilling air, and listen to the sounds of a glacier. Look into the eyes of life-size replicas of dire wolves, a mastodon, and a giant beaver; and view life-like hunters pursuing caribou among streams and rocky outcroppings. Experience the sights, sounds and aromas of daily life in a 16th-century Pequot village, walk among the trees, wigwams, and life-cast figures shown cooking, talking, weaving and working. Witness the Pequot War in one of two, wide-screen theaters. Learn how the tribe survived after the 17th century war and discover how the Pequots gained federal recognition in the 20th century.

    - Kathy Davis
  • Mauna Kea Observatories, HI
    Above 40% of Earth's atmosphere and a view of the stars you can't get from many other places. Also a chance to see science and engineering at work. - calista
  • Maymont Park, VA

    The coolest place where you can see farm animals, bears, deer and all sort of other plants and wildlife right in the heart of the city.

    - Jonathan Austin
  • McDonald Observatory, TX

    Very educational and interactive for kids. A place they will remember.

    - Linda Shull
  • McWane Science Center, AL
    It's a fun, enlightening, interactive funhouse filled with information and activities. - Richard LeComte
  • Mesa Verde National Park, CO
    It's a good way to teach kids about the native Americans who lived here, and lived in unique housing, and that the native Americans weren't as primitive as they are often portrayed, and these ancient civilizations can be as interesting as those of Europe and the Middle East - Steve
  • Meteor Crater, AZ
    Because it's real and it's science and there are more out there in space. - TCO
  • Michigan Stadium, MI
    Also known as "The Big House", Michigan Stadium is the largest non-racing sports venue in North America. Watching a college football game here is an experience any sports fan would enjoy. - ECW
  • Mid-America Science Museum, AR
    Any kid can enjoy learning about science at this museum. The exhibits are all hands-on and interactive, and there are always new and exciting things being added. Mid-America provides a fun, educational enhancement to the tourism experience in the Hot Springs area. - Jaime Goswick
  • Middle fork salmon river whitewater wilderness float trip 100miles, ID
    Raw nature at its finest - camping, fishing, forests, mountains. Premier rocky mountain wildlife. History - mining, Lewis & Clark, American Indian artifacts. Families float in a boat with many other boats and make friends. Eating and sharing stories around the campfire on a seven day, 100 mile float through the largest wilderness area in the lower 48 states. A life changing, self confidence building trip for kids. - Jeff Cundick
  • Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie, IL
    The only place near Chicago where they can get away from the noise of civilization! And they can volunteer and make a difference in our future. - jon from wilmington
  • Milwaukee Art Museum, WI
    Art and architecture fans. It was featured during last year's Milwaukee tryouts for American Idol and Transformers Dark of the Moon. - Bill
  • Milwaukee Public Museum, WI
    A really great museum - just the right size for a family - jon from wilmington
  • Minnesota Zoo, MN
    Kids should see the Minnesota Zoo because it has many interactive opportunities, and cool exhibit design. They really focus on family, and the importance of being educated about our earth! Plus, it is great for adults as well, you will not get bored following your child around, I assure you. - Sarah
  • Mississippi River Headwaters, MN
    From a beautiful natural location you can walk across the river that becomes the most powerful river in the United States. - Marcia
  • Missouri Botanical Garden, MO
    I've seen a lot of botanical gardens across the U.S., and this is the best one in the country! If kids are interested in gardening or learning about plants, this place can't be beat. - Eric
  • Monahans sandhills, TX
    Fun place to slide in sand dunes and educational to see how a landform changes daily - Martha Barrera
  • Monterey Bay Aquarium, CA
    Over the years this place has never lost its ability to get visitors engaged. There are tide pool and low water HANDS ON exhibits, a giant kelp forest that you can sit in front of for hours, and beautiful views of the bay just outside. I can't remember how many times I have been there! - Kathi McAdoo
  • Montezuma Castle, AZ
    We visited this site a few years ago; I was completely amazed at the cliff dwellings, their construction and form, and found it simply fascinating to learn about these Native Americans. It is impossible to observe these earthen structures without feeling humbled at the frequently complaining attitude of entitlement many young people exhibit today.... - Terry Fountain
  • Monument Valley, AZ
    Besides the awesome geology, there's a dose of much-neglected Native American history. (catch Mesa Verde on the way!) - George Lindsey
  • Morrison Formation, WY
    The Morrison Formation is a distinctive sequence of Late Jurassic sedimentary rock that is found in the western United States, which has been the most fertile source of dinosaur fossils in North America - Bob
  • Morrison Natural History Museum, CO
    Children and adults alike get *hands on* learning about local paleontology (local to Morrison, CO). Not only can you "pet" the fossils in this museum, but you get hands on time in the lab and get to help work on boulders containing fossils! - Renee
  • Morro Rock, CA
    Was once a volcano. - Dan Mattfield
  • Mote Aquirum, FL
    Great place with exciting interactive water displays. Great place to spend the day.. recommend bringing a lunch and sitting outside when its not to hot. They continue to change with each year and we have gone 6 years in a row and still find new additions. There is a free bird sanctuary right next door as well worth seeing. - Tamara
  • Mountain Meadows Massacre Memorial, UT
    To be reminded of our nations' proud religious past!!! "Mountain Meadows is a small valley in extreme southwestern Utah, where, in 1857, a party of some 140 emigrants bound for California were massacred. It was a period when friction between Mormons and non-Mormons was acute, with Mormons bitterly resenting the coming of U.S. troops to enforce federal laws in their territory. Earlier that year a Mormon convocation had declared the independence of Utah from the United States, and Mormon hostility toward westward-bound travelers had escalated. In September of 1857, a party of emigrants from Arkansas, with a few from Missouri and Illinois, led by Charles Fancher, encamped at Mountain Meadows, a well-known camp site on the Spanish Trail. There they were attacked by a large band of Mormons, many disguised as members of the local Paiute tribe, allegedly accompanied by real Paiutes and apparently led by Mormon John D. Lee." - Joe B Smythe
  • Mount Desert Island, ME
    Beautiful! - John Nann
  • Mount Lassen, CA
    Volcanic stuff, a nice hike to the summit - Raymond Payne
  • Mount Rushmore, SD
    Mt Rushmore combines the awesomeness of a massive sculpture with the faces of four great men who led our nation through some challenging and difficult times. A reminder to the next generation that leadership is important in challenging times. - rsiefker
  • Mount St. Helens, WA
    Although its beauty is beginning to appear once again, the sheer devastation of the eruption is almost mind boggling. - M. S. Seidel
  • Mount Vernon Plantation, G.Washington's Home, VA
    It's the home of our 1st president and a great place to see how people lived back in the 1700s. I went on a school trip to DC when I was in 5th grade and it was my favorite of all the things I saw. Many years later I returned in my 40's and I still loved it. So rich in history - Nancy Scott
  • Mt St Helen's National Volcanic Monument, WA
    To learn and understand the beauty and power of the geological processes involved in the building and destruction of mountains. - Steven Hosford
  • Muir Woods, CA
    Magnificent trees, easy to access for small children and exhausted parents. For the more adventurous, there are the hiking trails that lead into the surrounding hills - once I left the paved trails, I didn't see anyone. Named for one of the pioneering conservationists in our country, John Muir. - jonfromwilmington
  • Multnomah Falls, OR
    These are the th largest falls in the US and are absolutely stunning. Plenty of smallery nearby waterfalls, trails to hike, and gorgeous scenery to take pictures of or just enjoy. A natural beauty at any time of year. - Amanda Leonard
  • Museum of International Folk Art, NM
    This was one of my favorite places to visit as a child. Brightly colored clothes, and toys from around the world will capture the attention of young ones, and it will help older ones develop a cultural understanding and appreciation. Very affordable, only $9 for adults, kids 16 and under are free! http://www.internationalfolkart.org/ - Jennifer
  • Museum of Modern Art, NY
    It can reignite a kids imagination by seeing what may be possible if you don't stop believing and hold on to the feeling. - John
  • Museum of Natural Science, NC
    It's the best place in the whole entire world oh my gosh - Anna
  • Museum of Science and Industry, IL
    There are many wonderful things to see, including the U505, a German U-boat that was captured at sea. There's also a working coal mine, and one of the world's largest model train displays. - Kent Uctum
  • Museum of the Rockies, MT
    Our 6 week tour of the states this was one of the favorites of my kids. Excellent museum for kids of all ages. - Kimberly
  • Museum of The United States Air Force, OH
    The greatest collection and history of aviation! Everything a person should get to know about the USAF aviation with an abundant amount of historical aircraft and hands on exhibits. - Thomas W Boyle
  • Museum of Tolerance, CA
    World-renowned museum delves into the dark world of racism and prejudice while highlighting the Holocaust as the most extreme example of man's inhumanity to man. Interactive exhibits, two theaters, a research floor and gallery for special exhibitions within the Simon Wisenthal Center are just part of the experience and soul you will find here - s anderson
  • Musuem of Natural History, NY
    Each section's walk through time will inspire any kid's (young or old) imagination. - Josie C
  • Mystic Seaport, CT
    Living history museum depicting New England coastal life during the 19th century --- a recreated historical village complete with roleplayers, historic sailing vessels to explore, a working shipyard, maritime museum exhibits and art gallery, children's museum, boat rides, planetarium and more --- lots for kids to see and do --- our family's favorite attraction in New England - J. Marcoux
  • NASA - Johnson Space Center - Houston, TX
    You can see a training facility of the International Space Center. - Amy Hutching
  • National Air and Space Museum, DC
    Kids are generally enthusiastic about flying machinery, and this museum is great for that. Also, the price is right: absolutely free! - Emma
  • National Archives, DC
    To see the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States as signed by the authors. - M Carter
  • National Cherry Festival, MI
    The National Cherry Festival takes place every year in July in Traverse City MI. It is a week long festival with fireworks, races, parades, cherries, live music, arts and craft fairs, events specifically for children, and is situated between two bays on lake michigan. - james D.
  • National Civil Rights Museum, TN

    It's so important to teach kids about this part of our nation's history, and adults learn things as well.

    - Jonathan Cowell
  • National Convention Center, PA
    It is our nations history all tied up in one package. It is great for kids and adults. The hands on exhibits and information on so many things about our country is amazing.Not to mention Ben Franklin's final resting place across the street and Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell nearby. We will definitely be going back. - Rhonda
  • National Corvette Musemum, KY
    This is the home of the countries only sports car. The musemum was built by Corvette owners. - Jim Robertson
  • National Corvette Museum, KY
    Since 1953 the Corvette has been America's Sports Car. The National Corvette Museum was established as a not-for-profit foundation with a mission of celebrating the invention of the Corvette; preserving its past, present and future; and educating the public about Corvette. - Bueno G
  • National cowboy hall of fame, OK
    Children still enjoy playing cowboy. The museum has Exhibits for children, and the historical information Is interesting to all family members. - Gayle morris
  • National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, OK
    This museum is absolutely incredible in displaying western art and culture and includes a reproduction western town. One full day cannot do this museum justice. - Jerry Ross
  • National Cryptologic Musuem, MD
    The Museum houses a collection of thousands of artifacts that collectively serve to sustain the history of the cryptologic profession. Visitors can catch a glimpse of some of the most dramatic moments in the history of American cryptology: the people who devoted their lives to cryptology and national defense, the machines and devices they developed, the techniques they used, and the places where they worked. - William J. Newman
  • National Flight Academy., FL
    This is an off branch of the National Naval Aviation museum that forces total on STEMS it is a camp that is a week long. http://www.nationalflightacademy.com/about/faqs - David Pistey
  • National Geographic Museum - Washington DC., DC
    Great hands-on for kids. Mixes history with science with the World. - Kim
  • National Great Blacks in Wax Museum, MD
    It does a graet job of telling the story of African Americans in this country while also showing some of great things African Americans have done present day. - Rick
  • National High Magnet Field Labratory, FL
    Incredible learning possibilities! To spark more interest in the field of science. Hands on, interactve website. - Angie Bee
  • National Infantry Museum & Soldier Center, GA
    It provides an up close and personal experience with the history of the United States Infantry. Children are constantly being bombarded with inaccurate views of our nation's military and it's history from TV and movies. It is important that children understand the correct history of our military and not a Hollywood version. - Joshua Witherell
  • National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium, IA
    Fun and learning flow together at the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium! Not only does it have the animals, culture, history and people related to the Mighty Mississippi, it also takes you on an unforgettable journey along ALL the great rivers of America to the sea. - Amanda
  • National Motorcycle Museum, IA
    The most amazing collection of motorcycles. Inexpensive and very interesting. - John Robinson
  • National Museum of the American Indian, DC
    To learn about an amazing culture and society that was almost eradicated. - Robert Karp
  • National Museum of the American Indian-NY, NY
    It has amazing exhibits that are interactive an very thought provoking. Most of all it is FREE! In NYC that is a rarity... - Danyelle Means
  • National Museum of the US Air Force, OH
    Probably one of the largest collection of US aircraft in the world. It's a great reminder of what previous generations endured so we can live privileged lifestyles. - Neil
  • National Naval Aviation Museum, FL
    Fly high with an adventure at the National Naval Aviation Museum, one of the world’s largest aviation museums. Located aboard Naval Air Station Pensacola, this historic treasure boasts more than 150 beautifully restored aircraft, hands-on exhibits and more than 4,000 artifacts representing Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard aviation. Watch the awe-inspiring Blue Angels at practice air shows from March through November, take a ride in a motion-based or Top Gun Air Combat simulator, have fun with the ultimate seven story giant screen movie experience in the IMAX Theatre and dine in the Cubi Bar Café, an exhibit itself. There are plenty of family-friendly ways to get the most out of quality time with the kids. Free admission is an added bonus, as well as free tours inside the Museum and on the flight line. - Alice Franklin
  • National POW-MIA Museum, GA
    Every kid needs to visit here to learn Freedom isn't Free. This is an amazing testiment to the price: The personal effects of prisoners, recreated bamboo cages & Hanoi Hilton rooms,the flags that they made from their clothes, knowing they they will be killed if it is found. Every American needs to make this trip. - voncile creamer
  • National Quilt Museum, KY
    The National Quilt Museum, is located in Paducah, Kentucky. The National Quilt Museum is a nationally recognized art museum that exhibits the finest quilting and fiber art in the world. In an average year they are visited by quilters and art lovers from all 50 states and over 40 countries worldwide. It is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Kentucky and one of the most respected and well known organizations among quilting enthusiasts. Better than the Creation museum. - Peter
  • National Radio Astronomy Observatory, WV
    To give them perspective on just how small we are in this great cosmic ocean. - Andrew
  • National Tiger Sancutary, MO
    Kids will learn about the environment and ecosystems. They will also get within 3 feet of many magnificent big cats! An unforgettable experience! - Jay Wohlert
  • National World War I Museum , KS
    Great place to learn about WWI. It has stuff for stundents, teachers, and families. - James
  • National Zoo, DC
    One of the best zoos in the country - M.
  • Natural Bridge State Park, KY
    Beautiful and the hike is great exercise. - Sunny
  • Natural Bridge, VA
    Amazing natural structure in the mountains of Virginia -- lots of other fun places to visit in the vicinity - Jane M.
  • Navy Pier, Chicago, IL
    At Christmas especially, have many holiday exhibits and fun things to do, the Imax theatre. - Tom Harmon
  • New England Holocaust Memorial, MA
    Kids should see this to realize how many people were killed during the ignorant times of Hitler. This is such a fascinating memorial. - Janine
  • New Jersey Boardwalk and Beach, NJ
    Some kids never get the chance to see the ocean or a boardwalk. We have a few and they should be experienced. - donna jo knipe
  • New Jersey Naval Museum, NJ
    It's the home of the USS Ling (SS-297), a real World War II submarine. While she saw no combat, it will give kids an idea of the life of the submariner during one of the most defining conflicts the US ever go involved in. THe submarine force of the US Navy carried out half the war in the Pacific, slowly eroding the force of the Japanese. They are the unspoken and unknown heroes of the war. Over 3,000 of these men did not come home. Thier memory is honored in the list of subs that did not return home and places like the USS Ling. We conduct informative tours, birthdays and sleep overs! - Matthew J. Milsop, Director of Tour Guides, New Jersey Naval Museum
  • New Orleans! Children's Brass bands in the french quarter after the Saints games, LA
    If you want your child to have an appreciation for music. And to see that instruments are cool. They have to see the talented children and teens performing throughout the night. Football, cooking classes, Beignets, staying up late, music in the streets, the insectarium, singing at the fudgery, swamp tours, boat rides, and street cars! NOLA is a sweet spot for children of all ages. Teens, Tweens, and kiddies all can find something to do. - Cherelle Boyce
  • Newport Aquarium, KY
    Full of activities geared to all age groups of children and adults - Mary Perkins
  • Newport, RI
    American History - Joan Holleran
  • Newseum, DC
    It's full of interactive fun, history, nerdiness and fun facts galore. I knew when I was very young that I wanted to be a journalist and this attraction really brings that to life for children today. Everyone, regardless of age, needs to visit the Newseum! http://www.newseum.org/index.html - Jacqueline
  • New York City, NY
    New York City is an amazing place. Very diverse, and just beautiful. You cant just see one thing in New York City. The Statue of Liberty, the memorial, empire state building, Broadway, I could go on and on. - Lani Cronic
  • New York Public Library, NY
    Very important library. - M. Majors
  • Neyland Stadium, TN
    It is a massive stadium where the Tennessee Volunteers have played football for over 100 years and was recently renovated. - Allen Barnes
  • NHRA Winternationals Pomona, CA
    They will never hear or feel anything like funny cars racing a quarter mile @ 300+ mph! - Top Fuel Teri
  • Niagra falls, NY
    spectacular - LeRoy Johnson
  • NMAI, DC
    To remind them of the original inhabitants of this continent, and that due to the dominant society, they are becoming extinct. - Rachel
  • North Shore of Lake Superior, MN
    Gorgeous to see the Great Lakes no matter where you go, but the hiking, lighthouses, and history of this place are amazing!! Beautiful landscapes, waterfalls, and fabulous rock hunting!! :) - Molly Loder
  • Norton Simon Museum, CA
    The Norton Simon Museum continues to hold true to its namesake’s vision while organizing exhibits which demonstrate the richness and history of the collections. - Sugar Spice
  • Okeefenokee Swamp Park., GA
    Lots of natural history in one of the oldest states in the union. - Captain Jack Sparrow
  • Oklahoma City Memorial and museum, OK
    Show them the devastation of a terrorist act, and to help them to appreciate freedom in America, and help to protect it. - Rob Schabert
  • Old Faithful, WY
    Amazing forces we can see working within our earth. Yellowstone National Park and The Grand Tetons are also awesome. - Susan Mattson
  • Old Route 66, IL
    Kids need to learn that it's possible & FUN to travel w/out all the technology available today. To get off the beaten path and find adventure in real life not video games and dvd's. that spending time w/family can be fun. - colleen woody
  • Old Tucson, AZ
    I remember enjoying the action of the Old West when I visited as a child. - Jolene
  • Olympic National Park, WA
    3 amazing ecosytems in 1 park! The temperate rainforst in the Hoh River Valley, the Olympic Mountains, & the Washington coastline. The Ruby Beach, the Hall of Mosses, & Sol Duc Hot Springs. - Rhonda
  • Orange County Center for Contemporary Art, CA
    OCCCA is a space that invites artists to think about their practice as research and to develop ideas, exhibitions and projects. It is a space conducive to self-organized initiatives and the sharing of artistic resources. OCCCA recognizes the importance of social engagement, global networking, intellectual exchange, information sharing, critical dialogue and collaboration. OCCCA recognizes the social and cultural value of artistic experimentation. OCCCA serves artists through exhibitions, publicity and publications. OCCCA is committed to honoring the legacy of the alternative space movement by continuing the tradition with new generations of artists. OCCCA emphasizes the work itself, what John Cage called, “the quality of encounter.” OCCCA presents cutting-edge art within a forward-thinking intellectual framework. OCCCA’s ambitious program of events weaves contemporary art into the fabric of ever - stephen anderson
  • Oregon Coast, OR
    There is nothing like the Oregon Coast! - Melissa
  • Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, OR
    It's a fully interactive science museum with everything from geometric puzzles to an earthquake simulator! - Victoria Wilson
  • Outerbanks, NC
    the ocean, dolphins, wild horses, activites, history - renee ritter
  • Pacific Science Center, WA
    Great museum with hours of fun activities! They have every area of science from the senses of the body to dinosaurs and and butterflies! Wish I could have stayed longer to get to do everything! - quenci5522
  • Patriot's Point, SC
    Who doesn't like ships? It's awesome! - Shane Stitzinger
  • Peaks of Otter, VA
    A place surrounded by natural beauty in the Blur Ridge Mountains. - William P. Cannon
  • Pensacola Beach, FL
    Beautiful white sand and Gulf waters to play in. - Linda Cobb
  • Philadelphia Zoo, PA
    The nations oldest zoo and still one of it's best. - Erin
  • Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, MI
    What's not to love here! Hiking, nearly private beaches, nature at it's best, and not crowds! Our kids loved it here and look forward to returning. - Carol Biederman
  • Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg, TN
    Pigeon Forge is a family friendly environment filled with fun for all ages. Home of Dollywood, Dixie Stampede and lots of good ole southern cooking. Ya'll come now ya hear?! - Lisa
  • Pikes Peak, CO
    ...Purple Mountain Majesty. - molly stevens
  • Pikes Peak, McGregor, IA
    Scenic views; Hiking trails - carl
  • Pineapple Festival, FL
    Pineapples - Rob
  • Please Touch Museum, PA
    A museum where everything can be touched and played with. Interactive, educational and fun. - Erin
  • Plymouth, MA

    Learn about the Pilgrims and the early foundation of the country. Visit replicata town and town the infamous Plymouth rock

    - Karin Olsen
  • Point cabrillo lighthouse, CA
    it's a fully restored working lighthouse that also comes with views of sea lions and tidepools on the northern california coast. - Jeni
  • Point Reyes Peninsula, CA
    Although much of this public land is backcountry, much of this place is very accessible with good trails and interpretation. It's also a great place to see whales, sea lions, and elk outside a zoo. There's also a remote chance of becoming prey (there are pumas and great white sharks) but you have to be a real dimbulb to end up as food (or let your children end up as food) to either of these predators. - jonfromwilmington
  • Precious Moments Chapel & Park, MO
    It's a special place for any Precious Moments enthusiast to see. - Jolene
  • Presque Isle State Park, PA
    Because it's cool. It's a huge sandbar jutting out into Lake Erie from Erie, PA. It has miles of walking/bike trails, paddle boats, beaches, boat trips onto the Lake... it's one of my favorite places to visit. - Stephen Michael Fry
  • Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania, PA
    To experience the fascinating, world-class collection of more than 100 historic American locomotives and railroad cars. They can sit in an engineer's seat, climb aboard a caboose, go hands-on in the popular railway education center. It's real trains, real history, real excitement. - Deborah Reddig
  • Rainbow Bridge National Monument, UT
    Rainbow Bridge is the world's largest known natural bridge. The span has undoubtedly inspired people throughout time--from the neighboring American Indian tribes who consider Rainbow Bridge sacred, to the 300,000 people from around the world who visit it each year. - LP Lover
  • Ralph Foster Museum, MO
    The Ralph Foster Museum is located on the campus of the College of the Ozarks in Point Lookout, MO. It is a 3 floor museum with all different kinds of taxidermied animals in natural poses. For the young cowboy, there is a large display of various guns, including one of Jesse James's gun. You can see the car from the Beverly Hillbillies TV show. There is something here for one and all. http://www.rfostermuseum.com/ - Diane Schultz
  • Reason Rally, DC
    Help kids understand the real world. - David Fogle
  • Red Rocks, CO
    Because it's awesome! - Mona
  • Red Woods, CA
    Cause they are the bigest trees alive I live where they grow and it is histry - Melanie Day Crescent City Ca
  • Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, CA
    Located in Balboa Park, San Diego, CA, this theater was not only one of the first IMAX theaters but also a science center in which kids can actually experiences applicable science in our lives. http://www.rhfleet.org/ - CRasch
  • Ricketts Glenn State Park, PA
    The 20+ waterfalls on the most beautiful trail east of the Mississippi. Google for pics. - Chris Kleinsasser
  • Rio Guadalupe, TX
    Funny, magical, spectacular - Luz Medina
  • Roadside America, PA
    This is an absolutely amazing miniature village and operating train feature. It has hundreds of buildings and kids (and adults) can operate models and features on the platform. It is so well done, large and nostalgic. Kids love it! - Jim
  • Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, OH
    Excellent history of the roots and changing aspects of rock and roll. Fantastic chance to learn more about the American musical styles of blues and rock and roll. - DJG
  • Rock City, KS
    It is a unique rock formation that they will see nowhere else in the US. - Ron King
  • Rockwell Museum of Western Art, NY
    A very unique experience for all ages kids under 19 are free. Many activities for children and adults. - Jason VanSkiver
  • Rocky Mountain National Park, CO
    The amount of wildlife and alpine beauty are life changing. - prolwing
  • Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, CA
    Tour the Air Force One airplane several presidents used. Fun and educational Interactive exhibits. Beautiful scenery. Visit the President's burial site. - Becky
  • Roosevelt Regional Landfill, WA
    Children need to understand our past to help take care of our future. Seeing the landfill will help them to understand where the generations before them have come from -and what they have left behind for future generations to clean up, learn from and make a better way to live in communion with our planet. - Jill Narozny
  • Roswell, NM
    Site of famous UFO crash site and Demi Moore's home city. - Ashton
  • Roundhouse Railroad Museum, GA
    Located in downtown Savannah, the Roundhouse Railroad Museum is believed to be the largest and most complete Antebellum railroad repair facility still in existence in the world! Located on the former Central of Georgia railroad yards, the Savannah Children’s Museum’s first phase, called Exploration Station, will open June 9, 2012. The Newman’s Own Foundation, the philanthropic organization created by the late actor Paul Newman, is providing $200k of the funding for the interactive educational addition at the Georgia Railroad Museum. Activities include a train ride, rail car tours, the hand car, and children's activities in the Baggage Car! The Roundhouse Railroad Museum is recognized as a National Historic Landmark District and has been designated by the State Legislature as the Georgia State Railroad Museum. - Mark Thomas
  • Royal Gorge Bridge, CO
    Higest Suspension Bridge in the U.S. and second higest in the world. - Laura Yost
  • Saguaro National Park, AZ
    Those Cacti in the movies? They exist, and they're here. While you're there, go camping in the Santa Catalina mountain range - I recommend Mt Lemmon. :) - Heather
  • Salem, MA
    There are a plethora of historic sites, homes, museums, and much more! - ndharless
  • Salvador Dali Museum, FL
    Find the melting clocks and hidden matador to receive an epic moustache. - CS
  • San Diego Natural History Museum, CA
    Science! - ...
  • San Francisco, CA
    It, like New York City, is one of the most diverse and interesting cities in the country. Skip the "tourist traps" like Fisherman's Wharf and just travel the whole city, the many great neighborhoods. It's one of the two most fantastic urban locations in the USA. - Mike
  • Santa Cruz Boardwalk, CA
    Free entry, rides for all ages, on the beach, arcades - Richard Bennett
  • Santa Fe Children's Museum, NM
    It is a blast for children of all ages. Many interactive exhibits and free playing fun. Children have indoor canals and streams for sailing boats, an indoor climbing wall, a facepainting table, and learn about science, the world and art. - JG
  • Santa Fe, NM
    History, Art, Culture - Meg
  • Santa's Workshop North Pole, CO
    This place brings out the spirit of the holidays almost year-round. I went there many times as a kid to visit the "real santa", rode the 40 or so rides, including the world's highest Ferris Wheel, and left the place feeling so much spirit. It's great for the whole family, and great for parent's to see their kid's face light up. - Karley Ford
  • Sauder Village, OH
    Experience historic farm life from the great Black Swamp of Northwest Ohio in the 19th and early 20th century. Includes a pioneer settlement, natives & newcomers, craftsmen demonstrating woodworker, basket weaver, pottery, rug making, quilters, tin smith, broom maker, glass blowier, black-smith, cider mill, making apple butter, and many more. Established in 1976. - Anita Butler
  • Schooner Isaac H. Evans, ME
    The Schooner Isaac H. Evans is a kid-friendly Maine windjammer creating long-lasting memories and honoring the environment on single- and multi-night sailing adventures! Built in 1886, the Evans is the oldest working oyster schooner in existence. She was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1991. Families (with children as young as age six) can spend a single night or up to six nights aboard learning how to run the ship. Everyone learns about wildlife, lobstering, lighthouses, islands, weather, teamwork, maritime history, and more while experiencing a living museum. This isn't a hands-off, viewed from behind velvet ropes experience, this is hands-on and real . . . moving from one place to another with the power of the wind like sailors from over a century ago. - Brenda Thomas
  • Seattle Space Needle, WA
    A piece of our Nation's great history with an incredible view of the skyline of Seattle. - quenci5522
  • Seattle Underground, WA
    Humorous look at the history that is buried underneath. - Winifred
  • Sea World, FL
    biggest and baddest aquarium park you could every imagine - Justin
  • SeaWorld San Antonio, TX
    It is a wonderful way to see what actually lives in the sea, and learn about what they eat and how far they travel, while eating spawning whatever. It is a great place to visit. - Portia Thompson
  • Sea World, TX
    Its fun, entertaining, and you can learn a lot about the animals. - Kristina
  • Seaworld TX, TX
    great day of fun in a great city - John
  • Sedona, AZ
    With Natural beauty, hiking, wildlife, Native cultures, Sedona is the perfect summer getaway! With attractions like Slide Rock State Park, Montezuma Castle, Historic Uptown, and the red rock vistas - look no further than Sedona! Neighboring towns such as Ghost Mining Town Jerome, Flagstaff, and only 2 hours south of the Grand Canyon, Sedona's central location makes it a great home base during your tour of Arizona! Plus with the Arizona centennial this year, tons will be going on! - Erin Joyce
  • Sequoia Nation Park, CA
    These trees are some of the oldest, largest and most majestic living things on this planet. - Me
  • Shedd Aquarium, IL
    The best indoor aquarium I've ever been to! - Kayla
  • Slater Mill in Pawtucket, RI
    See the process of textile production from raw cotton to finished fabric at this museum complex where knowledgeable costumed interpreters give fascinating demonstrations. Tours last about 90 minutes and admission fees are very reasonable. Fun way to learn about the American Industrial Revolution! - Jane M.
  • Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, MI
    The beauty and granduer of the dunes is awe-inspiring. The Native American legend about the formation of the dunes lives on today. And the beauty of the crystal blue waters of Lake Michigan rivals those found in the Caribbean. - Diane Hinckley
  • Smithsonian-Library of Congress, DC
    Get a Free library card, beautiful building, paintings, sculptures, contains one of the oldest Bibles in th world, I believe has Jefferson's library in there. - R Tang
  • Smithsonian Museum of American History, DC

    For the best collection of items which celebrate America and all her people.

    - Tomilynn Harris
  • Smithsonian Museum of Natural History, DC

    Better than the creation museum.

    - Cris
  • Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, DC
    Because kids should learn about the science of air and space flight. They should learn how an airplane stays up in the air. Plus, there are so many aircraft and spacecraft on display to learn from. - Kimberley Couey
  • Smokey mountains national park, NC
    Beautiful and fun - Down Easter
  • Smoky Mountain National park, NC
    Great place to see nature. - George
  • Soudan Underground Mine Tour, MN
    A chance to ride deep into the earth to see how iron ore was mined for years. Also attractions to see above ground. - Wendy Gibson
  • South Florida, FL
    South Florida is suffering terribly from the recent reccesion and need your tourist dollars. - Swamp Yankee
  • South Padre Island, TX
    U S Coastal Nat'l Park is sand and waves of the Gulf of Mexico preserved in original condition. - Alice S. DeWitt
  • Space Camp, AL
    Because they can do more than just see rockets; they can BE part of a team of astronauts & engineers for a day. Where else can you fly to the Moon and be home before school starts? - Melissa Snider
  • Spirit Lake Massacre Historical Sites, IA
    These sites communicate the past and show children the price paid by children their own age when settling these areas. - Daniel H
  • Spook Hill, FL
    Spook Hill - Lake Wales, Florida Park your car at the bottom of this "gravity-defying hill" in Lake Wales and it will appear to roll up the hill. Is it an optical illusion or some kind of mystical occurrence? - Racheal
  • Stature of Liberty, NY
    It's the first sight many immigrants saw. It let them know they were now free to be who they could become. - Penny
  • St. Augustine, FL
    It is the oldest city in America. It is a beautiful city with a lot of history. My children love it. There is always warm weather and it is near the beach. You can always find alot to do. My children love the oldest school, they think that it is so cool to see how kids use to go to school. - Kim Wood
  • Steamtown National Historic Site, PA
    Steamtown NHS, located in Scranton is one of the most authentic museums in the world. It has multiple operating steam locomotives, maintained in original infrastructure, including a working shop. The yard was built in the 1850's by the Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Railroad in the 1850's. The oldest structures date back to the Civil War. Vintage diesels, rolling stock and trolleys also add to the experience. In addition the yard is still used for freight and allows side-by-side comparisons between modern and historical railroading. - Stephen Trinder
  • St. louis arch and museum of westward expansion, MO
    for the education value. the architecture of the arch is a "wonder" and the story of the lewis and clark expedition in the museum is one every american should see. - Lori Blue
  • St. Louis Children's Museum, MO
    The St.Louis Children's Museum was the absolute COOLEST children's museum we had ever taken our kids to! My boys are both grown and in college now and it still sticks out in my mind as one of the neatest places we visited when they were younger! - Marcey Abrecht
  • St. Louis Science Center, MO
    It is awesome - foo bar
  • St. Louis Zoo, MO
    A free zoo! Beautiful grounds, family friendly, educational, appreciation for animals and the workers that make it all possible. - Stacy Morley
  • Stone mountain, GA
    it was really neat to see the rock carving and hike up to the top. - teresa bombugar
  • Stone Mountain Park, GA
    Stone Mountain Park is Georgia's most visited tourist attraction and is a great destination for kids and families. The park around world's largest exposed mass of granite will add more fun this spring with the addition of Geyser Towers, the first water-based ropes course of its kind in North America. Hike up the mountain or take the Summit Skyride to the top for the best views of the city. Visit in the wintertime and sled down Snow Mountain. Check out the nightly lasershow in Mountainvision 3D. Stone Mountain Park is most definitely an attraction that kids (and parents!) won't want to miss. - Nicole Foo
  • Story Book Land, NJ
    For over 50 years, since its founding in 1955, Storybook Land has been keeping the spirit of childhood alive in an entertaining and educational atmosphere. At Storybook Land, our emphasis is on fun for the entire family … with special attention given to its youngest members. If this is your child’s – or grandchild’s – first visit to an amusement park, you can be certain that it will be a very positive experience. The timelessness of childhood will ring true as your family literally walks through its all-time favorite stories and nursery rhymes in a remarkably clean and enjoyable park setting. - James Julian
  • Stratford Hall, VA
    Stratford Hall is the ancestral home of the Lee family. Though Robert E. was born there, it's not really his home (it was sold not many years later). Rather, it's the history of this very country that was made at Stratford Hall, where the Lee brothers (the only brothers to sign the Declaration of Independence) in 1766 drafted the Westmoreland Resolves (or Leedsville Resolves) which anticipated the Declaration by 10 years, including some of the language Jefferson used. There are many activities for school-aged youngsters and it's fascinating for adults as well. - Mari Bonomi
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  • Super Museum, IL
    The complete history of Superman. - Mark
  • Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve, KS
    One of the last areas of native tall grass left in the nation. Buffalo, hiking, fishing -- and the beautiful Kansas prairie, not-much changed since the arrival of the plains Indians thousands of years ago. A unique attraction worthy of the out-of-the way trip for many folk. - Kathy Leonard
  • Tennessee Aquarium, Chattanooga, TN
    Great small aquarium, has interactive exhibits for the young and young-at-heart. Meet a sturgeon! I never saw so many kids get excited over obscure (but nifty) fish. Lots of science too. The butterfly room is great for five and under! Worth a stop if you're passing through on the way to or from Florida. - jonfromwilmington
  • The Atlantic Ocean and the Pacific Ocean, FL
    To see the difference between the East Coast and the West Coast - Jane Norris
  • The Badlands, SD
    "In 1935, the great architect Frank Lloyd Wright came here and described what he saw with an artist's eye: 'an indescribable sense of mysterious elsewhere … [an] endless supernatural world more spiritual than earth but created out of it."' http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/7WondersofAmerica/story?id=4726915&page=1 - Jane M.
  • The Children's Musuem of Indianpolis, IN
    It's called The World's Biggest & Best Children's Museum for a reason! It's family-friendly and fun for kids of all ages and manages to be fun and enjoyable for adults as well! - Tosha Daugherty
  • The Cloisters, NY
    Because it's worth the hike uptown. - C Baker
  • The Columbus Zoo, OH
    The best zoo in the country. Period. - Chris Cape
  • The Erie Canal, NY
    The mule's name was Sal, and nearly every 4th grader learns the song as they study American History. The water route which opened the west, affecting the demographics of this country, providing the inexpensive raw materials for the population centers of the east coast and the emergence of the Port of New York to become the number one trading city in the world. It still exists and it's easy to visit. 365 miles of the Erie Canal is open and working from Albany to Buffalo while portions of the original Erie Canal lie waiting in a bucolic timelessness for that 12 year old's imagination to remember the days when mules and horses dragged those boats across the countryside. - Tom Beardsley
  • The Exploratorium - San Francisco, CA
    A wonderful hands-on cutting edge science museum, that can easily entertain kids and adults all day. - Kirsten Meeker
  • The Hank Aaron Childhood Home and Museum, AL
    This is the actual Aaron family home that hank's father built in 1942 from salvaged material. It was relocated from its original location, restored and dedicated on a historic day with Commissioner Bud Selig and 7 MLB Hall of Famers at Hank Aaron Stadium in Mobile AL in 2010. It is a unique and personal look into the life and career into one of baseballs greatest players, Hank Aaron. The museum features personal memorabilia from Hank, his family and the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstwon NY. This museum offers a living example to children and adults alike, that hard work, ethics, dedication and passion can allow anyone to chase their dreams and do what others say can't be done. - Mike Callahan
  • The Harlem Globetrotters, CA
    All States!!! It's a moving attraction! Parents don't have to travel (well maybe a little), it will come to them! The Harlem Globetrotters are an American institution that children just adore. When they come to town, don't miss them!!!! - Maureen
  • The Haunted Jail, PA
    THE HAND! Full of Pennsylvania, coal mining and Irish history... interesting lore, cool and creepy building, and my kids DEMAND to see it every time we go to Jim Thorpe. - Tracy Snell
  • The House on the Rock, Spring Green, WI
    Endless rooms to check out with different themes...amazing! - Girlie
  • The International Civil Rights Center & Museum, NC
    This center in Greensboro promotes an understanding of the struggles for social justice and equality in the United States and across the world. - Amber
  • The Magic House, MO
    Fantastic interactive learning museum - it even has a 3 story slide - Steve Ford
  • The Mall and Monuments, DC

    Lincoln Memorial, Vietnam Nam memorial, Korean War memorial, WWII memorial...our history

    - David Goode
  • The Martin Luther King Memorial, DC
    It inspires faith in American society. - Kate
  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY
    to introduce kids to art! - familiesgo!
  • The Mütter Museum, PA
    Largest collection of medical anomalies in the world. - Mac Brasell
  • The National Monument to the Forefathers, MA
    It encapsulates what the founding principles of the Nation were. - Thirza Peevey
  • The National Museum of Play at The Strong, NY

    A must for kids of all ages to get an opportunity to PLAY, see and touch toys. I mean toys and activities to remind us all of how much fun it is to REALLY play. Not to mention the butterfly house, etcetera. Interactive...As a 50 something..if you played with it way back when..you'll find it here!!!

    - Tomilynn Harris
  • Theodore Roosevelt National Park, ND
    Roosevelt's Rough Rider home that helped inspire the President to create the National Park System. Theodore Roosevelt National Park was shaped over millions of years to expose the painted cliffs as they are today. Live out a real western and camp among the wild animals that still roam the area. - Andrew
  • The Science Museum of Minnesota, MN
    Because it is a wonderful museum filled with REAL science. The collections are hands on with interests in tons of different areas. Children of all ages and their adults will have a great time. It is one of the top three Science Museums in the country. The Creation Museum, are you kidding! Don't waste your time. - Linda Brown
  • The Seven Finger Lakes, NY
    They are beautiful fresh water lakes...two of which you can put your boat in the water and travel around the world...(Seneca and Cayuga)These two lakes also flow to the North...It doesnt matter which season there is beauty to see all the time.. - Catherine Brownell
  • The Statue of Liberty, NY
    To experience what so many saw upon first coming into NY Harbor and this country. - Chris O'Reilly
  • The Stooges Wax Museum, MI
    It's got a fully operational 30' tall wax wah-wah pedal! - Andrew Kaye
  • The Suspension Bridge, TX
    Waco’s - The longest single-span suspension bridge west of the Mississippi when it was completed in 1870. The bridge was built with cable supplied by the John Roebling Co., who built the Brooklyn Bridge in New York City. - Kevin McKethan
  • The Thing, AZ
    This is a fun attraction, which will help to stir up imagination. What is The Thing?, your youth will wonder. This is also a fine example of a dying breed of quirky roadside attractions which were a common part of Americana in the 1950s-1960s. Inexpensive, and a prime example of how marketing and promotion can drive an idea. - Paul Pasholk
  • The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, DC
    Every Child should know about the history of the U.S. and why it is so important to fight for your country. This exhibit will show children what the holocaust was all about and how people survived through it all and how many were lost. It is a part of our important history. - Tammy Louima
  • The Venetian Pool Coral Gables Florida, FL
    Surrounded by Venetian-style architecture and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Venetian Pool is a 820,000-gallon pool that was carved out of a coral rock quarry in 1923. It features a variety of waterfalls, caves, grottos and a diving platform. - Willy
  • The Venus Project, FL
    to glimpse a way to live sustainably on this planet, as a whole and empowered society of man. - eric
  • The Wilds Christian Camp, NC
    One of the largest non-denominational Christian camps in the country. Campers can enjoy the wonders of God's Creation while taking part is a variety of activities. There is a daily focus on Bible devotions and biblical guidance and direction from camp counselors. - Jinx McHue
  • Thomas Jefferson's Monticello, VA
    Monticello, a 5,000-acre plantation, was the home of Thomas Jefferson, author of the Declaration of Independence, third president of the United States, and founder of the University of Virginia. Monticello is the only historic house in the U.S. on the United Nations' World Heritage List. Plus it has some really cool stuff he invented. $24/adult $8/kid - Kevin Connair
  • Tillamook Airplane Museum, OR
    Housed in the largest free-standing wooden structure, this museum features one of the largest collections of intact vintage aircraft and aviation history. - wkg
  • Toledo Zoo, OH
    The best zoo in the nation. The first to adopt open space natural settings for the animals. - stacey koch
  • Trapp Family lodge, VT
    It's a celebration of the life of the trapp's & anything is possible if you believe, & The Green mountains of vermont are awesome. - Dana Avis
  • Trinity Test site, AZ
    Where the first atomic explosion took place - Al Johnston
  • Tybee island lighthouse, GA
    its awesome! - alexispryor
  • Tybee Lighthouse & Station, GA
    Overlooking Tybee Island's Atlantic Ocean beach, the Tybee Island Lighthouse (178 steps to top) and Station and all its support buildings are historically preserved and open to visitors. Freshly painted in February 2012, the Lighthouse is played a significant role in American history. It is located within the Fort Screven historic district, rich in military stories, including an era when General George C. Marshall was its commanding officer and when steel-suited Navy seamen tested diving apparatus, and Army soldiers trained President Roosevelt's the Civilian Conservation Corps -- one of the most popular New Deal Programs. The CCS agency (ca. 1933) was created to solve two of the nation's biggest problems--unemployment and the need to improve the country's natural resources during America's Great Depression. - Sandy Traub
  • Udvar-Hazy Center National Air and Space Museum, VA
    Rockets, The Space Shuttle Enterprise, Migs, a Concorde, the Enola Gay, SR-71 Blackbird - Many families focus downtown on their trip to DC, but this airplane hangar out near Dulles airport is chockablock with amazingly cool history. - Sven Pride
  • United States Capitol Building, DC

    The best way to understand government is to see it in action.

    - Mike W. Jochim
  • University of Alabama, AL
    Top university and championship athletic teams - Paul Bryant
  • U.S. Capitol, DC
    This place is wonderful for children to understand how the US government works. It may be boring at first look, but once the teacher explains what's really going on, this opens the child's mind to understanding the structures of a nation. - Lisa M.
  • US Cellular Field, IL
    Baseball History, Fundamentals play area for children - Isaac
  • USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park, AL
    This is a fun and inexpensive way the emerse children in the history of our country. Admission is $12.00 ages 12 and up and$6.00 ages 6-11. Children under 6 are admitted free. This parks main feature is the USS Alabama Battleship which families can tour and learn its history in World War II. In addition to the battleship the park features an extensive aircraft collection which include planes from WWII, the Korean, Vietnam and Cold War Eras and the Coast Guard. Also, tourist can view the Alabama Vietnam Veterans Memorial and Alabama Korean War Veterans Memorial both of which are free to view with $2.00 parking. - Fatima D.
  • USS CONSTITUTION, MD
    Because it is history, as well as it is a ship. Kids like ships. - Lowell Prater
  • USS Kidd Veterans Memorial, LA
    This World War II destroyer is rated as one of the most authentic restored vessels in existence. Kids can crawl into the bunks, wear helmets, and even crank the anti-aircraft guns around while listening to WWII broadcasts on the radio. The two-story museum building features displays on the state's veterans from all eras and all branches of service. On July 4th each year, the KIDD's guns roar to life in a dramatic reenacted battle with WWII aircraft. - Tim NesSmith
  • U.S.S. Midway Museum, CA
    Give kids a glimpse of the daily life of American sailors and meet veterans who run the ship as a museum and share their personal stories. - Bill
  • U.S. Space and Rocket Center, AL

    Home to Space Camp and Aviation Challenge and one of the largest space artifact collections in the world! Truly one of a kind!

    - Charity
  • UT Natl Parkslands, CA
    Awesome rock formations, natural, Unique, for all ages & eons. True National wonder - stephen russell
  • Valley Forge, PA
    Where the Continental Army came of age. - Rick
  • Valley of Fire, NV
    Wonderful rock formations, great hikes for all ages - bill muni
  • Venice Beach Park, CA
    Many different attractions such as skate park, muscle beach, entertaining street performers. - Isaac
  • Very Large Array, NM
    The Very Large Array, one of the world's premier astronomical radio observatories, consists of 27 radio antennas in a Y-shaped configuration on the Plains of San Agustin fifty miles west of Socorro, New Mexico. - Diamond Wharton
  • Vietnam Memorial Wall, DC
    So they can learn that America does bad things when citizens let it. - Tom Zych
  • Virginia Air and Space Museum, VA
    One of the best collections of interactive aeronautics, flight and space science centers in the world. - Scott Kingsmore
  • Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center, VA
    Hands on experience for kids of all ages.Great way for kids to learn about both land and sea animals. - Judy Whitbred
  • Vulcan Park and Museum, AL
    Vulcan is the world's largest cast iron statue and a historic reminder of Birmingham's birth in the iron and steel industry. Ride a glass enclosed elevator to the viewing platform high on Vulcan's pedestal for a panoramic view of the city. Learn all the city's history in the adjacent museum. - Dilcy Windham Hilley
  • Wally World, CA
    The ultimate family vacation. - Clark
  • Walt Disney Hometown Museum, MO
    Hometown life of Walt Disney. - Mark
  • Waterford Canal, NY
    Very nice waterway along the Erie Canal and every year the community spotlights the maritime history of the canal with the Tugboat Roundup, which brings in vintage tugboats from all over, along with music, food and crafters. Great family weekend event! - JP Yakel
  • White house, DC
    Need to see where our president lives and where decisions are made. - Susan randa
  • White Mountain National Forest, NH
    It was one of the first National Forests created through the Weeks Act and it is a monument to the ability to restore wilderness. Lots of outdoor activities all year, and of course home of Mt. Washington and the Cog railway. - Stephanie Cyr
  • White Sands New Mexico, NM
    Beautiful snow white sand as far as you can see.Looks like snow,and sugar. Nothing to do but Run and Run up the hills and down. Dig in sand and play play play! The best sandbox anywhere - Dawn Hallman
  • WI Dells Sandstone Cliffs, WI
    One of only a couple places in the world you can see sandstone cliffs. Touring on the 'ducks' is the best way to take in the beautiful features of the area. - Cheryl Gahan
  • Williamburg, VA
    Our nation as it was in the 1700's. - Carol Beckier
  • Willis (Sears) Tower, Chicago, IL
    Because the world is flat (at least in Illinois) and you can see the city - not just the skyscrapers and other architecturally significant buildings, but how the city grew, and how all the stuff you need to support a big city gets in and goes out. It's amazing how some of the residential neighborhoods almost look like a forest from above (summer). And great views of Lake Michigan. Do it before you go down to the lakefront, museums, and the Bean. - jonfromwilmington
  • Wisconsin Dell, WI
    It's a town with 21 large water parks. Awesome! - Bill
  • Wolf Park, Battlefield, IN
    Great place for the family, good interpretation by devoted docents. Go in the fall for the bison & wolf interaction demonstration. - jonfromwilmington
  • Women's Rights National Historic Park, NY
    Goes without saying - Ruth Russell
  • Wonder Works, TN
    Many hands on attractions and interactive displays that kids love. - Larry Schuh
  • Woolaroc, OK
    Woolaroc brings the Old West alive for kids. It is located southwest of Bartlesville, OK and started as the ranch of oilman Frank Phillips. The ranch includes a wildlife preserve with native and exotic wildlife, a museum full of Western art and sculptures, firearms, Native American art and artifacts, etc. There is also a children's Old West playground, a petting barn, 1840's Mountain Man Camp, and walking trails. Various special events are geared toward families throughout the year, such as, the Easter Egg Hunt, Kidsfest, and Woolaroc Wonderland of Lights to name a few. My family has been to Woolaroc numerous times throughout the years and we're always ready to go back. It's a wonderful, beautiful, peaceful treasure nestled in the Osage Hills. - Jenny Spillman
  • World of COKE, GA
    Coke is famous the world over. This is a huge exhibit of ALL things related to Coke. See the history behind Coke, learn about its role in pop culture and taste hundreds of different recipes from around the world. My 10 year old begs to go here all the time. Fortunately we are only 1-1/2 hours away! - Melody
  • World's largest ball of twine, MN
    Mentally ill people enrich our lives http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yKeHQpT5wVE - David Nicol
  • World's Largest Cedar Bucket, TN
    The World's Largest Cedar Bucket is a 1,556 imperial gallons (7,070 l) red cedar bucket.[1] The bucket is approximately 6 feet (1.8 m) tall, has a 6 feet (1.8 m) diameter at its base and 9 feet (2.7 m) at its top.[1] [edit] History The bucket was built in 1887 by the Tennessee Red Cedar Woodenworks Company from Murfreesboro, Tennessee.[1] It was originally displayed in Murfreesboro, until it was displayed at the 1893 Chicago World's Fair and the 1904 Saint Louis World's Fair.[1] The cedar bucket factory burned in 1952, and local grocer Crigger’s Market bought the item to display it.[2] It was auctioned off approximately in 1965 and it was purchased by a Rossville, Georgia amusement park.[1] It was brought back to Murfreesboro in 1976 to be displayed at Cannonsburgh Village.[ - Murray
  • World War II Memorial, DC
    It is one of the most beautiful memorials that I have ever seen. It will open up discussion on WWII for the children who do see it. - Nancy Watts
  • Wrigley Field, IL
    It's pure magic! There is no other sports area like it. No matter where you sit its a total experience that kids, young and old, will enjoy. - Becky Diehl
  • WWII Valor in the Pacific National Park, HI
    Historical, educational - N. name
  • Yellowstone National Patk, WY
    This area has the largest number of geysers and thermal pools in the world. In addition to amazing scenery and up close views of wildlIife, such as bison, bears and moose. - Kathleen Tompkins
  • Yosemite National Park, CA

    Beautiful hiking trails, the most beautiful waterfalls, and striking redwood trees make this nature trip well worth it for family bonding time.

    - Tara Kyman
  • Zion National Park, UT
    It is absolutely stunning SW desert landscape. - John Swallow

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