Where to take your children

These are the USA places listed in Frommer’s – 500 Places to Take Your Kids Before They Grow Up. Noted with a (*) are the places unique to the first edition and a (**) for those unique to the second edition.

Additions:
Items that I have added through experience and other sources.

Foods:
Regional foods and local flavors. Examples, crab-cakes from Maryland, ribs in Memphis/Kansas, Philly cheese steaks in Philly. The quintessential regional food list.

Alabama
Civil Rights Trail

Alaska
Denali National Park
Inside Passage
Additions:
Panning for Gold
Fishing Salmon Runs, Russian River, Cooper Landing
Halibut Fishing, Homer
Berry Picking, Chugach SP, Denali NP, Denali SP, Chena River SRA, Flattop Mountain Trail (Anchorage)
(Sea) Star Gazing, akcoastalstudies.org, Homer Harbor Docks
Feed a Fish, Tuesday, Friday, 4pm, Pratt Museum, Homer
Worlds largest and busiest floatplane harbor, Lake Hood, Anchorage
Jewel Lake, stocked fishing lake, Anchorage
Ride a Steam Miniature Train, weekends, (alaskalivesteam.org), Wasilla
Thunderbird Falls, Chugach SP, Eagle River

Food:
Pizza – Moose Tooth, Anchorage
Wild Berries – Alaska Wild Berry Park, Anchorage
Hot Licks Ice Cream, Fairbanks
Salmon Bake, Pioneer Park, Fairbanks
Events:
X – Alaska State Fair – end-Aug, Palmer
X – Alyeska Resort Blueberry Music Festival – Aug, South Anchorage
X – Airshow – Arctic Thunder – July, Anchorage
Golden Days – Mid-July
Kodiak Whale Fest – Mid-April
X – Midnight Sun Marathon – Summer Solstice, Fairbanks
Sitka Whale Fest – Nov
Tanana Valley State Fair – Aug, Fairbanks
Other:
North Pole Playground, North Pole
Buy 1sq inch of North Pole (Terry Miller Park), North Pole
Valley of the moon park, Anchorage
Totem bright state park, Ketchikan
Tanana valley farmers market (Wed/Sat), Fairbanks
Anchorage market and festival, Anchorage
Alaska Indian Arts, Haines
Kenai Fjords NP
Ferry to Ketchikan
Whale Watching – South Alaska (S,E,W) April – Sept

Arizona
Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum *
Ballooning over Sedona
Canyon de Chelly
Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad
Grand Canyon
Hopi reservations
Monument Valley
Petrified Forest & Painted Desert
Saguaro National Park *
Tombstone & Bisbee
Wigwam Villages **
Additions:
Montezama Castle (near Camp Verde)
Mount Lemmon (North Tucson)

Arkansas
Little Rock Central High School

California
Alcatraz
Cable cars of San Francisco
California Mission Trail
Disneyland
Exploratorium
Golden Gate Bridge
Gold Rush Country
Griffith Observatory
Half Moon Bay
Hearst Castle
Hollywood
Huntington Library
Joshua Tree
La Brea Tar Pits
Legoland *
Monterey Bay Aquarium
Mount Palomar
Old Town State Historic Park (San Diego)
Pacific Coast Highway *
Pinnacles National Monument
Redwood National & State Parks
San Diego Zoo
Santa Cruz Boardwalk
Santa Monica Pier Carousel
Santa Monica State Beach
Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks
Snorkeling Catalina Island *
Watts Tower
Wigwam villages
Winchester Mystery House
Yosemite National Park
Additions:
Children’s Pool – Beach – (La Jolla San Diego)
Central Beach (Coronado)
Echo Lakes Trail, Hiking (Desolation Wilderness, near Lake Tahoe)
Glass Beach (Fort Bragg)
Maui Nui Bason, Whale Watching – April (San Diego)
Pfeiffer Big State Beach (Big Sur)
West Wind Solano Twin Drive-in (Concord, California)
Camping
Hearst San Simeon State Park (USA Today Top State Parks)
Humboldt Redwoods State Park (USA Today Top State Parks)

Colorado
Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad
Florissant Fossil Beds *
Mesa Verde
Rocky Mountain National Park
San Juan Skyway *
Additions:
Mount Elbert, San Isabel N.F. Hiking – 5miles, 4,500ft gain (Twin Lakes)
Connecticut
Boulder Dash
Mark Twain’s house
Mashantucket Pequot Museum
Mystic Aquarium *
Mystic Seaport
Other:
Mansfield Drive-in (Mansfield, Connecticut)

Delaware
Additions:
Rehoboth Beach

Florida
Biscayne National Park
Coral Castle
Crystal River
Everglades NP
Islands of Adventure
Kennedy Space Center
Miami Seaquarium *
NASCAR Classic (Daytona)
Sanibel Island
Spring baseball training *
Additions:
Aucilla Sinks Trail, Hiking, Aucilla Wildlife Management Area (Panhandle)
X – Disney World
Disney Animal Kingdom Lodge
X – Edison Winter Home
X – Florida Keys
Sea World
X – Siesta Beach (Sarasota)
Solomon’s Castle
Food:
X – Coney Island Hotdog – St. Pete
Florida Crab Claws
X – Fried Grouper Sandwich
X – Indian River Oranges
X – Key Lime Pie
Camping
Blue Spring State Park (USA Today Top State Parks)
Weeki Watchee Springs State Park (USA Today Top State Parks)

Georgia
Dr. King’s Legacy
Georgia Aquarium **
Okefenokee Swamp
Stone Mountain National Park
Zoo Atlanta *
Additions:
Coca-Cola HQ
Starlight Six Drive-in (Atlanta, Georgia)
Food:
Peaches
Southern Food
Varsity Hotdogs

Hawaii
Additions:
Hanalei Bay Beach (Kauai)
Kalalu Trail, Napali Coast State Park, Hiking (Kauai)

Idaho
Craters of the Moon National Monument
Additions:
Food:

Illinois
Art Institute of Chicago
Brookfield Zoo *
Cahokia Mounds
Chicago sights *
Field Museum
Lincoln Trail sites
X Chicago Museum of Science and Industry
Shedd Aquarium
Wrigley Field
Additions
X Sears Tower (Willis Tower) – (Chicago)
Food:
X Chicago Popcorn (Garretts) – (Chicago)
X Chicago Pizza (X Lou Malnati’s, Uno’s, Giordano’s) – (Chicago)

Indiana
Connor Prairie Farm
Indianapolis Speedway
X Notre Dame University
Additions:
X Amish Country
X Indiana Dunes

John Dillinger Museum (Crown Point)

Food:
Wolf’s BBQ – Evansville IN
Yoder Popcorn Shop – Topika IN
Events:
Popcorn Festival – Sat after Labor Day (Sept) – Valparaiso IN
Camping
X – Indiana Dunes State Park (USA Today Top State Parks)

Iowa
Amana Colonies
X Effigy Mounds
Herbert Hoover Homestead *

Kansas
Brown v. Board of Education (Monroe School)
Fort Scott *
Kansas Cosmosphere *

Kentucky
Kentucky Derby
X – Lincoln Trail sites
Louisville Slugger Museum *
X – Mammoth Cave National Park
Wigwam villages **

Louisiana
New Orleans cemeteries **
New Orleans sights *
New Orleans streetcars **

Maine
X Acadia National Park
Lighthouse Tour *
Additions:
Boothbay Harbor & Bar Harbor (Whale Watching), Summer Month’s
Mount Katahdin, Baxter State Park (Hiking) 10miles & 4,000ft gain, strenous
Events:
Piratefest – Eastport

Maryland
X – Fort McHenry
National Aquarium *
Additions:
Bengies Drive-in (Baltimore, Maryland)
Camping
Assateague State Park (USA Today Top State Parks)

Massachusetts
Basketball Hall of Fame
Black Heritage Trail
Boston Common
Cape Cod Baseball
Cape Cod National Seashore *
Fenway Park
Flying Horses Carousel
Lexington & Concord
Little Women house
Nantucket Bicycling
Nantucket stargazing
New England Aquarium
Old Ironsides
Old Sturbridge Village
Paul Revere House
Plimoth Plantation
Additions:
Wellfleet Drive-In (Wellfleet, Mass)
Coast Guard Beach (Cape Cod)
Food:
Arnold’s Lobster and Clam Bar (Eastham)

Michigan
Greenfield Village (Detroit)
Holland in America *
X – Mackinac Island (North Michigan)
Additions:
X – Air Zoo (Kalamazoo, Michigan)
Binder Park Zoo (Battle Creek)
Deer Forest Fun Park (Coloma)
Eastern Market (Detroit)
Ford Drive-in (Dearborn, Michigan)
Henry Ford Museum (Detroit)
X – Sleeping Bear Dunes (NW Michigan)

Roadtrip:
Michigans peninsulas – Sleeping Bear Dunes to Petoskey to St. Ignace to Sault Ste. Marie to Munsing
Camping
Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park (USA Today Top State Parks)

Minnesota
X Mall of America
X Paul Bunyan Statue
Additions:
Applewood Orchard – Lakeville MN
Carlton Peak, Superior N.F., Hiking – 3mile loop (Tofte)
Charles Lindbergh Boyhood House – Little Falls
Chutes and Ladders – Hyland Lake Park Preserve – Bloomington MN
X Fort Snelling – St Paul
X Lake Itasca Mississippi River, Source
Minneapolis Farmers Market
X Minneapolis Sculpture Garden
Mille Lacs Kathio State Park – Onamia
Oliver H. Kelly Farm – Elk River MN
Pipestone NM
Skyways – Minn and St Paul
Spam Museum – Austin
X Science Museum of Minniesota – St. Paul MN
St. Paul Farmers Market(s) – St. Paul MN
Wild Rice (harvesting) – Minwanjige Cafe – Ogema MN
X Voyageurs National Park/BWCA

Food:
Betty’s Pies (Walleye sandwich) – Two Harbors
Izzy’s Ice Cream Cafe’ – St. Paul
X Micky’s Diner – St Paul MN
X Red Cabin – Ely MN
Sebastian Joe’s Ice Cream Cafe – Minn MN

Events:
Halloween – Anoka MN
Renaissance Festival – Shakopee MN
Minnesota State Fair – St. Paul

Mississippi
Highway 61 *
Vicksburg

Missouri
Gateway Arch *
George Washington Carver birthplace
Mark Twain Museum
Truman home
Camping
Ha ha Tonka State Park (USA Today Top State Parks)

Montana
Flathead River *
Going to the Sun Road
X – Yellowstone National Park

Additions:

Glacier National Park
St. Marys Lake (Glacier NP)

Nebraska
Agate Springs Ranch
Additions:
Hudson-Meng Bison kill Oglala N.G. Hiking 3mile (Crawford)

Nevada
Hoover Dam
Las Vegas Strip *
Valley of Fire
Vegas Thrill Rides
Camping
Valley of Fire State Park (USA Today Top State Parks)

New Hampshire
Appalachian Trail

New Jersey
Atlantic City Boardwalk *
Edison Historic Site
Great New Jersey Diner Hunt *
Kingda Ka Ride
Additions:
Delsea Drive-In (Vineland, N.J.)

New Mexico
Carlsbad Caverns
Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad
Ghost Ranch
Santa Fe *
Taos Pueblo
Additions:
El Marro (National Monument)
Events:
Albuquerque Fiesta – October

New York
American Museum of Natural History
American Museum of the Moving Image
Baseball Hall of Fame
Bronx Zoo
Brooklyn Bridge
Canoeing the Adirondacks
Central Park **
The Cyclone
Empire State Building **
FDR Hyde Park
Fort Ticonderoga
Howe Caverns & Secret Caverns
Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum
Lake Placid *
Manhattan sights *
Metropolitan Museum of Art
X Niagara Falls (Falls, Maid of the Mist, Cave of the Winds)
Rye Playland
Robert Louis Stevenson cottage
Saratoga Race Course
Statue of Liberty/Ellis Island
Yankee Stadium (Original) *
Additions:
Warwick Drive-In (Warwick, N.Y)
Camping
Letchworth State Park (USA Today Top State Parks)
Watkins Glen State Park (USA Today Top State Parks)

North Carolina
Biltmore Estate
Blue Ridge Parkway
Cape Hatteras National Seashore
Kitty Hawk
Roanoke Island
Camping
Stone Mountain State Park (USA Today Top State Parks)

North Dakota
Knife River Indian Villages *

Ohio
Cincinnati Zoo
Dayton Aviation Heritage Park
Millennium Force (Sandusky)
National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
Newark Earthworks
Pro Football Hall of Fame
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Oklahoma
Knife River Indian Villages *
Additions:
Corral Drive-in (Guymon, Okla)

Oregon
Columbia River Gorge *
Rim Drive (Crater Lake)
Snake River Rafting
Additions:
Eagle Creek, Columbia River Gorge (Hiking)
Out N About, Treesort (Cave Junction)
Camping
Ecola State Park (USA Today Top State Parks)
Cannon Beach

Pennsylvania
X – Amish Country
Delaware Water Gap
X – Franklin Institute
X – Gettysburg National Park
X – Factories of Pennsylvania *
X – Philadelphia sights
X – Valley Forge
Additions
Shankweilers Drive-in (Orefield, Pa)

Rhode Island
Flying Horses Carousel
International Tennis Hall of Fame
Newport mansions

South Carolina
Charles Towne Landing
Additions:
Kiawah Beachwalker Park (Kiawah, public on private island)

Mars Bluff (near Florence
Camping
Hunting Island State Park (USA Today Top State Parks)

South Dakota
X – Corn Palace
X – Custer State Park (USA Today Top State Parks)
X – Mount Rushmore
X – Wall Drug

Tennessee
X – Graceland
Great Smoky Mountains
X – The Hermitage
Highway 61 *
X – Nashville Music Scene
National Civil Rights Museum
Skyline & Blue Ridge Drive
Additions:
X – Pink Palace
Food:
X – Memphis BBQ – Rendezvous, Blues City, Jim’s, Corkey’s, BBQ Shop, Cozey Corner
Camping
Fall Creek Falls State Park (USA Today Top State Parks)

Texas
Alamo
Aransas National Wildlife Refuge
Dinosaur Valley
Guadalupe River tubing
LBJ Homestead
Menil collection *
San Antonio River Walk *
Space Center Houston
Stockyards National Historic District
Camping
Hueco Tanks State Park (USA Today Top State Parks)

Utah
Arches National Park
X – Bryce National Park
Additions:
Angles Landing Trail, Hiking – lots of height (Zion N.P.)
Camping
Antelope Island State Park (USA Today Top State Parks)

Vermont
Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site *
Covered bridges *
Shelburne Museum *
Teddy Bear & Ben/Jerry Factories *

Virginia
Assateague
Booker T. Washington birthplace
Frontier Culture Museum *
Jefferson’s Monticello
Mount Vernon
Skyline Drive/Blue Ridge Parkway
Williamsburg, Jamestown, & Yorktown
Additions:
Luray Caverns (Luray)
Virgina Beach, Whale Watching – Mid-March
Camping
Grayson Highlands State Park (USA Today Top State Parks)

Washington
Experience Music Project
San Juan Islands
Seattle-Victoria Ferry
Space Needle **

Washington, DC
National Air & Space Museum
National Mall *
National Museum of Natural History
National Museum of the American Indian
National Zoo *
The Spy Museum
Washington Monument **
Additions:
Events:
Cherry Blossoms (DC) – April

West Virginia
New River Gorge *

Wisconsin
Apostle Island National Park
Green Bay Packers
Camping
Devils Lake State Park (USA Today Top State Parks)
Food:
Frozen Custard – Milwaukee

Wyoming
Devil’s Tower
Dude Ranches
Yellowstone National Park

CANADA:
Events:
Calgary Stampede – July

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