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10 Best Vacation Spots for Families

Vacationing with the kids isn’t all fun and games. Finding a relaxing place to go with amenities that both you and your children will love can be a challenge. If you find a place that will serve you drinks on the beach, it might not be a locale suitable for kids. However,  if you find a resort that has a kid-friendly pool, you might not get the quiet you so desperately need. Luckily, we’ve found the 10 best vacation spots for families so that you can avoid the guesswork and sorting through thousands of online reviews, and you can get out there and enjoy the sun.

10. Boston

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Regardless of which Major League Baseball team you root for, visiting Fenway Park, the MLB’s oldest stadium, is an exercise in Americanism. The stadium turned 100-years-old in 2014, and its features are still intact. There is a guided tour of the stadium that takes about an hour, and hands-on exploration is encouraged, so you don’t have to worry about your kids touching everything. Also, be sure to check out the famous Cheers bar that features a replica bar from the famous TV series, as well as a gift shop with various memorabilia. Boston is also, of course, the epicenter of America’s colonial history. The Freedom Trail lets you learn about colonial history as you walk in its footprints. From June through November, you can learn from an 18th-century ship captain while parading around Boston’s waterfront on the 90-minute Pirates and Patriots tour, led by an actor in 1770’s naval garb. Stops on the tour include the Long Wharf, once the longest in the world and the center of Boston’s colonial shipping industry, and Griffin’s Wharf, site of the 1773 Boston Tea Party.

9. Philadelphia

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Philadelphia is a superb destination for a family-friendly vacation. It features the birthplace of American democracy, Independence Hall, where both the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution were adopted. Explore Independence Hall with its re-creation of the room where the founding fathers of America established independence and created a country of their own. You’ll also have a chance to see the famous, historic Liberty Bell.  Additionally, Philadelphia contains the final resting place of Benjamin Franklin and his wife, Deborah. The Powel House, where George Washington and his wife Martha celebrated their 20th anniversary might be visited, as well as a historic, 240-year-old City Tavern where John Adam’s came to drink. And with a place so rich in history, why not explore a ghost tour and perhaps run into the ghost of Benjamin Franklin, who is said to wander the streets.

8. Washingon, D.C.

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Visit the United States Capitol where the nation’s most influential politicians come to work. Visit the famous, majestic memorials of Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, FDR and George Washington and allow yourself to succumb to national pride. Then come pay respect to our nation’s veterans by visiting the Vietnam Wall, as well as the Korean War and the WWII memorial. In addition, see the greatest home in America, the White House, and the U.S. Capitol building where our nation’s representatives come to argue. You may also want to check out the famous Smithsonian museums and the National Mall. A place of such importance is not to be missed.

7. New York City

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See the city that never sleeps, for it is ever-moving and ever-changing. Between 1892 and 1924, a boom of immigrants came to America. Nearly 17 million immigrants passed through Ellis Island to start a life in America. Take a ferry and see the Ellis Island Immigration Museum as well as the iconic Statue of Liberty.  For families, the American Museum of Natural History will entertain and educate people of all ages. If New York’s history is not enough for you, there are plenty of stores and restaurants with goods and goodies you cannot find anywhere else. Immerse yourself in this densely populated city and expect the unexpected.

6. Colonial Williamsburg

Take a trip south and visit a town that is also a theme park. Williamsburg, VA is a place where history comes alive. Both its workers and visitors are known to dress in 18th century clothing and perform the everyday duties of the era. The Great Hopes Plantation is a re-creation of the original farm from the 1700’s and is a place for kids and adults to immerse themselves in history and learn about the past. Exhibits such as the keyboard instruments exhibit and the Painters and Paintings of the South can also be visited by tourists.

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