City breaks are a great option when vacationing with kids. Where else are there so many distractions so close by? In this wonderful country we have really nailed the art of producing interesting and varied destinations, making it difficult to narrow down the choices. From coast to coast, the USA boasts a great richness and variety, so by all means check out the super league members and head for places like New York City, Los Angeles and Washington, where top quality fun awaits your youngsters.
However, there are alternatives, why not try some of these no less exciting prospects?
San Diego, California
Home to top attractions, such as SeaWorld, Legoland and San Diego Zoo, this Californian city is guaranteed to put smiles on the little one’s faces. With a climate promising year round sun, there will be plenty of opportunities for the children to splash around on the seventy miles of glorious beaches. They can play in the sand at Mission Beach or catch some waves at La Jolla. San Diego has a laid back family friendly atmosphere, making it perfect for family vacations. Whilst the kids will be happy running around on the beach, adults will appreciate the great seafood and Mexican fare, not to mention the thriving art and cultural scene.
It may be known as the city that works, but it sure knows how to play too. Take the kids to see the fantastic Shedd Aquarium, the Field Museum and Lincoln Park Zoo; all are world-class attractions. With lots of green spaces for children to run around in, make sure Millennium Park is on the itinerary. For some good old fashioned amusement park fun, the neon charm of Navy Pier has many young fans. Shopping in Chicago is taken super-seriously and a trip down the Magnificent Mile will leave wallets feeling considerably lighter. Other treats in store for kids are the Museum of Science and Industry in Hyde Park and sky-high Sears Tower for a bird’s eye view of the city and beyond. Chicago has brilliant travel connections and operates regular flights from all over the country, making it a convenient and easy to reach destination. Chicago hotels are also perfect for families exploring the local area, as they are ideally situated.
Boston is so child friendly it even has its own Children’s Museum. This historic New England city is a popular place with kids for other reasons, too. There’s the Harvard Natural History Museum and The Museum of Science, both packed full of interesting skeletons, fossils and botanical specimens to spark the imaginations of budding naturalists. If their interests are more fishily inclined, head for The New England Aquarium to view sharks, sea-otters, penguins and eels. Families who are sports fans are spoiled in this city, with opportunities to catch games at Fenway Park (Boston Redsox) and Gillette Stadium (New England Patriots) among others. Boating or sailing in Boston Harbor are great ways for kids to let off steam, or get to know the city from an amphibious vehicle; it crosses land and sea on Boston Duck Tours, a treat for all ages.
Winnipeg is an often overlooked but brilliant destination for you and your kids. Bang in the middle of the Canadian prairies the surrounding country is the perfect playground for you and your family. Check out Kildonian Park, a favourite on sunday nights where you’ll find loads of vintage cars cruising its roads. Top off a stay in this area of Canada with an executive suite in Winnipeg.
So there you have three buzzing destinations, all offering totally different city experiences. Visitors with children will find a warm welcome whichever they choose, with great accommodation and travel options to boot. Make reservations now, the children will love it.