Beaches and amusement parks are always fun getaways, but have you ever considered planning an educational family vacation? We found destinations that will delight even the pickiest traveler and help everyone learn something new.
School is out and summer is in full swing for many but that doesn’t mean the learning has to stop. We’re not talking about pop quizzes and flashcards, those would surely send your children over the edge. We’re talking about a fun, yet educational vacation. Your kids may not even realize they’re still learning on these trips.
Boston is one of the oldest cities in the U.S. and a great place for history buffs. You can explore the American Revolution and visit unique historic neighborhoods.
- USS Constitution Cruise: One of Boston’s most treasured landmarks provides 45-minute informative tours. Highlights of the tour include the Naval Museum, Bunker Hill Monument, the site of the Boston Tea Party and the Old North Church.
- Whale watching: According to the World Wildlife Fund, Massachusetts is one of the top ten whale watching spots in the world.
Cape Canaveral, Fla.
Enjoy the beach while you learn at Cape Canaveral.
San Diego, Calif.
Nicknamed “America’s Finest City,” San Diego is a beautiful city that is the perfect place for the entire family to learn something new.
- Balboa Park: Visit the nation’s largest urban cultural park that is home to 15 museums, several performing arts venues and the San Diego Zoo.
- San Diego Zoo Safari Park: Get up close and personal on this safari adventure. There’s even a customized tour experience for access to off-exhibit areas, animal interactions and a personal tour guide.
St. Louis, Mo.
St. Louis was founded in 1764 and is known as the starting point of the Louis and Clark expedition, but history is only one part of this great city.
- City Museum: Climb through an enchanted cave and explore a giant tree house or participate in a hands-on learning experience in the craft room.
- Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House: Interact with more than 1,000 butterflies and nearly 100 species of exotic plants.
Seattle residents are fiercely proud of their art and cultural institutions, live theater and parks. It’s a fun destination for the entire family.
- Experience Music Project: Engage with iconic pop culture exhibits, including an interactive exhibit about LEGO® technology.
- Underground Tour: Stroll beneath Seattle’s sidewalks to get a unique view of the city’s pioneers.
Our nation’s capital is one of the best places for your children to learn. You can visit the White House or Library of Congress or just take a walk around the monuments.
- International Spy Museum: Test your coding skills and learn how to spot a double agent.
- Newseum: See headlines from across the United States and learn how the news industry shaped history.
Note: Museums may include exhibits that are not appropriate for children of all ages. Parents are encouraged to use their best judgment on what is appropriate for their children.