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Pack your bags, and get your frog legs ready to hit the road! We’re hopping to some of the best family vacation destinations around the U.S. and beyond. See our top cities for family vacations and get a jump on planning your trip.

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Orlando

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Ready to meet a mouse or summon your inner wizard? Better pack your best walking shoes, and don’t forget the sunscreen! Orlando is home to the most-visited theme parks in the world, including the Walt Disney World® Resort, Universal Orlando Resort™, SeaWorld® Orlando and LEGOLAND® Florida. There are also water parks, world-class shopping, fine and casual dining, and entertainment.

Frog Family Tip Frog Family Tip: Download our quick-start guides or follow our park plans to do more and wait less!

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Why Parents Love It

Memory making! From the first go-round on Disney’s beloved Dumbo to a stroll through Diagon Alley, the memories made here last a lifetime.

Why Kids Love It

The theme parks offer nearly nonstop fun and entertainment. While there is something for everyone, this is tadpole paradise!

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Nearby Airports
  • Orlando International Airport (MCO), 19 mi (26 km) from Walt Disney World, 15 mi (24 km) from Universal Orlando
  • Sanford International Airport (SFB), 43 mi (69 km) from Walt Disney World, 31 mi (50 km) from Universal Orland
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Los Angeles

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Hit the beach, a museum and Tinseltown’s top tourist spots. While television and movie making are what this area is known for, Los Angeles isn’t just glitz, glam and grownup fun. There are laid-back beach destinations, diverse cultural experiences and kid-friendly attractions too. The hardest part will be deciding what to do!

Frog Family Tip Frog Family Tip: Consider a split stay! Book a beach hotel for a few days and then hop to Anaheim while you hit the theme parks.

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Why Parents Love It

Star gazing, creative dining spots by celebrity chefs and destination shopping locations.

Why Kids Love It

It’s home to beaches, museums, the Happiest Place on Earth and the Wizarding World too!

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Nearby Airports
  • Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), 33 mi (53 km) from Disneyland, 25 mi (41 km) from Universal Studios Hollywood
  • John Wayne Airport (SNA), 14 mi (22 km) from Walt Disney World, 48 mi (77 fm) from Universal Studios Hollywood
  • Ontario International Airport (ONT), 33 mi (54 km) from Disneyland, 49 mi (79 km) from Universal Studios Hollywood
  • Bob Hope Airport (BUR), 40 mi (64 km) from Disneyland, 6 mi (9 km) from Universal Studios Hollywood
  • Long Beach Airport (LGB), 18 mi (29 km) from Disneyland, 33 mi (53 km) from Universal Studios Hollywood
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San Diego

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Make it an easy, breezy beach vacation. With its year-round mild temps, kid-friendly vibes and picturesque spot along the coast, San Diego is the perfect place for a relaxing escape. Throw in a visit to SeaWorld® San Diego, the San Diego Zoo or LEGOLAND® California, and you’ve got the makings for a memorably family vacation!

Frog Family Tip Frog Family Tip: Look for lodging near or on the beach—Coronado Island and La Jolla are our picks!

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Why Parents Love It

Family-friendly beaches, eclectic eats and easy access to attractions.

Why Kids Love It

Fun in the sun and unforgettable animal encounters will keep the tadpoles relaxed and entertained.

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Nearby Airports
  • San Diego International Airport (SAN), 6 miles from SeaWorld San Diego, 35 miles from LEGOLAND California
  • John Wayne Airport (SNA), 56 miles to LEGOLAND California, 85 miles to SeaWorld San Diego
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New York City

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Take a bite out of the largest city in the U.S.! There is a ton to see and do in NYC, from beautifully manicured parks, gardens and zoos to monuments, museums and broadway shows. While you may think of New York City as being all asphalt and concrete, it boasts more than 28,000 acres of dedicated park land—almost the size of the Walt Disney World and San Francisco!

Frog Family Tip Frog Family Tip: Plan your sightseeing by day around specific locations.

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Why Parents Love It

The ease of transportation, collision of cultures and abundant sightseeing means there is non-stop activity and learning opportunities.

Why Kids Love It

Adventurous tadpoles will be wide-eyed just taking in the varied architecture, sky-scrapers and subway.

Top Attractions
  • American Museum of Natural History
  • Central Park
  • Times Square
  • 9/11 Ground Zero Tour
  • Disney on Broadway
Frog Family Favorite Hotels
  • New York Marriott at Brooklyn Bridge
  • TRYP by Wyndham Times Square South
  • Doubletree Suites by Hilton Hotel New York City
  • Millennium Hilton
  • Distrikt Hotel
  • Hilton Garden Inn New York / W. 35th St.
  • Hotel Beacon
Nearby Airports
  • John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), 12 miles from Lower Manhattan
  • LaGuardia Airport (LGA)), 8 mi (13 km) from Lower Manhattan
  • Newark International Airport (EWR), 15 miles from Midtown Manhattan, 10 miles from Lower Manhattan
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San Francisco

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Set your sights on balmy days over the Golden Gate! Nestled along a Pacific peninsula, San Francisco is nature-lovers’ paradise, with abundant urban green space, cultural destinations, major landmarks and kid-friendly activities. The steep hills and rolling fog are part of the charm and character. The glorious Golden Gate Park—even larger than New York’s famed Central Park—is a must!

Frog Family Tip Frog Family Tip: Prepare the tadpoles for lots of walking. Pack comfortable shoes and don’t forget the sweaters! While temps are constant year round, sitting atop a double decker bus going over the Golden Gate Bridge it can feel downright frigid.

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Why Parents Love It

The best of West Coast urban life, culture, arts and nature.

Why Kids Love It

So much exploration to be done on foot, bike, cable car or rail!

Top Attractions
  • Golden Gate Bridge
  • Golden Gate Park
  • Fisherman’s Wharf
  • Sunset Beach
  • China Town
  • Alcatraz
  • Union Square
  • Coit Tower
  • Aquarium by the Sea
  • California Academy of Sciences
Frog Family Favorite Hotels
  • Argonaut Hotel
  • Westin St. Francis
  • Omni San Francisco
  • Orchard San Francisco
  • Palace Hotel
  • Hotel Zephyr
Nearby Airports
  • San Francisco International Airport (SFO), 14 mi (23 km) to Union Square
  • Oakland International Airport (OAK), 20 miles (32 km) to Union Square
  • Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport (SJC), 47 mi (75 km) to Union Square
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Washington D.C.

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Set your sights on an educational family trip! Our nation’s capitol offers the opportunity to combine fun and learning. Washington D.C. is home to some of the nation’s most striking architecture and iconic buildings, including the White House, the Lincoln Memorial and U.S. Capitol. Parents and young patriots will enjoy the hands-on visits to historic sites, museums and cultural destinations.

Frog Family Tip Frog Family Tip: With so many attractions, make sure to identify your priorities at the outset and buy your tickets online in advance.

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Why Parents Love It

Terrific mix of free and low-cost, kid-friendly activities.

Why Kids Love It

Hands-on museums and tours allow tadpoles to really experience history and culture.

Top Attractions
  • Smithsonian Institution
  • White House
  • National Mall
  • United States Capitol
  • Lincoln Memorial
  • National Gallery of Arts
  • Washington Monument
  • Rock Creek Park
  • National Museum of Natural History
  • National Geographic Museum
  • U.S. Botanical Garden
  • International Spy Museum
  • Six Flags America
Frog Family Favorite Hotels
  • Kimpton Hotel Madera
  • Hotel Harrington
  • Four Seasons Washington DC
  • Monaco Washington DC
  • JW Marriott Hotel
  • Holiday Inn Rosslyn
Nearby Airports
  • Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA), 4 mi (6 km)
  • Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD), 27 mi (44 km)
  • Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI), 33 mi (53 km)
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Boston

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Step back in time to one of America’s oldest cities. Steeped in history, Boston played a primary role in our country’s founding and that history lives on. For families, it offers an awesome mix of history, culture, sports and kid-friendly attractions. Because it’s so easily walkable, this large coastal city has an intimate feel.

Frog Family Tip Frog Family Tip: Skip the rental car, and you won’t have to worry about parking. There are plenty of transportation options, including the T, Boston’s subway system.

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Why Parents Love It

Old-world charm meets modern attractions, shopping and dining; plus it's easy to hop around.

Why Kids Love It

Hands-on museums and tours allow tadpoles to really experience history and culture.

Top Attractions
  • Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum
  • Freedom Trail
  • Museum of Science
  • Six Flags New England
  • The Public Garden
  • Boston Children’s Museum
  • Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area
  • Boston Common
  • Faneuil Hall
  • Boston Public Market
Frog Family Favorite Hotels
  • Residence Inn Boston Harbor
  • Boston Marriott Long Wharf
  • Four Seasons Hotel Boston
  • Colonnade Hotel
  • Omni Parker House
  • Hyatt Regency Cambridge
  • Hotel Marlowe a - Kimpton Hotel
  • Sheraton Boston Hotel
  • Doubletree Boston - Downtown
Nearby Airports
  • Logan International Airport (BOS), 3 mi (5 km)
  • Worcester Regional Airport (ORH), 53 mi (85 km)
  • Manchester-Boston Regional Airport (MHT), 53 mi (85 km)
  • T.F. Green Airport (PVD), 59 mi (95 km)
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Chicago

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Savor the best of urban life, culture and abundant green space. With its iconic architecture, happening food scene and the beautiful backdrop (and beach!) of Lake Michigan, Chicago is a surprisingly easy family favorite. Many attractions are just a hop, skip and a jump away from each other and accessible by trolley, making it an easy-breezy destination for families.

Frog Family Tip Frog Family Tip: Make meals a priority. This town is perhaps best known for its hot dogs and pizza, but it also offers fine dining for more refined palettes. Parents will find even the fanciest restaurants offer options for pickier palettes.

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Why Parents Love It

Food, culture and family-friendly attractions, from Michigan Avenue to Wrigleyville.

Why Kids Love It

World-class museums, tours and skyscrapers let the tadpoles soak up big city life.

Top Attractions
  • Cloud Gate in Millennium Park
  • Adler Planetarium
  • Shedd Aquarium
  • Lincoln Park Zoo
  • Navy Pier
  • Chicago Children’s Museum
  • Art Institute of Chicago
  • The Magnificent Mile
  • Museum of Science and Industry
Frog Family Favorite Hotels
  • Hilton Homewood Suites
  • Hilton Suites Chicago
  • Hampton Inn Chicago
Nearby Airports
  • O'Hare International Airport (ORD), 18 mi (29 km)
  • Chicago Midway International Airport (MDW), 11 mi, (18 km)
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Miami

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Get ready to soak up the sun! With its beautiful beaches, colorful art deco architecture and warm weather, Miami is a prime destination year-round. While it has a party reputation, Miami and its famed South Beach is a prime family destination with tons of kid-friendly attractions, great food and culture too.

Frog Family Tip Frog Family Tip: Take the trolley! They’re free and make it easy to get to many major Miami destinations.

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Why Parents Love It

It's easy to soak up the rich culture, food and shopping.

Why Kids Love It

Easy beach (or pool) access and magnificent parks!

Top Attractions
  • Jungle Island
  • Miami Seaquarium
  • Miami Children’s Museum
  • Everglades Alligator Farm
  • Zoo Miami
  • Sunny Isles Oleta River State Park
  • Enchanted Forest Elaine Gordon Park
  • Monkey Jungle
  • El Loro Pirate Ship
  • Venetian Pool
Frog Family Favorite Hotels
  • Doubletree Grand Hotel Biscayne Bay
  • Loews Miami Beach Hotel
  • Ritz-Carlton South Beach
  • South Beach Marriott Stanton
  • Marriott Courtyard at 1530 Washington Avenue
  • Hilton Bentley and Grand Vacations Club at 1430 Oceans Drive
  • Surfcomber
  • Sagamore Hotel
  • Acqualina
  • Newport Beachside Hotel and Resort
Nearby Airports
  • Miami International Airport (MIA), 8 mi (13 km)
  • Fort Lauderdale International Airport (FLL), 30 mi (48 km)
  • Palm Beach International Airport (PBI), 70 mi (113 km)
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Seattle

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Get back to nature! This Pacific Northwest city situated on the Puget Sound offers ample parkland, water sports and other outdoor activities. Nature-loving and athletic families will feel most at home. With summer temps topping out in the upper 70s, it’s a cool escape. The vibrant farm-to-table dining scene and coffee culture is the perfect accompaniment.

Frog Family Tip Frog Family Tip: Skip the car rental. With light rail, bus and your own two feet, you won’t need it if you are staying in the city.

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Why Parents Love It

The natural splendor of the Pacific Northwest mixes perfectly with this cultural city.

Why Kids Love It

Plenty of places to play outdoors along with amazing indoor attractions!

Top Attractions
  • Space Needle
  • Pike Place Market
  • Seattle Waterfront
  • Experience Music Project Museum
  • Woodland Park Zoo
  • Pacific Science Center
  • Museum of Flight
  • Olympic National Park
  • Mount Rainier National Park
  • Woodland Park Zoo
  • Aiki Beach Park
  • Ballard Locks
  • Seattle Aquarium
  • Seattle Great Wheel
Frog Family Favorite Hotels
  • Residence Inn by Marriott
  • Westin Seattle
  • Fairmont Olympic
  • Four Seasons Seattle
  • Space Needle Travelodge
  • Alexis Hotel
  • Silver Cloud Hotel Stadium
  • The Maxwell
  • Hampton Inn & Suites Seattle Downtown
Nearby Airports
  • Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA), 14 mi (23 km)
  • Kenmore Air Harbor Seaplane Base (LKE), 2 mi (3 km)
  • King County International Airport (BFI), 6 mi (10 km)
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London

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Ready to hop the pond? With no language barrier and a large number of flights, London is one of the easiest European destinations for American families. That said, this thoroughly modern but sprawling city dating back to Roman times is now home to almost 50 neighborhoods with their own distinct flavor. There is a ton to see, but parents will want to choose wisely!

Frog Family Tip Frog Family Tip: For the lowest crowds, visit London in January and February. While the weather isn’t the best, there are so many indoor attractions, museums and other destinations that it may not matter.

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Why Parents Love It

The famed attractions of London Town are the door to a city bursting with culture and dining.

Why Kids Love It

They'll love marveling at the city's magestic sights and movie mementos of a certain wizard boy.

Top Attractions
  • Tower of London
  • Tower Bridge
  • British Museum
  • London Transport Museum
  • Legoland Windsor
  • Changing of the Guard
  • Buckingham Palace
  • Natural History Museum
  • London Eye
  • Science Museum
  • London Sea Life Aquarium
  • London Zoo
  • Kensington Palace
  • WB Harry Potter Studios in London
Frog Family Favorite Hotels
  • The Rosewood London
  • Royal London Hotel
  • Central Hotel London
  • The Athenaeum
  • Cheval Gloucester Park at Kensington
  • 51 Buckingham Gate
  • Taj Suites and Residences
  • The Darlington Hyde Park
  • Premier Inn London County Hall
  • Quality Crown Hotel Hyde Park
  • City Marque Waterloo Serviced Apartments
  • Comfort Inn Victoria
  • Luna & Simone Hotel
Nearby Airports
  • Heathrow International Airport (LHR), 14 mi, 22 km
  • Gatwick International Airport (LGW), 33 mi, 53 km
  • Stansted International Airport (STN), 40 mi, 64 km
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Paris

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Ready to ooh là là your family vacation? They say Paris is for lovers, but the romantic City of Lights is surprisingly kid friendly. After all, the French love their bébés. While the biggest attractions can see equally big queues, many have terrific parks, fountains, carousels and, of course, open-air cafés that are fun for the little ones.

Frog Family Tip Frog Family Tip: Use above-ground transport. While you can ride the metro, the public buses provide a better view and they are easier to traverse with strollers.

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Why Parents Love It

The city's charming icons, cafes and sights are unfortgettable.

Why Kids Love It

Paris' famed attractions are great for any age, and Mickey and Minnie are a train ride away.

Top Attractions
  • Eiffel Tower
  • Louvre Museum
  • Notre Dame Cathedral
  • Sacre Coeur
  • Arc de Triomphe
  • Natural History Museum
  • Disneyland Paris
  • Paris Catacombs
  • Pompidou Centre
  • Luxembourg Gardens
  • Jardins des Tuilleries
  • Musee d’Orsay
Frog Family Favorite Hotels
  • Four Seasons George V
  • Gardette Park Hotel
  • Staycity Serviced Apartments
  • Disneyland Hotel Marne La Vallee
  • Fraser Suites Le Claridge Champs-Elysees
  • The Westin Paris Vendome
  • Best Western Paris Louvre Opera
  • Holiday Inn Paris Bastille
  • Timhotel Palais Royal Louvre
Nearby Airports
  • Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG), 16 mi, 25 km
  • Paris Orly Airport (ORY), 8 mi, 13km
  • Paris Beauvais–Tillé Airport (BVA), 53 mi, 85 km
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