9 Fun, Surprisingly Kid-Friendly Cities
A trip to the city with your kids in tow? No worries. We’ve rounded up our favorite East Coast cities for families, highlighting cannot-miss attractions including children’s museums, river-front picnic spots and science centers.
There’s no shortage of family fun in Boston, from historic sites to
Fenway Park. Our favorite afternoon activity: Take an old school trolley tour across
downtown to Boston’s Children’s Museum.
Featured Hotel: The Westin Copley Place
Looking for fun getaway for mom and daughter? Head to the Michigan
Avenue American Girl for a memorable weekend of afternoon tea and shopping
at American Girl. Travel Tip: The Westin Michigan Avenue offers unique packages
including take home American Girl travel beds, in-room movies and ice cream
Featured Hotel: The Westin Michigan Avenue, Chicago
Discover endless amount of fun on Fountain Square in the heart of the city. Experience free concerts, tailgates and dancing lessons, or treat the kiddos to a Cincinnati staple at Graeter’s Ice Cream.
Featured Hotel: The Westin Cincinnati
Young athletes will go nuts for sports-centric downtown Cleveland, where the city's favorite baseball, football, and basketball teams play within steps.
Featured Hotel: The Westin Cleveland Downtown
Relax while the kiddos release some energy at Columbus Commons, a 9-acre park with its own Outdoor Reading Room, carousel and movies. Bonus: Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream on site!
Featured Hotel: The Westin Columbus
Pack a picnic and rent bikes to tour the RiverWalk, with views of Milliken State Park Lighthouse and the entire Detroit skyline. For dessert, hit one of Motor City’s many candy factories for a tour and treat.
Featured Hotel: The Westin Book Cadillac Detroit
Photo courtesy of Detroit CVB/ Vito Palmisano
Turn Pittsburgh into Kidsburgh at the Carnegie Science Center, with intergalactically cool zero-G climbers at SpacePlace and the Buhl Planetarium.
Featured Hotel: The Westin Convention Center, Pittsburgh
You’re on the
water, now learn about it! The brand new Ripley’s
Aquarium of Canada highlights what lies beneath the Great Lakes and
Canada’s surrounding seas in 1.5 million gallons of water.
Featured Hotel: The Westin Harbour Castle
Malls and museums aplenty are parents’ best friends. Not-to-be-missed, kid-friendly favorites: the National Air and Space Museum, the International Spy Museum and the National Geographic Museum.