9 Fun, Surprisingly Kid-Friendly Cities

  • Boston


    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

  • Chicago


    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 sundaes.

    Featured Hotel: The Westin Michigan Avenue, Chicago

  • Cincinnati


    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

  • Cleveland


    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

  • Columbus


    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

  • Detroit Summer Daytime Skyline_Vito Palmisano


    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

  • Pittsburgh


    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

  • Toronto


    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 HotelThe Westin Harbour Castle

  • Washington


    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.

    Featured Hotels:  The Westin Georgetown, Washington D.C.The Westin Arlington Gateway, or The Westin Washington, D.C. City Center

  • Boston
  • Chicago
  • Cincinnati
  • Cleveland
  • Columbus
  • Detroit Summer Daytime Skyline_Vito Palmisano
  • Pittsburgh
  • Toronto
  • Washington

      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.


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