June 29, 2017

Survey: Kids Name Top-10 Summer Travel Picks

Myrtle Beach SkyWheel

Myrtle Beach SkyWheel

School’s already out for some children (another week left for my clan) and Highlights for Children recently polled America’s kids to find out where they most want to go this summer. The results are definitely interesting, especial picks #6 and #10. Take a look:

#1 Niagara Falls (NY): While the falls themselves are certainly a huge draw, there are so many other things to do in Niagara Falls to keep your kids busy, including the Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens and the Niagara Skywheel. Check out my post on the top-five things to do in Niagara Falls.

#2 Top Secret Upside Down White House (WI): I’ll be honest, the Upside Down White House was new to me, and it’s exactly what it sounds like. It’s the White House, but upside down. Take a guided tour from guides who claim they don’t exactly know how this upside down replica made it to Wisconsin.

#3 Myrtle Beach (SC): The last time I was at Myrtle Beach was in college, but it’s such a fabulous place for families. Look for sandy beaches, state parks, festivals, and plenty of attractions for kids, like Ripley’s Attractions, the Myrtle Beach SkyWheel and Splashes Oceanfront Water Park.

#4 The Statue of Liberty (NY): Set to re-open to the public on July 4, you’ll want to get tickets well in advance, particularly if you want to access the crown. Take in a free ranger tour, enjoy a statue cruise or earn a Junior Ranger badge. Take a look at my six ways to enjoy a fun-filled day with Lady Liberty.

#5 Florida Keys (FL): My daughters and I spent five days driving across the Florida Keys back in March. Take in the Turtle Hospital in Marathon, go snorkeling and visit with dolphins at Hawks Cay Resort or kick back and enjoy all that Key West has to offer at Mile Marker 0.

#6 The International UFO Museum and Research Center (NM): Located in Roswell, NM, the UFO Museum offers insights into a flying saucer that may have crashed here in the desert. Parents and kids will also enjoy taking in exhibits focused on all aspects of the UFO phenomena.

#7 The White House (DC): While White House Tours have been temporarily halted, it’s still worth taking a walk past 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue for a look and a photo opp. Or, take a virtual tour and then check out a few more fun things to do with kids in Washington, DC.

#8 Yellowstone National Park (WY): I took a road trip to Yellowstone National Park just after college and can attest that it is a sight to see. Kids will love Old Faithful, the Mammoth Hot Springs and Tower Fall. If you can, try out camping inside the park.

#9 Grand Canyon (AZ): While I’ve never been to the Grand Canyon, it is certainly on my bucket list. There are a variety of seasonal programs taking place on both the North Rim and South Rim, making summer a great time to visit. Teens can also explore the Grand Canyon through hiking and rafting trips.

#10 The World’s Largest Ball of Twine (KS): Who knew, but the World’s Largest Ball of Twine is located in Cawker City, KS, and America’s kids want to see it in person. Weighing in at nine tons, more twine is added by residents and visitors each August during a twine-a-thon.

If your kids enjoy traveling state-to-state, be sure to also check out Which Way USA from Highlights for Children, which quizzes children on cultural landmarks, attractions and facts about each state.

Do you have plans to visit any of the above picks this summer? Let me know in the comments section below.

Photo Credit: Bill Landman


  1. What a wonderful combination of whimsy, history and nature! We have the Grand Canyon in our “backyard” – even getting there is fun via Route 66!

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