School is almost out, and the workloads are beginning to lighten up which means summer season is right around the corner. Summer is the prime season for family travel. There are many factors that can make a vacation destination stand out to families such as attractions that appeal to children, family-friendly accommodations, and simple travel itineraries. Now, it’s never too late to start planning for your next family vacation. Here are some of the best summer travel destinations that are great for the entire family.

 

New York City

New York City is like a playground for children and adults. There is bound to be something that will appeal to every member of the family. With the warm weather of the summer, families can enjoy the outdoors with a bike ride through Central Park or Battery Park. You can also take the kids shopping at stores like the American Girl Place and The LEGO Store. One of the great things about NYC is that it blends the splendor of a big city with a small-town charm. Other great options for the family include seeing a show on Broadway, a trip to Coney Island, or even admiring cutting-edge art collections at the MoMA and the Met.

 

Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh is also known as “Kidsburgh” due to the all the family-oriented activities in the area. This city in Pennsylvania is an affordable and enjoyable pick for the family. Popular attractions you should check out are the Pennsylvania Trolley Museum, and the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh. You can visit the VisitPittsburgh website for tickets and save up to fifty percent. Other great options are the Allegheny Observatory and Bicycle Heaven which is the world’s largest bicycle store and museum. You also want to be sure to take a ride on the Duquesne Incline which is one of the best cityscape views in the United States.

 

St. Louis

St. Louis, Missouri has a plethora of free family attractions some of which include the St. Louis Science Center, St. Louis Zoo and Purina Farms which is a hub for pet lovers due to their daily dog agility shows, an animal barn, and the interactive pet exhibits. You should make a point to spend at least half a day at the popular City Museum which is host to a ten-story spiral slide, a massive ball pit, and a thirty-foot rooftop Ferris Wheel. If that wasn’t enough, this July families can look forward to the grand re-opening of the Jefferson Memorial Expansion Museum along with the new grounds of the Gateway Arch.