Top urban destinations for family vacations


Tokyo Sky TreeThere are a lot of things to consider before taking children on vacation into one of America’s large cities. Pricing is a big one, and simply having kid-friendly accommodations and restaurant options is another. Oh, and points of interest is key.

Family Vacation Critic has taken these and other factors into account, and come up with a list of the top ten cities in terms of family-friendliness.

It addresses the following concerns expressed by parents in a poll:

40% cite the lack of hotels that are good for kids and reasonably priced

21% find it difficult to locate the best attractions in the city

14% worry about the lack of kid-friendly restaurants

13% find transportation around the city to be a problem.

“There are a number of factors for families to consider when visiting a city with kids, but planning in advance can help cut down the stress and ensure a successful family vacation,” says Lissa Poirot, executive editor of Family Vacation Critic. “The best cities for families include a variety of kid-friendly hotels at a range of price points; plenty of fun attractions, parks and family-friendly activities; and an easy-to-navigate transportation system.”

And now, the moment you’ve all been waiting for: The top 10

New York, NY

Washington, DC

San Francisco, CA

Chicago, IL

New Orleans, LA

Honolulu, HI

San Antonio, TX

Fort Lauderdale, FL

San Diego, CA

Boston, MA

RBR-TVBR observation: If your station is within the vacation radius of any of these cities, we might try finding out which of the businesses there are especially kid-friendly and seeing if they might want to make themselves known to parents in your area.