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Fun & Educational Family Oriented Attractions To Visit On Rivers!

Family vacations and travels often offer time for bonding, experiencing new things, and creating new memories. But planning a family vacation that everyone in the family will enjoy is easier said than done sometimes. Fortunately, family oriented attractions are great places to visit on family vacations that typically offer something for everyone to enjoy. If you find yourself traveling with your family to any of these river communities, be sure to add these fun and educational family oriented attractions to your itinerary!

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Best For Farm Education & Fun
If you’re traveling near Kansas City, Kansas, Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead is a great family attraction with plenty to do and see for the whole family. Located in the metropolitan Kansas City area in Overland Park, the farmstead offers educational, fun, and family friendly farm experiences. Your family will enjoy learning about a Kansas family farm set in the early 1900s, complete with a general store, bank, barber shop, ice cream parlor, and one room rural school house. The farmstead is also home to over 250 animals and offers fun experiences like horseback riding, bottle feeding baby goats, mining, fishing, horse-drawn wagon rides, and more. The Farmstead is a popular attraction welcoming over 450,000 visitors a season.

Children’s Farmstead Trip Tips
Entrance Fee: Under $5, Must-See Place or Exhibit: Baby Goats, Nearby Family Friendly Places: The Shack, Chicken N Pickle, Museum at Prairiefire, Local Tourism Guide: Visit Overland Park

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Family Oriented Attractions: Please Touch Museum (Philadelphia, PA)

Best For Engaging Exhibits
With over 18 permanent exhibits and a variety of traveling exhibits throughout the year, the Please Touch Museum in Philadelphia is a perfect stop for families with younger children. Featuring two whole floors of fun, the engaging exhibits present a number of immersive opportunities for kids to explore, interact, learn, and play all at once. And, as the name suggests, children and adults alike are invited to touch and engage with all the exhibits, encouraging inventive play and learning. One of the most popular exhibits is the Food & Family learning landscape, which is complete with a shopping market, a home and industrial kitchen, and a neighborhood festival area. Other fun exhibits include Fairytale Garden, Imagination Playground, River Adventures, and the Woodside Park Dentzel Carousel.

Please Touch Museum Trip Tips
Entrance Fee: Tickets, Must-See Place or Exhibit: Food & Family, Nearby Family Friendly Places: Smith Memorial Playground & Playhouse, Treetop Quest, KPOD Restaurant

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Family Oriented Attractions: City Museum (St. Louis, MO)

Best For Kids Of All Ages
If your family is traveling near the St. Louis area, the City Museum is a must-visit! Complete with four floors of whimsical and weird sculptures, exhibits, murals, as well as places to run, jump, climb, and slide, and a fun rooftop installation, the museum is truly a one of a kind experience. Climb all the way to the rooftop with your family, stopping along the way to see the art and the unique collections, play games and watch performances, and make your way through labyrinths and playgrounds, and then ride the 10 story slide back to the bottom. From the Skateless Park and the Bug Room to MonstroCity and Big Eli rooftop ferris wheel, your family will have a blast exploring at the City Museum.

City Museum Trip Tips
Entrance Fee: Tickets, Must-See Place or Exhibit: Slides & Rides, Nearby Family Friendly Places: City Garden, Fitz Bottling Company

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Family Oriented Attractions: Colonial Williamsburg (Williamsburg, VA)

Best For Historical Learning & Fun
Whether you’re a family of history buffs or not, Colonial Williamsburg can be a fun charged historical family vacation destination that everyone will enjoy. With so much to do and see, the historical site has a helpful itinerary for families including things to do and see for the whole family. Kids will love the Discovery Lab at Custis Square, Ghost Walk Junior, Dye Day at the Weaving Shop, Bits and Bridles, and more. On top of that, everyone in the family can have fun at the world’s largest living history museum with over 301 acres featuring iconic sites, working tradespeople in period dress, historic taverns, and two world-class art museums.

Colonial Williamsburg Trip Tips
Entrance Fee: Tickets, Must-See Place or Exhibit: Governor’s Palace, Nearby Family Friendly Places: Chowning’s Cider Stand, Carriage & Wagon Rides

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Best For Waterparks
Known as the Waterpark Capital of the World, there are more waterparks per capita in Wisconsin Dells than anywhere else, making it a place for family fun and adventure. But there is much more to do in the Dells than just waterparks, especially family and kid oriented activities and places. Your family can enjoy amusement parks and rides, animal related attractions, live entertainment, museums, scenic tours, and more! Some popular places you might not want to miss include Dells Boat Tours, Lost Temple, and Tom Foolery’s Adventure Park. Your family can have the perfect family vacation by lodging at one of the waterpark resorts and taking time to check out the downtown Wisconsin Dells area.

Wisconsin Dells Trip Tips
Entrance Fee: Tickets, Must-See Place or Exhibit: Mt. Olympus Water & Theme Park, Nearby Family Friendly Places: Moose Jaw Pizza & Dells Brewing Co., Ripley’s Believe It or Not Museum

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