Texas Road Trip Stop 1 - Explore Dallas

February 10, 2016 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Do you ever feel like you just want to get away from it all? If you’ve read your copy of Kerouac's On The Road one too many times and are in desperate need of itching your wanderlust bug, or if you wish you'd taken that cross country drive the summer between high school and college, we’ve got a spot for you. It’s never too late to grab a couple of your best friends, or even hit the open road on your own, and finally take that long-awaited road trip. The first stop on our list? The fascinating, ever-evolving city of Dallas, Texas, the perfect mix of eclectic and modern, charm and sass. So book your hotel room, fill up your tank and get ready to explore Dallas on the first leg of your road trip.

Dolly Python Vintage
If you have even a tiny bit of fashionista in you, one of the top 10 things to do in Texas will no doubt be hitting up the holy grail of vintage shopping, the fabulous Dolly Python Vintage. Fashion Blogger Sea of Shoes calls it "Dallas' Treasure Chest." Searching for an antique gold brooch in the shape of a longhorn skull? They've got it. Want to indulge in a little Texan folk art? You've come to the right place. On the hunt for the perfect pair of well-worn cowboy boots, the dress no one else has or just hoping to get more in touch with the local music scene? Pretty much anything you're looking for, Dolly Python either has or can get. Catering to the needs of both ladies and gentlemen who think (and dress!) outside the box, Dolly Python is a gem not to be missed. Get your weekend in Dallas off to the right start by hitting up this one of a kind spot.

Bishop Arts District
After you’ve exhausted yourself with a full day of shopping, you’re probably going to be in need of a cup of coffee, but when’s the last time you had one that's actually worth waiting in line for? If part of your Dallas trip includes finding your next great read or meeting some locals and learning about events going on later in the evening, or maybe even hobnobbing with some of Dallas' finest — and most fascinating — characters, then off to the Bishop Arts District you must go. Grab some coffee with Latin flair at Espumoso Caffe or pick up a new signature scent at Society. And, most importantly, make time to enjoy some real Texas-style BBQ at Lockhart Smokehouse. With items like Blue Cheese Slaw, a half-pound of pork chops and of course brisket made just how you like it, there is truly no way to go wrong when you order at this iconic eatery. The best part? You can walk it all off by continuing to peruse the numerous shops after your meal. No need for regrets.

Dallas is known for its ultra-cool but welcoming vibe, and is fast becoming a tourist hot-spot for artists, students, musicians and writers. It's the perfect place to get your road trip off on the right start.

Explore Your Cultural Side This February During Seattle's Museum Month

February 1, 2016 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Stumped for Valentine's Day? Is the only culture you get every month from the Bravo TV Network? In desperate need of a vacation, even though it's only February? Whether you're traveling for work, play or something in between, book a hotel room at one of the best places to stay in Seattle, and set out to explore the fabulous "Emerald City." 


February is Seattle Museum Month, which means you can explore exciting, and sometimes offbeat, new exhibits with something for everyone — so if you're interested in Pinball Machines, Hello Kitty, Nordic Art, or even the Living Computer Museum, you’ll be thrilled to find out that some of the top attractions in Seattle are the city's museums themselves. Planning a trip to Seattle, especially during Museum Month, means you’re planning your way to artistic culture, pop culture and unique experiences that will satisfy your travel bug until at least March!

Hello, Kitty!
If you're on the lookout for things to do in Seattle with kids, beloved Sanrio character and style icon Hello Kitty will be on display as a part of Museum Month at the EMP Museum. She happens to be turning 40 this year (or maybe it’s “29 again”), and Hello Kitty is celebrating in a major way at the exhibition, which will honor her by including works from artists that have all included her in their sculptures, paintings and drawings. It's Hello Kitty like you've never seen her before! We especially like the collection of backpacks, dresses and skirts made from handbags, and the "Kittypatra" (a la Elizabeth Taylor's iconic role) statue. PS: If you're looking for a bite to eat nearby, try the Zagat-rated Skillet Diner, famous for its elevated take on street food.

Pinball Wizard
Are you a pinball fanatic or even just a fan of The Who? If you're looking for unique things to do in Seattle, checking out the Seattle Pinball Museum is a must. The museum was originally slated to only stay open for three months, but it was so popular that it's now one of the most beloved museums in Seattle! The best part? The games aren't all strictly for observation! At this hands-on museum, you can play the Addams Family game from 1992, the Baby PacMan machine from 1982 and even more recent hits like Metallica's 2013 pinball game. There are over fifty different pinball machines from decades past, and the museum always makes sure to switch up their games so more frequent patrons don't get bored! The museum sells light snacks and sodas, but for a casual lunch afterwards, we recommend Seattle's Harbor City Restaurant for unbeatable Chinese BBQ and fare.

By taking advantage of these great tips, you can plan you trip without even having to think about what to do in Seattle during the city's Museum Month. So if you’re looking to expand your cultural horizons, or hoping to share the wonderful world of museums with your kiddos, the dozens of participating museums in the area will make Seattle a destination you'll never forget.

Winter Whale Watching in Virginia Beach

January 21, 2016 | Permalink | Comments (0)

For us humans, the winter months might be long chilly ones, but for whales, it's the perfect time to show off! If you want to try something a little different on your next trip, or if you're an animal lover, ocean aficionado or just all-around winter wonderland fan, we recommend whale watching in Virginia Beach. If you’re planning to take a vacation, or even have a staycation, take advantage of the Virginia Beach hotel deals during the winter and book a room. You have the best chance of spotting whales on the path of their migration pattern between December and March, so winter is the perfect excuse to plan a getaway. And afterwards, indulge yourself in Virginia Beach's craft beer scene.

Virginia Beach Whale Watching

A boat ride, family fun, plus the chance to get up close and personal with some of the world's most amazing creatures? Virginia Beach offers all that and more during one of their famed two-hour boat tours. Since the waters offer a vast array of food and plant life that whales are drawn to, you're almost certain to see at least one or two giant fins poking through the water, and if you're lucky, you might even witness a breathtaking jump. Make the trip a teachable moment and soak up all the on-board aquarium educator has to offer while they teach you and your party about whale communication, diets, interactions with humans and preservation. Plus, you won't only see whales. You'll be able to check out awesome bird life, scope schools of fish skimming the surface of the water and even watch nature take its course as birds hunt for food. You don’t have to be too worried about getting cold — while part of the fun of winter whale watching is the cool, brisk air, rest assured all the boats are heated, and you'll be offered blankets.

Virginia Beach Breweries

After a long day of whale watching, you're probably going to want to warm up with some tasty bites and maybe a tall brew — and that's where Virginia Beach's craft beer scene comes in. We love Pleasure House Brewing, not only for their irresistible (and ever-evolving) craft beers, but also for their philanthropy. Indulge yourselves and sample all of their selections, and enjoy the spot’s focus on building their own community with darts, free wifi, music, the latest games and great company.

Looking for a more romantic spot? Love is in the air at Reaver Beach Brewing. The brewery has a sweet story — it was founded by two newlyweds! You can tour the taproom, where you'll learn about the process of beer making and enjoy a few samples. Don’t leave without picking up a growler or two. Get them filled with your favorite brew and you can enjoy a frosty cold one back at your hotel room.

If you’re hoping to plan a trip where you can spot a majestic whale and kick back and leave your life behind for a few days, Virginia Beach is the perfect place for a winter getaway. Enjoy the company, brews, creatures and people!

All Aboard America's Finest Historic Ships

January 11, 2016 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Whether you're looking to add some variety to a family vacation, or you want to encourage enthusiasm if you've recently relocated to a new city with your family, sometimes looking to the past is the best way to live in the present. Why not show your family some of the oldest US ships and restored aircraft carriers on American soil (and waters)? Each ship has its own story, and visiting them is a great way to teach children in an interactive and fascinating way about the ships of our country’s past.

Maritime Museum of San Diego in California
If you find yourself in sunny southern California, check out one of America's most famous old sailing ships still afloat. Head to the Maritime Museum of San Diego, California, to see the Star of India ship. Dating all the way back to 1863, the Star of India's massive white sails and iron trimmings were a hit right from the start — but it wasn't always smooth sailing. On her voyages to India, the ship (which then went by the name Euterpe) survived tornadoes, pirate attacks and several crashes. She then became a cargo ship, carrying supplies to nations across the world, surviving harsh weather and conditions. Learn not just about the ship herself, but also about the sailors who were once on board, by reading the log and taking a tour with a guide.

USS Hornet in San Francisco, California
If you’re looking for battleships on display in the US, look no further than the historic floating giant, the USS Hornet. Head to the Bay Area in San Francisco, California, to see the ship that survived World War II and helped save American and Allied lives. Though it survived 59 attacks during the War, perhaps the USS Hornet is most famous for rescuing Buzz Aldrin, Michael Collins and Neil Armstrong after they headed back to earth on Apollo 11 — the rocket that first landed on the moon. For space fans, the ship has one of the biggest collection of artifacts from the Lunar Voyage in the States. For the best battleships on display, get stung by the USS Hornet.

USS Intrepid in New York, New York
If you're more interested in seeing aircraft carriers on display, why not make the most of your trip to New York and check out the ultra-famous USS Intrepid? You will probably recognize the ship from its numerous appearances on the silver screen, but there's nothing like seeing something so famous in person! Though the USS Intrepid now lives on the Hudson River, she also had a great career as an astronaut recovery ship and served in WWII, the Vietnam War and the Cold War — this enormous floating wonder even lived through a torpedo attack. While you're at it, check out the rest of the Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum to learn even more about these vessels.

No matter how much you know about a place, it's always nice to brush up on your history. For fun the whole family can enjoy, make a weekend out of it and head to the high seas!

 

Chicago's Best Museums

January 2, 2016 | Permalink | Comments (0)

If you're planning a vacation to Chicago, you probably already know that the city is a celebrated cultural hub. If you're looking for things to do in Chicago, some of the most fascinating attractions are without question the city's incredible museums. No matter what period of art, collections or even unexpected surprises may interest you, you'll find something that stimulates your brain. Once you've booked your Chicago hotel room, read our list below to make sure you don't miss the top Chicago museums.

Art Institute of Chicago

On the hunt for museums to visit in Chicago? Let's start with the classics. Last year, Trip Advisor deemed The Art Institute of Chicago as both #1 museum not only in the world, but also in the US. Home to several famous Rembrandt paintings, priceless works of Manet, Degas, and, perhaps one of the most beloved paintings of all time, Grant Wood's American Gothic, the museum beat out notable institutes such as Paris’ The Louvre. And for the book lover in your life, be sure to check out the Ryerson & Burnham Research Libraries, home to both rare books and fascinating tomes. If you're heading to Chicago for Valentine's Day, be sure not to miss the collection of Van Gogh's Bedroom paintings, on display at Regenstein Hall in the museum to see some of the world's greatest paintings up close and personal.

The Adler Planetarium

If you've got your head in the clouds, make sure to take a trip to the Adler Planetarium, arguably one of the best museums in Chicago dedicated to the stars and the sky. Perfect for all ages, the planetarium was the first of its kind in the United States. The museum includes the famous "Mission Moon" exhibit, which allows visitors to experience the lunar landing for themselves — including the actual Gemini 12 capsule used by Buzz Aldrin to orbit the earth! Be sure to check out the celebrated Sky Theatre, which is beloved for its realistic, virtual-reality interpretations of space travel.

Museum of Contemporary Photography

Want to get your culture on, but feeling the financial hindrances of a starving artist yourself? Never fear, Chicago has plenty of options for you, too. One of the best free museums in Chicago is the Museum of Contemporary Photography, whose permanent collection includes photographs from Czech artists, world famous photographer Dorothea Lange and heartbreaking photographs of the 1930s dustbowl in America. There are plenty of ongoing projects and exhibitions designed to help new photographers hone their craft, and even have the chance to display their work.

If you're planning a trip to Chicago this winter, you can't go wrong by checking out some of the city's most celebrated museums. Whether you're a space nut, want to feel extra cultured or just want to check out some powerful photographs, the various museums of Chicago offer something for everyone.

A Winter Wonderland — The Best Ice Skating Rinks In America

December 3, 2015 | Permalink | Comments (0)

The winter months mean steaming mugs of hot cocoa and marshmallows, indulging in delicious holiday treats and, best of all, traveling with family. If you're heading to any one of these beloved cities, be sure to take your loved ones to some of the best ice rinks in America while you’re there.

Rockefeller Center, New York City
Looking for exceptional holiday ice rinks? The setting for many romantic comedies, including the film Serendipity, there's no better place than New York City's iconic Rockefeller Center Skating Rink. With the giant Christmas tree in the background, nestled in between the 30 Rock building and The Lego Store, your family can capture the perfect photo for a holiday card while spinning circles — sometimes alongside professional skaters — at one of the city's best outdoor ice rinks. Afterwards, why not visit The Top of the Rock, where you and your family can take in breathtaking views of Manhattan's skyline. To end your perfect New York night, enjoy a mug of the famous frozen cocoa at the world legendary restaurant, Serendipity Three — and after you can head back to your comfy hotel room to unwind and relax.

McCormick Tribune, Chicago
If you're spending a long winter weekend in the Windy City, one of the best ice skating rinks in the country is right at your fingertips. Tucked inside the city's beautiful Millennium Park (home to the famous Cloud Gate Statue, also known as “The Bean”), the outdoor skating rink sees over 100,000 guests each year during the winter months. The rink is especially loved for its ample size and free admission. There's plenty of room for those who want to perfect their figure eights. A fun fact? If you'd like to come back to Chicago during your summer vacation, the McCormick rink transforms into the city's largest outdoor restaurant, seating close to two hundred guests at a time! But for this trip, after you’ve been out there on the rink as long as you can stand it, when you just can’t take the cold any longer, warm up for a cozy winter meal at The Gage, which boasts not only an enormous menu and creative and fun cocktail creations, but also offers unbelievable views of the park.

Ice House, Hackensack, New Jersey
If the winter weather is simply too much to battle, or if you're looking to host a birthday party for your child, you're sure to win at the Ice House, one of America's best indoor ice skating rinks. Loved for its central location, family-friendly environment and even their support of local ice hockey teams, (why not take in a game while you’re there?) the Ice House provides lessons to those who are just getting the hang of things on the ice. The rink is also a wonderful place to pick up some figure skating lessons, so you can feel like you're having your Tara Lipinkski moment! Master a double axle with ease.

It doesn’t matter if you're a new skater or an expert on the ice, nothing says celebrate winter as you travel across America more than enjoying the country's best indoor and outdoor ice rinks. Make memories that will last you well beyond the New Year.

Fall in Love with Delicious Pie around the South

November 18, 2015 | Permalink | Comments (0)

The fall season means scarecrows, Thanksgiving and best of all, pies in every flavor imaginable! Pie has long been the centerpiece of American bake-offs, holiday tables and even eating contests. To help you celebrate the season of falling leaves, we've gathered a list of places where you can find some of the best pies in America. With flavors synonymous with fall, like pecan, pumpkin and apple, it probably doesn’t come as much of a surprise that many of the country's greatest pies come from the South. The next time you're on vacation with your family, or even looking for a decadent break from a business trip, be sure to grab a bite of the best Southern pies out there!

Slice Pie Company in Raleigh-Durham, NC
If you're headed with the family to North Carolina's gorgeous Raleigh-Durham for your next trip, be sure to check out the Slice Pie Company. This is quite literally the home of one of the best apple pies in America. Slice’s apple pie was the winner of the State Fair Blue Ribbon! Made from scratch, (because no good Southern grandmother would dare to do otherwise) the pies are available in multiple sizes and are made to order — so you know you're getting the freshest pie possible. With Southern staples like Strawberry Rhubarb, Lemon Meringue and Key Lime, you’re sure to enjoy real hospitality from Slice Pie Company. Slice is also able to deliver to certain areas, so if after a long day sight seeing you barely have the energy to even get back to your hotel room, you can order a fresh, homemade, to-die-for pie for the sweet tooth in your traveling group. Quick tip: If it's specifically Pecan Pie you're craving, the locals swear by The Angus Barn.

The Pie Shop in Atlanta, GA
If your travels bring you to beautiful downtown Atlanta, Georgia, you're well on your way to enjoying some of the most popular pies in America. The Pie Shop, with over a hundred types of pie and specialty holiday flavors, will make you feel like you're back in grandma’s kitchen. There's nothing more Southern than The Pie Shop's flavors, which count Bourbon Pecan, Apple Butter Chess and Candy Corn Cream Pie among their copious flavor selections. For those who are craving something a little more savory, no trip to the Southern part of the country could ever be complete without at least sampling a single slice of Chicken Pot Pie and The Pie Shop’s doesn’t disappoint. Flaky crusts, unbeatable white meat chicken and several secret, made-with-love ingredients all work together to bring you a fantastic culinary experience.

No matter how perfect your vacation, a little extra indulgence, whether on the road or back in your hotel after a long day of sightseeing, makes it that much better. Enjoy a slice of homemade goodness and experience real down-home cooking in the South by stopping to enjoy — and taking home — some of the best pies in America.

Family Tour for National Peanut Butter Month

November 10, 2015 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Salty, sweet, creamy, crunchy, no matter how you slice it, peanut butter is a beloved American staple—a favorite in lunch boxes across the country. In a time where we celebrate everything from hamburgers to ice cream with dedicated days throughout the year, it should come as no surprise that we also celebrate National Peanut Butter Month each and every November. While you could celebrate this creamy (or crunchy) month simply by eating as much peanut butter as humanly possible, in true Road Warrior fashion, those looking to make a trip out of it can visit several peanut themed establishments for an inside look at this very American treat. This November head to these three corners of the country for peanuts, peanut butter and more.

Krema Nut Company—Columbus, Ohio

Looking for a different and fun adult weekend getaway? Why not plan a group caravan road trip? Once you’ve secured hotel rooms for your big group, you can head to the Krema Nut Company in Columbus, Ohio. The peanut butter factory offers free factory tours to large groups of those aged 21 and older. The tour lasts about an hour and details the peanut’s fascinating history. Not only can you learn about peanuts and peanut butter, but you can also see first hand how peanut butter is made the old fashioned way. Krema Nut Company remains the country’s oldest continuously operated peanut butter company since 1898. Tours are offered by appointment Monday through Friday from 9AM to 10:30AM and 1:30PM to 2PM. The minimum group allowed is 30.

The Peanut Patch—Yuma, Arizona

Located in Yuma, Arizona, The Peanut Patch has become a tradition in Southwest Arizona. While not a factory per se, the store features hundreds of different candies and natural snacks, many of which feature peanuts. Opened in 1977, the shop provides information on how peanuts are grown. In addition, visitors can witness peanut brittle rolled out while taking in the whiffs of fresh peanuts roasting.

Planters Peanut Center—Suffolk, Virginia

While many peanut factories are not open for tours, Planters, perhaps one of the biggest names in peanuts, does have an old fashioned shop you can visit in Suffolk, Virginia. Planters Peanut Center provides something of a time machine for visitors. Guests step back in time and smell peanuts roasted in the shell with the help of a 1936 model roaster. The retail store has been in business since 1967 in the Peanut Capital of the World. Old timey, Planters Peanut Center satisfies those who are nutty for peanuts with its variety of Planters peanuts, candies and snack products for sale. The Planters Peanut Center is open Monday Through Friday from 10AM to 5:30PM and Saturday from 8:30AM to 4PM.

Peanut butter and jelly is just about as synonymous with classic American fare as milk and cookies or apple pie and ice cream. While your family might enjoy peanut butter daily, chances are they don’t know about how that jar came to be. If you’re looking to celebrate National Peanut Butter Month in its truest form, these peanut centric stops won’t disappoint. Just be sure you have some milk on hand back at your hotel room to wash down all of that stick-to-your-mouth goodness.

Chase the Summer in Summer California

September 28, 2015 | Permalink | Comments (0)

As summer winds down, many of us Road Warriors begin to shift travel gears in preparation of the cold and snow that will soon dominate our plans. But if you’re prolonging the inevitable cold season, you may want to look at some of the many October vacation deals still available in the warmer climates of the country. Enter: Southern California — the golden coast that seems to chase the endless summer. As the locals and those who regularly visit the lower half of the state know, Southern California doesn’t always get the memo that summer has set and fall and winter should be the new reality. These three Southern California beach cities make it possible to enjoy a little bit more of summer, even if it is the middle of October.

San Diego

If you’re looking to grab a hotel in San Diego, October is your lucky month. Not only is San Diego’s weather frequently ranked as the best in the world, even in October, when the city is especially affordable for families. Throughout the month, the city hosts its Kids Free San Diego promotion. Kids don’t have to pay admission at many popular San Diego attractions including Legoland, the San Diego Zoo and SeaWorld. In addition, many museums, tours, harbor cruises and activities are free for kids throughout the month of October. Aside from the Kids Free San Diego promotion, the city shines with many events throughout October like Oktoberfests, air shows and art festivals.

San Clemente

Located on the coast in between Los Angeles and San Diego, the Spanish style village of San Clemente also makes for an attractive Southern California getaway during the fall months, particularly in October. The community hosts a number of events you might want to plan your trip around. First up, on October 4th, the city celebrates San Clemente Seafest. Now in its 28th year, the event features a Chowder cook-off, arts and craft show and even a surf contest. If you can’t make it to San Clemente in early October, the city also has a number of events later in the month such as the San Clemente Oktoberfest on October 17th and the Taste of San Clemente on October 30th.

Laguna Beach

Just 50 miles south of Los Angeles, most travelers find Laguna Beach pleasant year-round. In terms of October vacations, Laguna Beach makes for a relaxing getaway as the summer crowds have cleared out, making it possible to enjoy the coastal town with a little peace and quiet. In the fall, Laguna Beach offers many attractions to enjoy during your October travel days. Start the day off with a hike through Heisler Park in awe of its spectacular views of the Laguna Beach coastline. Enjoy giant blue whale watching or to take an art walk and enjoy the more than 80 unique works of public art that grace the town’s streets.

If you’re the type who tends to cling to summer, think about taking one last warm weather getaway as fall rolls into your town, Southern California is the perfect area to sink your toes into the sands of summer without having to battle the crowds of summer in the process.

9 Family-Friendly Museums

September 2, 2015 | Permalink | Comments (0)

As the carefree days of summer start to dwindle, clothes shopping and school supply lists often dominate busy parents’ days. But don’t let the stress of the impending back-to-school schedule make you waste these last few weeks away. There’s still time to soak up the last bits of summer and take the whole family on an educational and fun trip before that dreaded first early morning is here. Get kids ready to learn by heading out to one of the several museums across the country that can stimulate the minds of young and old alike. And if you’re already in budget mode heading into the fall, consider joining the Extended Stay America rewards program to earn perks toward your next vacation.

American Museum of Natural History—New York, New York

Located at Central Park West at 79th Street in New York, the American Museum of Natural History is easily one of the best family friendly museums on the East Coast. One of the largest museums in the world, you are sure to be entertained throughout the 1,600,000 square feet of space. The museum is home to 45 exhibition halls where you can see fossils, animal dioramas and ocean life exhibits.

The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis—Indianapolis, Indiana

When it comes to family friendly museums, the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis has received national attention for being so family oriented. As one of the largest children’s museums in the world, you can see 120,000 artifacts across the museum’s American, Natural Science and World Cultures Collections.

Henry Ford Museum—Detroit, Michigan

Located in Detroit, Michigan, the Henry Ford Museum presents yet another not-to-be-missed family museum in the U.S., especially for car and history lovers. The museum boasts some of Henry Ford’s own personal collections. Other wheeled notables in the museum include the Kennedy Presidential Limousine and the Rosa Parks Bus.

USS Constitution Museum—Boston, Massachusetts

Detailing the famous ship and the early days of the U.S. Navy, the USS Constitution Museum in Boston definitely makes the list as one of the best museums for the family, the whole family that is. The interactive galleries are designed to keep adults and children entertained and take all parties on a 200-year voyage.

Musical Instrument Museum—Phoenix, Arizona

If you find yourself in Phoenix in the next few weeks, and you simply can’t take the heat for one more second, you can retreat to the cool indoors and hit up the Musical Instrument Museum. The museum is a favorite for families who love music, especially as it offers the chance to play a number of instruments from around the globe. Exhibits include instruments from around the world and even instruments and styles played and worn by celebrity favorites from the past and present. Taylor Swift even has a gown there!

Please Touch Museum—Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Set up in Philadelphia, the name says it all at the Please Touch Museum. There, you don’t have to worry about whisking your kids quickly through down the middle of each room, muttering under your breath “don’t touch!” over and over. Everything in the museum is fair game and incredibly interactive. Kids will delight in taking a ride on the restored 1908 carousel.

Exploratorium—San Francisco, California

One of San Francisco’s top attractions is easily the Exploratorium. With more than 600 hands-on exhibits, the museum details art, science and human perception. The Exploratorium truly delights imaginations, especially with additions like the world’s largest toothpick sculpture.

Center for Puppetry Arts—Atlanta, Georgia

Atlanta is a hot spot for family fun activity, and you don’t have to search too hard to find a great family-friendly hotel room either! If you have a few performers in your family, a visit to the Center for Puppetry Arts is in order. Set up in Atlanta, the museum remains solely dedicated to the art of puppetry. A fixture in town since 1978, visitors can learn all about the wonder and art of puppetry, including seeing exhibits on some of their favorite famous puppets.

Museum of Science and Industry—Chicago, Illinois

Out of all of the museums in Chicago, the Museum of Science and Industry just might be the one to keep all parties in your family entertained. Across 14 acres, you can explore thousands of interactive exhibits. Some highlights include a German U Boat, a replica coalmine and a miniature castle. The museum sets out to, and accomplishes the task of bringing science to life. With the abundance of hotels in this charming city, finding one to call home for a few nights won’t be a problem, either.

 From Phoenix to Philadelphia, the country is crawling with family friendly museums. Before your kids have to hit the books again for a new school year, consider making a last hurrah weekend out of these cities and visit one of these museums.