Published On: Apr 08 2014 11:37:02 AM CDTUpdated On: Aug 01 2014 01:00:00 AM CDT
August is National Family Fun Month. Spend some time with yours at these 15 best attractions in the U.S. for kids, announced recently as part of Gogobot's Travelers' Favorites awards. The spots were selected based on Gogobot user recommendations and the number of visits from the site's 3.7 million users.
Pineapple Express train rides are available at the Dole Plantation in Wahiawa, on Oahu.
Twirl Toy Store and Playspace is located in an adobe building in historical Taos, N.M. There are two courtyards outside for energetic shoppers.
An elephant stands with its trainers at the San Antonio Zoo in Texas. The zoo is No. 13 on the list.
The Boston Children's Museum was founded in 1913 with exhibits that encourage hands-on learning. The museum is No. 12 of Gogobot's top attractions for kids.
The boardwalk in Ocean City, Md., dates to 1902. Arcades, a roller coaster and a Ferris wheel are among its draws for kids.
The Museum of the Rockies in Bozeman, Mont., has a vast collection of dinosaur fossils, including Tyrannosaurus rex and Triceratops.
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Resort has been a crowd-pleaser since it opened in 2010. The Florida park is No. 9 on the list.
Legolandin Carlsbad, Calif., ranks eighth on the list. More than 60 rides, attractions and shows keep kids entertained.
In the American Museum of Natural History's Hall of Ocean Life, a 94-foot fiberglass replica of a blue whale hangs above the marine exhibits. The New York museum, ranked No. 7 among kids' attractions, was founded in 1869.
Rescue operation Sea Turtle Inc. in South Padre Island, Texas, provides lessons in conservation to younger travelers and rates at No. 6 on Gogobot's list.
The Ann Richards Congress Avenue Bridge in Austin, Texas, draws locals and tourists to see the largest urban bat colony in North America. Nearly 1.5 million Mexican free-tailed bats take up residence underneath the bridge in the spring and summer. Kids love a good, somewhat creepy, air show.
Dollywood Splash Country in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., ranks fourth on the list. The park features nearly two dozen water slides and rides.
St. Louis' imaginative City Museum includes the spectacular MonstroCity, a sculpture-playground hybrid that incorporates slides, wrought-iron Slinkies and more. The museum lands at No. 3 on the list.
An alpine slide, a climbing wall and skiing and snow tubing help make Winter Park Resort in Colorado a top kid-friendly spot. It's ranked No. 2 among Gogobot Travelers' Favorites award winners for best kids attractions in the U.S.
TheExploratoriumin San Francisco is the United States' top attraction for kids, according to travel site Gogobot's users. In 2013, the hands-on science museum opened in a much larger space at Pier 15 on the waterfront.
Holiday shoppers have been out since the dark of the night, starting at malls, outlet centers and specialty stores on Thursday. Some went out while their Thanksgiving turkey was cooking, others in the evening. Today, was the big rush.