Tourist Attractions To See with Kids Before They Grow Up

by Sandra Foyt on March 19, 2012

in Travel Ideas

Visiting a tourist attraction with kids can be a great way to learn about the world – its history, nature, culture, and so much more.Trouble is, often not much separates a tourist attraction from it’s less respectable cousin – the tourist trap.

My children and I have been disappointed by a number of attractions that turned out to be tourist traps, and then there are the few that exceeded any and all expectations.

12 Tourist Attractions to See with Kids Before They Grow Up

1.) Walt Disney World – Orlando, FL

Family at Disney World - Orlando, FL

2.) National Mall and Memorial Park – Washington, D.C.

Flying kites on the mall - Washington, D.C.

3.) Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island – New York, NY

Statue of Liberty lollipop

4.) Niagara Falls – NY

Niagara Falls

5.) Old Faithful Geyser – Yellowstone National Park

Park Ranger - Old Faithful Geyser Yellowstone National Park

Old Faithful Geyser Yellowstone National Park-2

6.) Hoover Dam – Border of Arizona and Nevada.

Hoover Dam

7.) Luray Caverns – Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.

Luray Caverns

8.) Mount Rushmore – South Dakota.

Mount Rushmore

9.) London Tower – London, England

duel at the Tower of London

duel at the Tower of London-2

10.) Eiffel Tower – Paris, France


11.) Stonehenge – England


12.) Kissing the Blarney Stone at Blarney Castle – Cork, Ireland

kissing the blarney stone

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| Sandra Foyt is a storyteller, photographer, and road trip junkie. A veteran of six cross-country road trips, she drove Route 66, the Lincoln Highway, the fossil freeway, the extraterrestrial highway, and even “the loneliest road in America.” Find her on, an award-winning destination guide to extraordinary travel in and from Northeast USA, on her portfolio site at, and in freelance gigs on Family Travel 411, Minitime, Huffington Post, and Matador Network. Email:, Twitter @SandraFoyt.

Jen March 19, 2012 at 9:31 am

We have been to half of the attractions you listed and we would return to each one of them if given a chance. Even Old Faithful at Yellowstone was worth the wait. When we first arrived, I felt like we had made a wrong turn and somehow ended up at a Nascar speedway. Shoving our way through the crowd, we found a spot and luckily only had to wait a few minutes to watch her erupt. I was surprised at how much we thought that was worth the wait!
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Sandra Foyt March 19, 2012 at 10:57 am

LOL! Jen, definitely the worst part of going to see Old Faithful was trying to find a parking spot! But I think that the combination of learning about how geysers work plus the sheer magnificence of watching nature erupt more than made getting there worth the effort.

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