Family Fun Announces Annual Travel Award Winners

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Did Spring Break leave you with the travel bug? Are you itching to plan your next trip?

FamilyFun magazine polled its readers from across the country to come up with lists of the best family-friendly vacation spots. Here are the 2015 winners, which will be featured in the April issue:

Top Ten overall

  1. Sanibel, FL
  2. Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, Washington, DC
  3. Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, Washington, DC
  4. Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium, Omaha, NE
  5. Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, Indianapolis, IN
  6. Gatlinburg, TN
  7. Savannah, GA
  8. St. Augustine, FL
  9. Mackinac Island State Park, Mackinac Island, MI
  10. Saint Louis Zoo, St. Louis, MO

Animal Attractions

  1. Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium, Omaha, NE
  2. Saint Louis Zoo, St. Louis, MO
  3. Monterey Bay Aquarium, Monterey, CA
  4. Georgia Aquarium, Atlanta, GA
  5. San Diego Zoo, San Diego, CA
  6. Virginia Safari Park, Natural Bridge, VA
  7. Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Lake Buena Vista, FL
  8. Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, Cincinnati, OH
  9. Busch Gardens Tampa, Tampa Bay, FL
  10. Riverbanks Zoo and Garden, Columbia, SC

State Parks

  1. Mackinac Island State Park, Mackinac Island, MI
  2. Hocking Hills State Park, Logan, OH
  3. Ludington State Park, Ludington, MI
  4. Niagara Falls State Park, Niagara Falls, NY
  5. Huntington Beach State Park, Murrells Inlet, SC
  6. Slide Rock State Park, Sedona, AZ
  7. Red Rock State Park, Sedona, AZ
  8. John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, Key Largo, FL
  9. Tahquamenon Falls State Park, Paradise, MI
  10. Assateague State Park, Berlin, MD

Science Museums

  1. Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, Washington, DC
  2. Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, Washington, DC
  3. Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, Indianapolis, IN
  4. Cincinnati Museum Center/Museum of Natural History & Science, Cincinnati, OH
  5. Center of Science and Industry (COSI), Columbus, OH
  6. Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, Titusville, FL
  7. Michigan Science Center, Detroit, MI
  8. Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago, IL
  9. Saint Louis Science Center, St. Louis, MO
  10. American Museum of Natural History, New York, NY

Tourist Towns

  1. Sanibel, FL
  2. Gatlinburg, TN
  3. Savannah, GA
  4. St. Augustine, FL
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  6. Wisconsin Dells, WI
  7. Myrtle Beach, SC
  8. Estes Park, CO
  9. Petoskey, MI
  10. Key West, FL
  11. Mackinac Island, MI

Regional Top Tens

Northeast

  1. American Museum of Natural History, New York, NY
  2. Gettysburg, PA
  3. Ogunquit, ME
  4. Bronx Zoo, Bronx, NY
  5. Cape May, NJ
  6. Niagara Falls State Park, Niagara Falls, NY
  7. The Franklin Institute, Philadelphia, PA
  8. Bar Harbor, ME
  9. Ohiopyle State Park, Ohiopyle, PA
  10. Lake Placid, NY

Midwest

  1. Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium, Omaha, NE
  2. Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, Indianapolis, IN
  3. Mackinac Island State Park, Mackinac Island, MI
  4. Saint Louis Zoo, St. Louis, MO
  5. Wisconsin Dells, WI
  6. Hocking Hills State Park, Logan, OH
  7. Cincinnati Museum Center/Museum of Natural History & Science, Cincinnati, OH
  8. Center of Science and Industry (COSI), Columbus, OH
  9. Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, Cincinnati, OH
  10. Petoskey, MI

South

  1. Sanibel, FL
  2. Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, Washington, DC
  3. Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, Washington, DC
  4. Gatlinburg, TN
  5. Savannah, GA
  6. St. Augustine, FL
  7. Georgia Aquarium, Atlanta, GA
  8. Virginia Safari Park, Natural Bridge, VA
  9. Myrtle Beach, SC
  10. Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Lake Buena Vista, FL

West

  1. Monterey Bay Aquarium, Monterey, CA
  2. San Diego Zoo, San Diego, CA
  3. Estes Park, CO
  4. Monterey, CA
  5. San Diego Zoo Safari Park, Escondido, CA
  6. SeaWorld, San Diego, CA
  7. Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, Los Angeles, CA
  8. South Lake Tahoe, CA
  9. Santa Cruz, CA
  10. Exploratorium, San Francisco, CA

We write about our travel adventures on our Austin Travel Mama column, and also recommend checking out our friend Rebecca’s website when you are doing your research: R We There Yet Mom?

How many have you been to? Were you surprised to see there weren’t any Texas destinations on the list? What would be our top 10 Texas travel spots?

About Nicole Basham 793 Articles
A native Austinite and soccer-playing mom, Nicole uses her 10-year-old son as an excuse to rediscover her hometown through his eyes. In Thoreau's words, her mission is to "suck out all the marrow of life", or in her son's words, to cultivate in him a love of "advenchers".

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