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Family vacations can be tough to plan, especially if you want everyone — adults and children — to be entertained.

However, this doesn’t mean that your family vacations have to be centered around theme parks or all-inclusive resorts every year — there are plenty of attractions that are as educational as they are fun.

These hot spots are full of kid-friendly attractions, enough action to keep even the youngest entertained, and, most importantly, full of adult-friendly activities as well.

Here are 23 places to take your kids before they grow up.

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Stingray City in the Grand Cayman Islands

Have adventurous children (and parents)? Then swimming with giant stingrays in the crystal clear waters of the Grand Cayman should be at the top of your travel list. 

Unlike resorts and water parks that offer a similar experience, Stingray City brings people into the docile animals’ natural habitat. 


Dinosaur Valley State Park in Glen Rose, Texas


Most kids have a dinosaur phase, and for them this park is heaven. 

A short drive from Fort Worth, the park features actual dinosaur tracks that are visible along a riverbed, as well as other wildlife, camping, hiking, mountain biking, swimming, and fishing.


The Viking Ship Museum in Olso, Norway

For children who can’t get enough of pirates and Viking legends, the Viking Ship Museum is a must. The museum features actual Viking ships, as well as finds from Viking tombs, and many wild tales and legends of epic adventures.

Even better: you can ride a replica down a river.

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