Best kid-friendly destinations you never thought of
Sure, Disneyland, Yellowstone and the Grand Canyon come to mind as essential family trips. But have you ever considered taking your youngsters somewhere that doesn't hold the same kid-friendly reputation?
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While the annual Mardi Gras bacchanalia may be a bit too boisterous for the under-21 crowd, it doesn't mean kids have to skip the spectacle entirely. Mardi Gras World offers a behind-the-scenes look at the history, the intricate floats and the costumes that define the city's most cherished celebration.
If your kids are a little too young to appreciate the backstage work and craftsmanship, head to Storyland instead. Located in City Park, this playground features 25 life-size sculptures of famous storybook characters, like the Three Little Pigs, Little Bo Peep and Humpty Dumpty. Plus, City Park features a small amusement park, a 36-hole minigolf course and a botanical garden.
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With a nickname like "Sin City," it's easy to see why you might dismiss Las Vegas for a family getaway. But beyond the risqué attitude that defines this metropolis, this riotous city actually boasts a variety of kid-friendly attractions. Cirque du Soleil's Mystère show at Treasure Island Hotel & Casino is a nonstop parade of vibrant sets, high-flying acrobatics and larger-than-life characters.