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19 Places In America That Will Blow Your Kids' Minds

Make childhood memories they'll never forget.

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1. The International Spy Museum in Washington, DC

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The International Spy Museum is dedicated to the history of espionage and features the largest collection of espionage artifacts anywhere.

"I know DC has lots of museums but the MOST FUN ONE EVER is the Spy Museum! You're given a spy card that says who you are and what you do. You go through the museum like a spy and get to play with gadgets and solve crimes — it's very interactive. It's so cool! We stayed for hours!"

—Sydney Schusterman, Facebook

2. The Mystery Spot in Santa Cruz, California

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The Mystery Spot is a must be seen to be believed location that defies the laws of physics and gravity.

"It’s the coolest/most bizarre thing, and I’m dying to go back to see it again."

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5. Jim's Apple Farm in Jordan, Minnesota

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Jim's Apple Farm is open from June through November each year and specializes in candy, apples, fall produce, baked goods, jigsaw puzzles, and gift shop items.

"It's the largest candy store in the state, selling over 3,000 varieties of candy as well as soda (they have over 150 types of root beer alone) and baked goods (I highly recommend their homemade apple pie)."

—Lauren Crabtree, Facebook

6. The Crayola Experience in Easton, Pennsylvania; Minneapolis; and Orlando

The Crayola Experience is an interactive museum dedicated to all things crayon.

"It's hands down the most fun, and most worth your money places we have visited as a family. Super fun and interactive for all ages!"

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8. La Brea Tar Pits and Museum in Los Angeles, California

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La Brea Tar Pits and Museum is the world's most famous ice age fossil excavation site featuring the fossils of saber-toothed cats, dire wolves, and mammoths.

"There are observation pits where you can see the exact spots ancient animal remains have been found. We have three children and they never get tired of visiting this place!"

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9. Ella’s Deli and Ice Cream Parlour in Madison, Wisconsin

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Ella’s Deli and Ice Cream Parlour is a fun-filled deli and ice cream parlor featuring animated displays, model trains, and a carousel.

"There is so much going on. The table tops each have a theme, from Indiana Jones to a working, table-sized Wooly Willy. The menu is extensive and includes ice cream made in house and drinks topped with cotton candy. I cannot recommend this place more!"

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10. City Museum in St. Louis

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The City Museum is an incredible, wide-ranging place featuring a children’s playground, funhouse, surrealistic pavilion, and a lot more.

"It's an old shoe factory that's been converted into the most amazing, exploratory play place ever. It has dozens of slides (including a 10-story spiral slide), hidden crawl spaces, multifloor climbing towers and tunnels, the world's largest pencil, and outdoor areas that include airplanes several stories off the ground."

—Laura Johnson, Facebook

12. America's National Parks

There are 59 national parks including the Grand Canyon, Rocky Mountains, and the Redwoods.

"Our National Parks are pretty damn amazing. There's nothing like standing at the bottom of a redwood or on the top of the Rockies to feel so small and yet part of something so big."

—Laurie Lapham, Facebook

13. The National Mall in Washington, DC

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The National Mall is home to the Washington Monument plus memorials to Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and more.

"My kids love the DC Mall. When they get bored with the monuments, there are so many museums to explore. Then when they get bored with museums, they just love the open space of the Mall, watching the pigeons and eating at food trucks. It’s our favorite place on Earth."

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15. The Strong National Museum of Play in Rochester, New York

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The Strong National Museum of Play is an interactive museum dedicated to the history of playing.

"It has a mini supermarket where kids can 'shop' and run the cash register, and a butterfly exhibit that is pretty awesome! It was literally the best thing when I was a kid, and it still is."

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16. Kings Island in Mason, Ohio

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Kings Island is the largest amusement and waterpark in the Midwest.

"It’s so much fun for kids of all ages, and your kids will love a hug from their favorites Peanuts characters, including Snoopy and Woodstock!"

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17. Highmark Sports Works in Pittsburgh

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Highmark Sports Works is a museum with nearly 30 interactive experiences that use sports as a gateway to talk about physics, anatomy, biology, and even chemistry.

"It's pretty cool! They have all sorts of neat attractions, from a roller coaster simulation to one of those contraptions where you strap yourself in standing up and are spun around and upside-down."

—Amanda Buckholt, Facebook

18. Alice's Tea Cup in New York City

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Alice's Tea Cup is a whimsical tea house with Alice in Wonderland decor.

"It's amazing for young girls, and is a cross between a fairy wonderland and Alice in Wonderland. I've taken my niece there many times and she always wants to go back."

—Shira Kipnees, Facebook

19. Gatorland in Orlando, Florida

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Gatorland is a family attraction that lets you get up close and personal with thousands of alligators and crocodiles. It has a pretty awesome zipline, too.

—Erika Drewke, Facebook

Also mentioned: The Indianapolis Children's Museum in Indianapolis; The Exploratorium in San Francisco; World of Coca Cola in Atlanta; The Liberty Science Center in Jersey City, New Jersey; Port Discovery in Baltimore; Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden in Springfield, Massachusetts; and Please Touch Museum in Philadelphia.

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