For many parents, the American South doesn't seem like the ideal vacation destination. Perhaps it's the heat or the distance, but more likely it's the pervading impression that all there is to do in the south is visit old battlefields that will have kids screaming with boredom. But that's not the case at all. The American South has plenty to offer kids and parents alike, so whether you're moving here with your family or just considering coming down for a vacation, let our site introduce you to some of the fun things to see and do in the region.
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There are few things that kids young and old like better than visiting a theme or amusement park, and the South has many to offer. The Dollywood amusement park in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee is home to country music and top notch roller coasters while Six Flags White Water in Atlanta is a great place to cool off in the height of the summer. And of course we can't forget Walt Disney World, Busch Gardens, and Universal Studios, three of the nation's most popular parks, all of which are located in the sunny state of Florida. Even if you can't make it to a big name park, there are plenty of smaller ones scattered all over the region.
Kids may think they don't like to visit museums, but museums that are designed with kids in mind can be as educational as any school lesson and as fun as a visit to any theme park. The Children's Museum of Houston, Texas, where kids host a Victorian tea party or play news anchor on a real TV, is one of the top rated kids' museums in the USA according to Parent magazine. The Young at Art Museum in Davie, Florida lets kids create their own Haitian style artwork and the Early Works Museum Complex in Huntsville, Alabama lets kids explore the history of the South in a hands on way that will sink in much better than a museum placard.
A visit to a historic site seems boring when it's suggested, but if you go to one of the many kid friendly history zones, kids will quickly forget that they're actually learning. The Jamestown Settlement Museum and nearby Colonial Williamsburg in Virginia aren't so much museums as whole functioning past worlds that kids can explore. Oak Ridge, Tennessee, the (formerly) super secret town where nuclear research for the Manhattan Project was done is another fascinating place to visit, as is the Space Center in Houston, Texas which is home to real astronauts and a kids' area where they can pretend to train for a space mission.
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So you see: there are plenty of places to explore in the South with your kids. If you need some help planning your visit, check out the navigation bar at the top of the page for some travel and planning tips that can help traveling with kids go more smoothly and some more in depth articles on the various kid friendly places to visit in the South.