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5 Best Family-Friendly Day Trips (page 2)

5 Best Family-Friendly Day Trips

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Updated on May 17, 2011

Lincoln Children's Museum, Lincoln NE

The Children's Museum comes highly recommended by Lincoln's Visitor's Bureau and Convention staff. With three floors and 45,500 square feet of exciting hands-on exhibits, the Museum offers a fun environment in which a child's imagination can really take wing. Committed to the idea that children learn best through play, exploration and discovery, the Museum blossomed from its small start in 1988 to its current $6 million facility which opened its renovated doors in 2000, and welcomed around 133,000 visitors last year. Now, the Museum offers children the chance to explore what it's like to be an astronaut, firefighter or football champ, or practice shopping in a child-size grocery store.

Georgia Aquarium, Atlanta, GA

As the world's largest aquarium, with more than eight million gallons of fresh and marine water and more aquatic life than found in any other aquarium, kids and adults alike are guaranteed to see many things here they've never seen before. From African Penguins to Goliath Groupers, from Longsnout Seahorses to Red Piranhas, there is guaranteed to be something exciting around every corner. The Aquarium's Kid's Corner offers a variety of fun activities that you can do before, during and after your trip to the Aquarium, and more ambitious visitors can even experience the world's only guaranteed opportunity to swim or dive (safely!) with 'gentle giants' including the largest fish in the world, the whale shark.

Cedar Point Amusement Park, Cleveland OH

An easy hour and a half's drive from Cleveland finds you in Sandusky, home to Cedar Point Amusement Park – the roller coaster capital of the world. Located on a Lake Erie peninsula, Cedar Point is the second oldest amusement park in North America, and boasts a gut-wrenching 17 roller-coasters – the most found in any amusement park in the world. For those who might be scared off by the 420 foot tall "Top Thrill Dragster", Cedar Point offers many other tamer options. It also has beautifully landscaped gardens with lake views, a museum, water rides, and 4 children's areas including a brand-new "Planet Snoopy," with a Peanuts-themed environment.

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