For many parents, the choice of a place to raise their children is the one of the most important ones they will ever have to make. After all, what can outweigh the safety and happiness of young children? Of course, other considerations also come into play, such as employment and cost of living. But if you are thinking about relocating to a family-friendly location with plenty of interesting sights, consider these 8 places in the U.S. we at GET.com have rounded up for you.
1. Boston, MA
Boston is wonderful city, thanks to low unemployment, great schools and a whole world of cultural amenities that will attract the entire family. A big attraction is the Harvard Museum of Natural History, where children of all ages can admire the dinosaurs and meteorites. There is also Paul Revere's House and the Freedom Trail. Check out our Boston travel guide if you're intending to visit this city.
2. Colorado Springs, CO
Here's a city for families that enjoy the great outdoors. Pikes Peak is nearby, and Seven Falls features grandiose scenery. For a unique experience, travel 1,000 feet down the Mollie Kathleen Gold Mine.
3. Nashville, TN
If country music is your thing, Nashville will strike the right note. There's the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Grand Ole Opry. Kids will enjoy working crafts at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts. History buffs will enjoy the Hermitage, the landmark home of Andrew Jackson.
4. Dallas, TX
Dallas is a city known for top-notch private and public schools, plus many other educational resources. These include the 66-acre Arboretum and Botanical Garden, the Rory Meyers Adventure Garden and the Trinity River Audubon Center. The largest city-based hardwood forest in the country is the Great Trinity Forest, occupying 6,000 acres.
5. Allentown, PA
Made famous by Billy Joel, Allentown boasts the Liberty Bell Museum and the Museum of Indian Culture. The Historic Zion Church has long, illustrious history dating back to before the Revolutionary War. Other interesting venues include the Da Vinci Science Center, the Baum School of Art, as well as an art museum, symphony hall and a civic theater.
6. Richmond, VA
History and art are this city's strong suit, including the Visual Arts Center, Ada Gallery, Richmond Museum of Fine Arts, the Modlin Center, Richmond Ballet and Richmond Centerstage. Those with a hankering for learning will enjoy the Science Museum of Virginia and the Maggie L. Walker School. Other great locations that families will love include Agecroft Hall, Maymont, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden and Ashland Berry Farm.
7. Worchester, MA
The EcoTarium boasts science and nature exhibits, wild animals, a cultural center and a planetarium altogether. The whole family can enjoy free concerts, chill and feast at Pinecroft Dairy and Restaurant, or go hiking at Cascades Park, Broad Meadow, Boyton Park and East Side Trail. How exciting!
8. Raleigh, NC
The Solar House at North Carolina State University and the Marbles Kids Museum will fascinate the whole family. Live entertainment abounds at the Duke Center for the Performing Arts. You can visit the State Farmers Market every day of the year for great shopping and dining. Bicyclists will enjoy the Capital City BMX races.