CMBN Guide To US Family Summer Travel



If you are planning a Summer vacation to a new city or state and find yourself wondering what fun activities there are for kids, if there are family friendly restaurants or even tips on how to navigate a city with kids in tow, then you’ve come to the right place. City Moms Blog Network has put together a Guide to US Family Summer Travel, featuring travel guides from each of our Sister Sites across the country. These guides are unique in that they are written BY moms FOR moms!

Browse City Travel Guides For …

ARIZONA :: North Phoenix

COLORADO :: Denver

FLORIDA :: Jacksonville | Orlando | Tampa Bay

INDIANA :: Indianapolis

IOWA :: Iowa City | Quad City

LOUISIANA :: Baton Rouge | New Orleans

MICHIGAN :: Detroit

MINNESOTA :: Minneapolis / St. Paul

MISSOURI :: Kansas City

OHIO :: Cincinnati

OKLAHOMA :: Oklahoma City

OREGON :: Portland

TENNESSEE :: Knoxville

TEXAS :: Austin | Alamo City / San Antonio | Dallas | Houston | Rio Grande Valley

VERMONT :: Burlington

WISCONSIN :: Madison

Alamo City / San Antonio ::

alamoBienvenidos a San Antonio! So you’ve booked a family trip to San Antonio, Texas’s #1 Tourist Destination, but have no idea where to begin your planning? Look no further! Welcome to Alamo City Moms Blog’s kid-friendly visitor’s guide to San Antonio.  read more >>

Austin ::

austinThere’s nothing like driving on South Congress as the sun begins to set and the colorful hues of red and orange bounce off the magical Austin skyline.  The beautiful Capitol building has this rich copper tone that illuminates the surrounding buildings. Lady Bird Lake is calm but filled with laughter from people waiting to see the bats, the echo of rowers being guided, and dogs splashing in all its glory. You see parents and children walking hand in hand to grab a scoop of Amy’s Mexican Vanilla, only after they filled their bellies with Home Slice Pizza. People are grabbing a much-needed cup of coffee at Jo’s while others take the must-have photo in front of the, ” I love you so much” wall.  But just when you felt it couldn’t get better, the live music coming from Guero’s outdoor patio begins to fill the air with a little Texas folk music. At that moment, you sigh and realize, “I love this city.”  read more >>

Baton Rouge ::

redstickBaton Rouge is often the forgotten little sister to the big easy, New Orleans, just down the muddy Mississippi River. But the “Red Stick” has a lot to offer locals and visitors alike. We often have festivals and events filling our streets and a variety of local attractions to keep families busy in this beautiful, relaxed city! Once ruled by the French, British, and Spanish, this town is a melting pot of rich culture and history.   read more >>

Burlington ::

vtSchool is out and summer has begun!! Which means it’s only a matter of time until you hear those words that can drive any momma crazy – “I’m bored!”

We are here to rescue you from those dreadful words with our Ultimate Vermont Summer Guide full of ideas for some family fun! We’ve done the research and we’re taking you straight through the summer with 80+ summer outings for your Burlington summer bucket list.  read more >>

Cincinnati ::


Dallas ::

dallasThinking of planning a trip to Dallas with the family? Moving into the area and don’t know where to start? Don’t get overwhelmed! Let local moms help you plan your trip! We’ve got your ultimate family guide to Dallas; where to stay, what to do, and where to eat with your families. Plus, a few extra tips to help you navigate your way around The Big D.  read more >>

Denver ::

JacksonvilleWelcome to the Mile High City! That’s right, our fabulous metro area is 5,280 feet above sea level! We know that when people think “Colorado,” ski season and snow come to mind– however, our great metro area is FULL of family fun activities that don’t require snow gear! So, join us this summer to enjoy some of our 300 days of sunshine- and we promise you and yours will not be disappointed! If you’re looking for where to stay, what to eat, fun activities for the whole family, then we’ve got some great suggestions! read more >>

Detroit ::

detroitWelcome to the D!  So you’ve booked a family trip to Detroit, the city known for cars, music, culture and sports, but have no idea where to begin your planning? Look no further! Welcome to Detroit Moms Blog’s kid-friendly visitor’s guide to Detroit.  read more >>





Houston ::

houstonSooo…you’re planning a trip to Houston.  Well, let us be the very first to welcome you here with our handy-dandy Family Visitor’s Guide!  As the nation’s fourth largest city and a mecca for world-class restaurants, arts, and entertainment, we realize that it might feel a bit overwhelming when you first sit down to plan a trip here.  Which is exactly why our team has collaborated together on this comprehensive and clearly organized guide! This post is a compilation of some of our favorite destinations as well as tips and tricks for traveling with children in and around Houston, and we hope that it serves as a powerful planning tool, a checklist for where to go and what to do, and a helpful resource while you’re here too.  read more >>

Indianapolis ::

indianapolisWith so many kid-friendly attractions in Indianapolis, your family is sure to find something everyone will enjoy in The Circle City! We’ve compiled a list of our favorite places to eat, things to do, and where to stay to make your trip that much easier.  read more >>





Iowa City ::

icAt some point you’re bound to hear those 2 favorite words: “I’m bored.” Never fear: the ladies of Iowa City Moms Blog have put together a few of our favorite things to do and places to go in the Iowa City area just for you! We have a variety of suggestions: indoor and outdoor activities, as well as some of our favorite restaurants and local landmarks. Keep the list handy and choose something from it the next time you’re looking for something fun to do as a family, on a date with your spouse, or by yourself!  read more >>

Jacksonville ::

JacksonvilleWelcome to Jacksonville! Our Southern city is filled with activities for the whole family from sandy beaches with sunny skies to downtown culture with sweet treats. There is so much to do in Jacksonville, you want to pick the best activities for your whole family. Jacksonville is the largest city by population in the State of Florida and is the largest city by area in the United States. When visiting Jacksonville, it is easy to get overwhelmed. Here are our favorite areas of Jacksonville for visitors. read more >>

Kansas City ::

kcMost moms have grand plans for making the most of the summer months, only to realize it’s August and school is starting again. Not this year! If you’re looking for new favorites this summer, as well as a reminder of the annual summer traditions, you’ve come to the right place!  read more >>



Knoxville ::


Madison ::

madisonSo you’ve booked a family trip to Madison, but have no idea where to begin your planning? Look no further! Welcome to Madison Moms Blog’s kid-friendly visitor’s guide to the Greater Madison Area.

Madison is a city rich with culture and entertainment—perfect for those searching for a destination that the whole family can enjoy. Our weather is ideal in the summer and (almost) ideal in the spring and fall!  read more >>

New Orleans ::

NOLANew Orleans is a destination packed full of food, culture, music, festivals and great people. Whether you are heading to town for Mardi Gras (which I can attest is ALSO kid friendly!) or are just planning a weekend to soak up the Cajun vibes, this dynamic city is a great place to bring the whole family. After having a child I have personally noticed that good travel planning is ten times more important. No parent, especially one on vacation, wants to be stuck without snacks, far from their hotel, in traffic or in front of a closed children’s museum with a wailing child. read more >>

Oklahoma City ::

okcHey y’all!  So you are planning a trip to our fabulous city and are wondering where to start?  Well, we’ve got some great tips and places for you to visit when you come!  First, you’ll want to check out the weather before you come. Oklahoma does have all four seasons, but at some points in the year the weather you expect can feel extreme!  read more >>






Orlando ::

orlandoYou can’t think about a family vacation without thinking about Orlando, Florida. There are so many family friendly things to do in Orlando, you probably won’t be able to do them all in just one trip. We’ve complied a list of the hot spots and must-see attractions that you won’t want to miss. We’ve also thrown in some of our favorite local attractions that we hope you consider adding to your next family vacation.  read more >>

Phoenix ::


Why aren’t we getting out and taking advantage of everything the city has to offer?  It finally dawned on me that just like every other facet of my life (work, church, personal goals) the key is to write it down. Seriously. Even in weight loss they tell you to write down everything you eat. So, that’s what we did. My family and compiled a list of nearly 50 (mostly local) family activities to help us with our goal of getting out of the house every weekend.  read more >>





Portland ::

portlandThe beautiful Pacific Northwest is ready to welcome visiting families! Known for its lush natural beauty, fine cuisine, and unique culture, Portland (and its surrounding areas) is also PACKED with family fun. Make the most of your trip with these recommendations!  read more >>




Quad City ::

qcThere are a few things you should know though, so you look like you belong here in the Quad Cities.  First, the QC is actually made up of 5 cities.  Yes, 5 cities. I guess the “Quint Cities” never caught on.  The five principal cities are: Davenport and Bettendorf in Iowa, and Rock Island, Moline, and East Moline in Illinois.  The cities straddle the Mississippi and traveling around in the QC you will cross many bridges over the Mississippi River. So now that you know the basics of our amazing Midwest city here is what you must do and where you must eat when you are here visiting.  read more >>

Rio Grande Valley ::

rgvYou made it to the Rio Grande Valley of Texas! The RGV… South Texas… the Tip of Texas! This guide is for your family as you consider all the the Rio Grande Valley has to offer for you and your kids.

Now it’s time to plan out some fun family adventures and stays while you are here. The RGV is a special place we truly hope you enjoy, especially if travelling with the family and little ones! read more >>




Tampa Bay ::

tampaThe ABC’s of Tampa Bay represent an array of activities, history and education spread between the entire Bay Area that encompasses Tampa Bay, St. Petersburg and Clearwater. I never realized how much was available in this city, I could add 100 more locations to visit. Our list pulls together all the different terrains the Tampa Bay area has to offer; beaches, farms and city life. If you’re visiting from out of town we can definitely keep you busy, if you currently live here there’s a good chance you have a lot of activities on your to-do list now.  read more >>



Minneapolis / St. Paul ::

twin citiesSummer in Minnesota has arrived and this is your Ultimate Guide to Summer in the Twin Cities. We’ve got a Park Finder with nearly 150 local parks, a Waterpark guide with over 85 spots to cool off, Summer projects to do with your kids, area outings, guides to area lakes, local restaurant guides and so much more. Pin it now and use it all Summer long and be sure to share it with your friends. Let’s all live these warm Summer months to their fullest!  read more >>



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