Help us crown the nation’s best zoos, aquariums, safari parks, botanical gardens and museums for families
Spring break is right around the corner, so now’s the time to start planning that perfect getaway with the family. USA TODAY 10Best enlisted the help of a panel of family travel gurus to hand-pick their top travel-worthy attractions for spring break – zoos, aquariums, botanical gardens, safari parks and kid-friendly museums.
We need you to help us pick the winners. Click on each category below to vote for your favorites. You can vote once per category per day until polls close on Monday, March 27 at noon ET. Winners will be announced on 10Best on Friday, March 31.
Best Botanical Garden
Favorite springtime attractions, botanical gardens offer travelers the chance to explore the colorful flora of the world while learning about local and native plant varieties. The best botanical gardens in the nation, like these 20 nominated by our panel of experts, help to promote and conserve the plant diversity of our planet, all while showcasing their vast collections in stunning, visitor-friendly ways.
The nation’s best zoological facilities ensure animal care, welfare and enrichment come first, while still facilitating meaningful animal encounters with the public to help support wildlife and the wild places of the world. All of our nominees for Best Zoo are accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.
There’s something undeniably captivating about the world beneath the surface of the water, where colorful and sometimes bizarre life forms survive in seascapes vastly unfamiliar to our terrestrial senses. Aquariums make these marine worlds more accessible by showcasing aquatic plants and animals, educating visitors on the vital importance of these unique habitats and helping to conserve and protect our planet’s waters. All 20 nominated aquariums are accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.
Best Safari Park
You don’t have to fly to Africa to go on safari! At these 20 safari and wildlife parks, visitors get up close and personal with exotic and endangered animals from around the country and the world. Many of the facilities focus on conservation as well as education.
Best Museum for Families
Keeping the kids entertained while traveling can be a challenge, especially on days when the weather doesn’t cooperate. Luckily these 20 museums offer engaging, interactive experiences for kids and adults alike.