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Indianapolis on ’10 Best Cities for Families to Visit’ List

Children's Museum of Indianapolis

Children’s Museum of Indianapolis.
Photo provided by the museum and used with written permission.

By Molly Battles
On behalf of Parents Magazine

Parents magazine has named America’s 10 Best Cities for Families to Visit, and Indianapolis  is on the list. Whether you’re looking for an urban beach or a culture capital, Parents’ list offers something for everyone. Priceless vacation memories come from destinations with lots to do, and this list has taken the hassle out of navigating the coolest museums for families, historical treasures, and massive parks. From green retreats to fun on the cheap, Parents has your next family getaway covered.

Introducing the 2013 Parents 10 Best Cities for Families to Visit, in ranked order:

  1. San Diego, California
  2. Portland, Oregon
  3. Washington, D.C.
  4. Orlando, Florida
  5. Chicago, Illinois
  6. San Francisco, California
  7. New York City, New York
  8. San Antonio, Texas
  9. Indianapolis, Indiana
  10. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 

“Visiting a city makes a great family vacation, whether it’s a spur-of-the-moment weekend or a trip planned months in advance,” said Dana Points, Editor-in-Chief of Parents. “Especially if you have kids of various ages, a city retreat is a great way to fit in something for everyone. We’ve even put together some special discounts Parents readers can use while mapping out their itineraries.”

The magazine’s article cites the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis (see photo above), the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum, and the 100 Acres park at the Indianapolis Museum of Art as some of the reasons that the Circle City made the Top 10 list.


To find places that make it easy to bring the kids, Parents compared the following factors in the nation’s 100 most-populated cities: the number, quality, and cost of family attractions; airport play areas and other family features; average hotel prices and the range of options; crime rate; public-transportation options; and weather. Cities with the total highest scores made the 10 best list.

For more information on Parents 10 Best Cities for Families to Visit, visit Parents.com or click this link:


Editor’s Acknowledgement: The Rosen Group.

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