The Best Cities for New Families

Fun Facts About Favorite Cities

Did You Know?

  • Many major attractions in Washington, D.C., including the National Zoo, the National Gallery of Art, and the Smithsonian, are free.
  • New York City's outdoor swimming pools are free from July to September. Just take a lock, a towel, and a suit.
  • It's a tradition in Maui to have a big luau for a child's first birthday.
  • Chattanooga, Tennessee, has the largest freshwater aquarium in the world, plus a children's discovery museum and zoo.
  • Your kid's favorite television shows come to life in Dallas (Barney), and New York City (Sesame Street).
  • Seattle has 21 community centers offering indoor playgroups and dance and art classes for toddlers.
  • Sesame Place and the Crayola Factory are within easy driving distance of each other in eastern Pennsylvania.
  • Austin, Texas, is home to Barton Springs, a natural swimming hole in Zilker Park where the water averages a cool 68 degrees even when the mercury soars.
  • Nashville, Tennessee, aka Music City, has the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, plus countless warm-weather outdoor music festivals and shows, including a free concert every Thursday night in Riverfront Park.

Cathy Garrard is a writer in Brooklyn, New York.

Originally published in American Baby magazine, August 2005.

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