10 Children’s Museums in the U.S. Worth Exploring

by Country Inns & Suites
Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Kids at museum Photo by Flickr user Colleen Kelly.

Beat the heat and sprinkle in a little education this summer – consider building a family vacation around a museum! Coast to coast, the United States offers a variety of museums that will impress and entertain children of all ages (and will be fun for adults, too). From dinosaur digs to nature exhibits, check out these 10 great museums:

1. COSI, Columbus, Ohio

Formerly known as the Center of Science and Industry, COSI Columbus is the ultimate museum for fun learning! Children will be in awe of the hair-raising live events, like the Electrostatic Generator show. The ocean and space exhibits will also keep visitors entertained for hours. After exploring the 320,000 square feet of the museum, you can enjoy a restful night’s sleep at one of the many local Country Inns & Suites By Carlson hotels.

2. Children’s Museum of Houston, Houston, Texas

With 14 hands-on galleries, there are plenty of discoveries to be had at the Children’s Museum of Houston. Your little superheroes will also love the Summer of Epic Adventures series, which is taking place now through September 2. Book your trip today to any of our Houston hotel locations!

3. Brooklyn Children’s Museum, Brooklyn, New York

Founded in 1899, the Brooklyn Children’s Museum was the first museum created specifically for children. The Neighborhood Nature exhibit should not be missed; visitors can explore the sights and sounds of a freshwater pond, a saltwater beach, and an urban woodland. The Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Newark Airport is conveniently located near the museum and is a great place to rest your tired legs after a day of exploring.

4. The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, Indianapolis, Indiana

Your family will be captivated as soon as you enter the parking lot of the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, as gigantic dinosaurs surround the building. An impressive 472,900 square feet of exhibits make this the world’s largest children’s museum. It will take more than a day to explore all five levels of the museum, so be sure to book a stay at one of our Indianapolis hotels while planning your trip.

5. Discovery Center Museum, Rockford, Illinois

The Discovery Center Museum is located on the Riverfront Museum Park campus, along with the Rockford Art Museum and the Burpee Museum of Natural History. This trio of museums makes Rockford an ideal location for an educational vacation! After you enjoy the more than 250 exhibits inside, head to the museum’s backyard to explore Rock River Discovery Park. Book your stay at Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Freeport to enjoy a hot breakfast before your day of education and fun.

6. Minnesota Children’s Museum, St. Paul, Minnesota

The many exhibits at the Minnesota Children’s Museum, such as Earth World and Our World, will allow your kids to gain a deeper understanding of the natural world around them. Let their imaginations run wild at the muskrat lodge, where they can pretend to be a busy beaver swimming under the 500-gallon aquarium. With over 20 Country Inns & Suites By Carlson hotels in the greater Minneapolis – St. Paul area, your family is bound to have a memorable vacation.

7. Boston Children’s Museum, Boston, Massachusetts

The Boston Children’s Museum is a great choice for families with younger kids. Toddlers and preschoolers can develop their fine motor skills while climbing in the tree house or digging for treasure in the Messy Sensory Station. Don’t worry about getting dirty – you can get cleaned up at the end of the day at the Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Brockton!

8. Children’s Discovery Museum, San Jose, California

The Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose encourages learning through touching, exploring, manipulating, and experimenting. Kids can create their own play in the 120-seat theater or head to the studio to make their own movie. You can end your busy day of learning with a relaxing dip in the pool at the nearby Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Sunnyvale.

9. Children’s Museum of Richmond, Virginia

In the Children’s Museum of Richmond’s Town Square, kids can pretend to be teachers, work in a garage, drive an ambulance, and more. Later, they can head outside to the Backyard exhibit to play with water, sand, and musical instruments. We’ll have freshly baked cookies waiting for the whole family when you return to one of our Richmond hotels after a day of exploring.

10. Madison Children’s Museum, Madison, Wisconsin

The Madison Children’s Museum has a variety of exhibits focused on the arts, sciences, history, culture, health, and civic engagement. Kids can dig for dinosaur fossils or travel back in time in the authentic Brand Log Cabin. Don’t forget to head to the roof to learn about ecological systems in the Rooftop Ramble. Book your stay at a Country Inns & Suites By Carlson hotel in Madison today!

There is so much to see and learn at any of these museums! Before heading to a museum, be sure to check its website for special events or free days. What children’s museums are on your list to visit?