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Apart from New York, what would be a good USA holiday for kids...

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IDugUpADiamond Mon 24-Feb-14 16:49:49

... aged 7 and 10 who are not into Disney?

mummymeister Mon 24-Feb-14 17:48:09

Florida keys. fantastic place. loads of outdoors type stuff to do if your kids are in to that. cycling, boats, snorkelling, swimming, everglades I could go on. why not look at hopping over the border into Canada.

Vickiyumyum Mon 24-Feb-14 17:48:36


PeppermintScreams Mon 24-Feb-14 19:26:00


There are all the universal and sea world parks to do. Downtown Disney is free to get in so they might like the shops and restaurants there. It's not too Disneyfied. Also the Space coast.

scarlettsmummy2 Mon 24-Feb-14 19:36:15

A cruise out of Florida

ihatethecold Mon 24-Feb-14 19:46:16

Gulf coast.
Amazing beaches and wildlife

frenchfancy Tue 25-Feb-14 14:45:01

Dude ranch in Arizona

iseenodust Tue 25-Feb-14 14:56:46

San Francisco. Compact, friendly, walking city. Loads of outdoor activities, cycle over Golden Gate, try surfing. Museums such as the Exploratorium, Alcatraz. Combine with a few days in Yosemite or Lake Tahoe area for more action activities/wildlife.

MorrisZapp Tue 25-Feb-14 14:58:39

Upstate New York.

Vermont, the home of Ben and Jerrys!

Beaches in New Jersey

Beautiful Boston and Cambridge

Anywhere in California, though the flight is looooong

PestoSnowissimos Tue 25-Feb-14 15:01:31

Ranch holiday - Montana & Yellowstone Park.

Skiing in Colorado - the powder!!

celestialsquirrelnuts Tue 25-Feb-14 15:03:06

Practically anywhere. Boston/cape cod/maine
Or Arizona/Sedona/Grand Canyon

haggisaggis Tue 25-Feb-14 15:14:00

Last year we had a week in New Hampshire near North Conway - really good as we had swimming / boating on the lake but also close to a mountain resort and other activities. We also like Cape Cod for beaches - Boston is nice but would get boring after a couple of days. This year we're trying Arizona to experience desert.

TheZeeTeam Tue 25-Feb-14 15:15:48

All of it.

babybarrister Wed 26-Feb-14 14:10:59

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

ProfondoRosso Wed 26-Feb-14 14:18:44

I'd have to say Cape Cod. Gorgeous beaches and scenery, but lots of other things to do, much of it child friendly, such as:

The children's illustrator Edward Gorey's house in Yarmouth Port
Whale watching in Provincetown
The Children's Museum in Mashpee
Millions upon millions of fun ice cream parlours

Loads of child (and adult) friendly suggestions here and people are so, so friendly and welcoming.

idlevice Wed 26-Feb-14 14:19:44

Any one or several of the fantastic national parks. They are very accessible yet retain a completely wild feeling. The South West is particularly good for touring around in a hire car or RV: Yosemite, Grand Canyon, Zion, Bryce, Canyonlands, etc You can fly in/out from San Francisco, LA or Las Vegas so can start off settled for a few days then drive onwards to leave from a different location. Takes a lot of planning though if you do your own route but if you are the sort of person that likes researching stuff then it's pretty easy on the internet, loads of suggested itineraries.

newpup Wed 26-Feb-14 14:25:06

We have taken our DDs to New York, Boston and California. All were fab holidays. Boston is great for a city break and NYC fab!! We have been to Florida and there is a lot to do beside Disney. Washington would be good. Also Canada. Have fun.

SconeRhymesWithGone Wed 26-Feb-14 14:28:10

Yes, there is a lot more to Florida than Disney.

As for Arizona, I would wait to see if the Governor vetoes this highly objectionable legislation.

joydivisionovengloves Wed 26-Feb-14 16:42:21


Crowler Wed 26-Feb-14 22:04:46

Upstate NYC is overrun with waterfalls and lakes. Very nice. Areas surrounding Ithaca, etc.

HandbagAddiction Wed 26-Feb-14 22:07:47

Love upstate NY. We spent a week around Lake George a few years ago now in the winter and it was amazing. Loads of snow and a completely frozen over. It would be fantastic in the summer and there are loads of places you can rent which back onto the lake.

4PlusMum Sun 02-Mar-14 16:09:48

Captiva Island, Florida

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