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Top 20 Kids’ Attractions in the World to Visit 

Top 20 Kids' Attractions

The most popular kids attractions worldwide offer plenty of opportunities for fun and learning. Kids can unleash their creativity with millions of Legos or see their favorite Disney characters at these prime destinations for children to explore. The top kids’ attractions were determined by users of the Visited travel app. You can mark off where you’ve been and map your next trips using the Visited app. Find the best destinations to add to your bucket list and more with Visited. 

The top children’s attractions to visit worldwide are:

1. Disneyland Resort Paris

Disneyland Resort Paris is the top kids’ attraction in the world, according to Visited users. The resort is located 32 kilometers (20 miles) from Paris, France, close to the towns of Serris and Montevrain. When visiting, travelers can book a stay at one of the 15 hotels close to Disneyland and enter the theme park for free. Disneyland Resort Paris has two theme parks: Disneyland Park and Walt Disney Studios Park. The main attraction of this park is the Aerosmith roller coaster Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster, along with rides based on Disney’s popular movies.

2. Universal Studios

Universal Studios comes in as the second most visited children’s attraction. Universal Studios is located in Universal City, Los Angeles, California, U.S. Travelers can book a local Universal Hotel or stay in West Hollywood and take the train to Universal Studio City Station. Universal Studios has 10 themed lands inside its Hollywood location. The most popular attractions in the park are the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, the Harry Potter ride, and the Forbidden Journey. 

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3. Walt Disney World Resort

The Walt Disney World Resort is located in Bay Lake, Florida. The popular resort offers 19 hotel locations, so there is no need to leave the resort. Walt Disney World Resort offers four theme parks, and Disney’s Hollywood Studios are perfect for Star Wars fans, with interactive shows. Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park offers rides, 3D flights, meeting animals, and live shows. At Magic Kingdom Park, guests can catch the night show of fireworks, lights, lasers, and other special effects. EPCOT is a family-friendly destination with immersive cultural experiences.

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4. Disneyland

Disneyland is located in Anaheim, California, and provides three hotels on-site. There are another ten hotels close by with access from the Grand Plaza bus to Disneyland Main Transportation Center. At Disneyland, the most famous attraction is The Haunted Mansion, a spooktacular place of haunts. Disneyland offers two sprawling theme parks. Disneyland Park includes the Fireworks Spectacular and plenty of rides, parades, and shows. Disney California Adventure Park features family-friendly shows, parades, and tours.

5. Seaworld

Seaworld has four locations, three in the U.S. and one in the United Arab Emirates. Hotels near Seaworld offer shuttle service to theme parks. Children can get up close and personal and learn about marine life at the theme parks. There are also roller coasters and rides for thrill seekers. Visitors can swim with dolphins at Discovery Cove and enjoy the water park at Aquatica. 

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6. Busch Gardens 

Busch Gardens has two locations in the U.S. – one in Tampa, Florida, and a second in Williamsburg, Virginia. The Busch Gardens in Tampa has a colorful African theme. Tampa Busch Gardens has an interactive animal experience that allows close-up encounters. The Tampa park features 18 rides, award-winning shows, and seasonal events. Williamsburg Busch Gardens has a European theme and comes with its most popular roller coaster, the Loch Ness Monster. In the summer months, visitors can get passes for Busch Gardens and Water Country USA, a nearby water park.

7. Neuschwanstein Castle 

Located in Schwangau, Germany, the Neuschwanstein Castle is one of the most popular castles and palaces in Europe. It is also rumored that Neuschwanstein Castle inspired the design of the castle in the classic Disney movie Cinderella. Neuschwanstein Castle offers incredible views of the village of Hohenschwangau and the surrounding countryside. 

Other activities include touring the castle, hiking, mountain cable cars, spas, and Marienbrücke, a bridge built in 1845 to view the Neuschwanstein Castle.

8. U.S. Space & Rocket Center

The U.S. Space & Rocket Center is located in Huntsville, Alabama. The Huntsville Marriott offers space-themed rooms at the center. The rooms include art and photos from the U.S. Space & Rocket Center and remarkable views of the rockets. The U.S. Space & Rocket Center has many theme parks for children, including Space Camp, Space Camp Robotics, Robotics Camp, U.S. Cyber Camp, and Aviation Challenge Camp. Some exciting space activities include Underwater Astronaut Training, G-Force Accelerator, Max Flight, and Spark!Lab. 

9. Science Museum London 

Located in South Kensington, London, England, the Science Museum London is a must-visit for kids who like science and technology. The Science Museum London has an interactive area called Wonderlab for kids between the ages of 7 to 14. Wonderlab has seven zones where kids can interact with scientific phenomena, such as seeing lightning strikes and space travel, and view live demonstrations. The Science Museum London has a family-friendly, wheelchair-accessible entrance, and admission is free. The IMAX 3D cinema is the size of four double-decker buses and is an ongoing favorite attraction at the museum.

10. Europa Park

Europa Park is located in Rust, Germany, and offers six hotels on-site. The park is the tenth most visited destination for families. The park has 18 themed areas based on different European countries. Europa Park has over 100 attractions, events, shows, and rollercoasters. Some of the favorite rides for kids include Swiss Bob Runs, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, Alpenexpress, and EuroTower.
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11. Tivoli Gardens

Tivoli Gardens was voted one of the world’s greatest places. The theme park is located in Copenhagen, Denmark. The park offers an on-site palace, Hotel Nimb, which features nine different room options. Tivoli Gardens is famously known for its wooden roller coaster, Rutschebanen, which was built in 1914. The resort park has multiple themes and over 30 rides, most of which are built into the gardens. With live music, gardens, retreats, and guided tours, there is something for the entire family to enjoy. Although visitors may be able to get through the whole garden in one day, staying until night offers incredible views of the illuminated garden.

12. Legoland United Kingdom

Legoland is located in Windsor, United Kingdom, and has two Legoland hotels on site. The hotels include theme rooms, breakfast, free parking, and passes to Legoland as a bundle deal. Legoland Windsor has 11 themed lands, 55 rides, and many restaurants and shops. Legoland Windsor is famous for the LEGO-theme rides, large-scale models of landmarks built with Legos, and building workshops for kids ages 3 to 12. One of the most popular rides at Legoland Windsor is Flight of the Sky Lion.

13. Fao Schwarz

The most popular Fao Schwarz is at 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York City, New York. Fao Schwarz is a high-end toy store with 40 locations in the U.S. What makes Fao Schwarz so famous is the life-sized piano keys shown in many movies. The giant piano made its screen debut in the movie BIG. Fao Schwarz also has hotel package deals, with the FAO Suite Stay and Play Package starting at $4,000. The Toy Soldier Experience is a one-hour private tour of the store to learn the history, raid the candy store, and receive fun souvenirs. Other special events at the store include Dinner with a Toy Soldier, bookings for birthday parties, corporate gatherings, and other special occasions.

14. Harry Potter Studio Tour

The Harry Potter Studio Tour is located in Watford, England, one hour northwest of London. Visitors will need a whole day for this tour. Families can tour the sets from all eight Harry Potter films, with sites like Platform 9 3/4, Diagon Alley, Dumbledore’s Office, and the Great Hall. The Harry Potter Studio Tour is a hit because it gives visitors a real-life experience of the Wizarding World. The Harry Potter Studio also offers the option of a hotel in London along with the studio tour. The studio tour includes transportation on a branded double-decker bus or private car. The Deluxe Tour features a two-and-a-half-hour guided tour with Butterbeer and a souvenir guidebook and lanyard.

15. PortAventura World

PortAventura World is located in Tarragona, Spain, and is one of Europe’s biggest theme parks. The theme park has the tallest and fastest roller coaster in Europe, Shambhala: Expedición al Himalaya. PortAventura World has six hotels and three unique theme parks with thousands of thrills, attractions, shows, and parades. The three theme parks are PortAventura Park, PortAventura Caribe Aquatic Park, and Parque Ferrari Land. The resort has a convention center and an RV park and is located just 15 minutes from the airport. 

16. Hersheypark

Hersheypark is located in Hershey, Pennsylvania, and is the largest theme park in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania. Hersheypark has three parks in one. The park includes an amusement park, a water park on 11 acres of land, and a wildlife park. Hersheypark is so popular because it has something for everyone: chocolate-centered activities, roller coasters, classic family rides, a water park, and a zoo. Hersheypark doesn’t have hotels in the park, but a resort is close by with a free shuttle to the front gate. Some of the resort packages and offers allow visitors to enjoy free admission to The Hershey Story’s Museum Experience, free admission to Hershey Gardens, free chocolate at check-in for the whole family, 1-hour early access with Sweet Start, and more.

17. Legoland Denmark

Located in Billund, Denmark, Legoland Billund is a top children’s attraction that includes Miniland. In Miniland, visitors can see the world in miniature, including iconic landmarks built from 20 million LEGO® bricks. Legoland Billund has 50 rides, including Flying Eagle, Dragen & Xtreme Racer, and other attractions and shows. Visitors to Legoland Billund can stay on-site at one of two hotels – Hotel Legoland or Legoland Holiday Village. Hotel Legoland has themed rooms, and the Legoland Holiday Village is more like a resort town with many outdoor activities.

18. Six Flags Magic Mountain

Six Flags Magic Mountain is located in Valencia, California, U.S. The theme park has lodging nearby, with some hotels offering free shuttles to and from the park. Six Flags Magic Mountain has 20 roller coasters to choose from, earning the nickname “Thrill Capital of the World.” Six Flags Magic Mountain is a theme park featuring lots of entertainment, attractions, and pulse-pounding roller coasters.

19. Lapland

Lapland is a northern region of Finland that is known for Santa Claus. Korvatunturi, a mountain in the region, is said to be the home of Santa’s workshop. The area is home to many reindeer herds, making it an ideal Santa-themed place. Children who love Christmas flock to Santa Village in Rovaniemi. It’s known as Santa’s official North Pole residence. Santa Claus Village in Rovaniemi has a themed park called Santapark. SantaPark is an indoor amusement park with fun Christmas activities like the Magic train, Elf School, Elf Show, Ice Gallery, Gingerbread room, and Magic sleigh ride. Travelers can stay on-site at Santa Claus Village in a cottage, suite, or apartment.

20. Legoland Germany

Legoland Deutschland, Germany, offers four on-site hotels. LEGOLAND Feriendorf is the most popular place to stay. Legoland Deutschland has 68 rides and attractions with 57 million LEGO® bricks used for thousands of city models all around Legoland Deutschland. The number one rated ride at this Legoland is the Fire Dragon Ride. The theme park features the largest Lego flower bed and boasts the most energy generated through underwater cycling.

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