Cultural vacation destinations in the Northeast

Jun 17, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. ET

Cities in the Northeast United States offer plenty to do and see for tourists and residents alike. When traveling in the Northeast with your family, visit some of the area's many cultural attractions and historical landmarks in Boston, Philadelphia and New York.


These destinations are prime cultural vacation spots in the New England and Mid-Atlantic regions in the Northeast United States. Here, your family can learn about the area's history and culture.

1Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

The City of Brotherly Love is rich in culture and history. Begin your cultural vacation in Philadelphia at the National Constitution Center, where children and adults alike can learn more about the history of the US constitution and its significance today.

The Franklin Institute is also a popular spot. Children love the Giant Heart interactive exhibit, where they can walk through the large heart model. The Space Command center, Train Factory and Sir Isaac's Loft, as well as the planetarium and IMAX theater, are also highlights of this historic museum.

Independence National Historical Park is the centerpiece of the city's historic district. Families will enjoy a visit to Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell, as well as Franklin Court, Congress Hall and the many other historic sites. The National Liberty Museum, Please Touch Museum, Fort Mifflin and Lights of Liberty are also must-see attractions in Philadelphia.

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2Boston, MAssachusetts

Start your Boston vacation at The Freedom Trail. This 2 1/2-mile red-brick walking trail leads you through 16 significant historical sites in the city. Stops include Boston Common, Benjamin Franklin statue, site of the Boston Massacre, Paul Revere House, Bunker Hill Monument, USS Constitution and many more. The Freedom Trail Foundation offers costumed guided tours that your children will love as they learn more about the history of the United States. Various tours are available every day.

While in Boston, you can also visit the Harvard University Art Museums, the Museum of African American History, Arnold Arboretum, John F. Kennedy Library and many other cultural spots.

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3New York, New york

New York City offers amazing food, world-class shopping, picturesque Central Park and dazzling Broadway shows. It's also a cultural and historical hub with its many sights and landmarks. With so much to see and do in New York, you should try to visit for at least a week or two.

New York is home to numerous museums and cultural landmarks. The American Museum of Natural History and the Met (Metropolitan Museum of Art) are must-see attractions. The lesser-known New York City Fire Museum is also a fun spot for families to explore. Of course, no trip to New York would be complete without a ferry ride to Liberty Island to see the Statue of Liberty up-close and personal. The Empire Statue Building, Grand Central Terminal, Ellis Island and Times Square should also be on your vacation itinerary.

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