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In a new list of family-friendly vacation destinations, four Florida cities were in the top 20. Three of them were ranked within the top 10.

The rankings were put together using a variety of metrics. Those include the accommodations (family-friendly), attractions, dining and many more.

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter Diagon Alley

The atmosphere at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter Diagon Alley Grand at Universal Orlando.
(Photo by Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images)

Here are the top 10 cities on “2023’s Best Cities for Kid-Friendly Vacations,” as compiled by lawnlove.com.

  • 10 San Antonio, TX

    San Antonio, Texas, has the historic Alamo. There are plenty of other things for kids, however, including the San Antonio Zoo, Six Flags Fiesta Texas and Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch. Morgan’s Wonderland, Ripley’s Believe It or Not! It has the 4th most amusement and theme parks in country.

    Alamo, San Antonio, Texas

    The Alamo is an amazing place for the entire family to explore.
    (Photo by Joe Raedle/Newsmakers)

  • 9 Los Angeles, CA

    So much of the entertainment world is centered around Los Angeles. For the family on vacation, however, there’s the Griffith Observatory, the Grand Central Market, Santa Monica Pier and, of course, Universal Studios and Disneyland. Los Angeles has the 4th most family-friendly accomodations. However, they are tied for having the fewest amusement and theme parks.

    Griffith Observatory

    The Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles
    (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

  • 8 Houston, TX

    Houston, Texas, offers fun for the family at places such as Space Center Houston, the Houston Museum of Natural Science, the Downtown Aquarium, the Houston Zoo and the Levy Park Conservancy. Houston is tied for having the 5th most amusement and theme parks.

    Johnson Space Center, Houston

    The Mercury-Redstone Launch Vehicle is seen in Rocket Park at Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

  • 7 San Francisco, CA

    San Francisco is a haven of oddities. The family can still enjoy visiting sites such as Alcatraz Island, the famous cable cars, Chinatown, Exploratorium, Ghirardelli Square and the Walt Disney Family Museum.

    The Golden Gate Bridge

    The Princess Cruises Grand Princess cruise ship passes under the Golden Gate Bridge.
    (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

  • 6 Tampa, FL

    Tampa has become the hub of travel of west central Florida. There is so much for a family to experience. ZooTampa, Florida Aquarium, Busch Gardens, Adventure Island, Riverwalk, MOSI, Glazer Children’s Museum, Tampa Electric’s Manatee Viewing Center, Hillsborough River State Park, the Tampa Bay History Museum, plus lots of destinations in just a two-hour drive. Tampa has the most zoos in the nation.

    Florida Aquarium

    The Florida Aquarium
    (Andrew M./BBGI)

  • 5 Chicago, IL

    Chicago’s family-friendly destinations include Lincoln Park Zoo, Millennium Park and the Shedd Aquarium. Chicago also is tied for the fewest theme and amusement parks, but has the 3td most zoos.

    Chicago's Millennium Park

    Visitors walks past the Cloud Gate sculpture in Millennium Park.
    (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

  • 4 Las Vegas, NV

    Viva Las Vegas… it’s not just for adults anymore. Families can check out the go-karts at the Las Vegas Mini Grand Prix, visit the Discovery Children’s Museum, the Mandalay Bay shark reef aquarium, Hershey’s Chocolate World and the Popovich Comedy Pet Theatre. Vegas is tied for the 2nd most amusement and theme parks and tied for the 3rd most zoos.

    Iconic Welcome To Las Vegas Sign

    A father and daughter pose in front of the “Fabulous Las Vegas” sign on the Las Vegas Strip.
    (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

  • 3 Miami, FL

    The southern point of this list, Miami has the 3rd most family-friendly accomodations and is tied for having the most zoos. Kid-friendly attractions include the Miami Children’s Museum, Puttshack Indoor Golf, Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park, Miami Metrozoo, Everglades Alligator Farm, Miccosukee Indian Village and the famous Miami Seaquarium.

    Metrozoo in Miami

    A baby endangered Black Rhinoceros stays close to her mother at the Metrozoo in Miami, Florida.
    (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

  • 2 Orlando, FL

    Somehow, Orlando was only able to reach #2 on this list. It’s tied for the 2nd most amusement and theme parks? It has the most family-friendly accomodations. Okay, here’s the short-list. Universal Orlando, Legoland, Gatorland, Icon Park, Wonderworks, Ripley’s Believe It Or Not, Madame Tussauds Orlando, Sea Life Orlando Aquarium, Sea World Orlando, Fun Spot America, Peppa Pig Theme Park and, of course, Walt Disney World Resort.

    Magic Kingdom

    A family from Seminary, Mississippi poses in front of Cinderella Castle before sunrise in Magic Kingdom park
    (Photo by Kellie Warren/Disney Parks via Getty Images)

  • 1 New York City, NY

    Let’s face it, New York City has everything. It has the most amusement and theme park, third most zoos and the most children’s zoos. There’s the Statue Of Liberty, the Bronx Zoo, Empire State Building, Central Park, Chelsea Pears, Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum and certainly not to be forgotten, Coney Island. Kids love hot dogs.

    Statue Of Liberty

    A family walks by the Statue of Liberty on the first day it is open to the public after Hurricane Sandy.
    (Photo by Kena Betancur/Getty Images)

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