Check out the nation’s best zoos, aquariums, safari parks, botanical gardens and museums for families
Spring break is right around the corner, so now’s the time to start planning that perfect getaway with the family. USA TODAY 10Best enlisted the help of a panel of family travel gurus to hand-pick their top travel-worthy attractions for spring break – zoos, aquariums, botanical gardens, safari parks and kid-friendly museums.
For the past four weeks, you – our readers – have been voting your favorites to the top and the results are in.
Click on each category below to see the complete list of winners.
Best Botanical Garden: Minnesota Landscape Arboretum in Chaska, Minn.
Visitors to the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum enjoy more than 1,200 acres of manicured gardens, woods and prairies, accessible via 12.5 miles of walkable trails and garden paths. The vast space, divided into 28 named gardens and 45 plant collections, showcases more than 5,000 plant species and varieties. Highlights include a Japanese Garden, Daylily and Chrysanthemum Walk, Kitchen Herb Garden, Maze Garden and Peony Walk.
Best Zoo: Saint Louis Zoo
Situated within the nation’s largest urban park, the free-to-the-public St. Louis Zoo features a stunning diversity of animals – more than 600 species in total. The zoo is divided into six zones, including Lakeside Crossing where the award-winning Sea Lion Sound combines a stellar exhibit experience with educational presentations and shows.
At River’s Edge, visitors journey along the Amazon backwaters in South America, through the African savanna, across North American wetlands and deep into an Asian forest to see everything from hippos, African dogs and…
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