A family is often recognized as the basic building block of society. Strangely enough, these building blocks come in all shapes and sizes - with no two families exactly alike. With that being said, each family has its quirks and preferences and the same is true with a long-awaited vacation. 

While there can be no such thing as a perfect vacation to suit all families, one-factor parents always consider in planning the next one is whether the kids will also enjoy it. To help with this dilemma, below are some of the kid-friendly family destinations in the United States. Whether your kid prefers breathtaking thrill rides, getting wet and wild in beach resorts, or simply wondering about nature and the world around them, here are some of the best places to travel with your kids.

1. Explore the Sciences at the MoS in Boston, Massachusetts
The Museum of Science in Boston, Massachusetts makes learning fun, even for kids, with its large assortment of hands-on activities for guests to enjoy. Start your kids’ day of wonder and learning as you enter the museum and see the Archimedean Excogitation. This 27-foot tall audio kinetic sculpture was designed by George Rhoads, a contemporary artist known for his fun audio kinetic sculptures all around the world. Watch as billiard balls roll through a variety of loops and chutes, activating levers and switches operating a variety of sounds, lights, and mechanisms in this unbelievable Rube Goldberg machine. 

Give your kids their first shot at paleontology-the study of history based on fossils - as they excavate actual fossils buried in earth. Let your kids experience the thrill of finding clues pointing to bones, footprints, and even dinosaur excrement. Also in the dinosaur exhibit, see the centerpiece that is a full-sized model of Tyrannosaurus Rex. The model was updated last 2001 upon the discovery of additional fossils, shedding more light on the mighty beast.

2. Get your dose of splashy fun at the Myrtle Waves Water Park, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Along the world-renowned beaches of Myrtle Beach down in The Palmetto State, one beach resort takes the lead as one of the best beach resorts in the USA, especially in terms of child-friendly amenities. Myrtle Waves Water Park boasts its 8-hectare area and lets you choose from more than 30 water slides and specialized pools designed for guests of all ages to enjoy. 

Take your children right down to the Saturation Station - a spacious water playground designed specifically for kids. A miniature scale volcano stands at the center of the station, surrounded by multiple slides with dancing water fountains and water sprays to tickle you and your kids.

If your kids are a bit on the extreme side, check out the Turbo Twisters. After a ten-story high climb, begin your rapid descent at any of the three flumes and travel more than 350 feet before ending with a splash. Afterward, laze around with water on your feet and the sun on your face at the Bubble Bay. Drift around the 7,000-foot pool and feel bubble jets tickle you all around. Also, feel safe as the waters in the Bay only range from six to eighteen inches. 

3. Enjoy the winds at the coast side Kualoa Ranch, O’ahu, Hawaii
The Kualoa is a 4,000-acre private working cattle ranch and nature reserve located on the windward coast of the island of O’ahu, in Hawaii. Aside from being a cattle ranch, Kualoa is also a preferred filming site and has become a tourist attraction in recent years. Guided tours are available for your family and visit parts of the ranch with props used in famous movies including Jurassic Park, Jurassic World, 50 First Dates, Pearl Harbor, Godzilla, and Jumanji. 

You can visit the corners of Kualoa atop an all-terrain vehicle (ATV), a tour bus, or on horseback. The Jungle Expedition tour is one of the guided tours available, where you get to ride on a vintage 16-seater Swiss Pinzgauer. Be amazed at the lush rainforests and head deep into the heart of the Hakipu’u Valley to get a chance to see endangered species of different animals as well as the Hawaiian Io’i. Another must-see part of the ranch is the Moli’i Pond - an 800-year old ancestral fishpond used by the early Hawaiians.

To satisfy your curious taste buds, try out the Taste of Kualoa Farm tour, which allows you to roam around the farms and taste the homegrown fruits, vegetables, nuts, as well as fish caught on the waters within the ranch. Another culinary travel is the Kualoa Grown Farm-to-Table Experience, where you get to visit and taste the cattle, sheep, pig, and chicken farms punctuated by a sumptuous seven-course meal.

4. Taste the butterbeer and cast spells at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Orlando, Florida

As a theme park based on one of the largest franchises on the planet today, the Wizarding World in Orlando, Florida is definitely a treat, especially for fans of the series or even for your magically-inclined kids. Enjoy the Harry Potter-inspired treats and rides at both Diagon Alley and Hogsmeade, two separate locations in two different parks that comprise the entirety of the WIzarding World in Florida. The Hogwarts Express is the local train service connecting the two locations, with each direction of the ride offering a unique experience.

One of the most famous rides, or infamous depending on who you ask, is the Forbidden Journey. A motion-based dark ride taking guests through scenes lifted from the Harry Potter books and movies. Relive scenes from the adventures of “the boy who lived” while seated on a moving seat including a flight around Hogwarts Castle as well as the thrilling ride around the Whomping Willow. However, consider yourself warned as the Forbidden Journey, with its dark backdrop and rapid motion of lights and sounds paired with your tilting chairs, has caused some visitors to throw up during the ride.

A safer alternative is the castle tour, with tour guides taking you around and inside Hogwarts Castle. Another treat for the visitors is the magical wands - which apparently allow you to cast spells around the park. The wands are available at Ollivanders, as with the movie, and available in regular and interactive variants. Lastly, never miss your chance at a soothing mug of butterbeer - a formerly fictional beverage made famous by the books and the movies and is available in either hot or cold.