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Old 01-03-2018, 12:42 PM
 
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I'm thinking of introducing my 2 year olds to air travel this year and want to start by visiting a major city. What are some of the best large cities to take toddlers? My focus would be on amenities and activities suited to that age group, safety and convenience. I heard Atlanta is good and maybe Miami. Any other ideas?
Thanks in advance.

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Old 01-03-2018, 02:34 PM
 
Location: Omaha, Nebraska
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"2 year olds" and "air travel" are words that don't go together well. Unless YOU specifically want to travel for some reason, I'd wait until the kiddos are a year or two older before starting them on air travel. It's a lot easier once they're old enough to have some real understanding of what is going on, and more patience with sitting still for at least an hour.

As for which city: well, pretty much any city is going to have some activities suitable for toddlers. I'd just pick a place you personally want to see. The kids will be OK whereever you end up going. Toddlers aren't known to be discriminating sightseers.
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Old 01-03-2018, 05:11 PM
 
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I love to travel, and TBH, that sounds like a bit of a nightmare.

Public transportation, car seats, strollers, naps...

I live in Denver, and we have a children's museum, a railroad museum, firehouse museum, nature and science museum, and more, and lots of parks. Thinking back, my toddlers enjoyed playing in the sand and simple stuff like that. We took them camping. At that age, we really just did what we were interested in. They will want to explore anywhere they are, and they won't care where that is.
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Old 01-03-2018, 05:28 PM
 
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San Diego
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Old 01-03-2018, 08:14 PM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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Join a Children’s museum that offers member entry to museums all over the world (or at least where you plan to travel.)

There are some great children’s museums, very innovative and fun.

Our toddlers most enjoyed our farm with animals to care for. (You can consider zoos and farm stays). I am surprised Our kids vividly remember camping, farm stays, animal events they did as toddlers.

We did a 10 week across USA National Parks tour (disaster) via VW camper van while they were still in diapers. No AC, so they got Squirt guns to cool off. (On-board sink for refills).

They eventually got fed up and cried all the way home (2 weeks). We couldn’t hear them since it was so noisy and windows were down. They were very well behaved when we finally got home and they didn’t make a peep for several weeks. They were not keen on road trips after that, but they didn’t get to excercise that option until they left home.

We became members of Science Museums and Art museums as they aged. We homeschooled and took lots of 6-12 week ‘field trips ‘ also international work assignments. The Museum passes were great on rainy days, and for international flight delays (stuck an extra day in a strange city). Some museums have 500+ affiliates across the globe.

Ours also liked sailing! Which I found odd... canoeing and kayaking too. (No fear at age 2)...
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Old 01-03-2018, 08:19 PM
 
Location: Canada
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Philadelphia? The Please Touch museum.

There are a number of amusement parks for small children in Pennsylvania.

Family-Friendly Attractions in Pennsylvania | #visitPA
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Old 01-03-2018, 08:22 PM
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I'm thinking of introducing my 2 year olds to air travel this year and want to start by visiting a major city. What are some of the best large cities to take toddlers? My focus would be on amenities and activities suited to that age group, safety and convenience. I heard Atlanta is good and maybe Miami. Any other ideas?
Thanks in advance.
I agree with Kibbiekat. Take them places locally. There are no good large cities to take toddlers to.
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Old 01-03-2018, 08:36 PM
 
Location: NYC
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2 years old? Seems a bit premature to me unless you were visiting family, it seems like a petting zoo or a sandbox or a costume party or a children's group activity or beach where you live would be time better spent at that age, maybe by age 4-5 they will register what travel is about.
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Old 01-03-2018, 09:46 PM
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Location: Texas
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In the USA or anywhere in the world?


The only city I wouldn't visit with toddlers is Las Vegas.
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Old 01-03-2018, 11:38 PM
 
Location: Cebu, Philippines
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I don't remember being a 2-year old, but I remember having one. A car trip with toddlers is fine, but I think taking one on an airplane would be a lot like taking one to the dentist. Taking on an a plane trip and getting off the other end would be about the same as getting off a Greyhound bus in Shreveport -- at that age, everything different is different, and everything not different isn't.
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