Photos: Your Picks for 15 Places Every Kid Should See

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Chicago's Field Museum is part of the city's lakefront Museum Campus and has nine acres of floor space to display a broad array of natural wonders. 
Dioramas at the Field Museum feature African lions and giraffes as well as Arctic penguins and polar bears. 
The Field Museum's Tyrannosaurus rex, known as Sue. is the largest complete fossil of her kind.
It only takes a couple hours to drive past the 2,000 brawny pink arches of Utah's Arches National Park.
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One of the main draws of Arches National Park is watching the sun play off the natural sandstone formations.
The U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Hunstvillve, Alabama, includes the Davidson Center for Space Exploration and the orginal Space Camp.
The star attraction at the Davidson Center for Space Exploration is a restored version of the famous Saturn V rocket.
Aspiring astronauts can suit up and feel the gravitational yank of lift-off via the simulator at Space Camp.
Even the most jaded teen will be wowed by the colossal busts of Washington, Jefferson, Roosevelt, and Lincoln at South Dakota's Mount Rushmore.
The visitors' center at Mount Rushmore has exhibits on the creation of the monument as well as the presidents whose faces are immortalized in granite. 
Maine's Acadia National Park may be small in relation to other national parks, but it has granite peaks, forest paths, and a scenic beach.
Rangers at Acadia National Park lead free hikes to explore the varied terrain and see the diverse wildlife.
Acadia National Park is located where the Cadillac Mountains meet the Bay of Fundy.
Boston's Museum of Science sits right on the Charles RIver.
The cosmos feels closer to earth at the planetarium at the Museum of Science.
The Museum of Science's planetarium includes a theater with a full-dome video and audio system.
Hawaii's Volcanoes National Park is home to two of the world's most active volcanoes.
Rangers at Volcanoes National Park take visitors down into the lava tubes, subterranean caverns formed by hardened molten rock.
The imposing Metropolitan Museum of Art covers 14 acres of land in New York City's Central Park.
The collection at the Metropolitan Museum of Art includes an ancient Egyptian Temple, a Ming Dynasty Garden, and one of the world's largest collections of Vermeers.
The extensive Egyptian art collection at the Metropolitan Museum of art includes a statue of Pharaoh Amenemhat II, who reigned from 1919 to 1885 B.C.
Rangers are on hand to lead tours of the caves at New Mexico's Carlsbad Caverns.
Adventurous kids will enjoy crawling through passageways or making rope-assisted descents through curtains of stalagmites at Carlsbad Caverns.
The Big Room is the largest cave at Carlsbad Caverns and could fit 6.3 football fields.
Experts lead walking tours along the pedestrian bridge at Nevada's Hoover Dam.
At more than 1,200 feet wide at the top, the Hoover Dam was the largest in the world when it was completed in 1936.
The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum, located in Springfield, Illinois, includes a 40,000-square-foot museum that houses historical artifacts, a theater, and a recreation of the log cabin Lincoln grew up in.
The Plaza at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum includes figures of Lincoln and his family and a recreation of the south portico of the White House.
Kids can dress up in period costume in Mrs. Lincoln's Attic at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum.
San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge is equal parts eye candy and engineering lesson.
Take a walk along the pedestrian path of the Golden Gate Bridge for astonishing views of Angel Island, Alcatraz, and Treasure Island.
SeaWorld San Antonio garnered the most votes of all the theme parks in our poll, probably thanks to the park's combination of thrill rides and rich marine life.
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One of SeaWorld's main attractions is the iconic Shamu Show.
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There are many hands-on programs at SeaWorld San Antonio that let kids interact with the resident animals.
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 Social studies class comes to life at the National Museum of American History, located on the Mall in Washington, D.C.
The collection at the National Museum of Amerian History includes the inauguration gowns worn by the First Ladies.
Hands-on activities at the National Museum of American History include adding giant stars to an 1813-style garrison flag.
Alabama's Birmingham Civil Rights Institute chronicles our nation's civil rights history and puts the '50s and '60s in a context that today's children can understand.
Exhibits at the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute include a recreation of a segregated lunch counter.
The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute uses compelling artifacts and exhibits that don't gloss over the tragedies of the civil rights' era.

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