The Lights of the Big City Await at These Downtown Rentals

With things opening up a little bit more, many families are planning a visit to the big city. There are museum exhibits to see, brand-new playgrounds to check out and lots of restaurants that need our support now more than ever. Booking a vacation rental makes your city visit super easy as you have a home base where you can cook up a meal if dining out gets tiresome. Here are some great vacation rentals for families in big cities like New York and San Francisco, along with our favorite kid-friendly activities to do when you’re there.

New York City, NY

This condo is located in a pre-war brick building and it has everything your family needs for a visit to the Big Apple. There's enough space for six people to sleep and you can save some money by cooking meals here before heading out. It's walking distance from Times Square, Central Park and Broadway.

You can find all our favorite things to do with kids in NYC here

Sleep: 6
Cost: $360/night

photo: Airbnb

Boston, MA

You'll love this location in Charlestown as there's tons to do nearby and public transit close by as well. The property underwent a huge renovation recently and you'll find a lovely kitchen and upgrades all around. Outdoor space includes a deck and grassy area. 

Find all of our favorite Boston activities here

Sleeps: 8
Cost: $950/night

Washington, D.C.

This 100+-year-old historic row house located in D.C.'s Mt. Pleasant neighborhood is perfectly situated to fun spots for the entire family, including Rock Creek Park and the National Zoo that are next-door neighbors, and the White House and National Mall that are two miles away. After exploring the city, let the kids hang in the playroom with toys, books, Wii games or splash in the ball pit (yes! there's a ball pit!).

Find all our favorite things to do in our nation's capital here

Sleeps: 8
Cost: $325/night

Atlanta, GA

This Tiny House packs a big punch when it comes to cleanliness, thoughtful design, and proximity to in-town's favorite hotspots near Piedmont Park and the Botanical Garden, the BeltLine, the Krog Street Market, the Atlanta Zoo, and more. The tucked-away bedroom and the enchanting loft space make this tiny house a big hit with your kiddos, and don't let the size scare you. This casa is located close to everything worth seeing and doing, so your couch time will be limited. But while you're there? Magic. 

This list has you covered with 100 things to do with kids in Atlanta

Sleeps: 4
Cost: $110/ngith

Chicago, IL

You'd be hard-pressed to find a better location in the city for a family staycation. You're within a stone's throw of Navy Pier, Museum Campus with Shedd, The Field and Adler, Millennium Park, beaches and Mag Mile. During the summer months, you can enjoy the Wednesday and Saturday evening fireworks displays, courtesy of Navy Pier. When you're not out and about enjoying the city, hang at the rooftop lounge with cabanas, grills and a fire pit or take a dip in the indoor and outdoor pools.

This story has all our favorite family activities in Chicago

Sleeps: 7
Cost: $427/night

Denver, CO

You'll love checking out the Denver skyline from your Juliet balcony in this Denver highrise condo. It sleeps five and has a full kitchen plus washer/dryer. The building is just blocks from Coors Field, Union Station, Pepsi Center and the Convention Center.

This story is full of things to do when you stay in Denver

Sleeps: 5
Cost: $283/night

New Orleans, LA

Stay in an authentic historic firehouse while enjoying the modern amenities of this renovated gem. You'll be perfectly located near the French Quarter in the Faubourg Marigny. With two living areas and plenty of private bedrooms, this is definitely the spot for a big group vacation.

In addition to beignet eating, this story has lots of ideas for your New Orleans visit

Sleeps: 14
Cost: $865/night

Los Angeles, CA

You'll love this darling bungalow that's near downtown LA and Dodgers Stadium. It has easy access to all the major freeways whether you are looking to visit the beach or Disneyland.

Find all our favorite things to do with kids in LA here

Sleeps: 6
Cost: $127/night

San Francisco, CA

Head back in time when you step into this classy 1920s studio located in San Francisco at Powhattan Avenue and Prentiss Street in what was once a historic corner store. Now tastefully remodeled, guests can get a taste of life in the city while residing in the comforts of home. Families can find a kitchenette, fireplace, curtained sleeping and living spaces, WiFi, cable, a dining area and more. The studio accommodates four people, has two beds and one bath. 

You'll find tons of ideas for things to do in San Francisco here

Sleeps: 4
Cost: $140/night

Seattle, WA

This 1903 home is just a short walk away from the Space Needle and you'll love picking it for your Seattle visit. There are two decks to relax on after your busy day visiting the Emerald City.

Find all our favorite things to do with kids in Seattle here

Sleeps: 6
Cost: $207/night

—Kate Loweth

Featured photo: iStock


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