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 hyenas to giant anteaters and Andean bears.
Best Aquarium: Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies in Gatlinburg, Tenn.
The stunning scope of life living in our seas is on colorful display at the Gallery of the Seas inside Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies in downtown Gatlinburg. Piranhas and poisonous dart frogs dwell within the Tropical Rainforest, while guests can come nose to beak with penguins in Penguin Playhouse, a massive indoor/outdoor habitat where the birds can be spotted from above and below the water.
Best Safari Park: Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center in Divide, Colo.
The Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center, a wildlife park certified by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, seeks to educate the public about the importance of wolves, coyotes and foxes to the North American ecosystem, and about the habitats that support them. The sanctuary provides natural habitats for animals that can no longer live in the wild. Guided walking tours give visitors an up-close view of timber, Arctic and Mexican grey wolves, as well as red and swift foxes and coyotes.
Best Museum for Families: Children's Museum of Indianapolis
A favorite Indy attraction, the Children's Museum of Indianapolis is the largest museum of its kind in the world, encompassing 29 acres of fun-filled exhibits. Kids can star in their own circus, slide down a river of chocolate, fly over the Great Wall of China, snap a selfie with a T-rex or explore outer space through the lens of NASA’s Project Mercury.