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Indianapolis locals should be proud to know that their city is ranked in the top 10 Best Cities for Families to Visit.

Indianapolis was ranked No. 9 in Parents Magazine, trailing cities like San Diego, Orlando and Chicago.

Parents Magazine is based in New York City and is the largest parenting magazine in the country.

Within the top 100 most-populated cities in the U.S., Parents Magazine wanted to find places that would make it easy to accommodate children ages 10 and below. They compared the following factors: the cost of family attractions, airports, the crime rate, walkability, average hotel prices and range of options, public transportation options and the weather.

The Indianapolis Children’s Museum, the largest in the world, played a big factor in Indianapolis’ ranking. Its five levels of fun, the new Avatar exhibit and reasonable prices were all family-friendly options.

“Most cities have children’s museums but not one nearly of the size and depth of collection of the Indianapolis Children’s Museum,” said Karen Cicero, author of the article in Parents Magazine.

Cicero noted other attractions Indianapolis had to offer were the White River State Park, The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art and Nature Park: 100 Acres at the Indianapolis Museum of Art and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and its attractions.

“It’s also less expensive to stay in Indianapolis than it is in many of the other cities on the list,” said Cicero. “Families also feel safe going to your city.”

Along with the day-to-day activities, Cicero said Indianapolis offers great hotels such as the Omni Severin Hotel that greets children with a backpack filled with games and delivers milk and cookies to their rooms.

Indianapolis locals can be proud of their city for its nationally recognized family-friendly atmosphere.

To read the article in Parents Magazine, visit Parents.com.

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