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Plan Your Next Family Vacation: Real-World Places From Your Child’s Favorite Books

For children, not much compares to the feeling of getting lost in a favorite book. Whether it’s traveling to Narnia or skipping down the yellow brick road to Oz, books take our children to places they never dreamed possible. While some of the places are imaginary, many settings in kids’ books are based on real-life destinations.

Imagine the look on your child’s face if that cherished story came to life. The places below will give your child an opportunity to live “inside” their favorite books. They also make ideal family vacations.

From The Mixed-Up Files Of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler

by E.L. Konigsburg

After Claudia Kincaid and her younger brother, Jamie, run away from their home in Greenwich, Connecticut, they take up residence at New York City’s 186,000-square-meter Metropolitan Museum of Art. While trying to solve a mystery involving a statue of Michelangelo, the duo hides in bathroom stalls, bathes in fountains, dines at automats, and even sleeps in Marie Antoinette’s bed, which you can see during a tour.

Although some aspects of their wild adventure are now buried in history (you won’t find an automat if you try) there is still a world of wonder awaiting kids of all ages at the Met, the largest art museum in the United States. New York City also happens to be the infamous home or destination of many other beloved book characters. Look for Eloise at the Plaza, James and his giant peach in Central Park, or Shadowhunters hiding in plain sight.

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