The 15 Most Fun Cities in America

When you’re looking for a new city, one of the things you might want is a place where you can have fun. Having access to thriving nightlife, as well as activities for family fun, is an important part of your overall quality of life. You should be able to enjoy the space you’re living in. To find the cities where you can have the most enjoyment, we looked at data from WalletHub. Its researchers based findings on factors, such as restaurants, parks, and festivals per capita, as well as the cost to see a movie. Here are the 15 most fun cities in America, according to WalletHub.

15. Philadelphia

Philadelphia

Explore one of our country’s oldest cities. | iStock/Getty Images

Philadelphia has plenty of places to see and things to do. You can visit one of the city’s beer gardens, attend a festival, or view an exhibition. Pennsylvania’s residents are not only having fun, but they’re also quite happy. WalletHub ranked the state 23 out of a possible 50 on its list of the happiest states. However, if you’re a dog owner looking for fun places to take your pet, Philadelphia might not be your city. WalletHub ranked Philly 93 out of a possible 100 for pet friendliness.

Next: You’ll have plenty of fun in the sun in this city.

14. Tampa, Florida

A general view of the skyline ahead of the Republican National Convention being held at the Tampa Bay Times Forum on August 26, 2012 in Tampa, Florida. The RNC is scheduled to convene on August 27 and will hold its first session on August 28 as Tropical Storm Isaac threatens disruptions due to its proximity to the Florida peninsula. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

There are plenty of attractions to keep you busy. | Scott Olson/Getty Images

Sunny Tampa, Florida, is one fun place to live. It will be hard to get bored here, given this city has 196 attractions, four restaurants per capita, and plenty of public beaches. In addition, if you enjoy taking a stroll in the park, this is the place for you. Roughly 60% of Tampa has walkable park access. Tampa also ranks well when it comes to pet friendliness. WalletHub ranked the city No. 3 out of a possible 100.

Next: Much of this city has walkable park access.

13. St. Louis

St. Louis downtown

St. Louis has plenty of beer gardens for a reasonable price. | f11photo/iStock/Getty Images

There’s plenty to do at one of St. Louis’ 263 attractions. Some interesting places to take family and friends are the St. Louis Zoo, Missouri Botanical Gardens, and the City Museum. Furthermore, 90% of Missouri’s residents have walkable park access. If you’re interested in night life, an average party ticket in Missouri will cost you $35.49, the average price of a beer is about $8.04, and the average wine price is $7.47. The average cost of a restaurant meal will set you back $50.

Next: You won’t believe how much it costs to go bowling in this city.

12. Cincinnati

Cincinnati downtown early in the night

Cincinnati has some out-of-the-box tours. | AndreyKrav/iStock/Getty Images

If you visit Cincinnati, you’ll be able to choose from more than 185 attractions. You can go to the Cincinnati Art Museum, enjoy a wine tour and tasting, and even go on a ghost and vampire tour. Roughly 73% of Cincinnati’s residents have walkable park access. If you enjoy going out to see a movie, the average price of a movie ticket will cost you $10.07. And a night out of bowling won’t hurt your wallet; the average cost is just $4.58.

Next: This glamorous city is also a fun vacation spot.

11. Los Angeles

Los Angeles

It’s an incredible tourist city as long as you’re not doing the driving. | David McNew/Getty Images

Los Angeles has 563 attractions. Some fun things to do in this city are visit Disneyland, see the Griffith Observatory, and take a trip to see the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Roughly 55% of the population has walkable park access. The average price of a restaurant meal is $60. If you want to head out to see a movie, the average ticket price is $14.81.

Next: Head out to the mountains for some fun.

10. Denver

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The perfect mix of nature and city. | Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images

This city has 255 attractions. If you’re looking for things to do in Denver, you can spend some time at Denver Botanic Gardens, go on an adventure tour, or watch a performance by the Colorado Ballet. Roughly 88% of Colorado’s population has walkable park access. The average cost of a restaurant meal in Denver is $53, and the average cost of a movie ticket is $11.18. If partying is your thing, you’ll pay an average of $31.39 for a party ticket.

Next: Opera lovers will enjoy this city.

9. San Diego

Point Loma, San Diego

There are plenty of beautiful sites to take in. | dancestrokes/iStock/Getty Images

San Diego has 438 attractions. Some activities to consider are a trip to the USS Midway Museum, a romantic dinner cruise, or a visit to the San Diego Symphony. If you can’t imagine having fun without your best friend, this is the city for you. San Diego is also a great place for dog owners. WalletHub ranked San Diego No. 4 (out of 100) for overall pet friendliness. The city ranked No. 2 when it came to the overall health and wellness of its pets.

Next: Take a walk in one of this city’s many parks.

8. Chicago

Chicago skyline

The city is walkable with great restaurants. | Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

Chicago has 649 attractions. Some activities to consider are one of the city’s boat tours, bus tours, or a visit to the Lyric Opera of Chicago. Roughly 93% of Chicago’s population has walkable park access. If you like to eat out, expect to pay an average price of $60 for a restaurant meal. A night out at the movies comes with an average ticket price is $13.20. The average cost for bowling is $8.

Next: You’ll enjoy taking a tour of this city.

7. New Orleans

New Orleans, LA, USA

It’s full of fun and food. | Sean Pavone/iStock/Getty Images

New Orleans has 363 attractions. Some activities to consider are one of the city’s walking and biking tours or a trip to the National WWII Museum. Roughly 78% of residents in New Orleans have walkable park access. If you like to eat out, expect to pay an average price of $57 for a restaurant meal. A night out at the movies comes with an average ticket price is $10.61. The average cost for bowling is $7.13.

Next: This city is for wine lovers.

6. San Francisco

Cable car in San Francisco County

There are plenty of tours and museums. | batuhanozdel/iStock/Getty Images

San Francisco has 550 attractions. Fun things to do include helicopter tours, a visit to the Walt Disney Family Museum, and a trip to the California Academy of Sciences. San Francisco is also a great place for dog owners. WalletHub ranked San Francisco No. 31 (out of 100) for overall pet friendliness. The city ranked No. 1 when it came to outdoor pet friendliness.

Next: You can take a media tour in this city.

5. Atlanta

Atlanta, Georgia, USA downtown city

It has hundreds of attractions to fill your time. | Sean Pavone/iStock/Getty Images

Atlanta has 290 attractions. Fun things to do include a trip to the Atlanta Beltline, an Atlanta movie tour, and a tour of CNN’s Atlanta studios. Roughly 66% of Atlanta’s population has walkable park access. If you’re planning on drinks with friends, expect to pay an average of $11.07 for wine and an average of $9.27 for beer. For a dinner out, you’ll pay an average price of $57 for a restaurant meal.

Next: This city has lots of activities for the whole family.

4. Portland, Oregon

biker in portland, oregon

The city is perfect for those who love outdoor activities. | Craig Mitchelldyer/Getty Images

Portland has 448 attractions. Fun things to do include a trip to the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry or one of the city’s many walking and bike tours. Roughly 85% of Portland’s population has walkable park access. If you’re planning on drinks with friends, expect to pay an average of $11.59 for wine and an average of $9.67 for beer. For a dinner out, you’ll pay an average price of $50 for a restaurant meal.

Next: You can enjoy plenty of water activities in this city.

3. Miami

miami florida skyline

Wine is cheaper than beer in this Southern city. | Roberto Schmidt/AFP/Getty Images

Miami has 351 attractions. Fun things to do include a speedboat tour or walking tour through the city. Roughly 81% of Miami’s population has walkable park access. If you’re planning on drinks with friends, expect to pay an average of $7.43 for wine and an average of $9.34 for beer. For a dinner out, you’ll pay an average price of $72 for a restaurant meal.

Next: This city must be fun if they named it twice.

2. New York

Taxi and a limousine driving along the Brooklyn Bridge

You will never run out of things to do in New York. | LSP1982/iStock/Getty Images

The fun never seems to end in the city that never sleeps. New York City boasts 1,111 attractions, the most of all the other cities on this list. This city also has the most restaurants per capita. Some fun things to do in New York City include visiting the Statue of Liberty, spending time at the Empire State Building, or enjoying a Broadway show.

Next: This is the most fun city in America

1. Orlando, Florida

Entrance of Walt Disney World in Orlando

Disney World is just one of the fun things to do in Orlando. | Manakin/iStock/Getty Images

Orlando has 428 attractions. Fun things to do include a trip to Disney World or an adventure in Discovery Cove. Roughly 61% of Orlando’s population has walkable park access. Orlando is also one of the happiest places to live. WalletHub ranked Orlando No. 57 out of a possible 150. The same survey ranked Orlando No. 44 for the quality of its community and environment.

Editor’s note: Las Vegas was listed as WalletHub’s No. 1 city for fun, but given the recent mass shooting in Las Vegas, as well as a recent police officer shooting, we didn’t feel it was appropriate to give this city the top spot.

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