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Spring has sprung and there is no better time of year to pack the family in the car (or SUV, or mini-van), and take off for an adventure! Once summer hits all the hot spots will be overrun with vacationers, and standing in long lines with tired, cranky kids in 100-degree heat is a recipe for disaster. Spring is road trip season. Most museums and amusement parks have a “free under 3” rule so take advantage of that. Queue up the movie, pack plenty of snacks, and hit the road!
Being a native of Baltimore, Maryland, I might be biased, but I think Charm City gets a bad rap. Don’t be scared to cross the Potomac River for a visit to this historic city which is under 1.5 hours each way. Baltimore is an incredibly kid-friendly city, with a very walkable and water-focused Inner Harbor downtown area and lots of kid-oriented museums, there’s tons of stuff to do. A stop into the B&O Railroad museum is a must do. “A Day out with Thomas the Tank Engine” is a full day of live entertainment, activities, and family fun and runs the last weekend of April and first weekend of May.
The famous Baltimore Aquarium does not disappoint, but check Groupon or CertifiKID for discounts, as it can get a little pricey. Little kids will go nuts at the Port Discovery Children’s Museum, while older ones love the Maryland Science Center. Rent a paddleboat, walk around the water, and get a real Maryland crab cake in Maryland.
Another option for a family road trip is to cross over the Mason- Dixon line and head to Lancaster, Pennsylvania. This unique town is just 2.5 hours away and offers all sorts of activities such as amusement parks, buggy rides, and interactive farms. Explore Amish Country, make ice cream at the Turkey Hill Experience, take a train ride on the Strasburg Railroad. Hershey Park isn’t far from Lancaster either.
The crown jewel of the area is Dutch Wonderland, a 48-acre amusement park designed for families with small children. There are amazing shows and attractions, along with 35 rides that are best suited for kids aged 2-12. Grand Opening weekend is April 27-28th.
Virginia might be for lovers, but it is also for families. If you want to stay a little closer to home why not consider a drive out west to Winchester, Virginia. The walkable downtown features a pedestrian mall lined with restaurants, shops, historic architecture, museums and even a brewery or two for mom and dad. Take the little ones to the Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum where there are handson activities for kids and parents to try together. Give your older kids a history lesson at Stonewall Jackson’s headquarters or walk through the beautiful gardens at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley. Throughout the year they offer a variety of free events, full of fun for families.
Drive through Shenandoah National Park for views of cascading waterfalls and spectacular vistas. Pack your baby carrier and take a self-guided hike or drive along Skyline Drive. You could pack a picnic or check out one of the many restaurant options in the park. Pop into the Apple House Restaurant in Front Royal for a box of their famous Apple Butter Donuts. Located at the northern entrance to Skyline Drive, this family-friendly restaurant has become a Virginia landmark.
Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, is another Civil War town not far away packed with history and scenic views. Make sure to bring your baby carrier or lightweight stroller, and plan to do a lot of walking. Pack a picnic or walk along Shenandoah Street for dining options. Tubing, white water rafting, and zip lining are just some of the amazing adventures available for families.
Clocking in at 3 hours one way, a day-trip to Williamsburg, Virginia, is doable but might be better off as an over-night trip depending on the ages of your kids. Start your trip with a walk through Colonial Williamsburg where kids can see Revolutionary War reenactments and participate in hands-on activities. Stop into the visitor’s center to rent child-sized colonial costumes. Drive over to the Jamestown Settlement where you can board a replica of a ship that sailed to Virginia in 1607, and kids can see how Pocahontas lived in a recreated Powhatan village. Check out the American Revolutionary War museum in Yorktown where interactive exhibits have you actually feeling the rumble of cannonballs and smelling gunpowder.
Williamsburg is also home to Great Wolf Lodge, a themed indoor water park and hotel. Busch Gardens is a hit with teenagers, young kids, and toddlers alike. There are rollercoasters, shows, rides, and beer and wine for sale for the parents.
Once summer hits you’ll have the pool and trips to the beach on your mind, and let’s be honest – some days it will be just too hot to leave the comfort of your air-conditioned house. So why not use this spring to plan a weekend road-trip or two? Take the time to make memories your family will relive over and over.
By: Kathryn Hoke
Originally from the Baltimore area, Kat has happily called Loudoun County home since 2015. She has a background in sales and event planning. Kat and her husband Mike reside in Ashburn with their daughter, Charlotte and son, Tommy.