Fun Family Day Trip Ideas Everyone will Enjoy
With the weather starting to cool down, it’s a great time to get outdoors a little more and enjoy the less-than-blazing temperatures. In appreciation of cooler weather, we’ve put together this list of fun family day trip ideas that are sure to be a hit with everyone.
Family Day Trip Ideas in Your Own Backyard
While not literally in your own backyard, chances are, you have quite a few things to do within just a half hour drive.
If you don’t want to leave the neighborhood, picnics are always a great idea! Whether you’re just having a picnic in the backyard or taking your lunch containers on a hike, being outdoors is incredibly refreshing. Just remember to bring plenty of water!
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Go for a Hike
Making and preparing food to take on a hike can be fun in and of itself. Pack your lunch in one of these convenient divided lunch containers and make a day of it. Some of our favorite destinations include beautiful mountain and river trails.
If you have younger kids, you can find lots of kid-friendly hiking trails here. They’re easy, but beautiful areas nonetheless. Be sure to check out hiking trails near you, if you don’t see your area on the list. For the more adventurous, you can find rigorous hikes and rock climbs at Mountain Project.
Camp Out for a Day
While we’re big fans of weekend camping trips, there’s nothing wrong with just snagging a campsite for a day and having a cookout. Many parks offer grills and fire pits in absolutely gorgeous areas.
Prepare for the day with this list of delicious camping food ideas. There’s something that can’t quite compare with cooking over an open campfire in cooler weather—especially when you can take those leftovers on a hike. Just pack it in one of our divided lunch containers and enjoy it again later!
Visit the Zoo
Everyone enjoys seeing animals of all kinds—kids especially. Zoos and aquariums are a great change of pace if you’re looking for something a little different. We recommend checking out a location accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, who support facilities dedicated to providing their animals with plenty of love and care.
Find a Museum
If you’re looking for something more educational, there are tons of awesome museums around, including more interactive ones like the Please Touch Museum. So if going to a typical museum and having to worry about younger children having to sit on their hands isn’t your idea of fun, this one’s perfect!
If you’re not sure what’s around you, a quick search on Museum Finder is a great place to start! Even in smaller areas, you’ll be surprised what kinds of gems can turn up.
Explore a Nature Exhibit
Many places, even smaller towns and cities, have some sort of nature center or exhibit. This is great for learning about the local wildlife and environment. These places also usually offer days of kid-friendly crafts and projects, as well as camping, hikes, and other outdoor activities.
Even if you don’t have one locally, many state parks and more rural areas have something like this. Just do a quick search on Google for “nature center near me” and see what turns up. Different areas provide unique experiences, but it’s also interesting to see what you might be missing in your own hometown.
Spend Time Stargazing
Stargazing doesn’t have to be expensive—many state parks and schools have events where telescopes are provided onsite, as well as more general observation.
You’ll find more events planned around meteor showers. Look for activities that fall on weekends or holidays if you’re worried about your sleep schedule.
Local events often encourage everyone to bring their own chairs, drinks, food, etc., so it might be neat to have dinner (or at least snacks) during stargazing sessions. It’s a beautiful experience everyone should experience at least once!
Start a Treasure/Scavenger Hunt
Sort of like an egg hunt, treasure hunts can be enjoyed year round. Whether you’re out camping, hiking, or just staying around the house, you can work these hunts in just about anywhere.
Think of a typical scavenger hunt, but add some extra goodies in. Plastic gold coins do well—have your kids turn them in for prizes at the end. Or, if it’s during the colder months, you might mix in some chocolate ones to enjoy.
Find Local Farms
Especially closer to autumn, you’ll find more activities at farms and orchards, particularly pumpkin patch visits. You’ll also find other activities, like crop harvesting, corn mazes, hayrides, and horseback riding—perfect activities for colder weather when you want to bundle up a bit!
Many of them provide refreshments, like fresh cider, hot chocolate, and more, but you’ll probably want to pack a lunch. Events will usually have information on what all is available onsite, but it’s always a good idea to call ahead just in case.
Go to a Renaissance Fair
Many states have massive renaissance fairs that attract people from all over the country. Whether you get a season pass or purchase entry for a couple of days probably depends on how close you are.
Many of these fairs have a combination of activities that can be both entertaining and educational. While they do tend to appeal more to adults, many renaissance fairs have a wide selection of kid-friendly shows and activities as well.
They also have fantastic food, usually a combination of typical fair food and themed ones, like dragon fingers—bacon-wrapped chicken tenders, often accompanied by a fiery sauce. (However, you’ll definitely want to bring your own containers for food and drink. Not only will this make storing leftovers from meals easier, but many shops will provide a discount for bringing your own containers!)
What are some of your favorite family day trips? Whether they’re local or a little further out, we’d love to hear from you!