It’s hard to believe but back to school is right around the corner. And while the kids might be fighting it and parents might just be counting down the days, there is one thing that’s common for everyone…the end of summer is near.
Now, before you get too upset, don’t worry, we’re not packing up the pool floats and snorkel gear just yet! There are plenty of weeks and months of warm weather still yet ahead that make right now the perfect time for a weekend getaway before back to school.
Plus, doing a weekend trip is the best of both words. Parents don’t have to take any time off of work, the costs are far lower than a “normal” vacation and it provides the perfect chance to get out and explore.
So why not check out some of our favorite ideas you can use to take the kids on a last weekend getaway (or two) before school gets back into session? Let’s go!
Explore the National (and State) Parks
We’re huge fans of the National Park system – and it’s pretty easy to see why, with over 400 parks (59 National) in every state and territory, you can always find one close by.
Bringing the kids to any National or State park makes a perfect weekend getaway for all the right reasons. First, it will get the kids out into nature, plus so many of the parks have fantastic educational programs, and finally you can pack a cooler and some tents and camp for a night on the cheap.
Head to the Country
No matter where you live in the US (and Canada for that matter), you’re never actually that far from the countryside. Even for those who live in the heart of a major city, if you hop in your car and drive just two hours in any direction, you’ll be greeted by rolling hills and farms.
Why not take the kids out to the countryside for a night or two? Head to a small village or town, take in a slower pace of life, and why not even pick a few bushels of your favorite fruit or veg? So many small towns have free concerts and events on summer weekends to enjoy on the town green.
Take in the Big City
Of course the same can be true for those who live in more rural areas. It could be a fun adventure for your family to take a night and head into your local city. Most cities will have a variety of hotels you can choose from, with some cheaper options near public transport 10-20 minutes outside the city.
Once you’re in the city, explore some of the local museums (many will offer free or reduced admission for kids), enjoy a tasty dinner from the local food truck, and maybe even catch a game or show. When you’re spending the day in a city there are plenty of great options for fun and education.
These are just a handful of examples of ways you can enjoy your last few weekends of summer. We bet you’ve come up with a few of your own great weekend getaways, let us know what they are in the comments!