4 Family-Friendly Mini Vacations
Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia
Show your Hamilton fan where “the world turned upside down.” Families can tour the Governor’s Palace in Colonial Williamsburg and meet historical interpreters portraying “nation builders” like the Marquis de Lafayette (“America’s favorite fighting Frenchman!”) and James Lafayette, a slave who served as a spy under the Marquis de Lafayette.
Add A Few More Days: Buy an America’s Historic Triangle ticket, which covers admission to the American Revolution Museum in Yorktown and the Jamestown Settlement, where kids can climb aboard recreations of three ships that sailed from England to Virginia). Balance the history-focused stops with a trip to Busch Gardens (there’s a wooden coaster for kids 46 inches and up), guided horseback riding tour at Lakewood Trails (age 7 and up), and round of mini golf at Pirates Cove Adventure Golf. Stay in one of the condos at Kingsmill Resort, which offers a playground, spa with treatments for the whole family, and pool complex with a lazy river, slide, and pop-up water features.
Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace Museum
Bring your Brownie troop to the home of the Girl Scouts founder. A recent remodel has made it more hands-on, offering interactive tables, videos, and a Poe-Tree (a place to read and write poems) plus displays of past uniforms and cookie boxes.
Add A Few More Days: “Savannah is a drop-dead gorgeous city that’s just the right size and it’s easy to explore on foot,” says Suzanne Rowan Kelleher, the family-vacations expert at About.com. “My favorite memories from our family vacation are strolling on River Street, where there are great little shops and restaurants, and riding the free trolley that can take you to various sites in the district. It's an arty town. We visited the SCAD Museum of Art and Forsyth Park, and my kids still talk about the delicious ice cream at Leopold's on East Broughton Street.” Stay at the Hampton Inn & Suites in the Historic District.
Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex
Cape Canaveral, Florida
Watch a real rocket launch, ask an astronaut a question, take an eight-minute simulated shuttle ride, and check out the space shuttle Atlantis. If you have a true space junkie, you’ll need at least two days to see everything.
Add A Few More Days: Round out your trip to Florida’s Space Coast with a visit to the Brevard Zoo (40 new flamingos) and the Museum of Dinosaurs and Ancient Cultures. Save some time for the beach too! Spend the night at the Courtyard by Marriott in Cocoa Beach.
The Atlanta Braves’ new home, SunTrust Park, is the only Major League stadium with a concourse where kids can pitch, hit, and test their base-running speed plus zoom down a zip line and up a climbing tower. Use the Braves app to reserve a time slot. Get your tickets for a Sunday, when all kids are invited to run the bases on the team’s infield after the game
Add a Few More Days: Other activities to check out in town include the Georgia Aquarium, Atlanta Zoo (baby panda twins!), and an Atlanta movie tour (with stops featured in The Hunger Games and Captain America: Civil War). An Omni hotel, in the ballpark’s backyard, is set to open in 2018. In the meantime, stay at the Embassy Suites Atlanta Buckhead, which offers free breakfast and family-friendly room design.