Back-to-School Weekend Travel Ideas for Families
The kids may be back in school, but there are good reasons to squeeze in a weekend getaway this fall: the weather is still warm and prices are more affordable than during the busy summer season. From lakeside retreats to big city explorations, here are our 5 favorite weekend getaway ideas for families.
Pack a picnic lunch and enjoy a short hike around Mirror Lake in the town of Lake Placid. Or, aspire to become a Saranac Lake 6er, climbing the 6 peaks that surround neighboring Saranac Lake. Want to climb just 1? Start with Mount Baker, which is best-suited for families. This will give you plenty of time to get back on the lake before the school bell rings on Monday.
West coasters, enjoy a 2- or 3-day cruise to Mexico on board the Carnival Imagination. Bound for Baja Mexico, cruises feature plenty of activities and attractions, like the WaterWorks park and Camp Carnival. There’s even a spa when you’re ready for a massage or aromatherapy. Hop off when you reach the port in Ensenada for activities like horseback riding or kayaking. Or, simply spend the day shopping and exploring the town.
Children can rent period costumes to get into the spirit of 18th-century life and even spend time learning a trade, like wooden barrel making, to become an apprentice to a tradesman. Be in the middle of the action by staying at Kingsmill Resort in Williamsburg, which offers free shuttle service to Colonial Williamsburg, a breakfast buffet and kayaks for use along the James River.
If you want to see it all over the course of a weekend, pick up a New York Pass for admission to 80+ popular New York City attractions, like the Empire State Building. Or, try a CityPASS, which offers savings on top attractions in multiple cities, including New York. Spend the weekend at Eventi, A Kimpton Hotel, which is not only centrally located (and pet-friendly), but also offers PlayStation Vita handheld gaming devices, iPad Minis and Instagram printers to turn Big Apple pics into photo albums.
Stay at a hotel, like Boardwalk Inn, which is walking distance to multiple attractions, allowing you to spend less time on shuttle buses. Kids will also love watching street performers, like magicians and acrobats, who come out each evening on the boardwalk. Take time to enjoy the rides, parades, characters and fireworks that make Walt Disney World a classic American getaway.