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.
Golden Arrow Lakeside Resort 2559 Main Street Lake Placid, NY 12946Call
Phone: (518) 523-3353
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.
Carnival Victory: 4-day cruises from Miami to Key West and Cozumel Carnival Imagination or Inspiration: 2- to 4-day cruises from Los Angeles to Baja Mexico
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.
Kingsmill Resort 1010 Kingsmill Road Williamsburg, VA 23185Call
Phone: (757) 253-1703
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