Mini Vacations With Kids

Mini Vacations With Kids
Taking a mini vacation with kids can be beneficial not only to the children, but the adults as well. In addition, a mini vacation can be taken close to home and doesn't have to cost a lot of money. Consider a mini vacation the next time you and the family need to get away from it all--but not for long.
 

Visit a National Park

There are National Parks located in every state in the United States, offering myriad activities for families with kids. Take a mini vacation to a National Park and enjoy biking, boating, camping, climbing, fishing or hiking together. To locate a park near you, visit the National Park Service Find a Park search enging at nps.gov/findapark/index.htm.

 
 

Go Camping

Camping is an excellent way to reconnect with each other and enjoy nature. Kids of all ages will learn about nature and the environment by camping outdoors. Whether visiting a National Park or pitching a tent in your own back yard, camping provides an enjoyable opportunity to bond together.

Take a Bike Ride

Whether following a nature trail or biking through your own neighborhood, a bike ride can allow you to see an area from a different perspective. Hop on the bikes, strap on helmets and take a ride together. If you don't have bikes, many retail outlets will rent bikes by the hour or per day. Pack water and a picnic lunch or enough gear for an overnight stay, and enjoy a bike ride mini vacation.

Go for a Hike

Strap on the hiking shoes and get ready for an adventure. Whether you hike to an overnight destination or as a day trip, seeing the sights on foot provides a new perspective and new appreciation for our environment. Use the Trail Finder at trails.com/trails.aspx to find a trail nearby.

 

Article Written By Julie B.

Julie B. is a professional editor and freelance writer with a bachelor's degree in English and journalism. She writes about motherhood, pregnancy and parenting; travel; gardening; and cooking, among other topics, for a variety of print and online publications.

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