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


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 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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