Planning your next trip? There are plenty of destinations in each state where family fun and learning meet! Please be sure to follow all state and local public health guidance while visiting. We also suggest researching Covid related restrictions and closings at all locations before you travel.
Theme parks may seem like the obvious vacation choice when traveling with kids, but you can expand your trip to include various activities. Spend a day in one of Orlando’s abundant theme parks, then travel just 90 minutes away to historic St. Augustine. Castillo de San Marcos in downtown St. Augustine is impressive and well-known. Just two miles north is Fort Mose Historic State Park, the first free community of ex-slaves. The Spanish government welcomed Africans who fled slavery in the British Carolinas to this fort in 1738.
Give your children an unforgettable experience — snorkel or scuba dive the crystal-clear warm waters of the Florida Keys to view the only living coral reef in the continental U.S. Head to John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park and the adjacent Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, where kids can see brain corals and sea fans up-close and swim with rays turtles and tropical fish. While breathing underwater is part of the fun for many children, younger tykes might rather experience the reef via a glass-bottom boat tour.
Carterville offers two great museums only 6 miles apart. The Booth Museum is the world’s largest permanent exhibition space for Western art. It’s a great place to see America’s history through paintings, sculptures, and even an interactive children’s gallery. The Tellus Science Museum has four main galleries that help to open minds and ignite a passion for science. Children will have a blast conducting hands-on experiments, exploring space in the planetarium, and learning about the past through fossils and Minerals.
Georgia may have played a part in your favorite movies and TV shows. Be sure to explore the booming entertainment industry and walk in the footsteps of your favorite characters and stars. Find interties and film tours here.
Located near the High Country, Linville Caverns, North Carolina’s only show caverns allow visitors to glimpse nature at work “inside” the mountains. Slow-moving groundwater created underground labyrinths forming an incredible series of rooms, passages, and spectacular formations.
Comprising more than 500,000 acres, Pisgah National Forest near Ashville features whitewater rivers, waterfalls, hundreds of miles of trails, and popular campsites. Choose one of the family-friendly campgrounds, such as Lake Powhatan or Davidson River. Be sure to venture to the legendary Sliding Rock, a 60-foot natural water slide.
Explore antique locomotives, rail cars, automobiles, and more at a once a national hub for steam engine repair at the North Carolina Transportation Museum in Spencer. You can also take the train ride around the historic 57-acre site, enjoy the many family-friendly special events and learn how transportation helped build North Carolina.
South Carolina Aquarium in Charleston not only has amazing animals, like an albino alligator, amazing programs that let you get up close and personal with sea creatures. Experience touch tanks and animal feedings, and an amazing turtle hospital you can tour. It also has one of the prettiest views in Charleston. You can often see dolphins playing in the water from the aquarium’s back deck!
EdVenture, located in Columbia, is the largest children’s museum in the Southeast. It’s home to Eddie, the biggest kid in the world, a 40-foot-tall sculpture of a child that little ones can crawl through to learn about the human body. Bigger kids can create, tinker, and invent at Maker Works, while younger kids can play make-believe in a vet’s office, a grocery store, and so much more. Everyone can enjoy the butterfly garden, Blooming Butterflies, and frequent special programs add to the fun. EdVenture’s setting, overlooking the beautiful Congaree River and the Three Rivers Greenway, can’t be beaten.