I love the fall weather in the Mid-Atlantic region, with hot summer temperatures giving way to cooler fall air. It’s a great excuse to get out on the weekends and do something fun. Here are some local events that will appeal to kids of all ages.
My daughters and I are big fans of the movie “Titanic,” so of course when our family ended up renting a cabin in the mountains just outside of Pigeon Forge this summer, we had to visit the Titanic Museum. I ordered tickets by phone, and was able to purchase a family pass, which was a great price deal for a family of 5. Upon arrival at our scheduled “boarding time,” we were handed a boarding pass and took turns sharing our new passenger identities. We varied from 1st and 2nd class passengers to a quartermaster who was behind the wheel when the iceberg was spotted on that fateful night. The museum had over 20 galleries, with many interactive exhibits to help tell the story.
Who would have guessed that the highlight of my summer was zip lining almost half a mile across a valley about 275 feet above the ground with nothing but air and mountain views around me. This is probably one of the most fun family outings we have taken on vacation, and I would highly recommend adding this to a family bucket list. We were at Wears Valley Zipline Adventures in the mountains of Tennessee not too far from Pigeon Forge and the Great Smoky Mountains. The original course has 4 lines that run over 3100 feet, and for many people, that is plenty. But it is the last 3 lines they recently added that are the most amazing, with some of the longest and highest in the region. Also, the guides were super friendly and helpful, and always there with encouraging words, especially for those of us who had never zip lined before. You can purchase a combo ticket which also included whitewater rafting, which we also did the day prior to zip lining. Tickets are a bit pricey but it was definitely worth it for creating some wonderful family memories.
Who wouldn't love a California Road Trip vacation? This was one of my favorite family trips that we took several years ago. The trip started and ended in Los Angeles, and included big cities like San Francisco, and small cities like beautiful Solvang. We also visited several National Parks, such as Sequoia and Kings Canyon, as well as Yosemite and the Channel Islands. There is the opportunity to go horseback riding on the beach, as well as snorkeling near the Channel Islands. You can throw in some family favorites like riding the cable cars in San Francisco, eating boardwalk food on the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and visiting the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Next time you are in Indianapolis, you have to visit The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. Visit the Dinosphere exhibit where you can step back in time to the Cretaceous Period. Check out the Fireworks of Glass blown glass sculpture that stands 43 feet tall. Some exhibits even have family guides to download, that will give you extra information and activities. The museum is consistently ranked in the lists of top 10 Children’s museums across the country and is definitely worth a visit.