With summer vacation coming quickly to a close, now is a great time to squeeze in some quality family time. And what could be better than piling in the car and reaching an exciting destination less than one hour from Perry Hall?
Here are some suggestions:
1. Head to a zoo. Did you know there are three zoos less than 60 miles from Perry Hall? Of course, there is the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore which makes for a very easy day trip. You must visit Magnet the polar bear, my favorite exhibit. But perhaps you would also consider a drive to the National Zoo in Washington, which boasts free admission (parking not included) and incredible animal exhibits. Or, you could drive to Rising Sun, MD, and experience a very different zoo at the Plumpton Park Zoo. At Plumpton Park, there are more than 130 animals—mammals, reptiles, amphibians and birds. Bring a picnic lunch to any zoo to cut down on costs while watching the animals.
2. Visit an amusement park. If you are a looking for a little more thrill in your day trip, consider heading to one of the five amusement parks just a short drive away. While Dutch Wonderland and Sesame Place are both geared to younger children, Hershey Park, Kings Dominion, and Six Flags America have rides and attractions for your entire family. And don’t forget discount coupons before you go. Some local merchants have coupons to save you big bucks on admission prices.
3. Tour a museum. There are more museums than I could possibly highlight here but whichever you choose, will make an excellent day trip for the family. In Baltimore, there is the B&O Railroad Museum, Walters Art Museum, Maryland Science Center and Port Discovery. Or head to Washington, to visit one of the Smithsonian museums. Another family favorite is the Strasburg Railroad and other museums in Lancaster, PA, and the Please Touch Museum in Philadelphia.
4. Go swimming: Don’t let the heat of the summer keep you from heading outside. Head to one of the local beaches in Baltimore County, or, if you don’t mind a short drive, venture to Sandy Point State Park near the bay bridge. Beaver Dam in Cockeysville has a massive quarry for swimming, as well as several pools. There are plenty of ways to cool down without wasting the entire day in the car.
Regardless what you do with your last two weeks of summer vacation, enjoy as much family time as you can. Soon you’ll be back in your regular routine and longing for the next school break.