Summer is often a time to kickback, relax and recharge your batteries for the upcoming school year. For many of us at MIS, summer is about learning – a new craft, a new book or a new adventure. Instead of heading to the beach or that crowded amusement park for that long holiday weekend, here are 6 “Education Vacation” destinations in the Southeast:
The Mountains of North Carolina--
Pre-teens and teens will be enthralled with a visit to America's largest house at Biltmore Estate in Asheville. Younger family members will enjoy an array of seasonal activities such as storytelling, turn-of-the-century games and crafts, family wagon rides and more on the estate grounds. Tweetsie Railroad in Blowing Rock is especially fun for young children, where families may enjoy an exciting train ride, entertainment and panning for gemstones. Nearby, brave family members can cross the mile-high swinging bridge at Grandfather Mountain, and the whole family will enjoy the abundant amazing views and hiking trails. Boone, also nearby, is home to the popular summer outdoor drama, Horn in the West.
Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, Georgia--
Callaway Gardens, a secluded all-season resort, located in Pine Mountain, Georgia, is a wonderful choice for exploring nature, enjoying outdoor activities and spending quality family time together. Some of the most popular attractions include a lakeside beach, the Day Butterfly Center, Birds of Prey Demonstrations and eight spectacular nature trails. Three golf courses provide golf experiences for all levels of play and a spa offers rejuvenating treatments.
Historic Alexandria in Northern Virginia--
Alexandria, Virginia, located just outside of Washington, D.C., is a great family destination for exploring the history and culture of the United States. Old Town Alexandria offers several tours especially for children and hosts a number of fun festivals and special events scheduled throughout the year. George Washington's Mount Vernon, also located in Alexandria, is an interesting and fun place to spend the day exploring the life of our first president.
The Outer Banks of North Carolina--
A must-see with children is the ever-popular outdoor drama The Lost Colony, which portrays the great mystery of the Lost Colony of Roanoke Island. Other nearby interesting sites to visit include the Wright Brothers National Memorial and Jockey's Ridge State Park where you can climb the tallest sand dune on the east coast or take some hang gliding classes. And, if you’re into that sort of thing, the Outer Banks of North Carolina is also home to miles of unspoiled beaches to enjoy.
America's Historic Triangle: Williamsburg, Jamestown and Yorktown--
A visit to America's Historic Triangle (Colonial Williamsburg, Jamestown and Yorktown) offers families many opportunities to have fun, while exploring the birthplace of American democracy. Interactive and hands on activities for kids include:
State Fairs and County Fairs--
State and county fairs are not just an opportunity to eat such “food” as a fried candy bar, a funnel cake pizza or a French toast cheeseburger. State and county fairs are a great opportunity to learn about agricultural and farm life, with exhibits and competitions. Educational showcases at many of the fairs include:
While you’re in Metro Atlanta, click here for more information about where and when to have some old-fashioned family fun at state fairs, county fairs and other country fairs in the state of Georgia.