A huge thank you to Hilton Worldwide who provided this great list of the Top 10 Educational Weekend Trips for Kids!
Be sure to check out my Top Tips for Traveling with Tweens post to help make a successful trip!
A recent study from the U.S. Travel Association revealed that “travel has a lasting, positive effect on children”…
- Travel helped more than half (59%) of those surveyed achieve better grades
- A majority of adults (57%) who took educational trips as children and teens attained a college degree or went on to do post-graduate work, compared to those who did not (33%)
- Adults who went on a domestic educational trip between the ages of 12-18 earn 12 percent greater personal income than non-travelers
I’ve seen first hand the benefits of travel in my own life and in the life of my 7-year old daughter. While I did travel some as a child, my daughter has far surpassed me in the number of cities, states, and countries visited.
Pulling Children Out of School for Travel?
Though it might be controversial to some, since she is young and only in elementary school, I do pull her out of school for family trips and long weekends. We usually pull her out the maximum number of days she can miss (leaving a couple in there for illness of course until the end).
Why?Not only do we make unbelievable family memories on these trips and have fun, but it’s also so educational – from learning about different cultures to understanding first-hand the history of our nation. There’s a big difference between reading about the President of the United States and actually stepping inside the White House.
I wouldn’t trade these experiences for anything in the world, and while I know that as she gets older we’ll have to avoid school-day travel more, we’ll just focus on summer and weekend trips.
Looking at this list, I have visited 7 out of the 10 locations. So far my daughter has visited only 2 out of 10. We have more traveling to do and with so many great hotel options from Hilton (available via Hiltonweekends.com), we can do it all within our budget!
Top 10 Educational Weekend Trips for Kids
1. Gettysburg, Pa.
- Stay at: Hilton Garden Inn Gettysburg
- Experience the historic allure of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania where you can visit Civil War landmarks, including the famous Gettysburg Battlefield, Gettysburg Museum of History and The Soldiers National Cemetery at Gettysburg.
2. Williamsburg, Va.
- Take a step back in time through Williamsburg, Virginia. Families can walk through history at Colonial Williamsburg or visit nearby Historic Jamestowne or Yorktown Battlefield.
3. Richmond, Va.
- In Richmond, families can see St. John’s Church where Patrick Henry convinced Virginia to join the American Revolution with the famous “Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death” speech, learn about Civil War supplies made by the Tredegar Iron Works and explore the Museum of the Confederacy.
4. Washington, D.C.
- The Nation’s Capital is full of educational and iconic attractions. Some of the city’s most popular tourist destinations include the White House, the National Mall and the Smithsonian Museum.
* Read my Ultimate Guide to the Perfect Weekend in Washington D.C. with a great 3-day itinerary. Don’t forget to also check out my visits to the White House or National World War II Memorial for some ideas on what to expect!
5. New York City, N.Y.
- Stay at: Conrad New York
- With so much to do and see, it’s easy to take a bite of the Big Apple. From visiting the Statue of Liberty and the Empire State Building, to taking in some of the best theater in the world at a Broadway show, there is something for every type of traveler here.
*Don’t forget to spend a few moments in the 9-11 Memorial
6. Boston, Mass.
- Founded in 1630 by Puritan colonists, Boston is one of the oldest cities in the U.S. In this city, families can view where the Boston Tea Party took place, the Battle of Bunker Hill and walk along the Freedom Trail.
7. Philadelphia, Pa.
- Once home to Benjamin Franklin, Philadelphia houses many significant U.S. attractions such as the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall and more. Students can even learn about the creation of the U.S. Constitution at the National Constitution Center.
8. Chicago, Ill.
- Stay at: Embassy Suites Chicago – Downtown
- Travelers have flocked to the Windy City for years, as it is filled with educational and cultural sites such as the Art Institute of Chicago, Field Museum of Chicago and one of the only remaining free, public zoos, the Lincoln Park Zoo.
9. San Francisco, Calif.
- Stay at: Hilton San Francisco Union Square
- From the Golden Gate Bridge to Alcatraz Island, San Francisco has plenty to offer visitors. While here, families can enjoy a walking tour of historic Chinatown, discover San Francisco’s marine life at The Aquarium of the Bay and even see how Cable Cars work at the Cable Car Museum.
10. New Orleans, La.
- Visitors of all ages can enjoy this vibrant city’s museums, historical homes, art scene and more. A few must-see stops for students include the New Orleans Museum of Art, the New Orleans Opera and the Creole Queen Paddlewheeler, where passengers can go up and down the Mississippi River, checking out sites such as the French Quarter, Port of New Orleans and the 1815 Battle of New Orleans.
How many of these destinations have you visited? Your kids? Which city is on your Must-See list?
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