Educational Places Families Can Visit During School Vacations

We love traveling with the kids! School vacations are popular times to travel, and while some people will choose to go to one of the famous amusement parks, others will decide that they want to venture somewhere that is both fun and educational.

Here are 5 educational places that families can visit during school vacations:

  1. Gettysburg

There is nothing more fascinating than learning about the Civil War in Gettysburg.  Families can drive through the park and stop at all the designated sections to see what happened there during the war.  There are numerous buildings that have been preserved over the years and multiple statues have been erected as well.

  1. Rancho de los Caballeros

Families can learn about the ins and outs of a dude-ranch when they visit the Rancho de los Caballeros in Arizona.  The entire family will learn how to ride a horse, both in the corral and out on the trails.  Hiking, scavenger hunts, and other activities will have everyone working together to learn more about nature and a cowboy’s life.

  1. Washington D.C.

Washington D.C. is a great place to go during school vacation, because there is quite a bit to do that won’t cost a dime.  The Smithsonian museums and the National Zoo have free admission and those places alone could take a week to see in their entirety.  Add in the monuments and Arlington Cemetery and the whole family will be smarter by the time school is back in session.

  1. Grand Canyon

Any of the national parks would be an adventurous and educational experience, but one of the best ones is the Grand Canyon.  This massive canyon measures more than two hundred and seventy-five miles in length and almost eighteen miles wide.  Add in the fact that it is also about a mile deep in most places and no family will be able to tear themselves away.

  1. Crow Canyon Archaeological Center

This archaeological center is located in Cortez, Colorado and the entire family will love digging in to see if they can find the next big artifact.  The Pueblo Indians lived in this area more than seven hundred years ago and this is the best way to learn about their life and traditions.

There is so much more than roller coasters and water parks that families can enjoy during their school vacations.  All these destinations above may offer educational lessons, but they also ensure that everyone will have a fabulous time as they enjoy every minute of their vacation.




  1. Ohhhh Gettysburg. That place is so amazing! And the Grand Canyon – breathtaking and so educational! Love these ideas for places!

  2. I love this! There’s so much more to a family trip than theme parks. There’s a real world out there to explore!

  3. My friend just got back from D.C. – well, not just, but she visited this past spring and absolutely adored her time there. I would definitely like to visit one day!

  4. Pam Wattenbarger says

    My husband has been wanting us to visit Gettysburg as a family. He loved it when he visited. He is a big history geek.

  5. jmanandmillerbug says

    We have been wanting to go to Gettysburg for years! I am hoping we can get there soon! It is SO educational and it would be a fun time for the kids!

  6. Gettysburg is definitely on my list of places to see. Not only is it historic but insanely haunted. I’m a paranormal investigator and my team plans on going to Gettysburg soon.

  7. I loved the Grand Canyon so much when I was there. I really can’t wait for my kids to see it. We’re hoping to go to DC soon.

  8. I’ve always wanted to visit the Grand Canyon. Gettysburg sounds interesting too. These were some great educational tips. Thanks for sharing!

  9. We are typically more roller coasters and water parks kind of people. However, there was some fun history related tours in Virginia when we went.

  10. Love this list!! I have been wanting to start doing trips like this. I also think it would definitely help with retention to visit places my kids learn about in social studies!

  11. I’d really like to take some time to visit the Crow Canyon Archaeological Center sometime! I’ve also seen the Grand Canyon but I’d love to go back and spend more time there.

  12. We’re planning to hit the Grand Canyon next summer … I want my kids to see it. I’d love to take them to all fo the places on your list!

  13. There is so much to learn in Washington D.C. My daughter went a few years ago and she loved it.

  14. I have and will always love visiting museums, historical sites, and anywhere that I can learn. I am 48 and still learning! Great list!

  15. Those would all be great places to visit with the kids. I feel like travel is one of the best experiences for kids – we would so much rather spend money on experiences and not things.

  16. These all sound like fabulous places to visit. I would love to go to Washington, DC and visit the Smithsonian.

  17. gettysburg is not far from me at all. I know people who say it is great! I want to go to DC with my kids soon, they’ve been asking to.

  18. Great ideas for days off! Last year we visited Washington DC and the kids loved it!

  19. LOVE! Growing up in Philly, there was always an education trip close by! Now we are close to Boston, and get the same benefit!

  20. The Grand Canyon is on my bucket list. I hope we get to go there one day!

  21. Very cool and creative. I love the ideas

  22. Jacqui Odell says

    This is a great list. I honestly would love to take my son to Washington D.C. I think he would enjoy it a lot!

  23. These are great suggestions! My kids love traveling during school breaks. Will these to our list.

  24. I vote Washington DC all the way!! I recently went and think everyone should go!!

  25. I’m always up for places that will not only be fun for the kids but will help him learn too! Thanks so much for this list. We’ve been to a few spots like DC and it was amazing!

  26. I’ve been to the Grand Canyon and it’s magnificent! I hope you’ll visit it one day. I also love Sedona.

  27. Oh wow. Those places looks amazing! I think if we will visit, we will have a great time and will have a great bonding. Thank you for the list!

  28. Wonderful suggestions! Archaeology is something that has always piqued my interest, so I wouldn’t mind visiting the Crow Canyon Archaeological Center.

  29. Those are all great ideas! I would love to visit Washington DC one day!

  30. Great post! I love going to educational places on vacation. I would add Philly to the list! I just went and it is rich in history and education!

  31. Bonnie Gowen says

    These are all great ideas to take the family. I haven’t been to any of these so I can’t wait to go.

  32. These look like so much fun. WE are always trying to find fun places to go on the kid’s breaks, it’s the best time to take a trip.

  33. These are magnificent family travel ideas! I would have loved to go to Ranchos de Los Caballeros. We did Washington and it was fascinating.

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