51 Perfect Daytrips for Families
From late February to the end of March, Fairbanks is a wintery wonderland; kids can burn some energy on a playground compete with ice slides, a frozen train, and lighted sculptures at the World Ice Art Championships at the Kid's Park. If you have time, drive out to Chena Hot Springs Resort to warm up.
Sulphur Springs, Arkansas
In the foothills of the Ozark Mountains, Sulphur Springs offers breathtaking views. Uncover hidden treasures at the Old Spanish Treasure Cave where you can pan for gems, crystals, and fossils.
Gulf Shores, Alabama
When unaffected by the oil spill, Gulf Shores is an under-the-radar gem with turquoise waters reminiscent of the Caribbean. Wake up early and go deep-sea fishing, spend an afternoon on the beach, or play a round of miniature golf at Pirate Island Adventure Golf.
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Junior adventurers go wild for the way-off-the-beaten-track Pink Jeep Tours. It's like an amusement park ride through ruins, gulches, and ancient rock art. In Oak Creek Canyon, Slide Rock State Park has some amazing natural water slides. For a peek at what Native American life was really like, visit the 1.5 million-acre Hopi Reservation 100 miles north of town. Don't miss the stacked pueblos (hand-made high-rises) and the brightly painted Katsina dolls.
Splash around in a naturally heated mineral-water swimming pool at nearby Harbin Hot Springs (toasty year-round!), then check out the Castello di Amorosa Winery, built to resemble an authentic medieval castle, complete with a dungeon and moat. If you feel like being active, rent bikes (toddler seats or tag-alongs are available) at Calistoga bike shop, and cruise around the friendly little shops and restaurants. Don't miss the educational (and funny, actually) Safari West African Adventure tour, where 600 giraffes, gazelles, zebras, and other Serengeti animals interact freely.