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Labor Day weekend is the unofficial end of summer, with many of us heading back into school schedules and fall routines. If you're like my family, you may dream of one last weekend getaway or family vacation -- and then end up doing back-to-school shopping or house projects because nothing else got planned.
Planning Labor Day fun doesn't have to be complicated or pricey. If you're looking for easy ideas to make your holiday weekend exciting, relaxing, or the perfect way to say goodbye to summer, try these tips for what to do and where to go this Labor Day weekend.
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See a City in 24 Hours
Challenge yourselves to drive to a nearby city and plan the ultimate 24-hour itinerary. When our family makes a quick trip to a new town, we usually breeze by a few well-known attractions, walk around the historic or downtown areas, find a local place for dinner, and then rest up before hitting the zoo or a museum the next day.
Not sure where to start? Try picking a theme for the visit -- walking tours, food tours, museums, etc. -- and make a schedule that matches. Stay in a high-rise hotel to get a perfect view of your destination or find an AirBnb in a historic area (bonus points if it has a pool).
Relax at a Resort
Treat your family to an indulgent weekend at a resort that fits within your budget and schedule. Exotic destinations like Hawaii or Mexico are a dream, but you can also find amazing resorts in the continental U.S. with no planes or passports required.
Enjoy an indoor water park with no weather worries by staying at Anaheim's Great Wolf Lodge. With dining options throughout the resort, you can hide your car keys and settle in with everything you need for the whole weekend. If palm trees and ocean waves are more your style, then try Terranea, a family-friendly luxury resort about an hour south of Los Angeles.
Plan an Outdoor Adventure
Looking for a way to connect with tweens and teens over the holiday weekend? Go outdoors and find adventure! Kayaking, tubing, and caving have been popular activities with my boys. (You can combine two of those activities in one trip by cave kayaking in the Channel Islands.)
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Retreat to a Cabin
If you're looking to get out into nature with a low-key, affordable option, reserve a cabin at a nearby state park. I love cabins as no-brainer weekend getaways -- I don't have to worry about paying for parking, finding sleeping bags, or listening to noisy hotel guests. This is an especially good option for parents with young kids who need a slow weekend before diving into a busy school year.
Try a historic beach cabin at Crystal Cove State Park, or drive north and stay among the sequoias at Calavera Big Trees State Park. You can plan easy walks through nature or just bring books and board games and let everyone relax in a quiet setting.
Labor Day fun doesn't have to be complicated. If you're looking for easy ideas to make your Labor Day weekend exciting, relaxing, or a perfect way to say goodbye to summer, try these great ideas!
Plan a Family Beach Bash
There's no better way to bid summer farewell than a celebration at the beach. If your family already visits the shore each weekend, shake things up by trying a new beach away from your usual spots. If you've tried everything along the nearby coast, visit a lake beach instead or hike to a pristine swimming hole.
Settle in for a fun day and go all out to create that summer party vibe -- beach balls, picnic food, and popsicles. Set the kids loose in the waves (keeping a cautious eye on them for safety, of course!). Then relax by the water, enjoy the scenery, and say goodbye to summer and hello to all the good things the next year will bring.
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