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Labor Day week­end is that amaz­ing time of the year when you can com­fort­ably enjoy out­door activ­i­ties but total­ly dec­o­rate for Fall! And I am so here for both! As I resist­ed the urge to start bak­ing the first of many batch­es of pump­kin cook­ies, I cre­at­ed a list of fam­i­ly vaca­tion ideas to enjoy dur­ing Labor Day week­end while the weath­er is still incredible. 

 

Bonus: All these loca­tion ideas are out­doors so no need to wor­ry about safety!

 

 

 

 

Discover a New Beach

 

 

 

Now is not the time to plan your nor­mal beach vaca­tion that involves 1200 peo­ple in a 20 square foot radius. But, there are some great seclud­ed beach­es that are call­ing your name like;

  • Assateague Island- East coast­ers can avoid big crowds at Assateague Island in Mary­land. It’s the per­fect week­end get­away. As a nature sanc­tu­ary, you’ll see many wild hors­es roam­ing free. 
  • South Man­i­tou Island- Instead of an ocean trip, what about a beau­ti­ful lake? Check out South Man­i­tou Island in Michi­gan — only acces­si­ble by fer­ry. Light­hous­es, pri­va­cy, beach­es. It’s the per­fect altered vaca­tion spot. 
  • Kel­ly’s Island- Not far from San­dusky, OH is Kel­ly’s Island. Also acces­si­ble only by fer­ry, the island has a quaint, adorable small-town feel with plen­ty of out­door, social­ly dis­tant activ­i­ties to do. Leave your car behind and explore on a moped or a golf cart. 
  • Caro­va Beach- With a lack of paved roads, Caro­va Beach in North Car­oli­na is a relax­ing, qui­et beach that offers tons of privacy. 
  • Ori­ent Beach State Park- In North Fork in Suf­folk Coun­ty, New York, you can leave the crowds behind and enjoy bik­ing, kayak­ing, or a fam­i­ly cook­out right on the beach.
  • Enderts Beach- If you’re will­ing to hike to Enderts Beach in Cal­i­for­nia, a coast­line cov­ered in sand and wild-flow­ers pro­vide the per­fect atmos­phere for a pri­vate day on the beach. 
  • Roque Bluffs- Maine pro­vides beau­ti­ful land­scapes, amaz­ing seafood, and a great des­ti­na­tion for a beach get­away. Roque Bluffs gives enough room to spread out and enjoy the bay or the ocean at your leisure. 

 

 

Rent a Boat

 

 

 

Think about it. It’s late sum­mer, it’s hot, every­one wants to be around water. Rent a boat! It’s the ulti­mate seclu­sion keep­ing your fam­i­ly away from those annoy­ing teenagers that refuse to wear a mask but still man­age to get in your bub­ble space (Bit­ter! Par­ty of one!). A few things to con­sid­er before pack­ing up and head­ing to the lake:

  • Check your state laws on licens­ing. Some ask for a dri­ver’s license, how­ev­er, oth­ers are more strict and require a boat­ing license.
  • Con­sid­er age require­ments. There are age require­ments for chil­dren depend­ing on the boat you’re rent­ing. This can be man­dat­ed by the rental com­pa­ny and state law. For exam­ple; some states require that a child be no younger than 3 months on a boat and 3 years on a watercraft.
  • Bring a giant cool­er and food! Con­sid­er you’ll be on the boat for sev­er­al hours with­out access to any­thing but water and sun. You can’t bring too much water or too much food. 
  • Don’t for­get music. You won’t regret bring­ing a device to play music for your day on the lake… Even if it is the Frozen sound­track. Have you lis­tened to Frozen II? It’s not bad real­ly. I need to get out more. 
  • Buy your own life-jack­et. Most rental com­pa­nies pro­vide life-jack­ets and are san­i­tiz­ing them between cus­tomers, how­ev­er, you can pick up a rel­a­tive­ly inex­pen­sive life-jack­et for your kid so you don’t have to wor­ry about the fit or germs. 

 

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Visit a Farm

 

 

 

Of course, this would be the year that my kid is FINALLY old enough to enjoy a zoo. I just can’t bring myself to risk the crowds. But there is anoth­er option — farms! There are so many that allow vis­i­tors and kids to get up close and per­son­al with the animals. 

And let’s be hon­est, Fall is basi­cal­ly here. That means corn mazes, hay bale rides, pump­kin patch­es, apple pick­ing… Farms are one of the most fes­tive and fun places to vis­it whether you have kids or just want a date night. Just sayin…

If you’re wor­ried about germs, check out their online reviews or their web­site to see what pre­cau­tions they are tak­ing. Or call and ask direct­ly. Safe­ty first.

 

 

Explore the Botanical Gardens

 

I am with­in 3 miles of a botan­i­cal gar­den and did­n’t explore it until 2 weeks ago. Shame­ful, I know. Since then, I’ve been 3 times! If you haven’t tak­en the kids yet, start plan­ning. It’s a great option when try­ing to social­ly distance. 

 

 

 

 

Want to make a spe­cial trip of it? There are incred­i­ble botan­i­cal gar­dens all over the US. 

  • Lewis Gin­ter Botan­i­cal Gar­dens- From the chil­dren’s gar­den to the domed Con­ser­va­to­ry, the Lewis Gin­ter Botan­i­cal Gar­den in Rich­mond, Vir­ginia is worth the vis­it. Mean­der through 50-acres of beauty. 
  • Long­wood Gar­dens- Locat­ed in Ken­nett Square, PA, Long­wood Gar­dens should­n’t be missed. A beau­ti­ful water lily dis­play sur­round­ed by four and a half acres of indoor gar­dens. Now is a great time as the foun­tains were just com­plet­ed from a $90 mil­lion renovation.
  • Desert Botan­i­cal Gar­den- Most of us don’t think ‘desert’ when the word gar­den is men­tioned, but Desert Botan­i­cal Gar­den in Phoenix, AZ changes that. 50,000 plants across 140 acres prove that the desert is breath­tak­ing too.
  • Port­land Japan­ese Gar­den- A strolling pond, tea gar­den, sand and stone gar­den, flat gar­den, and nat­ur­al gar­den cre­ate a serene Japan­ese inspired atmos­phere con­sid­ered sec­ond to only Japan itself. 
  • Mis­souri Botan­i­cal Gar­den- Fea­tur­ing one of the world’s largest col­lec­tions of rare orchids, this 79-acre gar­den has so much to offer includ­ing an indoor rain­for­est for the ulti­mate escape. 

 

 

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Think Outside the Box

 

 

things to do with kids for the labor day weekend

They’re lucky they’re so cute © Sarah Loughry

 

 

Don’t wor­ry. You’re not alone. I’m going insane too. And that moth­er over there? She’s one kid tantrum away from com­plete­ly los­ing her mind. I think the keys to get­ting through all of this is to give our­selves grace know­ing that being on edge is okay, rely­ing on each oth­er because we’re a glob­al vil­lage, and think­ing out­side the box. 

With that said, it’s time to start plan­ning for a nice long week­end with fam­i­ly. The last big hol­i­day with beau­ti­ful weath­er — I think we all need to take advantage.

 

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Plan the perfect trip from anywhere in the country to these destinations away from crowds! Enjoy your weekend in a beautiful outdoor setting with your kids during the Labor Day weekend. Something for every kind of family! #familytravelideas #familytraveldestinations #labordaytrips #familyweekendideas #familytraveltips