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5 Grand Cavern Rd, Grottoes, VA 24441
Are you ready for one of the oldest shown caves in the country or the world? The Grand Caverns in Grottoes, Virginia is a perfect set of caves in my opinion. Not only are they reasonably priced and accompanied by a nice gift shop, but they're a pretty easy walk (Even Amazing Andrea at age 4 managed the 70 minute walk), and they're filled with hundreds of cool structures. No other cave I've been in yet has so many structures in so few steps!
The tour guides are knowledgeable and fun, and there is just so much to see. There might be bigger, longer, or deeper caves, but this one seems about perfect to us!
It's hard to do Washington D.C. justice in less than a couple days. Still, we tried to pack in what we could in one afternoon. We actually went on Christmas Eve, and the crowds weren't too bad!
We started at The Smithsonian Museum of Natural History, then toured the National Mall, taking pictures of several monuments. There are dozens of smaller monuments and statues that we couldn't get to, as well as several monuments across the river or in other nearby areas that we couldn't reach.
Check out what we got to!
8500 Penzance Blvd, Fort Myers, FL 33912
Love getting outside? Like farmers markets and fresh produce? Like seasonal events?
Southern Fresh Farms in Fort Myers is the place for you!
Take the kids out to feed the farm animals, tour the farm, feed the fish and turtles, and explore this working farm! They have food trucks, musical events, and even pavilions you can rent for private functions. Plus, they just opened a microbrewery!
This is a great trip for an hour or so with the kids, and it's FREE! Even feeding the animals is an affordable $1.
Check this one out!
1660 S Franklin Lock Rd, Alva, FL 33920
Like water? Like boats? Like fishing?
Check out the WP Franklin Locks & Dam in Alva, Florida! You can see boats come and go, maybe catch sight of a manatee, cast a line or two...
Besides the obvious dam and locks, this location comes loaded with features:
2000 Cranford Ave, Fort Myers, FL 33916
Love hands-on museums? Love History & Science? Put all that together and you've got this little spot in Fort Myers, Florida!
Check out the touch tank, play with the Google Earth Wall, be a Stormcaster! There are a lot of options here, and they also have traveling exhibits, like the 50 year Apollo program science exhibit that was available when we visited!
This one is great for kids and adults.
2500 SE 24th St, Cape Coral, FL 33990
Like Nature Walks? Love being near the river? The Four Mile Ecological Preserve in Cape Coral, Florida is a great place for you!
It's a hidden treasure right off the Caloosahatchee in the Fort Myers area. It's almost an immediate exit off the bridge in Cape Coral. It's free to visit, although you might need to pay that $2 bridge toll, depending on which way you come in.
It has a finished boardwalk trail for most of its length, with two piers or docks to look out from. With over 300 acres of preserve, you never know what kind of animals, especially aquatic creatures or birds you may see.
Does this look like the trip for you?
5401 Bay Shore Rd, Sarasota, FL 34243
So you have a love of art? You like beautiful gardens and grounds to explore? Definitely check out the Ringling Museum if you're in SW Florida!
On Mondays, you can take in the Art Museum for FREE! Other days, you can walk the grounds and gardens for FREE! And, you can always tour the Ca' d'Zan home and the Circus Museums if you buy tickets.
The only other thing we've seen in Florida that compares is Vizcaya in the Miami area. This is great, but for different reasons. Here, you can get that art museum!
Mackinac Island, MI
Want a Five Minute Field Trip that can keep your family busy for a few days? This might be it!
To get to Mackinac Island, Michigan, you need to take a ferry ride. Check for coupons and deals, and buy tickets online to save!
Once you're there, you can do a LOT of walking and hiking, or look into horse taxis, horse carriage tours, rental bikes, and a lot of options to get around.
When you're there:
Plus, this all requires a great boat ride back and forth, which may include a quick tour of the Mackinac Bridge!
This is more expensive than most of our trips, but if you pack some snacks and only visit outside most of the locations, it can still be reasonably priced!
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42 03-12 #426-002, Mackinaw City, MI 49701
Like traditional living and American History? Like to learn about the French & Indian War or British life in early America? This is a great place to visit!
For Michilimackinac is a wooden palisade fort at the Straits of Mackinac. With people portraying life in colonial Michigan, this is an interesting visit for sure. It's also right next to the Mackinac Bridge, making it a pretty scenic location!
If you're doing the Mackinaw City area, this is a great stop, and then you can hit the island on another day!
Five Minute Field Trips
Learn about all sorts of cool places to visit alone or with your family. We look for inexpensive but fun places to visit. Being an educational spot is always a plus!