With the solstice behind us, we have officially made it to summer! If you’re an RVing parent, that probably means you’re ready to hit the road with your kiddos for the ultimate motorhome adventure. Today we’ve rounded up the top 5 places to take your little ones while they’re still young to fuel their imaginations and to serve as the trip they’ll remember for a lifetime.
Photography: Gilroy Gardens
Gilroy Gardens in Gilroy, California
Gilroy Gardens is an amusement park made for you and your family. It is California’s only horticultural theme park which features 21 rides, 27 attractions, 6 beautiful gardens, unbelievable Circus Trees and a thrilling waterpark. What sets Gilroy apart is their Saturday night campouts where your little ones can have an iconic “summer camp” vacation. This comes included with a campfire BBQ lunch, big screen movie and free popcorn (did someone say The Incredibles?), breakfast the next morning and admission to the theme park the following day! Campout tickets are $65.
Summer weekdays (online) $35
Summer weekdays (at gate) $58
Daily Parking $15
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The Wizarding World of Harry Potter World in Orlando, Florida
Do you have a little wizard among your household? If so, the magical theme park of Harry Potter World is not to be missed. Here, their dreams become reality as they board the Hogwarts Express, explore their way through the castle, find their wand (or rather the wand will pick the wizard) in Ollivanders, take flight on a Hippogriff and so much more. Parents, stop in Hog’s Head to grab an iconic Butterbeer and then head over to the Three Broomsticks for tasty British fare!
Rates vary on residency and package choices. Check here for your ticket price.
Photography: Boston Children’s Musem
Boston Children’s Museum
The Boston Children’s Museum is the second oldest museum in the world. Founded in 1913 by a ground of visionary educators, this 100+ year-old space is designed to influence, teach and spark a lifetime of love for education in children. The exhibits feature hands-on learning around science, culture, environmental awareness and the arts. They range from a Japanese House Gallery to Johnny’s Workbench, an intimate space where children use tools and hardware. Come be wowed by this amazing space dedicated to the children.
Adult and Children $17
Free under 12 months
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Cape Hatteras National Seashore in Outer Banks, North Carolina
Cape Hatteras National Seashore is one of the most kid friendly National Parks. The park protects 75 miles of the Outer Banks of North Carolina’s eastern coast. The ocean is perfect for swimming, fishing and surfing as endless miles of the warm beach extend itself for a young explorer to enjoy. The Wright Brothers National Memorial and England’s first American settlement are all here to experience as well. There is a bounty of wildlife and the park offers ranger nature tours for the young ones – they can even climb into the parks old lighthouse. It’s the beach vacation you always wanted for you and your kids.
RV Hookup Camping $28/night
Photography: Schlitterbahn Waterpark
Schlitterbahn Waterpark in Multiple Locations in Texas and Kansas
Schlitterbahn Waterpark is family-owned and operated and a must for those who love waterparks. From the thrill seekers to those who want to relax in the lazy river, there are over 51 attractions and rides at each park so there is truly something for everyone. The park has expanded and now features locations in Corpus Christi, Galveston, New Braunfels, South Padre Island and Kansas City.
Rates vary from park to park. Check here for your tickets.
Are you an RVer who’s looking for tips and tricks on how to manage kids while on the road? Check out our interview with Mali Mish on how she, her husband and three children manage full-time RV status.