So, how do you pick a perfect day trip for your family? Here a few tips that my family has used during our foray into all things (local) travel.
Consider the children. If there are topics of discussion you haven’t had with your kids yet (because you aren’t sure how to go about it), find a museum that will open the floodgates. The Legacy Museum in Montgomery is a great example of such a place, as it introduces our kids to the history of race relations in the state of Alabama and the U.S.
Grow the family’s intellect. Knowledge inevitably leads to confidence, conversation, and the hunger for more knowledge. Think about a topic or event that your family wants to learn more about. The U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville gives an amusement park feel while showcasing America’s space history – right down to detailed explanations of each individual planet in space at its Planetarium.
Experience more community. A sense of community always makes us feel good. We see the same people, grow to know them personally, and adjust to sameness in a routine. Day tripping to another city within your state can grow this sense of community. It can be as simple as enjoying a day in the life of its residents. Visit these places early in the day, try out local restaurants for meals, and work your way through farmer’s markets, parks, and landmark locations that make the location unique. Oak Mountain State Park in Pelham provides a great sense of community. You can enjoy golfing, archery, horseback riding, and walking trails – and plenty of activities that will make you feel like a local. You’ll also have plenty to talk about on the way home.
115 Coosa Street
Montgomery, AL 36104
U.S. Space and Rocket Center
1 Tranquility Base
Huntsville, AL 35805
Oak Mountain State Park
1100 Terrace Drive
Pelham, AL 35124