Ultimate family vacation in Pittsburgh for the younger set

If you have toddlers and preschoolers who love Daniel Tiger and visiting kid-friendly attractions like children's museums, consider an easy-to-plan summer getaway to Pittsburgh. How to plan a vacation in Pittsburgh: If you're not sure where to start in the planning process, or aren't familiar with this kid-friendly city, Visitpittsburgh.com/Kidsburgh is your one-stop destination to book your … [Read more...]

Gettysburg with kids: where to eat and tour in town

The heart of the Gettysburg experience is undoubtedly the National Military Park battlefield sites. However, Gettysburg with kids isn’t complete without spending time in and around town. Because Gettysburg in 1863 was much smaller than the Gettysburg of today, what is now town space featuring motels and restaurants was once farmland and battlefield. Throughout the town, houses sport plagues and … [Read more...]

Gettysburg National Military Park with kids: how to plan your trip

Gettysburg is a sobering, powerful, amazing, and vast destination, and definitely worthy of a trip with kids. We recommend dedicating at least 1.5 days to the Gettysburg National Military Park with kids, plus another for attractions in town. We always preach researching destinations ahead of time, and this advice goes double for Gettysburg: kids who have been given some background information … [Read more...]

Valley Forge National Historic Park

After three days sightseeing in Philadelphia, I have to admit that I didn’t think Valley Forge could possibly compare. In fact, we nearly skipped this stop en route to Gettysburg, PA. We were so glad to stayed the course! We ended up spending almost three hours at Valley Forge, and could have used more time. The way this national historic park is set up, visitors start at the Visitor’s Center, … [Read more...]

Where to eat with kids in Philly

Philadelphia is a lively, exciting city with a vibrant night life and food scene. Sometimes, a foodie city doesn’t translate to good eating with kids, but Philly is the exception. The fun, flavorful, and sometimes funky eateries adults rave about in the city are often kid-friendly, too. Here’s where we like to eat with kids in Philly. City Tavern: This historical tavern serves food from the … [Read more...]

Philly with kids: how to plan for a two-day historical itinerary

  Philadelphia has so much history in their many museums, exhibits, and attractions, families could easily be here 3-4 days. We only had two, so we had to make some tough decisions. We did manage to tour all the following Old City attractions in Philadelphia over the course of a day and a half, plus visited the Philadelphia Museum of Art and enjoyed some good eats Independence … [Read more...]

The Choo Choo Barn

226 Gap Road Strasburg, PA Do you have a train-crazy kid in your family? Planning a family vacation or road trip through Pennsylvania Dutch country? You'll want to stop at the Choo Choo Barn, a 1,700 square foot train-lover's dream featuring over 150 hand-built animated figures and vehicles and 22 operating trains! Mara Gorman of Mother of all Trips, says of the Choo Choo Barn: "I knew it was … [Read more...]

Sideling Hill Service Plaza

Taylor, PA The Sideling Hill Service Plaza is one of 18 on the Pennsylvania Turnpike, but only one of two hosting a farmer's market of locally grown fruits and vegetables (the other one is located in Allentown). Says Mara of The Mother of all Trips, We pulled off at the Sideling Hill Service Area on the Pennsylvania Turnpike in between Harrisburg and Altoona to discover that it is a lovely … [Read more...]