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...]

North Point Lighthouse

2650 N. Wahl Ave. Milwaukee, WI The North Point Lighthouse, standing since 1855, is a fixture in scenic Milwaukee, WI. Better yet for traveling families, it's located adjacent to a great park for kids! Says Kara (AKA Vacation Gals' ColoradoGal), "After snapping a photo of both families in front of the lighthouse, we explored a bit: (Double the Adventure's)Sharlene's husband actually pointed … [Read more...]

The Children’s Museum, Seattle

305 Harrison Street Seattle, WA Visiting Seattle or Vancouver on a family vacation this summer? The Children's Museum, Seattle is a wonderful pit stop which will keep your children entertained for hours! Located on the same campus as the Space Needle, it's simple to access off I-5 and can be added easily to a kid-friendly Seattle sight-seeing itinerary. Eleven (11) exhibits stretch … [Read more...]

Cady Cheese Factory

126 State Road 128 Wilson, WI Quick: what's the first thing you think of when I say 'Wisconsin'? If you said 'cheese' and have plans to drive down I-94, then you're in luck! Make a pit stop at The Cady Cheese Shop and Factory to samples of over 20 varieties and flavors of real Wisconsin longhorn cheese, shop in their store, and learn about how cheese is made. Located a stone's throw of I-94, … [Read more...]

Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve

15101 Lancaster Road Lancaster, CA Think you can't find rolling hills and wildflower habitats right outside of Los Angeles? Think again! If your southern California family vacation takes you down I-5 (especially from February to May, when the wildflower blooms are most vibrant), the detour to the Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve, part of the California State Park system, is worth the … [Read more...]

On the Rise Bakery

Bridge St & Esplanade Richmond, VT Sometimes, you just want to have your cake and eat it too! And if your family vacation takes you through scenic Richmond, Vermont, On The Rise Bakery offers just that...literally. A wonderful place to stop for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, On The Rise is more than just a quaint eatery; it's kid-heaven. Located adjacent to a park, kids can burn off energy … [Read more...]

Hormel SPAM Museum

1101 N. Main St. Austin, MN If you've ever wondered what exactly is in that famous mystery meat, and you happen to find yourself driving along I-90 through Minnesota, you simply have to stop with your family at Hormel's SPAM Museum in Austin. Opened in 2002 and located directly across the street from Hormel's main meat plant, the 16,500 square foot museum is housed in its own custom … [Read more...]

Whale Watching in Crescent City, CA

1001 Front Street Crescent City, CA Crescent City, CA has long been a favorite location for whale watching year-round, but the best time to get a glimpse of a gentle giant or two is in May! If you find yourself traveling along scenic Highway 101 this spring, it's well worth a pit stop on your family vacation! Check in at the Cultural Center (1001 Front Street) first in order to see if any … [Read more...]

Indian Grinding Rock State Historic Park

14881 Pine Grove-Volcano Road Pine Grove, CA Indian Grinding Rock State Historic Park makes for an excellent family road trip pit stop while you're exploring California's Gold Country. Located in the Sierra Nevada foothills eight miles east of Jackson, the park offers not only a great outcropping of marbleized limestone with some 1,185 mortar holes, but the Chaw'se Regional Indian Museum, … [Read more...]

Wheeler Historic Farm

6351 South 900 East Salt Lake City, UT Traveling this spring or summer? What better way to take a break from summer vacation family fun (ie, the long drives!) than to run around a real farm? The Wheeler Historic Farm, listed on the National Register of Historical Places and commanding 75 acres, is the ideal place to stop and play while driving through Salt Lake City and the surrounding … [Read more...]