If you’re a newer reader of my blog, you may not know that I homeschooled my oldest son, now 17, from preschool through 6th grade. Going on field trips in our area, including Delaware and New Jersey was one of our favorite activities. When our family grew very quickly in about 5 years, I continued to take the kids on day trips, especially during the summer. I do admit to sticking closer to home and avoiding more stressful trips like going to the beach. It was enough to keep track of 4 little ones especially when I had to deal with one or two being in cloth diapers.
When this summer arrived, I knew we were finally in the season of day trips and possibly over night trips. My youngest son is 5, and much better at keeping up with his oldest siblings without too much trouble or tears. Since we have a big family, 5 kids, our trips need to be frugal by necessity. I invested in a number of museum memberships this year with several offering reciprocal or reduced admission. If we can go to each museum at least twice in a year’s time, we’ll save on admission.
Tri-State Area Day Trip Ideas from Other Bloggers
This week I shared 15 day trip ideas from my fellow Philly Social Media Mom bloggers. Come back next week for 15 more family trip ideas.
My Family’s 3 Favorite Delaware Valley Family Trips
Now it’s my turn to share 3 favorite trips. I wish I had room to share more because there are so many great spots to visit in our area.
Tyler Arboretum in Media, PA has been a family favorite for a long time! I sent my oldest son to their summer camp when he was about 7 or 8. We’ve been to some of their workshops, not to mention the Butterfly House, the Treehouses, and the Fairy Festival.
A family membership to Tyler Arboretum is $75, and includes reciprocal privileges to hundreds of national arboreta and public gardens, including Winterthur in Delaware.
Hildacy Farm Preserve, part of the Natural Lands Trust, is definitely a hidden gem in Delaware County, PA. Located across the street from the reservoir, the Preserve is host to variety of habitats including a meadow, creeks, wetland, and woods. The 3.5 miles of trails are open for free to the public. A birding checklist for Hildacy is available for aspiring birders.
My family and I have spent lots of time at the Scott Arboretum at Swarthmore College over the years. The campus paths are stroller-friendly, while the trails in the woods around the college are an easy hike for younger kids. I
If I have an itch to walk and don’t want to go too far, the college is a great place to go. We start off at the train station, make our way up the main path, visit the giant swing, and of course head up to the giant white Adirondack chair.