Looking for some one-day trips in the Philadelphia area and nearby New Jersey and Delaware? You’ve come to the right place! I’ve rounded up a ton of trip ideas from my Philly Social Media moms, complete with their best advice for each travel spot.
Come back on Wednesday for 5 more day trip ideas and tips.
visiting Knoebel’s with a child with special needs + where to find coupons and discounts – A Day in Our Shoes
One of my favorite places to visit is Knoebel’s in Elysburg, PA. I have been going there ever since I was a toddler, and my (now deceased) grandmother even went there as a child. It’s that kind of place. Even though it’s a 2+ hour trek for us now, we make sure we get there every summer.
I find it to be very disability friendly. It’s very low cost compared to other parks, as there is NO admission fee. That’s right! None! So if you go as an adult/parent/chaperone and you don’t want to ride anything, you don’t pay anything. Parking is also free. ~ Lisa
All in all, it was a very stress free place to visit. I wouldn’t hesitate to visit again. I wouldn’t expect any unforeseen disasters. If your child has a lot of trouble processing lots of visuals with competing sounds, I would keep them out of the main exhibit area of the NCC. But there are plenty of benches around and other things to do, so you & a spouse could take turns going in to see it, because it is definitely worth seeing.
I was a bit reluctant to go because I thought that the content might be a bit too mature for my kids, and yeah, overall, it is. I mean, my 2-year-old couldn’t even say Constitution Center (though hubby & I laughed & laughed as he tried!) let alone learn what it’s all about. But they enjoyed the mascots, the displays, the dioramas and just the fun of the hustle & bustle of being in the city. And hopefully it will give them a reference point for the future, for when they visit with schools and can comprehend the material. ~ Lisa
Our first stop was in the Trackside Cafe for some burgers and fries before the kids tested out the Cranky Cars. Hayley just jumped onto her Cranky Car and away she went before we even had a chance to tell her how to do it!! The kids had a blast going round and round that we almost missed our train!!
When we boarded the train, Hayley and Derek were so excited, they couldn’t wait for our adventure!! We decided to sit in the open air car. The seats are so cool and comfy, you can flip the back of the seat so your family can sit across from/facing one another. ~ Sarah
Knowing what to expect at a venue is half the battle. As long as I can prepare appropriately, it makes the day much less stressful…[Coverdale Farm is] very close to my home, only took us 15-20 minutes to get there. We had packed a lunch as suggested on the website. They do not have food for purchase there. They have several picnic tables in shaded areas and I didn’t find that the bugs were bad or anything. We arrived, went to the tables and ate our lunch. The Farm Fun Day was scheduled to start at noon. ~ Lisa
Rob and I took the kids the The Crayola Experience in Easton, Pennsylvania. Both Hayley and Derek are very into arts and crafts and I thought this would be a good day trip during the midst of the summer heat. The ride from Philly was about an hour and a half and pretty direct. From the moment we walked into the Crayola Experience the kids were so excited and dancing!
The Crayola Experience is filled with interactive activities for your little ones. Although my youngest is only 22 months, she had a blast and my 4 year old could have stayed all day if we weren’t so hungry by 3pm!! ~ Sarah
Family-Friendly Day Trips in Pennsylvania and Delaware
Last Week’s Philadelphia-area day trip posts:
Day One: Hawk Mountain, Historic Philadelphia, Lancaster, Ocean City, Avalon’s Golden Inn
Day Two: Sesame Place, Wildwood’s Morey’s Pier, PA Dutch Country, NJ State Museum, Philadelphia Zoo
Day Three: Tabora Farm, The National Aquarium, Longwood Gardens, Paradise Fishing Preserve, and Dutch Wonderland
Come back on Wednesday for more Philly-style day trips.