There are times when everyone fancies a change from regular family days out, visiting relatives, going to the movies, heading for the nearest mall. However, for those who have endured a punishing week of work, parenting or both it might seem like a mountain to climb to organize a day out for the family as well. It’s especially difficult when all you want to do is put your feet up, switch on the TV or grab the nearest tablet, and allow your brain the downtime it deserves. There are alternatives to regular family days out that could drag you away from a weekend of couch occupation, though.
Believe it or not, a road trip does not have to be a grand life-changing affair that takes days out of your life. Don’t trust the Hollywood predilection for road trip movies involving never-ending stretches of road and inevitable breakdowns in the desert! Everyone knows Route 66 is a bucket-list road trip but is there any harm in taking a journey down Vermont’s Route 100 or finding out what US Route 1 in Connecticut has to offer? Just get in the car and drive.
The Overlooked Museum
So many towns and cities have one of these. The overlooked museum may not contain treasure from ancient Egypt or samurai armor, but it will have curio’s that will intrigue and possibly even entertain or delight. National museums may have all the glamour and attention, but how can someone not be impressed by a gallery featuring works by Botticelli, Monet, and Renoir? The Clark in Williamstown, MA has them. Or how about a museum collection that includes art by Picasso, Max Ernst, and Georgia O’Keeffe? Try the Phoenix Art Museum in Arizona if those artists pique your interest. Even patronizing your local heritage museum could become part of a great day out.
The Big Game
There’s no real excuse not to take the family to the big game – even if your favorite team is suffering from a losing streak! There are so many options available in so many sports and it isn’t difficult to make a day out of this option. The Internet makes it simple to find trustworthy places to buy sports tickets and the revelry of the crowd will easily lift your spirits and make you glad you escaped the confines of the TV room. You could even indulge in a tailgate party and try local snacks and sandwiches from the back of a vehicle.
The Great Outdoors
This differs from the road trip as there should be a specific destination in mind. There is plenty on offer to satisfy fans of every landscape type. Forests are always a popular choice: The trip there can throw up some pretty spectacular vistas, and if you pack a hamper there is the opportunity to extend the day out without worrying about hunger pangs. What can beat driving through a leafy forest to reach a magnificently still lake? It doesn’t matter if you’re in California, Florida, Colorado or Georgia – there are 155 United States National Forests to choose from!