Between chores at home, lessons at school, and deadlines at work, our family can be overwhelmed with all the hustle and bustle of busy modern life. From Monday to Friday, all we do is grind ourselves to the demands of work and school life. We do have salvation though and that is when weekend approaches. We get to find balance, relax and just let our mind be free from stress. And the best way to spend a weekend is a getaway.
According to statistics, around 40 percent of American families went on multiple weekend trips throughout 2018. Weekend trips are a great way to break the stressful cycle of work and enrich family bonding. To help you get started on your weekend trip checklist, here are three thrilling weekend excursions that are a sure fit for family trips.
Known as the city where the 47-day siege during the Civil War occurred, Vicksburg, Mississippi is a place to visit for a historical tour, exciting activities, and spooky spots. Stop over at the Vicksburg National Military Park to engage in some historical information and see the real sites of the tough battles.
Take a moment to appreciate the USS Cairo Museum for its exhibits on artifacts that were used in the civil-war era. Due to its history, the city is home to numerous haunted places. If you are the type of family who likes to get your hearts pounding you can explore and book a tour on some of its spooky locations. If ghost hunting is not your thing, there is an open park that can cater to your athletic side. Sports Force Parks offers a wide array of sports such as soccer, baseball, and even a 300-feet high zip line.
Gatlinburg, the gateway to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, is a city in Tennessee that is full of exciting activities, attractions, and nature. This mountain town is a wholesome destination that is perfect for the whole family. You will be mesmerized by its Appalachian culture atmosphere through its heritage, arts, and music. Ober is one fun park and ski area you want to visit because of its scenic view high above the mountain. Ride the Gatlinburg SkyLif to experience an overlook view of the Smoky Mountain at around 1,800-feet above. Visit Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies for some amazing start of the art facility and meet around 1000 exotic aquatic animals.
The city of Branson in Missouri is famous for its numerous entertainment theater in 76 Country Boulevard. But more than just that kind of fun, the city prides itself with a lot of activities that will make any family enjoy their stay. Branson has added a lot of things to do for their visitors, from outdoor fun to live entertainment anyone will be mesmerized and forgot how boredom feels. There are amazing rides for kids, retail therapy for mom’s shopping needs and some local wineries for dad’s pleasure. A theme park called Silver Dollar City is a recommendable place for your family to try as it has around six world-class festivals, 30 thrilling rides, around 40 live shows on a daily basis and 60 unique boutiques. For your nature needs, visit Table Rock Lake. The lake is perfect for family outdoor activities such as fishing, boating, and swimming.
These three locations are great for families because they are geared specifically towards families. That means that you will find lodging and restaurants that cater to families. There are even restaurants that will put on entertainment shows while you enjoy dinner. So, choose one of these great locations, pack your bags, and head out on the road.