Taking a vacation with kids can be tricky, especially when it comes to traveling. Flying can be stressful and expensive, and if you're anything like me, it may be your least favorite mode of transportation even without kids. Sometimes, half the fun and adventure of the vacation can be getting there! Road trips can be a great way to bond with your family, so we've rounded up a few awesome places that are less than a 10 hour drive from Philly. As an added bonus, you can travel to a few of these places by train, too!
Boston, MA- 310 miles (approx. 5 - 6 hours)
Boston is a great place to visit with kids, and not too long a drive! As an added bonus, you can find great things to do there using the Mommy Poppins Boston site. Check out Freedom Trail, The Public Garden, or check out a museum, like Boston Children's Museum.
Myrtle Beach, SC- 577 miles (approx. 9 hours)
Visiting the beach is always fun for the kids. Get a nice change of pace from the Jersey Shore, by visiting Myrtle Beach. Visit the Nascar Racing Speedway, take a pirate adventure tour, check out a water park, go on a zip-lining adventure, and more.
Williamsburg, VA- 298 miles (approx. 5 hours)
Williamsburg has it all, from history, to parks like Busch Gardens, and hiking, kayaking, biking, and more. There's something fun for everyone.
Cedar Point in Sandusky, OH- 479 miles (approx. 7 - 8 hours)
Deemed the roller coaster capital of the world, Cedar Point is a must-visit for any thrill-seekers. Cedar Point also features water rides, a dinosaur exhibit, and a water park.
Niagara Falls, NY- 415 miles (approx. 6 - 7 hours)
This is a must-see for kids and adults alike! Take a ferry boat right into the action or walk right up on a Cave of the Winds Tour. Check out nearby attractions in Buffalo, or, if you have passports, head over the border to Canada.
Adirondack Mountains, NY- 357 miles (approx. 6 hours)
This is a great vacation year-round. In the Adirondacks you can go swimming in summer, see the leaves in fall, and go skiing in winter. Take a look at our awesome list of things to do in Lake George for more ideas!
Cape Cod, MA- 348 miles (approx. 6 hours)
Cape Cod is so much more than just a beach, with so many things to do, the whole family will be entertained. Ride along gorgeous bike paths, go on a whale watching cruise, and visit Woods Hole Science Aquarium (for free!). For more great activities near Cape Cod, check out our guide.
Portland, ME- 408 miles (approx. 7 hours)
Portland, Maine offers a plethora of fun activities for the whole family. Visit the observatory, take a horse drawn carriage ride through the downtown area, or take a ferry ride.
Assateague Island, MD / Chincoteague Island, VA- 152 miles and 188 miles, respectively (approx. 3 - 4 hours)
Assateague Island is a great place to take a vacation if you and your family love the outdoors. You'll see all kinds of wildlife on this trip, including wild horses! We've grouped this one together with Chincoteague Island because they've both got great beaches and wildlife. Check out the pony swim on July 27th on Chincoteague Island for a really unique experience.
Virgina Beach, VA- 276 miles (approx. 5 - 6 hours)
Boardwalk, sand, fishing, an aquarium, and a few other great museums-- Virginia Beach is a great spot to vacation with kids. Looking for other great places to explore nearby? Check out our Virginia road trip round-up for more fun ideas.
Photo courtesy of Allyson Noel of Mommy Poppins.