Summer vacationing with the family is great fun! Sometimes keeping everyone amused, entertained and provide lasting memories can be a challenge. So, if you you’re looking for some exciting and different things to do while traveling in your RV, besides the usual camping / hiking activities, we compiled a list of unique opportunities and locales for your explorations.
Meadow Run in Pennsylvania’s Ohiopyle State Park. Love waterslides, but find standing in line for hours isn’t your idea of fun? Visit one of the best natural waterslides in the country. Its long corkscrew waterway dumps you into a shallow pool at the end. This park offers RV-friendly camping, a great weekend spot this summer.
Sliding Rock, at Pisgah National Forest, Brevard, NC. is another favorite. The wait may be longer but well worth it. Spend a night or more at the Mt. Pisgah Campground, enjoy the beautiful Blue Ridge Parkway, and neighboring city of Asheville, filled with plenty of great restaurants.
Weird and Wacky playgrounds
The City Museum, St. Louis, MO. Not your typical museum experience, it’s really eclectic mixture of children’s playground, funhouse, surrealistic pavilion, and architectural marvel made out of unique, found objects. This is the brainchild of internationally acclaimed artist Bob Cassilly. You never know what you’ll come across— maybe you’ll wind up in an airplane fuselage, a massive whale, or on a five-story slide. The St. Louis R.V. park is within walking distance of the museum.
Wibit Waterparks are popping up all over. They are a cross between an incredible Floating Water Playgrounds and obstacle course on modular inflatable tracks and equipment, like something you would find on a reality TV show. Find a location near you…
Asheville Helicopters, Asheville, NC. Experience mountains, waterfalls and views like you’ve never seen before. Prices starting at $59 per person, they have the perfect first timer rides for children and adults.
Navarre Water Sports, Navarre, FL. Located in the Santa Rosa County in the northwest Florida Panhandle, Helicopter over the Jaws Run for an awesome 20 mile flight into a military training area, following the coast to an 1800’s sunken ship which provides shelter for hundreds of sharks.
Then go enjoy Wibit Waterpark an exciting fun “Floating Water Playground” for the whole family.
Or for an incredible best birds-eye view of nature, try ziplining.
Blackwater River State Forest, Experience Florida’s timeless forest at flash-forward speeds: it’s a treetops tour as you cross high above spectacular creeks, soar over pristine forest and get a whole new perspective on the sunshine state. Choice of zip line lengths.
Refreshing Mountain, Lancaster, PA. A 5-star zipline experience, their zipline Asheville Helicopters tours are kid-friendly and safe for all ages.
Refreshing Mountain is the place for your next outing with lots of fun outdoor activities for kids and adults alike! Their retreat and adventure center is located on 80-acres of beautiful woodlands
Educational Tourist Spots
One World Trade Center, Manhattan, NYC. Visit the tallest building in the U.S., standing at the site of the former World Trade Center complex, which was destroyed during the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Wow your kids by hopping on an elevator that will take them to the 102nd floor of this 1,776-foot building in 60 seconds, then peer out over New York City from the observatory on the 100th floor. While there, visit the 9/11 Memorial Museum in the heart of the original World Trade Center site.
U.S. Space and Rocket Center, Huntsville, AL. The largest spaceflight museum in the world. Tour the center to see its collection of rockets and ride simulators that recreate the feeling of a rocket launch.
Salvation Mountain, Joshua Tree National Park, Niland, CA. Looking for a quirky RVer’s experience. Set up your home base at the park’s Cottonwood Creek Campground and explore some of the country’s most offbeat and intriguing folk art. Salvation Mountain (colorful and kitschy), the Noah Purifoy Outdoor Art Museum (a collection of found-object sculptures), and the Desert Christ Park (a strange collection of concrete Jesus statues) all available and are just as inspirational as they are interesting.
Calico Ghost Town, Calico, CA. There’s a lot of intrigue in this ghost town, the formerly a gold town. The abandoned buildings, the empty streets, the forgotten hopes and dreams of the people who lived there . . . with plenty of RV campsites close by.
Thurmond, WV. This coal town from the late 1800s went from several hundred residents to just 7 by the year 2000. Once a big stop on the Chesapeake & Ohio Railway, its depot has been turned into a museum, and the town is now part of the New River Gorge National River. Check out the restored train depot and museum, and enjoy great day river rafting nearby.
Walk This Way Summer Ghost Tours, Jim Thorpe, PA. Then stop by the Old Jail Museum for an escorted tour of the historic Old Jail’s hallways Cell 17 with its mysterious hand print on the wall the gallows on which seven accused coal miners known as Molly Maguires were hanged and the eerie dungeon solitary confinement cells.
Wildberry Products, Anchorage AK. They claim to have the biggest chocolate waterfall, 20 feet high and pumps out around 3,000 pounds of chocolate. It’s also located right near the Golden Nugget RV Campground just outside of Anchorage, making it a great stop on a trip through Alaska!
Jean Philippe Patisserie, Las Vegas NV. Located in the Bellagio promenade, the Guiness World Book of Records reports the tallest chocolate fountain at 27 feet tall and circulates 2,100 pounds of chocolate daily. The Bellagio has limited RV parking.
Coral Castle, Miami, FL. Prepare to be amazed! This strange castle was built single-handedly by a 100 lb German man, Ed Leedskalnin, who was spurned by his fiance’ just before the wedding day. He secretly, carved over 1,100 tons of coral rock. To this day, no one knows how Ed created the Coral Castle. Ed would only say that he knew “the secret of the pyramids.
Equally enchanting is the nearby Gold Coaster RV Resort, perfect for a stay in southern Florida.
Biltmore Estate, Asheville, NC. Sleep at and experience the glory of a Biltmore summer, at America’s largest home, when longer days mean more time to enjoy the fun-for-all-ages appeal of the estate and a host of leisurely pursuits. Delight in outdoor concerts, wine tastings at America’s most visited winery, and the opportunity to explore our 8,000-acre backyard via kayak, Segway, horseback, bike, Land Rover, and more.
Scotty’s Castle, CA/NV. Death Valley National Park is also home to a castle, well more of a Spanish-style mansion. Built by a rich guy named Albert Johnson for his best friend, Scotty, the two met when Scotty conned Johnson out of some money in a fake mining scheme! It’s close to the park’s awesome Mesquite Spring Campground, too.
Exciting National Parks
Yellowstone National Park, WY, MT, ID. Experience the natural wonders of the world’s first national park. An active volcano lies beneath Yellowstone; the park has more than 10,000 hydrothermal features such as mudpots, hot springs, and geysers, including the famous Old Faithful. There and over 300 waterfalls and an incredible array of wildlife: elk, moose, bison and grizzly bears, all in this 3,500-square-mile park that straddles Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho. In 2017, you can visit national park sites for free on select dates.
Grand Canyon National Park. The Grand Canyon should be on every family’s travel itinerary because it will make a big impression on both kids and adults. The awe-inspiring 277-mile long, 1-mile deep canyon carved by the Colorado River is one of the most popular national parks.
Create new adventures and fond memories with your family. Happy Traveling!
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