These Spring Time Day Trips Offer Family Fun Near the Main Line

Hershey Park

Drive time: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Opening for the season on March 29, just in time for the end of spring break, Hershey Park is an experience that offers something for both kids and adults. From roller coasters and a boardwalk to chocolate-making tours and more, there’s plenty of fun for the whole family. With a new coaster opening this year and savings if you purchase tickets before March 17, why wait to plan this spring break day trip any longer?


Drive time: 2 hours

Though Gettysburg might be a little far for a spring break day trip with young children, it’s a fantastic journey through scenic countryside for families with teenagers interested in history or photography. Take either a guided or self-guided tour through the National Military Park, and don’t forget the museum bursting artifacts and antiques. The Culp’s Hill watchtower is a hidden gem offering panoramic views of the surrounding landscape and a bird’s-eye view of America’s most popular small town below.

Cape May Point State Park

Drive time: 2 hours

It’s never too cold to go to Cape May when you’re not going to the beach. In fact, early spring is the best time to take a hike through one of New Jersey’s best-kept secrets. Hidden behind the sand dunes of the cape, Cape May Point State Park is perhaps the best place to view migratory birds anywhere in the northeast. As the succession of birds fly north, they encounter the natural obstacle of Delaware Bay, making this luscious state park an easy resting place. National Geographic calls it a “bird funnel,” as it brings in colorful songbirds during their seasonal journeys.

Mount Minsi via Appalachian Trail

Drive Time: 2 hours, 10 minutes

Ranked Pennsylvania’s top hike by AllTrails, Mount Minsi via Appalachian Trail is a gorgeous route overlooking the Delaware Water Gap in the northeastern part of the state. This loop is notable for wildlife, scenic views and welcome atmosphere for furry friends. However, due to its 4.8-mile length, it may not be perfect for young children. That being said, despite its length, it isn’t all that difficult of a hike. With plenty of small waterfalls and lookouts on the route back, it’s a perfect trek for bringing a picnic and enjoying the picturesque vistas of beautiful Pennsylvania.

Harper’s Ferry

Drive time: 2 hours, 45 minutes

One of America’s most picturesque towns, this quaint corner of West Virginia is not only strikingly beautiful, but steeped in American history. Founded in 1733, it’s home to only 285 people, but sees enough tourism to turn the village into a Swiss alpine wonderland. Enjoy fine dining, hiking throughout Harper’s Ferry National Park and meticulously preserved history around the old town where John Brown conducted his famous 1859 raid.

Longwood Gardens

Drive time: 1 hour

Longwood Gardens is a botanical garden that consists of over 1,077 acres of gardens, woodlands, and meadows in Kennett Square, in the Brandywine Creek Valley.  A place to see dazzling displays that elevate the art of horticulture and a place to enjoy performances that inspire. As one of the world’s great gardens, their mission extends from renowned education programs and cultural experiences to horticulture research, environmental stewardship, and community engagement.

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