Celebrate the end of summer by squeezing in one last trip over Labor Day. You don’t have to go far! There are so many fantastic destinations within a four-hour drive away from the DMV.
It’s also easy to turn a nearby location into a long weekend by booking a hotel and tacking on a couple of other area attractions. Choose from these exciting family getaways below.
Cartoon Network Hotel | 2285 Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster, PA
Kids who are wild about the Powerpuff Girls, Ben 10, Steven Universe or Adventure Time will go wild for a stay at the Cartoon Network Hotel. The hotel features themed rooms, indoor and outdoor pools, a splash park, nightly outdoor cartoon screenings and more. Affiliated with Dutch Wonderland. Stay at the hotel and visit the park!
Dutch Wonderland | 2249 Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster, PA
Dutch Wonderland amusement park is ideal for kids not quite ready for big thrills. Ride a mini-train, bumper cars, a flume and many more not-so-scary attractions. Then, get up close and personal with animatronic dinosaurs on Exploration Island or cool off in the Duke’s Lagoon waterpark.
Hershey Park | 100 W. Hersheypark Drive, Hershey, PA
How can you go wrong with a theme park that is all about chocolate? Hershey Park is a sweet choice for a Labor Day getaway. The amusement park features more than 120 attractions ranging from mild to wild. Younger kids can enjoy a wide variety of mini rides while those who are more daring can ride upside-down roller coasters, experience thrilling drops and so much more.
Although Baltimore is less than an hour away from Washington, D.C., it’s an entirely different city with its own identity. Make a long weekend out of a visit and explore the Maryland Science Center, Port Discovery Children’s Museum, the National Aquarium, the Maryland Zoo and the Inner Harbor. Check out more great ideas for things to do in Baltimore here.
Head south to Richmond for a great getaway. Check out kid-friendly attractions including the Virginia Science Center, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden and the Children’s Museum of Richmond. Beautiful Maymont Farm allows kids to get up close and personal with chickens, pigs and horses.
As kids head back to school, be sure to make learning come alive! Williamsburg hosts the country’s largest living museum. Immerse yourself in colonial times by wandering Colonial Williamsburg’s streets to see an old fashioned apothecary, a blacksmith at work and experience other facets of 18th century life in Virginia. Check out nearby Jamestown and Yorktown for some variety over the long weekend.
Kingsmill Resort | 1010 Kingsmill Road, Williamsburg, VA
Kingsmill Resort is the perfect place to say goodbye to summer. Laze around in the lazy river, take a dip in one of the resort’s pools, or head out to the beautiful James River. The resort is hosting special events throughout the long weekend to send summer off in style.
The City of Brotherly Love has endless ways to spend the long weekend. Explore the Franklin Institute Science Museum and the Harry Potter Exhibition before it heads out of town for good. Younger children will love the Please Touch Children’s Museum. Then, head to Smith Memorial Playground & Playhouse to go down a wooden slide that is more than 100 years old and play the day away.
Luray Caverns | 101 Cave Hill Road, Luray, VA
The largest caves in the Eastern United States are an easy drive from the DC area. Experience another world and head underground to learn all about stalactites and stalagmites. After visiting Luray Caverns, go for a hike and explore the beauty of the Shenandoah Valley.
Harper’s Ferry, West Virginia
Head to Harper’s Ferry in West Virginia to experience history and natural beauty. Visit the site of John Brown’s Raid, a failed attempt to end slavery that sparked the Civil War. Then, take a hike on the Appalachian Trail, try your hand at white water rafting and visit The Point, where the Potomoc and Shenandoah rivers meet.
Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center | 201 Waterfront Street National Harbor, MD
Spend the weekend at Gaylord National at National Harbor. Through Labor Day, the resort is offering nonstop events including Live Animal Encounters, Pirates & Princesses Art Studio, Atrium Movie Nights and more. Splash in the hotel’s pool and spend time exploring National Harbor.
Beach Bum, Delaware and Maryland
A trip to the beach is a traditional Labor Day destination for good reason. Head to the beaches at Lewes, Delaware; Ocean City, Maryland or Rehoboth, Delaware for a classic spot to say goodbye to summer.