Want to get away? There are plenty of places to go and things to do in the District but sometimes it just feels good to try something new. Check out this list of best family-friendly getaways near D.C. and make some new memories with your family.
Jellystone Park Camp and Resort
16519 Lappans Rd.
Williamsport, MD 21795
For the ultimate family-friendly getaway experience, head over to Jellystone Park Camp and Resort where you will find mini golf, zip lines, laser tag, water slides and arts and crafts. Drive up in your RV or reserve a stay in a cozy, on-site cottage. On-site activities include a thrilling water park, themed weekend celebrations including Mardi Gras and Christmas in July, a pedal cart race track and basketball/volleyball courts. No trip is complete without a visit from Jellystone’s most famous resident, Yogi Bear.
100 Sesame Rd.
Langhorne, PA 19047
Families with little ones will enjoy a visit to Sesame Place, a park devoted to the furry friends of Sesame Street. Head over to Cookie Monster’s Monster Land where you will find a soft play area. Or, pay a visit to Elmo’s World where you will blast off into the clouds on Elmo’s Cloud Chaser. Sesame Place also features the Count’s Splash Castle, a wave pool and an interactive water playground. Come early and have breakfast with Elmo and his friends or munch on Philly favorites, like a cheesesteak, at Grover’s Island Grille. Hotel accommodations are available nearby.
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Salamander Resort and Spa
500 N. Pendleton St.
Middleburg, VA 20117
For a relaxing getaway, consider booking a reservation at the Salamander Resort and Spa, a 340-acre luxurious retreat amidst the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Soak up some sun at the resort-style family pool, uncover hidden treasures with the help of clues and coordinates or see what nature looks like at night with the help of night goggles and a self-guided tour. The Salamander Resort and Spa also features adult-friendly perks like a practice green to perfect your putt and a 23,000-square-foot spa and wellness center. Dining and equestrian activities are also available on-site.
Jungle Jim’s River Safari Water Park
36944 Country Club Rd.
Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971
If your idea of a family-friendly getaway involves a pool, then head over to Jungle Jim’s River Safari Water Park in Rehoboth Beach and get splashing. Recognized as Delaware’s largest water park, Jungle Jim’s features six giant slides, a 900-foot lazy river, kids’ spray ground and a wave pool. Challenge your family members to a bumper boat duel armed with water guns or take the challenge outside of the water and over to the go-kart race track. Jungle Jim’s also features state-of-the-art batting cages and a beautiful mini golf course. Dining and a gift shop is available on-site.
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300 W. Main St.
Sulphur Springs, WV 24986
Discover what makes West Virginia wild and wonderful with a getaway at the Greenbrier. Recognized as a National Historical landmark, the resort features more than 700 rooms, cottages and suites, on-site dining and activities including golf, a full-service spa and shops. Go bowling, watch a glass blowing demonstration or play a game of indoor tennis. Mom and dad will enjoy culinary demonstrations, fitness classes and afternoon tea. Other features of the Greenbrier include the Adventure Zone plus the Casino Club, a 103,000-square-foot world-class gaming venue.
Susan Diranian is a freelance writer living in Ashburn, VA. She is covering Travel & Outdoors. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.