Road trips are great fun for the entire family. They offer the chance to bond by trapping our children with us on long car rides. There is no escape! Mwuahahahahahahaha. In addition to bonding and fun, road trips can be educational. Wait, wait. Don’t picture the kids groaning just yet, because an educational road trip doesn’t have to be a boring one!
Educational Road Trips Don’t Have to be Boring
Educational road trips don’t have to be an exercise in boredom. Your kids may think they hate learning, but chances are they just hate the boredom that can come with the standard approach to teaching that they get in school. Heck, even I, a grown woman, would run the opposite direction if you told me I were about to take a week long trip featuring the type of learning I grew up with.
No, no, no. These educational trips are fun because they involve no books, no tests, and no boring droning. Rather, the kids are free to discover interesting facts and learn all sorts of stuff in environments that are suitably amazing enough to hold their interest. So without further ado, let’s take a look.
Chicago is a fantastic city for educational road tripping. There’s really no shortage of things to see and do, and kids can learn everything from science, to natural history, to the history of one of the most notorious gangsters in the United States. On top of that, it’s not terribly far from the border, so it’s a definite option for many Canadians. Head to the Windy City and see the Museum of Natural History, the Museum of Science and Industry, their famous aquarium, and more.
Another city that’s an excellent destination for road tripping in the States. Head to New York City on one of your educational road trips and get a little culture in your life. See the Statue of Liberty, head over to Broadway and see a play or two. Visit the 9/11 Museum with your kids and of course don’t forget the Empire State Building. Learn all about one of the greatest cities in the United States.
Whether you live in the city, a suburb, or it’s a bit of a drive for your, Quebec City is on of the best educational road trips you can take in Canada. Head to the city and spend a few days exploring its beautiful scenery, geography, and architecture. It’s internationally known for its narrow cobble-stoned streets, buildings that date back to the early 1600’s, and is the only walled city in North America. All of Quebec is worth visiting in time and much of it is easy to access on a road trip.
Another great place to add to your list of educational road trips is Toronto. One of Canada’s most distinctly modern cities, Toronto is home to the Royal Ontario Museum, the Ontario Science Center, various general educational and performance tours, and it’s not too far from Niagara Falls. We are only about 2 1/2 hours away from Toronto and love to visit. There’s always something to do in Toronto.
From beautiful architecture to friendly people, festivals that are amazing and gorgeous outdoor public art, Montreal makes an excellent destination for educational road trips. Tour the city with the kids and take in the breathtaking scenery both in and around the city and immerse yourselves in the French-Canadian culture in a way you can’t do anywhere else. I love taking my kids to Montreal because it is easy to reach by train as well.
Excitement Awaits on Educational Road Trips
Educational road trips don’t have to be boring, and by no means should they be. Road trips are all about the destination AND the journey. So hop in the car, head towards your educational oasis, but along the way, play fun car games. Stop and eat at beautiful parks, or check your favourite travel app to figure out which restaurants are a MUST SEE. See the sights. Talk with the kids, and when you reach your destination, let the learning continue.
Educational road trips are well worth it. Pack up the kids, hit the road, and enjoy any of these wonderful educational road trips. They’re all winners.
AND don’t forget the road trip printables: Print this Transportation Match Road Trip now for in the car.