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There are plenty of reasons to travel in the fall. The transition from summer to autumn is a particularly lovely one, the crowds ease up, and you can still take advantage of all kinds of fun outdoor activities (in more forgiving weather, we might add!).
Here are five tips that will help your family make the most of your journey this fall.
1. Rent a home.
Vacations are meant to be relaxing, but have you noticed that cramped hotel rooms, elevators and lobbies often interrupt your chill vibes? Vacation homes offer plenty of personal space for everyone in your group. Renting a home may be the budget-friendly choice as well; dining out for every meal quickly gobbles up a vacation budget. Enjoying an unhurried breakfast in your home-away-from-home saves money while providing a relaxed start to the day. And if the kids (or adults!) need a nap, the rest of the family still has space to play.
2. Pack carefully.
Though we can give a small nod to the saying, “Better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it,” we don’t believe this applies to packing clothes for a family vacation. Instead, plan your kids’ outfits so pieces can be mixed and matched and worn multiple times. Worried about inevitable spills? Every home at King’s Creek Plantation has a washer and dryer, so you can have clean clothes every day if you like
3. Give kids ownership.
Williamsburg is a living history lesson. Have the kids pick out activities that interest them. Whether it’s trick-or-treating on one of America’s most delightfully spooky streets or learning more about Pocahontas’ role in America’s history, there are plenty of kid-centric opportunities in the world’s largest living museum. Encourage them to keep a travel diary to help them remember this trip of a lifetime!
4. Have fun!
Colonial Williamsburg, Jamestown Settlement and Historic Yorktown teach history in a way that is so hands-on, accessible and FUN, the kids won’t even know they’re learning! Busch Gardens is another extremely popular way to spend the day, especially with upcoming seasonal events that feature plenty of fun tailor-made for little ones and bigger kids.
5. Embrace adventure.
J.R.R. Tolkien wrote, “Not all who wander are lost.” Keep some freedom built into your schedule to allow room for an impromptu side trip. Wear good shoes, stop by the Visitor Center in Colonial Williamsburg for a map and schedule, plan a few key activities for the day…and leave the rest to chance! Kids will enjoy reading the map and directing the flow of the day. Walking is healthy, relaxing and the perfect way to stumble upon your new favorite places.
King’s Creek Plantation is excited to host your family’s vacation this fall. Our variety of lodging options offers the perfect place to rest for a weekend…or longer! We work hard to provide a relaxing getaway for all of our guests. Welcome home to Williamsburg!