Family Long Weekend Getaways

Long Weekend Getaways for Families: Where to Go and What to Read in Three Days19 May

The best parts of summer are fairly obvious: warm weather, the kids are out of school and there’s more vacation time from work. What makes summer even better? Long weekends. That extra day off makes life so much better. It also makes a quick getaway even more possible.

Yes, long weekend getaways are what we live for. Whether it’s a road trip or a short flight away, there’s nothing like gathering up the family and heading out on a new adventure. Here are four destinations worthy of a long weekend getaway that parents and kids will enjoy. Plus we’ve recommended a few books to read during your three precious days off the clock.

  1. Anaheim, CA: This is the destination for families who are willing to brave the lines for a good time. Yes, you guessed it. A long weekend at Disneyland or Universal Studios are just the report card reward kids deserve. Where else can they find Star Wars and Harry Potter in the same area? Here’s a tip while waiting in line: do some reading on your tablet and drown out the noise with a booktrack. We suggest The Jungle Book, Mowgli’s adventures will distract the kids enough that they won’t get impatient with the long lines.
  2. New Orleans, LA: Escape to the most European city in the United States, where the main attractions include eating and strolling the streets of the lively French Quarter and the chill Garden District. Take the family to City Park to check out your favorite characters at Storyland, a fairytale theme park with dozens of sculptures of popular characters. A spot your kids won’t forget. And when you’re not enjoying live jazz bring along Cinderella and reimagine this classic fairytale with the whole family.
  3. Denver, CO: Fine art, music and pop culture is everywhere in the ‘Mile High City’, particularly over Memorial Day weekend when the Denver Day of Rock festival is happening. Grab Alice in Wonderland, pack a picnic and head to Red Rocks Park for some R&R. Be sure to take a side trip the kids will love to Cascade, a mountain community named for its waterfalls. Go horseback riding and visit Santa’s Workshop, a Christmas-themed amusement park complete with the Candy Cane Coaster and Santa himself!
  4. Washington, DC: Our round-up of long weekend getaways wouldn’t be complete without the nation’s capital. It’s perfect for families, who are seeking history, culture, museums and good food. Kids will love the Spy Museum, National Zoo and the National Air and Space Museum, these spots will surely spark their imagination and curiosity. Bring along Peter Pan to read during your downtime and keep your kids’ imagination fuelled throughout the entire trip.


No matter where you venture off to for the long weekends this summer, a good read can make the escape all the more enjoyable. Amplify the experience by adding a synchronized soundtrack to your next read with Booktrack, or produce your very own for FREE in the Booktrack Studio. Not travelling with the family? Check out these destinations for  long weekend adventures this summer.

What are your plans for summer long weekend escapes?