If you are looking for a destination from DC that is a short distance away and full of hospitality, Fredericksburg is the place to go! Only 45 minutes via car or a short trip on the Virginia Railway Express, Fredericksburg has so much history bundled into a small area - from George Washington to the Civil War!1. Hugh Mercer Apothecary Shop
Sitting in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, historic Lynchburg, Virginia is a surprisingly fun place for families to spend a couple of days. There are numerous bike paths and green spaces criss-crossing the city, and one of my favorite children's museums in the US is right downtown so that families still have plenty to do indoors if the weather turns rainy or cold.1. Lynchburg Museum
The Blue Star Museum Program provides free museum entrance to military families during the summer months (Memorial Day through Labor Day.) Each summer a new list of museums is released - typically the lists have few changes from year to year.
A few of the museums offer military discounts of some sort year round.
The website for Blue Star Museums is http://bluestarfam.org/Programs/Blue_Star_Museums
Updated for 2015. Blue Star Museums are free for military families from Memorial Day to Labor Day.1. B & O Railroad Museum
Homeschoolers living and coming to visit Atlanta are so lucky because there are just so many wonderful places for a homeschool field trip. From exploring Natural History and old bones at Fernbank Museum, to Egyptian mummies at the Michael C. Carlos Museum, or exploring the immensely important topic of our civil and human rights at the Center for Civil and Human Rights.
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Zoo Atlanta and the Georgia Aquarium are two world class attractions that all kids love, but their homeschool programs are exceptional. Doesn't a canoe trip down the Chattahoochee River with a naturalist guide sound like a total blast? You can do that at the Cataloochee Nature Center.
The more rare Center for Puppetry Arts offers both shows as well as hands-on learning. A wonderful way for children to learn both a new art form as well as engage in a different way of storytelling.
I can't wait to hear about all your learning adventures.