Fantastic Field Trips in the Carolinas {A Review}

Our family loves a good field trip. We are constantly on the lookout for new places to explore in our area or for new aspects of previously visited places to make return trips more exciting. We are always willing to take a day trip or to drive a little extra in order to enjoy a worthwhile destination. When I attended the NCHE Conference last month, I had the privilege of meeting and chatting with Michele Zavatsky.

Michele and her husband George have coauthored the Kids Love Travel guide books that showcase numerous fun destinations for families. I was given the Kids Love The Carolinas: Your Family Travel Guide to Exploring “Kid-Friendly” North & South Carolina: 800 Fun Stops & Unique Spotsbook for review when I spoke to Michele at her conference booth and I’ve been thrilled with all the nuggets of information that I’ve found within its pages. I thought I knew most of the must see places in our vicinity, but after perusing the pages of this travel guide, I’ve got a much longer field trip wish list in my homeschool planner!

Within the nearly 400 pages of this book you will find 800 places that have been “kid tested” and approved in North and South Carolina. Each state is divided into regions to make it easy for you to find things that are in your own area.

For each attraction you will find basic information such as location, admission prices, operational hours, phone numbers, and website addresses.  Then comes a description of the venue that highlights some of the most intriguing portions of the site. Scattered throughout the pages you will also find helpful tips and suggestions for making your trip the most enjoyable for your family as well as notations about special festivities and celebrations that are hosted at various places. Designated symbols notate  restaurants and lodging in the vicinity of your destination and the author even shares if a particular spot has freebies, specific educational opportunities, and more.

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This guide is all you need to find entertainment and worthwhile field trip locations in North and South Carolina. It is a  handy dandy resource for any homeschool family who loves to explore!

I really appreciate that the author and her family have actually traveled to the destinations listed in the book so you know you aren’t just getting a regurgitation of a travel brochure description. These “kid-tested” locations are endorsed from personal experience. Word of mouth recommendations mean more to me than anything else when it comes to field trip locations.  If I’m going to take the time to organize a trip for my family, I want to ensure that we have the best possibility of having a great time!

This book is going to become my new favorite resource for researching things to do and places to go when I’m mapping out our “family fun days.” If you want to learn more about what’s near you to visit, you should definitely pick up a copy!

Kids Love Travel also offers guide books for Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland (includes D.C.), Michigan, Missouri, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia (includes D.C.), Wisconsin, I-75, and I-95. At only $17.95 for the paperback, it is a great deal!  You can also purchase it in e-book format for $15.95.

If you are interested in checking out one of these travel guides, here is your chance!  Kids Love Travel has graciously offered to giveaway one copy of any of the Kids Love guides to one lucky reader! To enter, fill out the form below. U.S. residents only.

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    1. Amanda C says:

      My absolute most favorite field trip that I ever took was going to Mammoth Cave. I can’t wait until my girls are just a little bit older to handle the walk to be able to take them there!

    2. April P says:

      My favorite field trip was to The Bridges of Madison County. It was interesting to travel to each little bridge and know the history behind them.

    3. Jessica says:

      My favorite trip was going to the TN aquarium.

    4. Melissa C. says:

      We just got back from a trip to Mackinac Island. We spent about 4 hours touring Fort Mackinac and learning about life in the fort. It was fantastic!

    5. We drove from Michigan to Tennessee last summer. Can’t wait to use these books next time!

    6. We went to the dinosaur museum in Mississippi for a field trip. The kids loved it.

    7. Pittsburgh! So much to see, do and learn there!

    8. Colonial Williamsburg. So much to see and do. Fun times!!

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