Making Summer Vacation Educational Part: 2

We hope you did not miss our first blog of this series for ideas, but if so please check out Idea 1: Zoos and Aquariums

This blog series continues with another idea to subtly sneak in some learning opportunities for your children over the summer:

Idea 2: Historical Sites

Visiting a site where a historic battle took place 300 years ago is a great history lesson, but how about taking your history lesson to the next level – with a battleship and tours?

Across the bridge from Philadelphia, the Battleship New Jersey is open daily during the summer. In addition to tours, the Battleship New Jersey offers overnight sleep events, private event rentals, and great seats for fireworks over the Delaware. Before you go, download the Battleship Scavenger Hunt for added fun!

On the other side of the state, the USS Requin lives at the Carnegie Science Center in Pittsburgh. Guided tours for this Cold War era submarine do require reservations, and are only offered on special dates and times.

Up and down the east coast, there are several affordable battleships that have been docked and turned into family attractions – for even more fun, check out the Battleship North Carolina, or the USS Wisconsin docked at the Nauticus Museum.

The Battle of Gettysburg was a turning point in the Civil War, it was the Union victory that ended General Robert E. Lee’s second and most ambitious invasion of the North and where President Abraham Lincoln gave the immortal “Gettysburg Address.”

For additional ideas of places to visit in PA, visit the Official Tourism Website of Pennsylvania were you can find regional information, activities, and discounts.

If your vacation takes you outside the Commonwealth, here is a great list of the 12 Best Historic Destinations in the USA by U.S. News Travel. Another great resource to plan an upcoming vacation would be to access TripAdvisor’s Best History & Culture Vacations – United States & Canada. We hope your summer is an experience that they will never forget.

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