Educational Holidays

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You and your family are planning your next vacation. How about considering making this vacation not only fun, but an educational holiday as well? Just because it’s educational doesn’t mean that it will be stuffy and boring. There are plenty of places to visit that can be exciting as well as educational. Here are our picks for the best Educational Holidays:


When choosing sites for educational holidays consider Pennsylvania, which has many places of historic significance including Independence Hall. This landmark is where the Declaration of Independence was signed, as well as being the location for several other significant events in America’s early history.

A trip to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania will give your family a look at America’s historic Civil War, including the site where President Abraham Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg address. You will also want to visit the Gettysburg Battlefield, which was the site of a major turning point during the Civil War.

Mount Rushmore, South Dakota

Four presidents — Washington, Roosevelt, Jefferson and Lincoln — are memorialized in granite in this famous American landmark. After learning about Mount Rushmore during your educational holiday in South Dakota, you can visit nearby Wind Cave National Park and Badlands National Park for more family adventures.

Washington, D.C.

The U.S. capital city is home to many historic landmarks and is the perfect choice for educational holidays. You can visit the White House, the Washington Monument, the Lincoln Memorial, the Pentagon, Congress and the National Mall. The Smithsonian Institute and all its many buildings can be an educational holiday all by itself.

New York

New York City and its surrounding areas are chock full of fun and historic sites for your family’s educational holiday. These include such famous landmarks as the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island Museum and Niagara Falls. Ground Zero and the nearby Tribute-WTC Center exhibit will be a heartfelt experience for the whole family. Since New York City is such a vibrant city, after the educational part of your day, there will be so much more to do — shopping, dining and entertainment.

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The Grand Canyon

You may not think that this landmark could be educational, but what better way to learn about geology and other sciences than actually seeing the results of millions of years of changing landscapes. You can take numerous tours and trips throughout the Grand Canyon that will give you and your family a peek back in time as well as discovering how this awe-inspiring canyon was formed.

Dinosaur National Monument

Dinosaur National Monument in Utah is perhaps one of the best ways to learn about dinosaurs on educational holidays. You and your family will be able to view dinosaur bones, see actual excavations being performed and learn about where the dinosaurs came from as well as how they became extinct.


California is a big state and has many educational destinations for your family vacation. You can start with a visit the Manzanar National Historic Site, one of the 10 internment camps used during World War II that was used to detain Japanese Americans.

Port Chicago Naval Magazine National Memorial in San Francisco commemorates the site of a wartime explosion that killed 320 men — 200 of them African Americans. The subsequent incidents involving African-American workers refusing to return to the job is a look at the racial injustices that were occurring in the military at that time.

Experience the ocean wonderlands at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. This world-famous aquarium will give you and your family a look at the sometimes strange and wondrous underwater ecosystems — you’ll probably find yourself face-to-face with an odd creature or two! There are also above-water exhibits to be discovered as well.

These destinations prove that education can be fun!