Experience George Washington's boyhood home with a visit to Ferry Farm. Uncover the secrets that lie hidden in the fields. Then peek into the lab where archaeologists are diligently working to preserve and restore colonial artifacts. Children can step back in time with a family game of "I Spy Kenmore," fun facts and a chance to experience the life of a person residing at Ferry Farm. $$. Fredericksburg, VA. kenmore.org

Kids get the royal treatment at Dutch Wonderland. Splish and splash in Duke's Lagoon, a water play area with kid-sized slides, tipping buckets, bubblers and more. A world of fairy-tale fantasy awaits in the story time corner with Princess Brooke and her friends. Once you've worked up an appetite, cast a tasty spell at Merlin's, which is a full-service sit down restaurant offering food to fit every diet. $$. Lancaster, PA. dutchwonderland.com

Be the king of the castle at the Port Discovery Children's Museum. Ranked as one of the top 12 children's museums in the United States, parents and children will delight in three floors of interactive, engaging fun. Special changing exhibits - including Tot Trails, Kick it Up! and Wonders of the Water - will delight little builders. Junior builders can put their skills to the test with the newest traveling exhibit, Lego Castle Adventure. $$. Baltimore, MD. portdiscovery.org

There's something fishy going on at Abbott's Mill Nature Center. Take a walk on the wild side and come nose-to-nose with live reptile and amphibian exhibits, plus mammal, waterfowl and raptor taxidermy displays. Before you hit the trails, take a peek inside the Nature Center to get a preview of some of the wildlife you might see. If you're looking for some quiet time, venture into the Kids' Corner, which offers bean bag chairs so children can relax and read. Free. Milford, DE. delawarenaturesociety.org

Lace yp your sneakers and take a trip to Riverbend Park. Shady trails and beautiful views of the Potomac River make the park a perfect getaway. Escape the heat and step into the Nature Center to learn more about the native wildlife you might see on the trail. If you're feeling tired, the adirondack chairs and tables are the ideal place to eat lunch and enjoy looking over the river. Free. Great Falls, VA. fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/hidden-oaks

Escape the heat and descend more than 34 stories into the Earth at the Caverns at Natural Bridge. A 45-minute guided tour will take visitors on a breathtaking tour of the magnificant displays, which include the Collosal Dome room, Mirror Lake, Well Room and more. Cavern tickets are free for children 6 and under. After exploring, be sure to pick up a gift or two for your family and friends in the gift shop. $$. Natural Bridge, VA. naturalbridgeva.com

The Franklin Institute has gotten fun down to a science. Whether your children are sparking their curiosity about electricity, exploring the "heart" of the Franklin Institute or navigating brain waves, kids will be enthralled by all of the exciting offerings at this Philadelphia museum. For the LEGO lover in your family, be sure to visit the limited engagement exhibit, "The Art of the Brick," which is the world's largest display of LEGO brick art. $$. Philadelpia, PA. fi.edu

Bring out your inner child at Busch Gardens Williamsburg. With thrilling roller coasters for the adults and pint-sized adventures for the kids, Busch Gardens is truly a family getaway. Wiggle, sing and clap along with your child's favorite Sesame Street friends during the kid-friendly show "Sunny Day Celebration." If you're still looking for kid-sized fun, venture over to the Land of the Dragons for a mythological adventure. $$. Williamsburg, VA. buschgardens.com

Explore the past through Winterthur. Children are encouraged to have hands-on fun in the Touch-It Room, a special exhibit that is designed for children with different learning styles, interests and skills. Every Saturday, until January 2016, families can be part of living history with the "Hands on History Cart," which provides a variety of activities realted to the exhibit "A Colorful Folk." And a visit is not complete without a game of "I Spy" around the 60 acres of delightful gardens that surround the estate. $$. New Castle County, DE. winterthur.org

Explore the odd side of fun at Ripley's Believe It or Not Baltimore. With over 8,000 feet of exhibit space and 350 exhibits and artifacts, this museum will have you scratching your head from beginning to end. Hold on tight as you embark on a bumpy adventure in the famed 4D Theater, which now has two new feature films. $$. Baltimore, MD. ripleys.com/baltimore


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