Raptor Reef Indoor Water Park

175 W. Orchard Hayden, Idaho Located in Hayden, Idaho as part of the Triple Play Family Fun Park, Raptor Reef is a massive indoor water park that's easy to miss if you don't realize it's there. Stopping here makes for at least a half-day pit … [Read more...]

Tillamook Cheese Factory

4175 Highway 101 North, Tillamook, Oregon Located conveniently along scenic Highway 101 between the tourist towns of Cannon Beach and Lincoln City, the Tillamook Cheese Factory makes for a great pit stop and picnic lunch spot (1-2 hours max). You … [Read more...]

Cave Campground California

Junct. of Hwy 89 and Hwy 44 Hat Creek, CA Part of the Lassen National Forest, Cave Campground near Hat Creek makes for a nice pit stop along Hwy 89, especially if you only have time for a bathroom break and maybe a picnic lunch. (If you have more … [Read more...]

Kid Time! Discovery Experience

Kid Time!, previously K.I.D.S, is a great place to stop and play while driving I-5 or just visiting the Rogue Valley, especially if the weather isn't cooperating. A large, hands-on kids' museum and play space, Kid Time has lots of imaginary place … [Read more...]

Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium

5400 N. Pearl St. Tacoma, Washington If you're looking for a zoo that's easy to access off the freeway but rivals the big names, stop at Tacoma's Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium. Exhibits and sections include an Asian forest, marine discovery … [Read more...]

Bamboo Forest Alabama

800 Upper Kingston Rd. Prattville, AL Prattville's Bamboo Forest Alabama makes for a novel pit stop right along I-65. Comprised of 26 acres of living bamboo, it was dedicated in 1982 as the first U.S. wilderness park developed inside city … [Read more...]

Science Center of Iowa

401 West Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway Des Moines, IA The Science Center of Iowa is an ideal place to stop and play for at least several hours. There are shows and demonstrations scheduled throughout the day, no matter how high the attendance, … [Read more...]

Cantrall Buckley County Park

Cantrall Road Ruch, Oregon If you're exploring the pioneer town of Jacksonville (10 minutes off I-5) and have more time to spend, drive out into the Applegate Valley and visit Cantrall Buckley County Park. Set on the shores of the Applegate … [Read more...]

Andalo’s Clubhouse

420 High Street Portsmouth, VA The Children's Museum of Virginia is currently closed for renovations, and in the meantime, they're diecting families toward Andalo's Clubhouse in Portsmouth. While not as extensive as a full children's museum, … [Read more...]

The Petersen Urban Wildlife Refuge

1400 Delmarva Lane Wilmington, DE The Russell W. Petersen Urban Wildlife Refuge is 212 acres of protected urban wetland along the Christina River just outside downtown Wilmington. Reviewer Mara of The Mother of All Trips writes, "The place is a … [Read more...]