By Craig Fata
We would suggest expanding the list to include one more spot worthy of a visit for a child: an American farm.
As our culture becomes more urbanized, fewer of us have the opportunity to visit grandma or grandpa’s farm. And so, we don’t have that interaction with the land and the animals that previous generation used to have.
Visiting a farm would provide a child with an experience he or she will never forget. Some of the most powerful memory triggers involve smell and touch—are there any places that offer more unique scents and surfaces than a farm?
So when you’re planning your summer vacations and weekend getaways to one of those 15 other sites, take a moment to look at the route you’ll be taking. Do an internet search on farms in the areas you’ll be driving through, and see if any of them offer tours. Call a county Farm Bureau office for help—they’ll likely have those kinds of resources at their fingertips. Most farmers will be glad to have you, and proudly share information about what it is they do.
If you’re truly looking for memorable experiences that will leave a lifetime impression on your kids, consider a farm as a destination and not just something to casually notice on your way to someplace else.