The school bells have sounded the end of the school year, so now is a good time to start planning single-day road trips for you and your family that won’t break the bank. Whether traveling to a historic site, Old City, the Jersey shore or Poconos, there are plenty of places to see and things to do along the way. And with gasoline prices the lowest they have been in a few years, all you have to do is fill up the tank, pack some snacks and you are on your way.

Brandywine Battlefield Historic Site
1491 Baltimore Pike
Chadds Ford, PA 19317
(610) 459-3342

If the kids paid a visit to Independence National Historical Park in Old City, you might want to consider a day-trip to the Brandywine Battlefield Historic Site. Located in Chadds Ford, Delaware County, the historical site was the scene of the largest engagement of the Revolutionary War, fought on September 11, 1777 between the Continental Army led by General George Washington and the British forces headed by General William Howe. A great way to take in the sites is by car with three different driving tours including the Straight Ahead, Cornwallis Tour and Battle Driving Tour.

Longwood Gardens
1001 Longwood Road
Kennett Square,  PA 19348
(610) 388-1000

Just a short hop, skip and a jump down Route 1 from the Brandywine Battlefield is Longwood Gardens, a delight to visit any day of the week and any season of the year. Kids of all ages will “oh” and “ahh” at this jewel of a location in southern Chester County. Referred to as the world’s premier horticultural showplace, Longwood Gardens offers up 1050 acres of natural woodlands, majestic gardens, conservatories and their famous dancing fountains. Open every day of the year, this location has a unique program offering for visitors with every new day.

Storybook Land
6415 Black Horse Pike
Egg Harbor Township, NJ 08234
(609) – 641-7847

You say a trip to a Florida theme park is not in the budget this year? No worries. Just an hour away from Philadelphia all the thrills and frills of a big theme park adventure await you in South Jersey. For more than 60 years, Storybook Land has been keeping the spirit of childhood alive in an entertaining and educational atmosphere. Mom and dad, grandmom and grandpop will join the kids and grand-kids in walking through Storybook Land’s classic children’s tales, favorite stories and nursery rhymes, complete with family-friendly rides for all in a clean and enjoyable setting.

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Grounds For Sculpture
80 Sculpture Way
Hamilton, NJ 08619

Just a one-hour drive from Philly, art geeks of all ages can step into the world of larger-than-life sculpture. Be prepared to be dazed and amazed by artwork that is everything from whimsical to inspiring to outright awesome. There is a constantly evolving collection of superb contemporary outdoor sculptures, more than 40 landscaped areas to stroll along with rotating exhibits in six indoor galleries. Be prepared to be inspired with a different kind of museum that lets your imagination soar. Expect the unexpected.

Chestnut Hill Visitor’s Center
18 East Highland Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19118
(215) 247-6696

Shop. Dine. Explore. Honored with the prestigious title of one of the Top Ten Great Neighborhoods by the American Planning Commission and recognized as one of the top neighborhoods by, Chestnut Hill really has something for everyone. From chic boutiques, independent galleries and everything in between, Chestnut Hill is the ultimate shopping destination. After all the shopping, you can grab something to eat from down-home dining to global cuisine. You can burn some of those calories by exploring what Chestnut Hill has to offer as you stroll the Garden District and find a complete offering of cultural, recreational, entertaining and educational programs.

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