Vacation is usually a time for getting away from the classroom, kicking back and relaxing. But just because you’re on vacation doesn’t mean your brain has to be! Educational vacations are the perfect opportunity for your children (and yourself) to have the cake and eat it, too!
What Are Educational Vacations?
Educational vacations are vacations that provide first-hand experiences and knowledge, whether you dive deep into the local culture, visit a historical landmark or museum, or choose to learn something new. For homeschool parents, educational vacations are a great way to show their children in real life what they are learning in their lessons at home. These hands-on experiences can’t be duplicated in a classroom or read in a book.
Educational vacation destinations have always existed, but more and more hotels and resorts are adding educational experiences to stand out from the crowd. So how do you choose the right one?
First, consider what each destination has to offer on-site as well as within the surrounding area. What opportunities are there to have a cultural or educational experience? This could be a lesson program, nearby museum, nature center, hands-on activity, or other immersive experience.
Then, consider your family’s interests. Is there something that you’ve always been interested in, such as nature, aviation, crafts, or technology?
By answering these two questions, you can narrow your options and make great choices for your family!
The Massanutten Vacation Option
Keep your kids’ minds sharp and curious with an educational vacation the whole family can enjoy at Massanutten Resort, located in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia! With award-winning amenities, farm-to-table dining experiences, and activities and classes for all ages, Massanutten is the perfect blend of fun, adventure, and learning.
Whether you plan to splash around in the Indoor WaterPark, zip through the trees on one of many zip lines, or take learning to new heights (2,922 ft., to be exact) with a mountain bike, ski, or snowboard lesson; you will find four seasons of activities and experiences to challenge, invigorate, and motivate.
At Massanutten, the possibilities are endless. Beyond the thrill of trying something new, your child may discover a new strength, hobby, or sport. You may even find a new activity to do together!
The resort is a paradise for curious and active families, featuring an indoor/outdoor waterpark and entertainment complex complete with the FlowRider® Endless Surf Wave, three completely immersive escape rooms, the Real Escapes virtual reality arcade, the challenging and dynamic Family Adventure Park, and an abundance of arts and craft classes for all ages.
Plus, with two recreation centers, six swimming pools, four parks, and two ponds; you’ll never run out of things to do & see! Seasonal sports activities include two challenging, yet playable 18-hole golf courses, swimming pools, skiing, ice skating, and snow tubing.
Looking to relax while the kids try something new? The Massanutten Bike Park offers mountain bike lessons for those over the age of 7, giving you plenty of time to escape to the day spa for an invigorating massage or soothing mani/pedi.
At Massanutten Resort, there is something for everyone, all within reach – located just two hours from Washington, D.C. and 45 minutes from the Charlottesville-Albermarle Airport. Lodging options at the resort include hotel rooms, 1 and 2-bedroom condos, and lock off units that can sleep up to 12! Seasonal packages and deals are available online and start at just $240 for a 2-day getaway!