Best Columbus Day Weekend Getaways with Kids

  • 01 of 08

    Fab Ideas for the Fall Holiday Weekend

    Traverse City Tourism

    For many families in the United States, Columbus Day weekend offers the first long weekend break in the fall school calendar. Here are fun getaway ideas where you can make the most of this seasonal break.

    Click through for suggestions from coast to coast, from fab fall foliage getaways to fun places to get in the Halloween spirit.

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  • 02 of 08

    Take a Scenic Fall Foliage Drive

    Visit White Mountains

    Nothing makes you appreciate the glory of autumn like a road trip to view fall foliage. Here we provide suggested destinations and expected color peak times, but be sure to time it right with the help of the Leaf Peepr app from Yankee magazine.

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  • 03 of 08

    Bring Your Scallywags to a Pirate Party

    Tybee Island Pirate Fest

    Just 20 minutes east of historic Savannah, the annual Tybee Island Pirate Fest is set to deliver plenty of swashbuckling family-friendly fun. Every Columbus Day weekend, the island transforms into a lively pirate village, celebrating the colorful seafaring history of the Georgia coast.

    Explore hotel options on Tybee Island

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  • 04 of 08

    Go Where the Deals Are

    San Diego Tourism Authority

    The more autumn tourist season is a great time to score an affordable getaway. These destinations are sweetening the pot with fantastic city-wide seasonal promotions:

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  • 05 of 08

    Get Lost in an Amazing Corn Maze

    Suzanne Rowan Kelleher

    All over the country, giant corn mazes are cropping up to the delight of families who flock to this quintessential fall experience. Wear comfy shoes and bring your sense of adventure.

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  • 06 of 08

    Plan a Weekend in the Big City

    MarineCorps NewYork/Flickr Creative Commons

    Columbus Day weekend can be an ideal time to visit a major metropolis such as New York City, when temperatures are mild, foliage is beautiful, and the city brims with fun events and activities such as Columbus Day parades. 

    To keep accommodation costs down, consider an apartment rental in a residential neighborhood. Many properties can be rented for just a few days at a time.

    ​Explore hotel options in New York City

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  • 07 of 08

    Get into the Halloween Spirit

    Roger Williams Park Zoo

    The days when Halloween took place on the last day of October are long gone. The holiday has morphed into an entire spooky season with destinations, theme parks, zoos, aquariums, resorts, and even cruise lines rolling out the orange-and-black carpet for families.

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  • 08 of 08

    Spend the Weekend in New England


    Columbus Day weekend coincides with a particularly beautiful time to be in New England, with fall foliage at or near its peak and fall festivals aplenty all over the region. Choose among pumpkinfests, Oktoberfests, and harvest festivals galore, or head to Providence for the spectacular Waterfire.