If the beautiful summer weather has you itching to get out of the house, we’ve compiled several destinations for safe social distancing day trips. From concerts, trivia nights, zoos, national parks, and museums, this list offers something for everyone in your family!
During the summer, National Parks are typically packed with families. Crowded visitors centers, shuttle buses, and facilities make social distancing difficult. However, Gettysburg isn’t your typical National Park. You and your family are able to take a driving tour through the 3,965 acres of historic battlefields. Listen to an in-depth CD or download an app and learn the history of the battle at Gettysburg while you follow the driving trail. You can also download the Junior Ranger workbook before you go and keep your kids actively engaged.
Does your family want to check out a movie but not be crammed next to people in a theater? Well if you’re in the Miami area, the Dolphins have you covered! This summer, they are hosting a drive in movie series with all proceeds benefiting the Miami Dolphins Foundation Food Relief Program. They will even offer dinner and a movie packages.
If you love natural wonders, you have to add Zion and Bryce Canyons in Utah to your bucket list. These scenic National Parks are excellent escapes for your social distancing day trips. A breathtaking drive takes you past sheer red rock cliffs and canyons created by the Virgin River. Along with your lovely drive, you’ll find a landscape boasting surprising grottoes of lush vegetation, waterfalls, and emerald pools.
When visiting a zoo, you’re often in close proximity to other people thus making social distancing difficult. Well the Virginia Safari Park has you covered! On this 180 acre drive-thru zoo, you can even feed the animals through your car windows. Please note, if visiting on a weekend, you will need to purchase tickets in advance. Virginia isn’t the only state with a drive-thru zoo. Check your state for drive-thru zoo options near you to include with your family social distancing day trips.
If you’re near the eastern border of Alabama, you have to check out the world’s first drive through art museum! (Atlanta is only a two hour drive.) The Museum of Wonder is part art museum and part grandma’s attic. Exhibitions rotate to offer repeat patrons options to see new and interesting pieces from artist Butch Anthony. Each piece is handcrafted and invokes feelings of curiosity, wonderment, and self exploration. Not only is this museum a must see, it’s a must return – over and over!
Are you missing an evening of music and dancing? Well if you’re near New Hampshire, the Tupelo Music Hall has just what you need. This drive-in concert hall offers music of all genres with shows scheduled for the entire summer. Listen to EagleMania, Dueling Pianos, or Classic Stones from the comfort of your own car. There’s even an outdoor restaurant on site to offer dinner with your evening of music.
Watching the latest feature film is awesome, but confined to a small theater close to strangers isn’t so awesome. That’s where Drive-In St. Louis saves the day! This venue is both a theater as well as concert hall. You can even order snacks to be delivered directly to your car. Enjoy a night of music, dancing, and social distancing!
Not located in a previously mentioned state? Well the Parking Lot Social might be coming to city near you! This fun, interactive night brings you experiences like Car Karaoke, Bingo, Trivia, Kids Games, and more! Ticket scanning and food purchases are completely contactless and restrooms are frequently sanitized. Food orders are delivered straight to your car. Also, maximum capacity is strictly enforced. This event is truly a fun night out for the entire family!