Local places to take your toddler on a one day trip.
Do you and your toddler need a change of scenery? Plan a toddler one day trip! A one day trip is a chance to change your routine and provide a new experience for your toddler. The best toddler one day trips are very close to home. Many toddler day trip destinations are within an hour of your home.
Here are some of the advantages of a day trip.
- New learning experiences for your toddler
- Less planning
- Requires fewer baby gear items
- Trips work well with a toddlers schedule
- You can visit at the least busy times of the day
- Practice for longer vacation travel
- Free or low cost destinations
The number and variety of opportunities that are available for your toddler one day trips will depend on your location. A greater number of options are available if you live in an urban or surrounding suburban location.
10 Toddler One Day Trip Ideas
Zoo – Nature Center
Toddlers love animals. Animals of all kinds are in toddlers storybooks and are very interesting to them. Zoos are a great place for toddlers to get a close up look at these incredible animals. Toddlers and you have a chance to get exercise and some fresh air. Strollers are a must when toddlers legs do get tired at the end of a long day.
Parks provide great activity for toddlers. With careful supervision they begin to explore and build their muscles when climbing and moving. It is important for a toddlers confidence to be able to explore and try new things in their world. Depending on the season of the year outside options may not always be available. Indoor playground locations are in shopping malls, hotels or fast food restaurants that you can use when the weather is not suitable for outside activity.
Toddlers love animals. Fairs are a place that you will find a variety of farm animals. Toddlers love to watch and listen to the animals around them. Petting opportunities will bring real joy to your toddler. Teach your toddler to always ask permission to touch any animals first. Some animals are friendlier than others and you want to keep your child out of harms way. County and states usually have a fair in the summer and early fall in many places.
Beaches can be found in many locations. Along the ocean, lake, river or even a large pond you can find a beach. Toddlers love water and sand! The practice of manipulating a shovel to put sand in a bucket and dump it are great fine motor skill development activities. The terrain at each beach location is different so be sure that you know where the best location is for your toddlers safety. It is most important to be watchful of your toddlers safety near water. Water shoes are always the best idea for your toddler in beach locations.
State Parks, County Parks and Forest Preserves are all great locations for nature walks with toddlers. They love to search for bugs, salamanders, worms and other creatures of nature. Children will often request to bring the insects home with them. Be prepared! There are flowers of many varieties located in the state parks. Many trails are stroller and bike friendly to provide opportunities to get some exercise with your toddler. Research state parks carefully to know how busy the paved trails are. Some are intended for bike travel and would not be suitable for your toddler to walk or run in those locations.
Botanical Gardens – Nature Center
Flowers abound in a botanical garden. Botanical gardens provide less crowded opportunities for your toddler to wander and smell the flowers. The colors and varieties will catch their eye. There are also plenty of bugs and insects for them to encounter as well. It is important that you know the rules about touching and picking flowers before you explore in the gardens.
Children’s Museums are hands-on places for exploration. Check the museums website ahead of time to find those exhibits that would best fit your child’s abilities. Most exhibits will accommodate a variety of age levels. Some museums will separate exhibits by age so that all ages have a chance to explore fully. Children’s museums provide water activities, crafts, listening and learning spaces, climbing and building areas for toddlers to explore. Seasonal exhibits are also popular at the museums.
This destination is often overlooked and every town usually has one. Libraries plan special activities every month for toddlers to be engaged in. There is space for exploration and looking at many types of books. Many libraries will have a small hands-on area for toddlers. The library provides quieter activity choices for your toddler. The bonus for a library visit is that they can take books home with them to continue their learning at home.
Farm – Berry Farm – Orchard – Pumpkin Patch
These are places that may not be available in every area and not available year round. Farms and orchards are terrific nature locations where toddlers can learn. Farms offer opportunities for toddlers to be around and pet small farm animals. Often they have petting pens with baby animals for toddlers to pet. Berry farms and orchards will provide hand-on fruit picking. Your child will be tempted to eat some of these fruits. Carefully monitor how many berries are eaten. Hay rides tours are included in farm and orchard locations.
Water Parks can be a year round activity in many locations with indoor water parks. There are special places in water parks that are for toddlers and very small children. Your child may find a small fountain fascinating for hours. Toddlers love to stand over the the spout and stop the water. Young children are intrigued that they can not make it stop or have any control over it. The slides and water activities are sized appropriately for toddlers.
- Water and juice
- Snacks and lunch
- Change of Clothes
- Toys needed based on destination
These trips are great experiences for the parents as well as the toddlers. A change of scenery is good for everyone. Watching your child grow and discover are wonderful memories to create and keep!
What are your toddler day trips destinations? Share your successes and your challenges in taking day trips with your toddler.