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4 Great Labor Day Mini Vacations

Many kids have gone back to school in the past week and others are heading back after the long Labor Day weekend.  If your summer flew by in a blur, you still have time to fit in one last family trip before the fall season begins.  It’s a good time with favorable temperatures, outdoor events and excellent values.

Here are 4 destinations to consider for your Labor Day mini vacation:

Santa Barbara

This wonderful Southern California city is the perfect place to kick back and relax for a family-friendly Labor Day weekend.  Check out the Santa Barbara Zoo, bike or ride along the American Riviera, learn to paddle board and start an art project from scrap as a memento of your visit.


Spending a weekend on Nantucket, you’ll never run out of things to do.  Explore history at the Nantucket Whaling Museum, browse through art galleries, bike around the island and don’t forget to leave time for shopping.  For a special treat, stay at the Veranda House which was built in 1864.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

This is a great time of year to plan a road trip and head out to the Great Smoky Mountains.  You can take the luxury route, rent your own cabin or go camping for the long weekend.  Hike up to Clingman’s Dome, the park’s highest peak or take an afternoon to go rafting. Check out the Cherokee Indian Reservation which offers a great look back into history that is both educational and fun.


Late summer is a great time to take a guided tour through the historic sights of Philadelphia.  You can tour the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, National Constitution Center and the Betsy Ross house.  Another popular destination is the Eastern Penitentiary Tour, a haunting good time for both kids and adults.  Make sure you hit the food trucks  for lunch to sample local Philly cuisine.

What are your plans for Labor Day?

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  2. Just want to add another great Labor Day weekend destination: Cincinnati, Ohio. We have one of our biggest festivals of the year during Labor Day weekend. Half a million people line the shores of the Ohio River for a fireworks show like none other: the WEBN Fireworks. Cincinnati is always great, but if you have to choose a weekend to come, this is it.

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