- McNary Dam and Pacific Salmon Visitor Information Center
While driving through Eastern Oregon, The McNary Dam and the Pacific Salmon Visitor Information Center, just
off I-82, is a wonderful place which is not only free, but interesting, educational, and has lots of room for kids
around! And it's less than a mile off the interstate! A "must see" open year round, kids can walk
check out displays, and learn about the salmon recovery program. See more at Pit Stops for
- Thompson Mills State Historical Site
Thompson Mills State Historical Site, located near I-5 in Shedd, Oregon, offers a glimpse into the
area's early farming and irrigation days with an impressive number of interpretive displays and knowledgeable staff.
Opened in 2007, visitors can try their hand at a miniature grinding wheel, hear the history of the mill, and learn how the
mill used water from the nearby Calapooia River to grind grains. See more at Pit Stops for Kids: http://bit.ly/9YczV4
- Umpqua Discovery Center
As you enter the exhibits, you hear the sounds of the river rushing and feel nature surround you as you journey back through history. For more visit Pit Stops for Kids at http://bit.ly/96pLU4
- Oregon Coast Aquarium
The Oregon Coast Aquarium is a local gem of northwestern Oregon. Due to it is manageable size (you can get through it in 1-2 hours), it serves well as a pitstop along US Highway 101. See more at Pit Stops for Kids at http://bit.ly/bWCV2Q.
- Olympic Game Farm
The Olympic Game Farm is a great place to get face-to-face with a wide range of exotic animalswhile never leaving the greater Seattle area! From the official website: A family run business, Olympic Game Farm is home to many animal species, both endangered and non-endangered. For more see Pit Stops for Kids at http://bit.ly/b3XpEK
- The Original KFC Restaurant
There is a little museum there and it was neat and free. After touring the museum, grab lunch or dinner and continue on your way!
- Sweet Tomatoes
Sweet Tomatoes is a buffet filled with fresh, whole foods: every type of salad you can imagine, six to eight homemade soups, pasta, bread to die for, drinks, and dessert. If you are a newbie, do not make the same mistake we made our first time: be sure to grab the compartmentalized child trays for your kids. For more see www.pitstopsforkids.com
- Bassetts Station
Once a stagecoach stop, Bassetts Station is still a much-appreciated rest stop for travelers navigating US Hwy 49's windy, tree-lined turns. Serving both campers, fishermen, and hikers in summer and snowmobilers in winter, Bassett's sits conveniently at the junction between several prime locations for outdoor recreation, and provides all the conveniences of home: gas (both unleaded and diesel), a well-stocked store, a caf, firewood, even sandwiches and ice cream. For more info visit Pitstops for Kids: http://bit.ly/bnR8F9
- La Tarasca Restaurant
From the street, the place is nothing to look at, but do not let that dissuade you. Inside, it is colorful and cheery. We were served by the restaurants owner herself, who was happy to help us decide which of her native southern Mexican specialties we would most enjoy. When our four-year-old could not decide on his drink order,she told him she would whip him up something special. More on www.pitstopsforkids.com.
- Upper Rogue River Trail
The Upper Rogue Trail outside of Prospect, Oregon offers several starting points for beautiful hiking. In the perfect location if you are traveling to or from Crater Lake National Park or Bend, Oregon, this off the beaten track pit stop takes you through scenic woodlands and stunning river views. For more info visit Pitstops for Kids: http://bit.ly/HQc9I
- Tuba City Dinosaur Tracks
At the Tuba City Dinosaur Tracks, located remotely in the Arizona desert, it is possible to view fossilized dinosaur tracks. Before stopping there recently on a long road trip, I had read mixed reviews (both concerning the validity of the tracks and the expertise of the local hosts of the site). After visiting, I'd have to guess that both good and bad are well-founded, because one's experience can vary greatly. Located near the Four Corners area within the Navajo Nation, the attraction is not flashy. In fact, I wouldnt even call it an attraction. If you don't know what you're looking for, the single handmade sign directing you off Highway 160 is not likely to catch your attention. Out in the middle of the acrid desert, you drive down about 100 yards to a dusty parking lot, where a representative of the Navajo lands will greet you and tour you through a series of fossilized prints from the Jurassic period. For more info visit Pitstops for Kids: http://bit.ly/FjJ3r
- Trees of Mystery
Fifteen miles outside of Crescent City on Highway 101 is Trees of Mystery (15500 Highway 101 North), a groomed interpretive trail through the redwoods complete with a Sky Trail gondola, museum, and restaurant. For more info visit: http://bit.ly/2fIOaB
- Six Flags Discovery Kingdom
We had not visited Six Flags for a number of years (I believe it was Marine World Africa USA last time we were there) and this trip, we found our enjoyment of this park varied greatly depending on our age and propensity toward high speed thrill rides. Our ten-year-old loved the park. As in, absolutely LOVED everything about it. He couldnt get enough of the roller coasters and thrill rides (and so those of us tall enough to accompany him did so over and over and over again). For more see www.pitstopsforkids.com
- Riverbanks Zoo & Gardens
If youre in the Columbia area of South Carolina, you wont want to miss Riverbanks Zoo and Gardens Boo at the Zoo. For more information, visit Pitstops for Kids: http://bit.ly/34KL3P
- Reed Bingham State Park
Reed Bingham State Park is about three and a half hours from Atlantaif camping is not your thing, its also a good place to just get off the road for a bit to stretch your legs, enjoy a picnic or even squeeze in a game of mini-golf. In addition to mini-golf, Reed Bingham has a nice playground, beach and boat docks. For more see http://pitstopsforkids.com.s27494.gridserver.com/?p=347.
- Red Top Mountain State Park
Step back to the early 1800s with a visit to Vaughn Cabin to learn about pioneer life. Try your hand at candle dipping and woodworking, or play a few games. On Saturday night, we will fire up a large furnace for the always popular iron pour. Come early to buy scratch blocks to design your own keepsake. See more at http://pitstopsforkids.com.s27494.gridserver.com/?p=401.
- Zurich International Airport
Called family services, the two playspaces are located in Transit A, between the transfer desk and special assistance desk, and in Ground 1, right past security clearance next to the entrance to gates 6069 (Dock E, level 3, above gate E45) -- everything you'll need for the infant-toddler range. For more info visit Pitstops for Kids: http://bit.ly/NWDsC
- The Maswik Lodge
The cabins at The Maswik Lodge offer that perfect balance of convenience, location, and affordability. For more info visit Pitstops for Kids: http://bit.ly/aCAHrp
- The Great Wolf Lodge
I would definitely recommend The Great Wolf Lodge for a kid-centered getaway. The main attraction of The Great Wolf Lodge is the water park. For more info visit Pitstops for Kids: http://bit.ly/18lIkT
- Silver Mountain Morning Star Lodge
A beautiful ski resort in winter, Silver Mountain has recently added an amazing indoor water park within its resort property. For more info visit Pitstops for Kids: http://bit.ly/dawvSE
- Wheeler Historic Farm
Great place to stop and play with kids while driving along I-15 or I-215! Feed animals, milk a cow, eat lunch at the Country Store, and run around! See a full review: http://www.pitstopsforkids.com/2010/05/wheeler-historic-farm/
- Tillamook Cheese Visitor Center
You can take a self-guided tour of the production floor (viewed from above), then sample all the cheese you want (yes you read that right!). Definitely try the curds (they're surprisingly great!) and stop by the store, too! For more visit Pit Stops for Kids at http://bit.ly/9fGK8Z
- The National Naval Aviation Museum
The National Naval Aviation Museum, located within Navel Air Station Pensacola, makes for a wonderful (and free!) pitstop along I-10. Exhibits, an IMAX theater that shows several movies a day, a small restaurant, a flight simulator, and lots of hands-on activities See www.pitstopsforkids.com for more.
- JK House Korean Restaurant
Want something a little different for lunch or dinner while traveling I-85? Try JK House Korean in Valley, Alabama (Exit 79). Says Lucia of Dim Sum, Bagels, and Crawfish,Valley is a small town with the usual line up of fast food places, but luckily we drove past those and discovered the JK House Korean restaurant, a surprisingly large and new place with a menu written in Korean and English. For more see www.pitstopsforkids.com
- Agrirama: Georgia's Museum of Agriculture and Historic Village
Always one to love living history exhibits, I knew I had found the perfect pitstop in Tifton, Georgias Agrirama, Georgias Museum of Agriculture and Living History Museum. Touted as a where the present meets the pasta, Agrirama is a 95-acre complex featuring an historic village with over 35 structures which have been relocated to the site and faithfully restored or preserved. For more see http://pitstopsforkids.com.s27494.gridserver.com/? p=639.
- Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport
In Terminal B, you'll find the Pepsi Junior Flyer's Club, a 685-square-foot aviation-themed play area complete with a padded floor, roadway, bridge, car, plane, and air and traffic control tower. (Two other, smaller, clubs exist in Terminals C and D.) For more info visit Pitstops for Kids: http://bit.ly/9GYBi3
- Del Mar Motel on the Beach
Del Mar Motel on the Beach is a no-frills operation, but it's perfect for families who want a low-key place where kids are welcome and sand on the carpet is no big deal. For more info visit Pitstops for Kids: http://bit.ly/aR0Krw
- Earth's Minerals Scratch Patch
Earths Minerals Scratch Patch is a must-see, interactive experience that makes for an amazing pitstop for all ages off the I-5 in Seattle. For more see www.pitstopsforkids.com.
- Green Bluff Apple Festival
Green Bluff Growers just outside Spokane, Washington is the perfect place to be all autumn! Whether you want to pick apples during the Apple Festival (now through Oct. 25th), mull cider, choose pumpkins, or sample a complete fall bounty, you can do it all at Green Bluffand all amid a fun, festival atmosphere. From the official website: The farms offer a wide variety of fruits and vegetables either picked or U-Pick. For more see www.pitstopsforkids.com.
- Bear Creek Park
Bear Creek Park is an excellent pitstop that quite frankly, I forgot to review earlier because its right in my hometown. Its also, however, right off of I-5 but tucked out of sight, making it a perfect candidate for Pitstops for Kids. Bear Creek Park is huge, and has something for everybody. On the east end of the park are a dirt BMX track (try it out if you have bikes with you!) and a large skate park. See more at http://pitstopsforkids.com.s27494.gridserver.com/? p=136
- Bear Creek Recreation Site
You won't find a better place to stop along windy Highway 42 on your way to the Oregon coast than the Bear Creek Recreation Site. Located between Roseburg and Coquille off Highway 42, look for the sign on the right- hand side directly after the Bear Creek bridge. There's parking for several cars, a picnic area, bathrooms, and a beautiful foot bridge over Bear Creek ending in a short trail through the dense forest. For more info visit Pitstops for Kids: http://bit.ly/d8FmDW
- Bonneville Dam and Fish Hatchery
The first time my husband convinced me to stop at the Bonneville Dam and Fish Hatchery, I was skeptical at best. To me, a fish hatchery sounds about as exciting as a coma, but kids love it. You also can not beat the price (free!) or the stunning Oregon scenery. See more at http://pitstopsforkids.com.s27494.gridserver.com/?p=83.
- Castle Crags State Park
For a low-key, and inexpensive pitstop just miles over the California border, pull over at Castle Crags State Park. There's a beautiful picnic area just across the river from the main entrance (that would be the upper Sacramento River) and forest groves to explore. If you plan ahead, you can stop a few miles north in Dunsmuir for sandwiches. See more at: http://www.deliciousbaby.com/travel/usa/ca/dunsmuir/listing/castle-crags-state-park/
- Downieville Museum
Downieville Museum is open through the summer months and on many weekends through the spring and fall. Learn all about the gold rush which once made this tiny community a boom town. Located in a stone building on Main Street. If you have time, visit the historic gallows outside of the courthouse, the see Sierra County's collection of gold nuggets in the lobby. Walk through the historic county seat, wander the shops on Main Street, laze at The Forks of the North Yuba and Downie rivers, and grab a copy of California's oldest weekly newspaper. For more info visit Pitstops for Kids: http://bit.ly/bnR8F9
- E.J. Roberts Park
Only a few minutes into town (and its a lovely town!), EJ Roberts is a beautiful little respite from a long roadtrip. Located in a quiet residential area, the park is medium-sized, with a shaded play area, lots of grass to throw a ball around, and picnic tables, all with a stunning mountain backdrop. For more see http://pitstopsforkids.com.s27494.gridserver.com/?p=281.
- Jelly Belly Factory Tour
Despite the fact that mortal embarrassment is my first connotation with this attraction, it still makes my list of reviews. Its that great. its free! Tours of the factory go from 9 am to 4 pm every day (every 15 minutes) and are 45 minutes long (about 10 minutes TOO long for my three-year-oldbut maybe not yours). Guides take you past viewing areas of all aspects of the factory (beware primary color overload!) See more on www.pitstopsforkids.com
- Julia Street
Stop in to see the current exhibits and then head over to the Louisiana Childrens Museum (right next door). And if you are still up for learning more about Southern art and culture, head down a few blocks to the Ogden. For more see http://pitstopsforkids.com.s27494.gridserver.com/?p=127.
- Enchanted Forest
The park is small and therefore very manageable. For admission under $10 a person (under 2 is free), you can definitely get your money's worth within a few hours. You start at Storybook Lane, which winds its way up a fairly steep hillside. (Everything is very green and lush, but that's because you're in Oregon and it's probably raining.) Every few yards, the kids come across a new attraction: Alice's rabbit hole, a crooked house, a long slide down a giant shoe. For more see www.pitstopsforkids.com.
- Enderts Beach
Located in Redwoods National Park, It is a great flat beach with a picnic area, parking and bathrooms. You go just 2 miles south of Crescent City (Hwy 101) to Enderts Beach Road. Take this road for awhile and you will see signs to the beach/picnic area. There is also a trail/overlook on this road (a recommended hike). For more info visit Pitstops for Kid: http://bit.ly/2fIOaB
- Goebbert's Pumpkin Farm
In South Barrington, Illinois, you will want to spend a fall Saturday or Sunday at Goebberts Pumpkin Farm. Their fall festival, running from September 26th through October 31st, includes a haunted house and camel rides in addition to the standard pumpkin patch, corn maze, and petting zoo! And their farmers market and caf offer some of the best local produce and homemade goods of the area. For more see www.pitstopsforkids.com.
- Jetterz Kids Club
It's not free, but is fully supervised, meaning that you can drop off kids and go eat or shop if so inclined. Inside, you'll find a TV, DVD player, reading material, computers and other games, as well as toys. For more info visit Pitstops for Kids: http://bit.ly/91U9Y2
- John Ascuaga's Nugget Casino Resort
The Atrium Pool's spacious solarium setting allows for light, views, and a feel of the outdoors while swimming in a covered, heated space. Plenty of games at the Skywalk Arcade. For more info visit Pitstops for Kids: http://bit.ly/892Sg0
- KidPort at Logan International Airport
Logan International Airports KidPort is a kid's paradise, located in the Terminal C departure area. This is much more than a play area; it's a hand's-on learning experience. For more info visit Pitstops for Kids: http://bit.ly/6QzMdt
- Lithia Park
Lithia Park is a stunningly beautiful 93-acre park in a garden setting situated within easy distance of 1-5 for either a quick pitstop or an afternoon detour. See more at http://pitstopsforkids.com.s27494.gridserver.com/? p=205
- Mrs. Grossman's Sticker Factory
Free one-hour tours run multiple times per day, and include a video, a guided tour of the sticker factory, a fun sticker craft, a visit to their sticker museum, where you can see every sticker Mrs. Grossman's has ever made, and a $3 off coupon for your purchase of $20 at the Company Store. For more info visit: http://bit.ly/cgbvj8
- Madrid-Barajas International Airport
If you find yourself flying to Madrid, you'll be treated with not one, but two lifesaving playspaces, one for kids over age six (complete with a tube/jungle gym climbing structure) and one set up as a nursery and respite for toddlers and babies. For more info visit Pitstops for Kids: http://bit.ly/1Zvf4b
- Maxwwll-Gunter Air Force Base
$46 for two bedrooms separated by a bathroom and fairly close to major interstates. Stop at the commissary the next morning to stock up on gas and snacks for the road. For more info visit Pitstops for Kids: http://bit.ly/d49fFK
- Mayfield Dairy
The Mayfield Dairy is a working dairy with factory tour right off of I-85. Be sure to sample the ice cream! Sue of Field Trips with Sue was there recently with her children. It was an interesting tour, especially for a bunch of city kids who think milk comes from Publix. For more see www.pitstopsforkids.com.
- McArthur Burney Falls State Park
McArthur Burney Falls State Park is one of the nicest state parks I've run across in a long time. After you enter the park, you'll find a large, shaded picnic area to your right, with parking to the left. Follow the signs to the Burney Falls overlook for an amazing view. 129-feet high, Burney Falls is stunning (and dumps 100 million gallons of water a day!). The 0.3 mile walk to the base of the falls is well worth it; at the bottom, enjoy the soft spray or dip your toes in the freezing water. The basin is a beautiful blue. There's a loop trail to try if time is permitting (1.3 miles), or just retrace your steps back to the top (0.6 round trip). We picnicked at a nearby table, but wished we'd had enough time for a swim in nearby Lake Britton. For more info visit Pitstops for Kids: http://bit.ly/9vvkvm
- Multnomah Falls
Its hard to miss Multnomah Falls when traveling I-84, but you really need to stop and see it up close to appreciate its 620 foot height. And this pitstop doesnt have to take a lot of time. From the parking lot, walk under the road through the pedestrian tunnel to the lodge and base of the falls. See more on www.pitstopsforkids.com
- Native Americans of the Southeast
Driving I-75 between Atlanta and Chattanooga can become a fun-filled history lesson on Native Americans of the Southeast. At Etowah Indian Mounds (813 Indian Mounds Rd., S.W. Cartersville), kids can burn off energy climbing the 63-foot earthen mound where they can look over the valley and imagine life 1,000 years ago. See more on http://pitstopsforkids.com.s27494.gridserver.com/?p=362
- Oregon Zoo
The Oregon Zoo is the oldest zoo west of the Mississippi. It is also one of the best. With exhibits such as the Great Northwest, a wonderful collection of animals indigenous to Oregon, and the newly opened Predators of the Serengeti, its no wonder that families return to this zoo again and again. You can picnic with a lunch on the wide lawn by the Africa section (where the main food venues are located). See more from Pit Stops for Kids at www.pitstopsforkids.com.
- Mt. Shasta Treehouse Inn
The motel is prettily themed in a log-cabin, wilderness dcor, boasts a large indoor pool and hot tub, and serves a full (think eggs, pancakes, potatoes, danishes, fruit, yogurt and more) free breakfast. For more info visit Pitstops for Kids: http://bit.ly/9CmAhv
- Ocean World
A privately funded aquarium located just off Highway 101 by the Crescent City Harbor. Young kids will love the touch and feel' tide pools and everyone will want to pet sharks and see a sea lion show. For more info visit: http://bit.ly/2fIOaB
- Play Area in SEATAC Airport
The entire room is soft-sided and spongy, from the floor to the walls, and kids can roll, climb, jump, and flop at whim. If only massage chairs had been installed among the bench seats, it would be airport nirvana. For more info visit Pitstops for Kids: http://bit.ly/cGBkHi
- The Varsity Restaurant
Make sure you are hungry for a meal while cruising through Atlanta on I-75, because you are going to want to stop at The Varsity. According to a member of Disboards.com, Transportation board, its a must: To say they serve burgers and chili dogs is unfair. Its indescribable. See more at www.pitstopsforkids.com