Day Trip on a Budget: Best Summer Day Trip for Kids!

It’s definitely that time of year again — and with summer just around the corner, you may be looking for some interesting places that will both entertain and capture the imagination of your kids. There’s a long summer ahead… so consider this day trip on a budget!

If you’re trying to day trip on a budget AND entertain your kids, or expose them to some new and interesting experiences, your best bet is to check out the state parks. Nominal entrance fees — even if you’re from out of state — make these a great go-to resource for anyone watching their bottom line.

Calvert Cliffs State Park is unique among hiking opportunities in the region for its up-close views of the Calvert Cliffs from below, fossil hunting opportunities, and hiker-only access to the Chesapeake shoreline along a mile of sandy beach.

So go, sift through some sand (take along some sifters and a bag or two), and enjoy the short hike through freshwater and tidal marshland, and explore the wonders

To read some more about Calvert Cliffs, click here.

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Know before you go: The Calvert Cliffs’ beach area is a sandy quarter mile stretch located on the Chesapeake Bay. The shortest route to the beach is the 1.8 mile red trail. Fossil hunting, swimming, sunbathing and an open play space are common reasons people visit the beach. For a trail map, click here.

On-a-Budget: Day use service charge is $5/vehicle, small bus $10, large bus $25. Cash only.

Getting there: Take Route 2/4 south to approximately 14 miles south of Prince Frederick. Exit onto H.G. Trueman Road. You will be facing the park entrance

Hours: Sunrise to sunset daily, year round.

Dogs: A tired dog is a happy dog. This is the perfect place to tire out your favorite pooch!


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