How about a day trip with the family?

There are countless day trips you can take to places very close to the Delaware beaches. These are family-friendly sites where you can relax, enjoy some time with your loved ones and still be home in time to get a good night’s sleep.

The places we’ve chosen are all within about an hour or two from downtown Rehoboth. So pick your favorite from our list and enjoy!

Here are our choices for some wonderful day trip adventures:

Go to the Zoo. Nearby Salisbury, Maryland, has a wonderful small town zoo, as many locals are already aware. It’s still free to enter and it’s adjacent to a park where you can sit and eat your lunch, if the weather allows of course. Visit www.salisburyzoo.org for more information.

But if you’re feeling a little more adventurous, why not take a trip across the Cape May Lewes Ferry and make the short drive up the Garden State Parkway to the zoo in Cape May, N.J.? A fantastic option for a short day trip with the kids, this fun zoo features several interesting exhibits and many animals to enjoy. Just make sure you leave in time to catch the last ferry home or an overnight stay will be required. Visit www.cmczoo.com for more information on the Cape May County Park & Zoo.

Go Ice Skating. Our number one choice for ice skating, and the one closest to home, is the indoor ice skating rink at the Delaware State Fairgrounds in Harrington. Go during open skating time or even sign up for lessons if it’s something you and/or the kids enjoy. Visit HERE for more information on the Delaware State Fair Center Ice Rink.

The city of Wilmington also opened an outdoor ice skating area at the riverfront last year. We’ve never visited the Horizon Riverfront Ice Skating Rink personally so we can’t give you any first-hand information. But from those who have gone, we hear it’s a blast in the spirit of Rockefeller Center in New York City. It’s located along the Christina River in Wilmington. Visit HERE for more information.

Air Mobility Command Museum. Now here’s a real treat if you're into big planes and fun exhibits. The Air Mobility Command Museum is adjacent to Dover Air Force Base and features a large selection of retired aircraft, including one that was once used by the vice president of the United States. Inside, there are many exhibits documenting Delaware’s military history, from World War II all to way to present day. This is definitely a fun and highly recommended way to spend a day in the First State. Visit www.amcmuseum.org for more information on the Air Mobility Command Museum in Dover.

Delaware Children’s Museum. Located on the Riverfront in Wilmington, this interactive museum is the First State’s version of a nationwide movement in recent years. Designed to give young ones a way of experiencing different adventures in a controlled environment, the Delaware Children’s Museum has become a very popular destination since opening a few years ago. Exhibits at the museum include “The Power of Me,” where the human body is explored, to “Bank on It,” where money management is explored in a kid-friendly way, and “Stratosphere,” where kids can climb on a 30-foot tall structure and just enjoy being kids. Visit www.delawarechildrensmuseum.org for more information.

Longwood Gardens. Obviously, the gardens will be much more glorious in the spring, but there are always flowers in bloom and things to see at this magnificent site just across the state line in Pennsylvania. Explore the four-acre conservatory, view the many orchids that are now in bloom or spend time at the Bonsai display. A trip to this beautiful site is always well worth the trip, no matter the time of year. Visit www.longwoodgardens.org for more information.

So, there you have it! A few of our selections for fun and exciting day trips from the Delaware beaches.

Obviously, there are several more choices in places like Washington, Baltimore, Philadelphia and surrounding areas. But these are a few options that are either in Delaware or very close by.

Be sure to visit us again next week as we continue our look into area things to do during the cold weather months.

Have a great weekend everyone!