How to Plan Fun Weekend Trips This Summer

By Jeff Bogle

Jun 16, 2021

With National Go Fishing Day and Father’s Day, June is ripe for fun weekend trips! Here’s how to plan fun family weekend getaways this summer.

Mid-June is ripe for fun weekend trips! You’ve got National Go Fishing Day, always on June 18, which in 2021 is con-veniently on a Friday. And who can forget Father’s Day, the first Sunday of June, which is the 20th this year — the very same weekend! Here’s how to plan weekend trips full of family outdoor activities.

How Much Time Do Can You Be Away?

The first question before booking fun weekend trips is, how long can you be away on your fun family weekend geta-ways? With work, pet care, and other commitments, maybe you can only be away for one night. That’s okay, you can still have lots of fun!

Where To Go For Fun Family Weekend Getaways

Fun weekend trips spanning National Go Fishing Day and Father’s Day will ideally happen near a beautiful body of wa-ter, beneath a brilliant blue sky, with fishing poles in hands! There are many great places to go boating and fishing with kids. Find a new lake or river within an easy drive and take a family road trip for National Go Fishing Day!

Where Should You Stay?

Many Kampgrounds of America (KOA) offer cabins with a fire pit to make s’mores at night. You can also book a campsite for a family camping adventure or find a private AirBnB to call home during your fun weekend trips this summer.

The Best Family Outdoor Activities this Summer

Here are four of the best family outdoor activities to do during a fun weekend trip.


When it comes to family outdoor activities, it’s hard to beat fishing with kids! National Go Fishing Day is the perfect ex-cuse to escape the office early and enjoy a weekend by the water.


The crunch of leaves and twigs underfoot, and the chance to explore new trails while hiking is one way to make your fun weekend trips memorable.


With a guidebook in hand and a pair of binoculars, taking kids birdwatching is a wonderful outdoor activity during fun family weekend getaways

Rock collecting

Scooping up the brightest red, coolest swirly, and funniest misshaped rocks, then labeling where they came from, is a brilliant way to remember your family’s fun weekend trips together.

Know before you go: Read through these Family Fishing Weekend Ideas to get you on the water quickly and safely.

Jeff Bogle
Jeff Bogle
Jeff is a dad of teen daughters, avid traveler, photographer, and freelance writer. He’s penned stories on family travel, outdoor recreation, the environment, parenting, and more for Fodor’s, Reader’s Digest, Parents Magazine, Good Housekeeping, PBS, and Esquire, among other publications. Find him on his blog, and on Instagram @OWTK. Jeff is also the publisher of the quarterly literary zine, Stanchion