Thursday, August 9, 2012

15 Tips for Visiting Small Town USA

I love small towns.  I think the fact that I don't have any preconceived expectations of them add to their character and charm.  We live near many small towns that we rarely visit.  I thought it would be fun to explore some of them this summer.  So, I added the idea to our summer bucket list and it's been a hit for us. The pictures below aren't from one town, but a menagerie of towns we visited because we liked the idea so much.  

Tips for exploring a small town

Here are some ideas for exploring small town USA with kids...
  • Consider dropping by the visitor's center, if there is one!  They can tell you the best places to visit and the most fun things to do during your visit.
  • Is the town famous for anything? Many small towns have a claim to fame somewhere in their history.  
  • Are there any fun festivals planned?  I have found that many small towns in our area have at least one fun and unusual festival each year.  
  • Are there any museums to visit?  We have found a few that are rather interesting.
  • Find a public garden or park to visit.  
  • Little Wonders' Days
  • Find out if there are any historical sites/homes.
  • Find the post office, the bank, the fire station, and church or place of worship of your faith.
  • Find out where the locals like to eat lunch and pay them a visit.
  • Take a picture of the "coolest" architectural structure you find.
  • Is there a town clock?  A town square?
  • If you feel safe doing so, take some of the side streets.  It's amazing some of the things you might find!
  • Tips for exploring a small town
  • Fun stores to scope out and visit might include:
    • the local 5 and dime
    • an old fashioned soda shoppe
    • the town bakery
    • a farmer's market
    • antique stores 
    • a hardware store
Tips for visiting a small town

  • Are there any interesting guided tours worth taking?  
  • Pick up some postcards and write some notes to the grandparents before leaving. 
  • Consider making a "scorecard" of sorts and over dinner rate the towns you visit.

Little Wonders' Days


Phyllis said...

This is a good list to use, even if you live in a small town!

Ticia said...

We love to visit small towns and I agree they almost always have something fun. Our local "small towns," aren't too small anymore, but they still have some fun stuff.

If you're a AAA member you can get their travel guides for free and that's one way to get information.

Angela said...

I love this post! Small towns are underrated.