How to Plan a Fun Father and Son Adventure to Harpers Ferry

How to Plan a Fun Father and Son Adventure to Harpers Ferry

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Summer is a crazy travel time for me at work. It seems all my clients love to have their meetings in the late summer early fall so I travel frequently. Luckily, Dan totally embraces this extra bonding time with Aiden and always plans fun adventures. Usually, they end up taking a day-trip to one of the many small towns that are within an hour or two from our home. On my most recent trip, Dan took the little guy and his new Maxi-Cosi Magellan 5-in-1 Convertible Car Seat for a fun adventure to Harpers Ferry, West Virginia. He helped me write this post on how to plan a fun father and son adventure to Harpers Ferry.

Father and Son Adventure to Harpers Ferry featured by popular DC mommy blogger, Baby Castan on Board

Harpers Ferry is only an hour from us but we have never been so Dan took my business trip as the perfect opportunity to check it out. Plus, we just received our Magellan car seat so how better to test it out than a road trip? The first thing Aiden said when he got in the Maxi-Cosi Magellan, was “oh comfy”. Having the Maxi-Cosi definitely made the journey (and all our everyday adventures) safe and comfortable.

Father and Son Adventure to Harpers Ferry featured by popular DC mommy blogger, Baby Castan on Board

Maxi-Cosi is the top-selling baby car seat brand worldwide. Over the past 30 years, Maxi-Cosi car seats have carried over 50 million babies home from the hospital. I love the Maxi-Cosi Magellan 5-in-1 Convertible Car Seat because it is an investment that lasts. The innovative new 5-in-1 convertible car seat accommodates children from birth to age 10 (5 lbs. to 120 lbs.). As with every Maxi-Cosi car seat, the Magellan has been designed with comfort and style in mind, incorporating premium fabrics that are machine washable, while providing a contemporary, yet timeless look — this is perfect for road trip drinks and snacks. Aiden especially loved the cup holders. They held his water bottle and snacks perfectly. You can learn more about the Maxi-Cosi Magellan 5-in-1 Convertible Car Seat here.

Father and Son Adventure to Harpers Ferry featured by popular DC mommy blogger, Baby Castan on Board

What to do in Harpers Ferry, WV with a Toddler

The coolest thing about Harpers Ferry, WV is that the whole town is considered a National Park. We have a dream to take Aiden to all the US National Parks so it was great to check this one off our list. Aiden and I just went for the day so we didn’t get to do everything but that just means there is an excuse to go back. I know Melissa will want to see it, plus we have this comfy new Maxi-Cosi Magellan 5-in-1 Convertible Car Seat so we know Aiden will be comfortable!

Father and Son Adventure to Harpers Ferry featured by popular DC mommy blogger, Baby Castan on Board

One thing to keep in mind when visiting Harpers Ferry is that you are going to do a lot of walking. I also wouldn’t say it’s stroller friendly! When we arrived we parked in the main Visitor’s Center. This is several miles from the lower town of Harpers Ferry where most of the touristy stuff is. There are hikeable trails that you can follow to get from the Visitor’s Center to the lower town, but there is also a shuttle which we decided to take.

Father and Son Adventure to Harpers Ferry featured by popular DC mommy blogger, Baby Castan on Board

The shuttle makes a stop at Bolivar Heights during the summer so we stopped there first. Bolivar Heights is known for having more battle action than any other location at Harpers Ferry including the first battle of the Civil War at Harpers Ferry. Here we saw beautiful views of the water gap in Harpers Ferry and walked along the Schoolhouse Ridge North which was lined with cannons. Aiden had plenty of space to run around and get some of his energy out from the car ride.

Father and Son Adventure to Harpers Ferry featured by popular DC mommy blogger, Baby Castan on Board

The shuttle runs about every 20-minutes so we got back on and went to Lower Town. Our next stop was lunch! We ate at Almost Heaven Pub and Grill. We were able to eat outside on the deck that overlooks the train. I knew Aiden would love watching the trains pass. We saw an old freight train and an Acela during our time there.

After lunch, it was time to explore. Harpers Ferry has a lot to look at. We walked up the stairs to St. Peter’s Catholic Church. Since the stairs are steep we walked down Public Way back to the main road (High Street) and hit up True Treats candy store. True Treats claims to be the nation’s only researched-based historic candy store specializing in candy from the first in history through the mid-1900s. We got some gummy bears for the trip home.

 

Father and Son Adventure to Harpers Ferry featured by popular DC mommy blogger, Baby Castan on Board

From there we followed High Street down past John Brown’s Fort and the Arsenal to The Point. The Point is the confluence of the Potomac and Shenandoah rivers. From this location, you can see three states – Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia.

Father and Son Adventure to Harpers Ferry featured by popular DC mommy blogger, Baby Castan on Board

It was beautiful but didn’t hold Aiden’s attention for very long. He wanted to walk along the Harpers Ferry Railroad Bridge. This bridge crosses the Potomac River near its confluence with the Shenandoah River. The bridge is part of the Appalachian Trail. We just walked the bridge and then returned to Lower Town for ice cream.

Father and Son Adventure to Harpers Ferry featured by popular DC mommy blogger, Baby Castan on Board

After ice cream, we walked back to the shuttle to head home. We had enough adventure for one day. Aiden fell asleep in his Maxi-Cosi Magellan 5-in-1 Convertible Car Seat almost before we left the parking lot. It’s great to have a car seat that keeps the little adventurer safe and comfortable.

Father and Son Adventure to Harpers Ferry featured by popular DC mommy blogger, Baby Castan on Board

Father and Son Adventure to Harpers Ferry featured by popular DC mommy blogger, Baby Castan on Board

If you are in need of a car seat for long trips or everyday adventures, you should definitely check out the Maxi-Cosi Magellan 5-in-1 Convertible Car seat which retails for $349.99. It comes in five sophisticated colors: Night Black, Midnight Slate, Blue Opal, Emerald Tide and Violet Caspia. You can find it at Amazon, Target.com, Buy Buy Baby, Nordstrom.com, and Albee Baby.

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Melissa

Hi, I’m Melissa! I am a mama to an energetic toddler, a wife to my amazing husband Dan, and I work full-time as a meeting planner. I started this blog because, after having my little guy, I quickly learned that exhaustion and baby brain causes you to forget some of the amazing (sometimes horrible and sometimes wonderful) details related to the first several months of raising a baby. Considering we may have more kids in the future, I want to document everything we do, so we remember what worked the first time around, and hopefully help other first time mamas along the way!

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