Summer Road Trips to the 16th Century.

Renaissance festivals can be the perfect stress reliever for an over scheduled family. My family and I have enjoyed more than a dozen Ren faires in various locations always dressing the part and melding with the faire atmosphere.  I know from experience that one of the best parts of any Ren faire experience is imagining together about another time in history and play acting along with everyone else. There really is no substitute for being there.

Renaissance faire magic.

Being a princess for a day is part of the Renaissance faire magic.

The best Ren faires create a 16th century time capsule (sometimes loosely translated) where royalty reigns and jousts are the order of the day. There’s music and dance, royal parades and artisan shops plus scrumptious food. It is a place where bards, jesters, puppeteers, falconers, magicians and fairy folk mingle with gallant knights, beautiful princesses, an occasional dastardly dragon, and uncommon folk from this century.

Ren faires create an atmosphere punctuated by lively entertainment and living history moments, creating the perfect setting for a carefree family experience difficult to duplicate on your own. Where else can you dress up and pretend to be a pirate, or a jester, lady in waiting or a forest fairy? Where else can you practice speaking like a citizen of the shire; enjoy falconry, human-powered rides, enchanted mazes and organized quests? Where else can you hear storytellers, see a royal court, watch jousting, puppeteers, and jesters? And where else can you eat with your fingers?

Bristol Renaissance Faire in Wisconsin.

Huzzah! Bristol Renaissance Faire in Wisconsin makes summer in the 16th century magical for everyone who attends.

The faire atmosphere creates the ultimate interactive family experience with seeing, doing, and pretending all part of the fun. It’s an easy way practice imaging together without the aid of electronic devices. The immersive experience is bound to stretch your child’s comfort zone with 16tth century activities, sights, sounds, aromas and costumes all part of the day.

If a road trip to the 16th century makes sense then head for one of the best locations. My suggestions include Bristol Renaissance Faire in Wisconsin, Great Lakes Medieval Faire in Ohio, Holly Michigan Renaissance Festival, Ohio Renaissance Festival, Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire, New York Renaissance Faire, and Minnesota Renaissance Festival.


Nancy Nelson-Duac

Curator of the Good Stuff for the Family Travel Files


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