June 2022

Things To Do at Our 4 Respite Destinations

We offer Urban, Beach, Local, and Rustic Respites so you can enjoy time away at your ideal destination.

Our mission at The A Week Away Foundation is to provide those facing life-threatening illnesses and their families time away to rest, recharge, and continue their fight. We understand how important one’s environment is for maximum tranquility, so to give the families the perfect relaxing Respite, we offer time away in Urban, Beach, Rustic, and Local locations. This blog will highlight each Respite type and share a few examples of fun sites and activities to enjoy at each location!

Beach - Ocean City Maryland

A vacation at the beach is full of waves, sun, and sand, but there is so much more to enjoy in Ocean City, Maryland, one of our Beach Respite locations! We love Ocean City because its beaches offer ADA accommodations so everyone can enjoy lounging beside the ocean! There are plenty of places to eat along the boardwalk, and visitors can check out some truly unique oddities at Ripley’s Believe it Or Not before hopping on a ride at the Jolly Roger Amusement Park! In addition, Ocean City has some of the best mini golf adventures to test your putt-putt skills before you head towards the bay to experience a sunset over the water.

Urban - Philadelphia

There is so much to explore in Philadelphia from art, culture, history, and science! Visitors can travel down Independence Mall to the Philadelphia Museum of Art, which is home to an astonishing art collection and the Rocky steps and statue! Families with young children can check out the Philadelphia Zoo, The Franklin Institute, and the Please Touch Museum, where kids can learn, play and explore. Philadelphia is also home to delicious food, whether you prefer a classic Philly cheesesteak or a five-star meal! History lovers can easily spend a day getting lost in Old City visiting history staples like the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, and Franklin Square Park.

Rustic - Poconos

Experience a restful woodsy retreat in the Poconos Mountains! The Pennsylvania Poconos is a beloved mountain getaway and features plenty of family-friendly entertainment, from a family nature hike, to lounging at the lake. Families can stay in private cabins or residences and enjoy the peaceful tranquility of nature. For those that want to get out and explore, the Poconos has a number of outdoor activities for all age ranges including ziplines, tubing, and swimming!


For some, a stay-cation away from the everyday responsibilities of care-taking, doctors, and bills is just the key to enjoying a week of rest. Are there local attractions you have always wanted to enjoy as a family but never had the opportunity to? A local Respite in the Central Pennsylvania area is a perfect chance to seize that opportunity and experience local fun. A week filled with activities your family will love can look however you want it to, including days out at a local fun park, a visit to a museum, or a night out at the movies!

These are just a few examples of the Respite options available to our families. If you or a loved one is facing a life-threatening illness, A Week Away can provide you and your loved ones quality time together without worry, hassle, or financial strain. Applying for a Respite is simple and can be started today! Visit our website to learn more and fill out an application.