While right now we’re looking forward to the holidays, before you know it spring break will be on the horizon! Take some time while your family is together for the holidays to pick out your perfect spring break destination. Here are some of our favorites to get you started!
For families with children of varying ages, Orlando is a one-stop vacation spot. From the Magic Kingdom to Epcot Center, from to Sea World to Universal Studios, every family member’s passing whim and curious fancy can be addressed, whether animals, movies, world cultures, or talking mice and princesses. If sports are your thing, the ESPN Wide World of Sports is close by and fanatics can witness spring training baseball games. But if you’re not looking to spend your whole trip caught up in the hustle and bustle of tourist attractions, a short drive will take you to Clearwater and St. Petersburg or Cocoa Beach, where you can relax and recharge on beautiful white-sand beaches before you head back home.
Hilton Head, South Carolina
You won’t have to worry about the college-aged spring breakers in Hilton Head, South Carolina, since they’ll all be in Myrtle Beach for their vacations. This means your family will have the small island (featuring almost fifteen miles of beautiful beaches) all to yourselves. There are plenty of outdoorsy ways to wile away the time, including a plethora of world-class golf courses (and plenty of places for kids and adults to learn how to swing a club) and miles and miles of biking and hiking trails. For those who don’t mind getting wet, Hilton Head is also a great spot for fishing and crabbing—maybe you’ll even be able to catch dinner together.
Boston empties out at various times in the spring as the college campuses go on spring break, but that doesn’t mean the city stops. Join together with the cheering crowds during the famous Boston Marathon in April. Or attend the Cambridge Science Festival, the first festival of its kind that aims to make science accessible, interactive, and fun. It hosts more than 150 events at multiple locations across the city every spring. And just because school is out, it doesn’t mean the learning has to end. Explore historical sites like the Old South Meeting House, where the Boston Tea Party began or find others more to your taste along the Freedom Trail. Pack a picnic lunch and enjoy the greenery of the Boston Common and the beautiful flowers of the Public Garden. And while the Red Sox might train in Florida, no visit to Boston is ever complete without a stop at Fenway Park and the Green Monster.
U.S. Virgin Islands
For a spring break vacation that feels exotic but doesn’t require a passport, try planning a trip to the U.S. Virgin Islands. Many of the resorts the three main islands (Saint Croix, Saint John, and Saint Thomas) off all-inclusive packages and there always seem to be online deals, so you won’t be forced to break the bank to afford a Caribbean dream. First-time visitors are advised to visit Saint John, where the seven-thousand-mile national park is located. In addition to hiking and biking trails, you can camp on the beach, snorkel in coral reefs, and visit the site of the Annaberg sugar plantation.
One of the many reasons to visit Washington, D.C., during the spring is the National Cherry Blossom Festival that runs from mid-March through April. You can even book a special Cherry Blossom boat cruise down the Potomac River and participate in the Kite Festival. Also occurring in the spring is the Rock ‘N’ Roll Marathon, where you can join the throngs of cheering crowds. All of the historic (and mostly free) attractions are open during spring break, too. These include any of the Smithsonian Museums—the National Museum of Natural History, the Portrait Gallery, the Air and Space Museum—and many more. And there’s the White House, of course, which completes any visit to our nation’s capital.
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