It’s no surprise that, according to Yahoo! Travel, searches for “spring break” are up 149% this week as families look to leave winter behind and get away for a few days. I’ll be honest, here in DC, we haven’t had much of a winter, so while I’m excited to go to Puerto Rico at the end of the month, I think it would be much sweeter had we endured sub-zero temperatures the last few months (not that I’m complaining).
Yahoo! Travel also put together a list of ten great Spring Break destinations that appeal to all kinds of travelers, including families. I’ve been to some of these places, but others, like Yosemite National Park (CA) and Amelia Island (FL), are on my family travel wish list. Have you been to any of these hot spots? Let me know whether you’d go back.
Amelia Island (FL): You’ll love the 13 miles of white, sandy beaches, and be sure to take a river cruise along the scenic waterways. Head to Fort Clinch State Park to search for shark’s teeth and hike or bike along a six-mile trail.
Charleston (SC): There’s lots to do here for kids, including a visit to the South Carolina Aquarium, a minor league baseball game with the Charleston River Dogs or a day at the Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry.
Lanai Island (HI): Once a Dole pineapple plantation, Lanai is a laid-back island with various activities for kids, including walking through the Garden of the Gods, horseback riding and exploring the tide pools of Hulopoe Bay.
Natchez Trace Parkway: Enjoy camping, biking and ranger-led programs along this scenic parkway that runs from Tennessee through Mississippi. Before you go, download the Junior Ranger Booklet so your kids can get a head-start on earning a badge.
Newark (NJ): Newark was selected by Yahoo! Travel given United Way’s Alternative Spring Break program that kicked off this week with loads of volunteer opportunities. Also, check out the Newark Museum, the Liberty Science Center and Turtle Back Zoo.
San Diego (CA): There’s so much here for kids, including Balboa Park, the San Diego Zoo (be sure to check out the Butterfly Jungle March 24-April 15), Legoland and SeaWorld. Go downtown to see the historic Gaslamp Quarter or fly a kite in Mission Bay Park.
Scottsdale (AZ): Make music at the Musical Instrument Museum or get up-close with cacti and desert plants at the Desert Botanical Garden. Enjoy hands-on exhibits at the Heard Museum or head to MacDonald’s Ranch for a petting zoo and stagecoach rides.
Telluride (CO): Enjoy a free gondola ride to the St. Sophia Nature Center for native wildlife education, children’s nature activities and guided interpretive hikes. You may still have some time to get in some skiing too.
Washington, DC: There’s so much for kids to see and do here in DC, including the Newseum, U.S. Capitol, International Spy Museum and the National Museum of Natural History. This year also marks the 100th anniversary of the National Cherry Blossom Festival.
Yosemite National Park (CA): You and your family can hike, bike, fish, ride horses and do some birdwatching. Your kids can also become a Junior Ranger (ages 7-13) or a Little Cub (ages 3-6). Go online ahead of time for fun nature-based activities.
Where are you going to spring break? Headed to any of the spring break hot spots above? Let me know in the comments section below.
Photo Credit: Jeremy Duguid