Are you tired of the same, old beach vacation your family takes every spring break? Are you looking for a new idea that will spark some family bonding? This year, ditch the flip flops and beach chairs and check out some new places that your kids will be talking about for years to come. Whether you choose to head out west with your skis or down south with your baseball mitts, you’ll look back on your trip and wonder why you didn’t break out of the mold and try something new sooner! Here are 5 fun family-friendly spring break places you should check out this year! Happy travels!
Families who ski together stay together! An epic ski trip out west is a trip that your kids will never forget! Leave the cold, cloudy ski hills of Michigan behind and head west where you’ll find mountains ablaze in sunshine and gondolas that whisk you up into the clouds. While a ski trip during the peak skiing season in Colorado can make you choke on sticker shock, a trip to the slopes in the spring is a lot easier on your wallet. Lift ticket prices are much cheaper, and hotels need to fill their vacant rooms, so guess who gets a win-win on that?!? Keystone, a Vail Resort, is widely known to be one of the most family-friendly ski resorts in Colorado, with amenities that make schlepping kids and all their gear around a little bit easier. Front-row parking is free for families at Keystone! Compare this to other Colorado resorts where you might find yourself walking for miles just to get from your car to the slopes, and you can imagine what a luxury front-row parking is. They also provide wagons/gear chauffeurs to make toting the skis, poles, snowboards, and other gear more manageable. If you’ve ever tried to throw your own skis over your shoulder while trying to tuck your kids’ skis under your arm while also carrying everyone’s poles, it’s not a pretty sight. A 10-minute walk to the slopes can easily turn into a 30-minute trek full of screaming, yelling, sweating, swearing, fumbling, and regretting that you even had the great idea to take your family on a ski vacation (and that’s just you!). With a two-night stay at any one of Keystone’s 800 lodging choices, you can take advantage of the Kids Ski Free program, which will save you a ton on lift tickets. And when the kids need a break from the slopes, there are plenty of other non-skiing activities they’ll love, like face painting, fort building, disco tubing, scavenger hunts, and cookie hour! So load up your new RV from Motorhomes 2 Go with the skis or snowboards, set your sights on Colorado, and hit the slopes with your kids this spring break! A mountain of possibilities awaits you!
Escape the frigid, blowing snow of the north and head to where spring temperatures soar into the 70s and the sun never takes a day off. San Diego is a great family destination filled with sightseeing, beaches, awesome Mexican and seafood restaurants, naval history, and a little zoo. Spend the day touring the USS Midway Museum aboard one of our country’s longest-serving aircraft carriers. With more than 60 exhibits and a collection of 29 restored aircrafts, the family can experience what life aboard an aircraft carrier is like. There’s also a flight simulator for those daring enough to try their hand at flying! Or visit Balboa Park where you’ll find 15 major museums, performing arts, lush gardens, trails for hiking and biking, educational programs, and three leash-free dog parks if you’re lucky enough to travel with your little buddy! And a trip to San Diego isn’t complete without visiting the San Diego Zoo, also located in Balboa Park. This world-famous 100-acre zoo is home to more than 3,500 rare and endangered animals from more than 650 species and subspecies. There are also more than 700,000 exotic plants in the botanical gardens. To get fired up for your trip to the zoo, check out the live web cams of some of the most fascinating and beautiful animals you’ll ever see, like the panda bears or elephants. Make sure you pack your swimsuit and sunscreen when you pack up for San Diego. With 70 miles of beautiful, sandy beaches, you’ll definitely want to spend some time splashing in the waves and watching the local surfers hang ten! Del Mar, Mission Bay, and Coronado Beaches are a safe bet for clean, family fun.
Come April, our nation’s capitol is awash in beautiful cherry blossom trees that are in full bloom! Take your kids for a stroll along the National Mall where you’ll be surrounded by more than 3,000 cherry trees that are the crowning glory of the National Cherry Blossom Festival. Lasting three weeks, the festival celebrates cultural awareness throughout the city with live music and dancing, American and Japanese performances, a Blossom Kite Festival, Southwest Waterfront Fireworks Festival, and the Cherry Blossom Parade that’s followed by the Sakura Matsuri Japanese Street Festival. This year’s festival will take place from March 20-April 16. In addition to the cherry blossom festivities, make sure you take the kids to all the famous D.C. landmarks and talk about the significance of each one. These include the Lincoln Memorial, The Tidal Basin, the Vietnam Veterans and Korean War Veterans Memorials, The National Air and Space Museum, the U.S. Capitol and Library of Congress, The White House, and many more. Loads of campgrounds can be found around the area, but the one that offers the closest location to all the cherry blossom action is Cherry Hill Park in College Park, MD. With over 400 tent and RV sites, there's plenty of room for your new RV from Motorhomes 2 Go in Grand Rapids.
Whether you want to take in a spring baseball game at Wrigley Field or test your fear of heights on the Ledge at Willis Tower, Chicago offers endless possibilities for spring break fun! While early April temps may be chilly in the Windy City, it’s nothing that’ll hold you back from experiencing the best big city in the Midwest! For indoor fun, check out the plethora of amazing museums, like the Shedd Aquarium, the Field Museum of Natural History, the Museum of Science and Industry, the Adler Planetarium, or the Art Institute of Chicago. Enjoy a day by the water at the Navy Pier, the Midwest’s most-visited destination on the lakefront. Here you can take a ride up in the Centennial Ferris Wheel or a cruise out onto the big lake. The kids can get lost in the Funhouse Maze or race against time in the Time Freak challenge. Move on to the Magnificent Mile where just strolling down the bustling street is an attraction in itself (but leave your motorhome behind for this one!). Lined with beautiful, historic high-rise condo buildings, executive offices, fine stores, and alive with taxi drivers constantly beeping their horns, Michigan Avenue is sure to make an impression on your little ones. And don’t leave the big city without a stop at Dylan’s Candy Bar, a literal Candy Land come to life! But be warned, your kids will wander endlessly either completely overwhelmed or bouncing off the walls from mind-blowing stimulation! And they give free samples!
Spring Training in FL or AZ
For the baseball-loving family, a spring break trip to catch spring training in Florida or Arizona is a great call! Beginning in February and ending in late March, teams head south to start warming up for their season. For over 100 years, Florida has been host to 15 Major League teams every year for spring training. More than 1.5 million fans attended the games in 2016, breaking the per-game attendance record with over 7,000 fans per game! Since it’s a popular destination for baseball fans young and old, it’s best to plan ahead by using the Florida Grapefruit League Mobile Phone App to locate your teams and purchase tickets to the games. From the Atlantic to the Gulf Coast, teams like the Tampa Bay Rays, Detroit Tigers, and New York Mets are spread all over the sunshine state. Or if you’re closer to the beautiful Grand Canyon State, check out spring training for the Cactus League in Arizona. Catch the Kansas City Royals, Colorado Rockies, Texas Rangers, or one of the other teams prepping for their 2017 season. A great way to catch multiple teams is by heading south with your new motorhome from Motorhomes 2 Go to camp out near the ballparks.
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