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Spring Break! Destinations and Activities for Families

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Spring is almost here, and you all know what that means. Spring break! Whooo!

For months now, students have been building up muscles and slimming down waists, preparing to head south for a week of glorious weather, tanning, and frivolity. Families, too, are preparing for the break, looking forward to a week of relaxation and togetherness. So, how do we make this the best spring break ever?

Here are some tips on ways to spend your spring break as a family, whether you are away or at home:

Places you can go:

Of course, you could go to one of the more popular places like Daytona or Cancun, but if you are looking for a quieter, more family friendly place to go, you should check out some of these places.

  • Riviera Maya, Mexico. It’s only 30 miles north of Cancun, but the spring break atmosphere is completely different. It has plenty of beaches, lots of resorts, and some nearby Mayan ruins open for exploration.
  • Steamboat Springs, CO. Change it up. Snow is abundant in Colorado at this time of year. Spend your time sipping hot drinks in the lodges or riding the slopes on skis, snowboards, or inner tubes.
  • San Diego, CA. Miss the beach? Not here. San Diego is wonderful for its long coastline and 70 miles of beaches. Plus, Sea World and the San Diego Zoo certainly don’t repel tourists.
  • Galveston, TX. Here’s a diamond in the rough. Visit Moody Gardens. It’s a park, zoo, aquarium, museum, and botanical garden all in one!
  • British Virgin Islands. Water, water, water! These Caribbean isles are secluded and perfect for families who enjoy activities like swimming, snorkeling, and diving.

Activities you can do:

Sure, there’s plenty you can do while you are away, but what if you’re stuck at home for the week? No worries, a great spring break is waiting for you, too! Here are some activities you can do no matter where you live.

  • Visit a museum. Perhaps there is one in your city or a short drive away. Go check it out. It’s a great way to get out of the house and it’s educational, too!
  • See a movie. Perhaps this isn’t as lively as other activities, but at least you get out of the house with the family. You could even make a day of it. Watch a double feature or go to the mall afterwards.
  • Have a picnic. This might depend a little on where you live. However, even if it’s cold an indoor picnic can still be fun for the family. Make sandwiches, get out the basket, lay the blanket on the floor, and eat up, right there in the middle of your living room!
  • Hike with the family. This is a great way to get out and get some exercise as a family. Get those kids to spend a little energy, and enjoy nature while you’re at it.
  • Arts and crafts. If you are the creative type, you have no limits here. Paint together, compile a scrapbook, or put on a puppet show.
  • Swim in a local pool. So what if you can’t go south? You can still swim without traveling. Sure, it’s no beach, but it’s pretty good, and it will be fun for everyone.

Having a good time:

Spring break brings lots of opportunities to do exciting things, but it also gives you the opportunity to enjoy time with family and friends. It doesn’t matter exactly what you do as long as you make the best of it, so this spring take the time to enjoy life with your family and make wonderful memories. Spring break! Whoohoohoo!

What are some of your favorite spring break memories or destinations? What are your plans for this upcoming break?

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