The best spring break travel ideas
Where are you going for spring break?
Let me just start by saying that this article is intended for parents wanting to take their kids somewhere for spring break. If you're a college student looking for the hot spots, check out the best beaches for spring break.
Where do you look for spring break travel ideas? With so many excellent choices here in the
Let's start with educational trips. Our nation may be relatively new, and you won't find 2,000-year-old buildings, but there's still plenty of history and other educational things to see.
One of the very best cities for an educational experience is
Another great thing to do in
There are sure to be impressive landmarks somewhere near your home. Whether it's the massive arch in
Relax and Hit the Beach
If your idea of a perfect spring break is to relax, there are destinations that fit the bill.
One of the best places to simply relax is the beach. One formerly little known secret I love is Fort DeSoto beach in
I've been going to this beach since I was born, having lived in the area at the time. Back then in the 60s and 70s, it was truly pristine. In recent years, it's been voted the number one beach in the nation several times, so it's not quite as much of a 'secret' as it used to be - but it's still a great beach.
Another fantastic beach destination is Sandestin in northern
The last quiet beach destination I'll mention is also the most exclusive and therefore the most expensive of the three, but still not a 'break your budget' kind of place, if you're careful. That's Sanibel Island, near
As far as spring break travel ideas go, most people just want to have fun. A theme park (or two or three) may be right up your alley. There are plenty of theme parks out there and unless you're in the middle of a huge, sparsley populated state like Minnesota, you're probably within a two- to three-hour drive of one, if not closer. If you are willing to travel some distance, however, there are a few that stand out above the rest.
First, there's Cedar Point in northwest
Cedar Point, part of the Cedar Fair company that owns other famous parks like Knott's Berry Farm, is the crown jewel of coaster parks. If you're into roller coasters, it doesn't get any better. This one single park has a world-record 17 roller coasters. And that's not its only world record. Cedar Point doesn't only have the most coasters, it also has the best coasters. It's broken the world speed and height coaster record several times, usually beating itself out before anyone else can top it.
To date, its tallest and fastest coaster, the Top Thrill Dragster, is an insane 420-feet-high and launches at a blood-curdling 120-miles-per-hour. Not all of the coasters are so intimidating though, and there are plenty of other rides and attractions for all ages at this park.
There are also several other attractions nearby, including Kalahari, currently the largest indoor water park in the world under one roof. Also nearby is
Head to L.A.
Los Angeles is a great area to visit for the family. This area boasts beaches, theme parks and
Shop 'Til You Drop
If you're not into theme parks, there's a great upscale outdoor mall nearby called the
Catch a Star
Head north for a day or two (about an hour) to Hollywood and Burbank to see the many famous studios, such as Fox, Warner Brothers, Paramount Pictures, Sony, Disney and others. As you're walking along Hollywood Boulevard, you'll run into the famous Mann's Chinese Theater where there are always costumed characters around.
Just across the street is another famous theater, the El Capitan. Also right there is the Kodak Theater where the Academy Awards and parts of "American Idol" are taped. You can walk along Hollywood Boulevard for hours, seeing the names of thousands of stars of screen, radio and stage that have been honored forever in stone.
L.A. also boasts
Orlando has it All
Orlando is my first choice for a spring break destination. This town's got it all. If you're into theme parks, Orlando is king.
Kennedy Space Center
In addition to the theme parks, Orlando is close to the Kennedy Space Center, which has its own theme park of sorts, as well as tours where you can see rockets, launch pads, the huge crawlers that carry the shuttles to their pads, the almost unimaginably huge VAB (Vehicle Assembly Building) and possibly even a space shuttle launch, if you time it right.
Beaches, Golf and More
There are also myriad beaches less than an hour from
If you're looking for a place to go for your spring break where the whole family can have a blast,
Hopefully these spring break travel ideas will help you prepare for your spring trip.