Spring break comes but once a year, and though it seems the annual respite has gotten significantly shorter since my time in school, the days off are still a welcome time to relax and enjoy quality family time. Where you should turn if you want to enjoy a weekend away? Sure, day events are always an option, but how about squeezing in a little vacation time? Read on for five of our favorite spring break options.
Poconos - Within a couple of hours you can make it to the Poconos, and even though ski season ends in March, there's still fun to be had. Imagine yourself in a warmer climate, and don bathing suits and flip-flops. Check out indoor waterpark resorts, including Kalahari and Great Wolf Lodge, where your youngsters can take part in kids club activities after a day of swimming. If you prefer the great outdoors, camp out for the weekend at one of the many camping sites. Horseback riding and fishing holes abound.
Washington, D.C. - Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument, National Mall, and more. Our nation's capital is just a few hours away and is replete with opportunities that every member in your family can enjoy. Of course, your history buffs will not be disappointed, and animal lovers will relish the National Zoo, which charges no admission. If your kid's spring break lines up with the Cherry Blossom Festival, it's a beautiful time of year to explore this city.
Explore the natural side of the nation's capital during the National Cherry Blossom Festival. Photo from Flickr by Matthew Straubmuller/CC2.0
New York City - Get the family in your car and ride to Manhattan for Spring Break. Settle into your hotel and prepare to be an NYC tourist for the weekend. Take in a Broadway show, walk through Times Square, or visit Little Italy. Head to the Empire State Building or take a ferry to Ellis Island and get up close and personal with the Statue of Liberty. With a bevy of top-notch entertainment, food, art, and cultural venues, you're sure to find something to please even the most particular member of your family.
Baltimore, MD - The Inner Harbor is calling! Shop, dine, and enjoy the waterfront. National Aquarium, Ripley's Believe It or Not!, and Port Discovery Children's Museum are just a few of the many great places to explore. While you're there, get your sports fan over to Camden Yards to watch an Orioles game.
Staycation - Finally, why not just stay local? If you're a suburbanite, consider booking a hotel in Philly for the weekend and explore all our great city has to offer, at your leisure. When the kids get hungry, visit Shake Shack for a burger and malt, or try a pretzel and specialty dip at Frankford Hall, a family-friendly beer garden where kids can play Jenga and ping pong.
After your Spring Break, let us know how it went. Leave a comment on our Facebook page.
Top photo courtesy of Camelback Lodge on Facebook.