With Easter calling for a three- to four-day weekend, many families choose to take advantage of the time off (especially when it coincides with spring break) to celebrate the holiday away from home. Regardless of where in the U.S. you live, there are festive events taking place in every corner of the country, from century-old traditions at the White House to egg hunts at a Colorado ski village. Be sure to secure your tickets and reservations in advance.
Roll an Easter Egg at the White House
Easter Monday is a good time to be a kid in Washington, D.C. Children flood onto the White House's South Lawn by the thousands to participate in a nearly 150-year-old tradition: egg rolling. The White House Easter Egg Roll is where kids roll eggs (plastic, though they used to be hard-boiled) across the lawn using a long-handled spoon. There are other games, live music, storytelling, and meet-and-greets with the Easter Bunny, too. At the end of the event, attendees leave with a collectible wooden egg decorated with a unique design indicating the year. Tickets are in such high demand that the only way to obtain one is through a lottery that takes place months before the event.
Visit a Mountain Retreat
Just two hours north of New York City, Mohonk Mountain House provides a faraway feeling and on Easter weekend, kids stay and eat for free. It's part of a spring break package that runs from April 5 to 17, 2020, but on Easter weekend, the gorgeous, all-inclusive castle resort hosts a plethora of festive events including a riddle-led Easter egg hunt, a workshop about dyeing eggs, a nighttime "glow" hunt for kids, and an egg hunt for adults that offers alcohol. The fun just doesn't stop. Besides these events, there's Mohonk's usual nature programming (the property sits on an enormous estate with lots of trees and its own namesake lake), evening entertainment, spa treatments, and a buffet.
Experience the Easter Magic at Walt Disney World
The week of Easter is a peak time for Walt Disney World in Orlando, so you can expect big crowds and higher prices at the resorts. However, many deem the special holiday programming—parades, Easter-themed arts and crafts, egg hunts, and meet-and-greets with Mr. and Mrs. Easter Bunny—entirely worth it.
One of the most popular Easter events in the park is the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival, including the annual Egg-stravaganza character egg hunt. This is where oversized Easter eggs painted with Disney characters are hidden throughout the World Showcase and families who have purchased a special $7 map can mark off their egg discoveries, winning a prize at the end.
Kids and adults will both be blown away by the beauty of the Easter Egg Resort Displays, a series of elaborately painted eggs that can be seen in Disney's resort hotels. Perhaps the most marvelous thing about these art pieces is that they're entirely edible.
Lastly, a photo with Mr. and Mrs. Easter Bunny—who can be found at the Bunny Lane Garden in the Town Square Courtyard on Main Street, USA (just inside the Magic Kingdom entrance)—makes for the perfect souvenir.
Try a Family-Friendly All-Inclusive
It would be tough to top the Easter programming at Woodloch Pines Resort in Hawley, Pennsylvania. This all-inclusive Poconos resort has more than 30 activities per day happening over Easter weekend and the weekend before it, too. Activities include Dessert Wars (Woodloch's cooking class), an outdoor scavenger hunt, the Woodloch Olympics, magicians, contests, the Easter Bunny, and more. The resort is situated amidst the pristine mountains and lakes of Pennsylvania—a real "back-to-basics" environment, as Woodloch calls it. From April 3 to 5, children 12 years old and under stay for free.
Stay at Boca Raton Resort & Club
The Boca Raton Resort & Club is located right on the Florida coast, between West Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale. This is where you'll want to go for sunshine and warmth over Easter weekend. The average high temperature for April here is 83 degrees Fahrenheit.
The holiday festivities kick off with a massive egg hunt featuring 20,000 toy- and candy-filled eggs scattered about the resort’s 36-hole golf course—that's more eggs even than the White House features in its famous annual egg roll. The resort commences its Easter party at 10 a.m. with complimentary mimosas for the adults, ice cream for the kids, and then tops it off with a lavish brunch buffet afterward. The elegant and extensive brunch (hand-carved roasts with all the works and a selection of desserts) will be served from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. It costs $125 for adults, $55 for teens 13 to 20, and $35 for children 5 to 12.
Indulge at the Chocolate Capital of America
Also known as "Chocolate Town USA," Hershey, Pennsylvania, attracts chocolate lovers at all times of the year. No one can resist the sweet smell that wafts through this Midwestern town from the local Hershey factories that have made it a bonafide tourist destination. At the elegant Hotel Hershey and mid-priced Hershey Lodge, Easter brings another layer of sweetness thanks to cookie decorating, egg hunts, chocolate bingo, character appearances, a presentation by ZooAmerica, crafts, movies, and campfire s'mores happening all weekend long.
Visit Kiawah Island, South Carolina
With more than a week of special programming, Kiawah Island near Charleston, South Carolina, is a fun place for families to spend the holiday weekend. Easter Sunday kicks off with a sunrise beach service at 6:45 a.m., then guests can partake in yoga on the beach, an egg hunt, a sand sculpting contest, tie-dying, an Easter-themed pool party, and build-your-own ice cream sundaes. Activities like this are happening every day of the week.
As for Easter brunch and dinner, there are five restaurants on site, each with its own special Easter offerings. There's the Southern-style Jasmine Porch doing a homestyle Easter brunch (oysters, shrimp and grits), a buffet at Turtle Point, and bloody marys and mimosas at The Players' Pub all day long.
Check out Disneyland's Egg-stravaganza
At Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California, holiday experiences include Easter services, special parades, Easter-themed arts and crafts, games, and meet-and-greets with Mr. and Mrs. Easter Bunny. In addition, Disneyland Resort hosts its famous Egg-stravaganza event in both Disney California Adventure and Disneyland. Oversized Easter eggs painted with Disney characters are hidden throughout both parks and families can purchase a special map (available at designated gift shops) with a set of stickers to mark each egg discovery. When finished with the egg hunt, you can present your map to receive a prize.
Stay at The Wigwam, a Landmark Arizona Resort
Where to warm up after the ever-so-long winter? Thaw out at The Wigwam, an 80-year-old landmark resort in the West Valley of Phoenix renowned for its golf, spa, dining, and four pools (featuring separate kid and adult zones, dual waterslides, water play features, and luxury cabanas). During Easter weekend, there's a big egg roll on the lawn, an egg hunt for kids under 10, a lavish Easter brunch in the ballroom and, of course, a visit with the Easter Bunny, who arrives by helicopter for the festivities.
Watch the Easter Parade in New York City
A highlight of springtime in New York City since the mid-1800s, the annual Easter Parade and Bonnet Festival takes over Fifth Avenue on Easter Sunday. Don't expect to see floats, though, because this procession is more of a hat rally than anything. Anyone can join along if they show up wearing a homemade costume and a bonnet of some sort (you'll see ones that are 10 feet tall and have bird's nests inside of them). Fancily outfitted pets will most definitely be in tow. If you don't want to partake yourself, you can watch the commotion from St. Patrick's Cathedral. The parade will take place on Sunday, April 5, 2020, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. It makes its way on Fifth Avenue from 49th to 57th Streets.
Go Camping in Santa Barbara
El Capitan Canyon is a luxury camping resort nestled in the Santa Ynez Valley in Santa Barbara, Calif. Families can stay in cedar cabins, safari tents, or adventure yurts in villages throughout the canyon. The resort is offering a special Easter brunch buffet, along with a massive egg hunt (3,000 eggs!) for the kids and a wine-tasting event for parents. Children can take part in the egg hunt beneath historic sycamore and oak groves, right after a special pre-egg hunt for little ones age 4 and under. Kids can also look forward to meeting El Capitan’s very own Easter Bunny.
Visit a Historic Colorado Hotel
The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Colorado, is a historic and grand property surrounded by wilderness and the opportunity of adventure. For Easter, the resort puts on fun activities for all ages all weekend long, including bingo, egg hunts, laser tag, jewelry workshops, and photos with the Easter Bunny.
Check Out the Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix
The plush Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix has been dazzling guests with its Spanish colonial lavishness since 1929. The resort's Easter extravaganza features appearances by the Easter Bunny, a gala egg hunt, a photo booth, and face painting. Families will also love the Adrenaline Extreme Inflatable Obstacle Course, rock climbing wall, bunny hop sack race, and egg-on-spoon race. The festival atmosphere is complete with a cotton candy machine, popcorn machine, bubble machine, snow cones, helium balloons, and more. In addition, the resort's historic Gold Room, with its dazzling tapestries and gold-leaf ceiling, will host an over-the-top elegant Easter brunch. Meanwhile, kids up to age 12 can have fun at the Kids Korral, a canopy-covered playground.
Sneak Away to Whiteface Lodge on Lake Placid
Tucked away in the Adirondack High Peaks of Lake Placid, the luxurious-yet-kid-friendly Whiteface Lodge is putting on events all Easter weekend long. Egg decorating, sugar cookie eating at the Ice Cream Parlor, appearances by the Easter Bunny, magic shows, egg hunts, and a delectable Easter Brunch (featuring dishes inspired by the local Adirondack region) are all in store. Families even get a late checkout time of 2 p.m. at no extra charge on Easter Sunday, allowing for one last swim or spa treatment before you go.
Check In at the Historic Greenbrier
West Virginia's historic resort The Greenbrier is going all out for Easter with a third-night-free offer and an Easter display featuring chocolate sculptures (rabbits, eggs and more). During the holiday weekend, there will be dance parties, puppet shows, jelly bean contests, a Bunny Hop Fun Run, photo ops with the Easter Bunny, and a larger-than-life Easter egg hunt for kids. In the meantime, adults can enjoy wine tastings, art exhibits, fashion trunk shows, cooking demonstrations, and a special adult Easter egg hunt. The weekend will conclude with Easter brunch in the resort's Colonial Hall.