As winter gives way to spring, families can score some great late-season ski deals or warm up with a fabulous spring break getaway. Here are great ideas for a March getaway with kids.
Disney World is celebrating spring with its annual Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival held every spring. It's a wonderful bonus that's included with your regular park ticket. The annual event is a highlight of Disney World's springtime calendar, bringing spectacular landscaping and amazingly creative topiaries to Epcot.
It's also a great event for foodies. Over a dozen outdoor kitchens serve up garden-to-table dishes and beverages to pair with them.
Will your family be celebrating St. Patrick’s Day away from home? Pack something green to wear and you'll fit right in. You're sure to find a St. Patrick's Day parade in nearly every American town, plus many other kid-friendly themed events at zoos and children's museums taking place the weekend before March 17.
For legions of kids in the United States, spring break is a week-long hiatus that falls anytime between mid-March and mid-April. It's a great opportunity for families to shake out of their winter gear and think of warmer times ahead. Our top picks include destinations and events across the United States as well as cruises and international destinations.
Got spring fever? Pack the car and grab the kids for these stunning road trips. Or, better yet, rent an RV via Outdoorsy and travel in style with a hotel on wheels. Two great destinations in March include:
- California's 17,600-acre Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve has 8 miles of trails that wind through the gently rolling hills blankets with the state flower, the golden poppy, in bloom.
- In Texas Hill Country, wild bluebonnets are abloom in fields and along roadsides far as the eye can see. The region comprises a large central swath of the Lone Star State including Austin and San Antonio as well as smaller towns such as Bandera and Fredericksburg.
No matter the weather, every day's a pool day at an indoor water park. From the Northwest to the Southeast and everywhere in between, here are the best in every region of the United States.
Consider, for example, a trip to Sheboygan, Wisconsin and stay at Blue Harbor Resort, which is located right along the shores of Lake Michigan. You can splash indoors at Breaker Bay indoor waterpark or enjoy the fresh air outside as you stroll along the promenade.
If your family has a sweet tooth, there's a perfect getaway for you. The transition from winter to spring is a sweet time to be in New England and Canada. March and early April make up maple sugaring season when buckets appear on maple trees and sugar shacks transform maple sap into delectable maple syrup.
Many hotels, like the Hotel Vermont, have special packages that highlight syrup season. Book the Maple Madness Package, for example, and enjoy a handcrafted cocktail or beer at Juniper, receive a jar of maple syrup, and visit Palmer's Sugarhouse and Morse Sugar Farm, located nearby.
There is perhaps no better way for families to tap into the authentic cowboy culture in Texas than to visit when there’s a rodeo in town. January through March is prime rodeo season in the Lone Star State, drawing crowds from across the country to enjoy this storied Western tradition.
The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is packed full of exciting events like BBQ contests, parades, a wine show and auction, a carnival, a rodeo, and live musical acts.
Family ski vacations are hugely popular, but nobody ever said they were cheap—especially when you start shelling out for lift tickets, lodging, food, equipment, and lessons. Here’s where to find “kids ski free” offers at ski destinations around North America.
Consider a family end-of-season vacation to Snowmass, Colorado, which is one of the most kid-friendly ski experiences in the country. Snowmass Village has seen big developments recently, which include new restaurants, boutiques, and a hip gathering spot called The Collective. Plus, fun events are scheduled all month long like the Lynn Britt Apres, which includes a live DJ, food and cocktails, and games with prizes.
Are your kids fascinated by whales? Consider planning a whale watching family getaway to Southern California. San Diego’s famous gray whale-watching season stretches from December through April. You can watch a parade of California gray whales make their annual 5,000-mile migration from the chilly Alaskan seas to the warm water lagoons of Baja California.
Once again, a team of dozens of artisans have come together to create a one-of-a-kind hotel out of ice and snow, now one of the most popular winter tourist attractions in Quebec. March is the last chance to catch experience it before it is taken down until the following winter.
If your family loves baseball, there may be no better spring getaway than a trip to watch your favorite Major League Baseball team play and practice during spring training season in the Cactus and Grapefruit Leagues in Arizona and Florida, respectively.