Spring break is upon us. If you don’t have plans, here are some great suggestions on how you can spend spring break. Depending on where you live; some of these places may be a short drive for you and your family. Your budget and the time you have may limit your ability to travel a long distance. Here are opportunities that may fall into your needs and wants.
If you will be driving several miles, it’s never too early to start planning.
The following destinations are places that I have personally experienced, as I would not send you to a destination that I did not enjoy. It’s not too late to start making your plans.
Gulf Shores, Alabma
The Alabama shoreline is amazing! With 32 miles of pristine beaches, your family will appreciate the fine, sugar sand. Gulf Shores is home to the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo, the “Little Zoo That Could.” Kids of all ages will enjoy the warm, friendly atmosphere of this zoo.
The Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo is family-friendly and the animals are all easy to see. If you do not travel with your bicycles in tow, grab one in Gulf State Park and ride the award winning trails that travel through the park.
If history is a passion for your family, the Gulf Shores/Orange Beach area has you covered. The historical events at Fort Gaines are also a popular experience.
Book your lodging at The Beach Club Resort & Spa, you will have everything you need.
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Oklahoma City, in my opinion, is one of the most overlooked cities in America. It is a large metropolitan area, but the city feels like home. The Oklahoma City Zoo is spread out over many acres and offers Wild Encounter Animal Adventures, including elephants. I had the opportunity to get up close with an elephant and a sea lion.
It’s also important to note that children must be accompanied by an adult. The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum is also worth a visit. If you have never experienced the life of a cowboy, this is a great place to learn. I was especially intrigued by the fascinating display featuring cowgirls.
Wichita, Kansas is located right off of I-35 in America’s Heartland and home to Tanganyika Wildlife Park.
Several unique close-up animal experiences are an option on your visit to Tanganyika Wildlife Park.
A family owned park that is sure to bring smiles to everyone in your party. The Old Cowtown Museum offers families a step back in time. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself experiencing a good old-fashioned gunfight on Main Street. Those cowboys and women have difficulty getting along at times.
If you are looking to introduce your kids to Sweden, but don’t have passports, Lindsborg is your destination. Lindsborg is known as Little Sweden USA. Tour the town and hunt for the wild dala horses.
Coronado Heights is located near Lindsborg in the Smoky Hills of Kansas.
This award-winning attraction is a fantastic place to have a picnic, fly a kite, hike or ride an off road biking trail. Small World Gallery showcases the works of National Geographic photographer, Jim Richardson.
Your family will be welcome in this studio as it’s an opportunity to introduce your kids to art, including photography. Spring Break 2024, in Lindsborg, is going to be amazing; when you include the arts and nature.
Abilene is one of those towns that makes me want to return again and again. Many people visit due to the name President Dwight D. Eisenhower, but there is much more. The Greyhound Museum is sure to be a family favorite. Where else can you visit and be greeted by a Greyhound?
A stop at the Dickinson County Heritage Center is also a must see. Here you can experience the Old West while taking a ride on a carousel.
If you only have a few hours to spend, you must explore the Seelye Mansion. This is the only historical home that I have ever toured and been able to touch anything in the home.
The owner of the home, Terry, is your tour guide. The highlight of this tour is the bowling alley in the basement. Take your turn and see if you can get a strike! A must-see before leaving Abilene is the Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum. Several hands-on experiences await all visitors.
Decorah, Iowa is where you can spend hours with a pair of binoculars and watch bald eagles. The Decorah Fish Hatchery is a fun place to take kids, as they can watch the fish swim and jump.
You will want to dress for the weather, as it is outdoors. Spend a good hour at the Vesterheim Museum, where your family can experience life as a Norwegian. Round out your day at Mabe’s Pizza and you have yourself a winning day for spring break. As an Iowan, I love th idea of enjoying Spring Break 2024 in my home state.
Omaha is located right off of I-80 and I-29. Here you can experience amazing food and a zoo that your whole family will appreciate. Many of the attractions are indoors at the Omaha Zoo, which makes it an ideal zoo to visit all year around. The train is always a great way to get a lay of the land.
I hope you have been introduced to destination that has not been on your radar for spring break travel. Spend time in a place you enjoy and embrace a destination’s unique opportunities, for an epic Spring Break 2024. Remember, it’s OK to slow down and enjoy the experience.
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