8 Spring Break Day Trip Ideas for Your Entire Family

posted: 03/08/16
by: Katie Morton
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Spring break is the perfect time to shake off the winter blues and hit the road for an adventurous day trip. These short excursions can be the perfect chance to introduce your family to new adventures without the hassle of packing, booking flights, or the dreaded "are we there yet?" driving sessions. Read on for spring break day trip ideas that your whole family will love.

1. Get wild with the animals

Many area zoos offer free admission or low-cost tickets. Some zoos offer annual memberships, which include special promotions that could be worth purchasing if you visit several times per year. If it's a sunny day, pack a picnic and enjoy lunch al fresco. If the weather is less than fair, don't be deterred. You can still enjoy the indoor animal exhibits--monkeys, reptiles, and hippos delight the little ones.

2. Check out a festival

It's quite common for cities and neighboring towns to celebrate spring with family-friendly festivals--food, flowers, and music are common spring themes appropriate for all ages. Check your local papers and websites for upcoming outdoor festivals. The Cherry Blossom Festival in DC attracts visitors from all over the county. It's often crowded, but the blooms are breathtaking, so if you're within driving distance, this one's worth a look!

3. Hunt for eggs

Head out to a local Easter Egg hunt. Egg hunts are great fun for little kids! If you're close to DC, check out the most-popular egg hunt at the White House Easter Egg Roll.

4. Play tourist at home

Explore historic local spots, new restaurants and local playgrounds. You can pick a theme for the day, such as collecting pressed pennies.

5. Channel your inner kid at an amusement park

For tweens and teens, nothing beats the thrill of a day riding roller coasters. Check out Dutch Wonderland (for younger children) or Hershey in Pennsylvania, Busch Gardens in Florida and Virginia, and Disney in Florida and California.

6. Play ball!

Spring is training time for the pros. If you're close to Arizona or Florida, you can catch a pro game for next-to-nothing. Sunny weather, excited fans and gorgeous facilities make for a day your family will never forget. Bonus if you catch a pop-up!

7. Hit the trails

Spring is the perfect time to take a hike. If you're in the Mid-Atlantic region, here's a list of nearby trails to explore with your kids. U.S. National Parks are a good choice too. Check out these 10 Family-Friendly Hikes in U.S. Parks and plan your own trail adventure.

8. Have one last "snow day" hurrah

For some of us, spring break means there's still snow on the ground. Embrace the last days of mitten-and-hat weather and take the kids to a local bunny hill to learn to ski. Sound too ambitious? Snow tubing is another way to enjoy the slopes. Afterwards, head to the lodge to enjoy s'mores and cocoa by the fire while you dream of sun and flip-flops (right around the corner)!

Have fun this spring break as a family! Use the school break to hit the road and treat your kids to a day trip that they'll remember for years to come.