Spring Break travel advice needed.... where should we go???
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Posted: 1/29/2013 10:13:21 AM
We live in IL now (from MN)and I really want to take my kids on a trip this Spring. My kids are 13 & 8. Since my kids dont have passports, we need to stay stateside. Any tips on where we can go??

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Posted: 1/29/2013 10:48:37 AM
Avoid the more popular beaches and Disney World. They are packed with people during spring break. Even though schools don't all have the same spring break, there are enough schools that will be off when your kids are off, that popular places will be very, very crowded.

I would try for a place that isn't as popular, but still fun. Unfortunately, we don't take a lot of vacations, and the few we took were during spring break to the beach and later to Disney World, which is why I know they are crowded. We had to deal with the horrible crowds. Never again.

You don't say if you want to travel to another state or stay closer to home. There are fun places to visit in just about any state. Do you prefer historical sites? Amusement parks? Landmarks? National Parks? There are lots of possibilities.


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Posted: 1/29/2013 11:01:05 AM
We dont travel much either. Our last family trip was about 3-4 years ago when we traveled to Mount Rushmore. I would like to go to another state either by car or plane. One possibility is Washington DC... but we are up for anything. I guess I would like this trip to be memorable.

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Posted: 1/29/2013 2:41:18 PM
There is so much to see in Washington, DC!

Just make sure your spring break doesn't happen at the same time as the Cherry Blossom Festival, or the crowds will be almost as bad as the beach and Disney.

You can google Cherry Blossom Festival to see when it is scheduled, although the info might not be available yet.

The museums are great to visit (many of them are free), and there are other fun things to do in the area. If you take a day to go up to Baltimore, they have the Maryland Science Center and the Baltimore Aquarium. We loved both of those places, but there is an admission fee that is a bit steep.

Another easy day trip from DC is to the Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. Admission is free. Or the Dulles Air and Space Museum, also free admission, but parking is about $15.

A bit longer "day" trip from DC is Williamsburg, which you can easily spend a couple of days visiting.

There is a scrapbook store called Scrapbooks Plus just south of Dulles Airport that might be worth a trip, and there is another good scrapbook store in Fredericksburg, Virginia. I think it's called Scrapdoodles. It's south of DC.

If you visit DC (or wherever you go), I hope you have a great trip!


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Posted: 1/29/2013 2:44:59 PM
hawaii...or spring skiing in utah or at sun valley...some good bargains to be had.

or san francisco..weather is good.. seattle, experience music project, take ferries, go to mt rainier.

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Posted: 1/29/2013 2:54:47 PM
last spring we drove to a dude ranch in Arkansas and had an absolute blast. They had horseback riding, rock climbing, skeet shooting and other activities. It was about a 10-hour drive from our house north of Chicago.

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Posted: 1/29/2013 3:01:27 PM

We did Williamsburg last year. If your Spring Break is late enough, Busch Gardens will be open, in addition to all of the historic stuff.


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Posted: 1/29/2013 3:46:30 PM
Well, we are going to Hawaii, but it may be too late to get good airfare prices. But, last spring break, we took a cruise and 3 of my kids did not have passports-you don't need them, although the peas would prob beg to differ!

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Posted: 1/31/2013 10:07:55 AM
all great ideas. In Williamsburg, what are some fun things to do? How far is it from DC?

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Posted: 1/31/2013 3:51:13 PM
Williamsburg has Colonial Williamsburg (historical site), Busch Gardens Amusement Park with a European theme, and Water Country USA (not sure if they would be open that early). They also have Williamsburg Outlet.

They are about three and a half to four hours from DC, depending on traffic. Weekends are worse. Weekends in the summer can make it more like six hours. BTDT.

Virginia Beach is about an hour from Williamsburg. It's a great place, too, but not during Spring Break. It's full of partying college students. BTDT, too. It was loud and obnoxious, and we really regretted the timing for our visit there because of it.


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