Friday, January 6, 2012

Destination: Spring Break!

Spring may seem far off as temperatures drop and flurries fly - but it's closer than you think!  Planning ahead is key and this is the best time to try and score some deals by booking early!  One of the best ways to score even greater savings is by booking through a reputable discount travel site (i.e. Priceline, Travelocity, Hotwire, Orbitz, or Kayak). By booking through a discount provider ahead of the travel rush you will not only save a few dollars, but you have a better chance of securing your first choice location than if you waited.

There are an infinite number of outstanding family-friendly Spring Break vacation spots; our list below highlights three of our favorites based on available activities, budget-friendliness, and weather!

Moody Gardens offers all-in-one family fun!  The resort includes a hotel, pristine beaches, and a three amazing pyramids enclosing an aquarium, discovery museum, and even a rain forest! March and April the resort offers one-day kids' camps with a variety of themes. Moody Gardens also features a kids' club, colossal pool, a spa, and the Schlitterbahn Water Park right next door. The downtown area offers the Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig & Museum (a real oil rig!) and don't miss The Great Storm multimedia presentation about the infamous storm of 1900. Toward the end of April, Moody Gardens holds an Earth Day & Oleander Festival with crafts, gardening, floral design, a puppet show, and more. Fantastic fun for families with children of all ages awaits at Moody Gardens!  More on Galveston.

Those who are looking for a cooler family get-away may want to consider a ski getaway in beautiful Steamboat Springs, Colorado.  March is one of the state's snowiest months, so think powder!  And with great Snowsaver Packages in late March and early April, think savings! Steamboat Springs features a wide variety of lodging options so there is something for every budget! They also have five kids-only lifts, a terrain park, and childcare for kids ages six months to six years. Spring break is a great time to hit the slopes, as temperatures are warmer and the daylight lasts longer. Steamboat Springs also features: tubing, Gondola Adventure Zone trampoline, Gyro Chair, free concerts, and sleigh rides! Whatever your pleasure, family fun awaits at Steamboat Springs!!!  More on Steamboat Springs.

Surf's up at this fantastic family spring-fling locale and you can get started by hitting the sun and sand!  The San Diego Surfing Academy offers year-round lessons for children (and adults!) of all ages. And don't miss Balboa Park, home to over 15 museums, as well as the San Diego Zoo! Glide through waterways on a real gondola or enjoy a sight-seeing tour with Old Town Trolley Tours (perfect for families with young children!); those with older kids won't want to miss GoCar Tours' mini "talking" cars that combine vehicle and tour guide. This hot spot is our pick for a warmer twist on a family Spring Break getaway!  More on San Diego.

Spring break is the perfect time to take a family vacation; the season offers a great diversity of travel destinations from sand and sun to snow packed fun!  And while spring is definitely peak season for some spots, there are still some great deals to be had as the peak seasons wind down (i.e. ski resorts) or begin to pick up (i.e. the beach scene).  So do your research, find your deals, and pack those bags - you're on the road to family fun!  And to add an extra layer of protection to your lodging accomodations, don't forget to order a Travel-Tot Travel Child-Proofing Kit; use promotional code SAFETRAVEL for 20% off!  Safe and happy travels! 

- Destination Mom

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