Vacations- of any kind- are my favorite way to spend time together as a family. And while the tried and true destinations (such as a familiar beach, favorite big city or, of course, Disney) are fantastic, there’s nothing like trying something new and unique together.
If you’re looking for a new adventure to try this spring, consider one of these unique family trips:
- Baseball Spring Training: Depending on where you live and how far you want to travel, there’s an option on both coasts. Half of the MLB teams do their training near Phoenix, Arizona (the Cactus League) and the other teams (the Grapefruit League) train near Orlando, Florida. The spring training season is fairly short. Games run from February 21st through March 26th. Tickets are usually less expensive and the atmosphere is more casual than a traditional ballpark.
- Gettysburg: Spring is a fantastic time to visit one of America’s most famous pieces of ground. The battlefield played a pivotal role in the Civil War and is probably best known as the location for President Lincoln’s famous speech. Visitors to Gettysburg will find that it looks much as it did in July 1863, though it’s now marked with many monuments to remember the three-day battle’s 51,000 casualties.
- Train Travel: One of the best parts about this particular trip is it can literally be anywhere! Transportation companies, such as Amtrak, offer hundreds of destinations with thousands of miles of routes. Experience an overnight trip on a train on your way to a destination- or simply take a day trip. But either way, your family will find train travel extraordinarily memorable!
- National Parks: Over the last year or two, our family has grown to really appreciate the diversity of our National Parks. While planning various trips, we’ve enjoyed adding a stop or two (or ten) to our itinerary. I love using the website Find Your Park to assist with planning. With over 400 parks to choose from, you are certain to find one that interests your family and accommodates your travel perimeters. You might even be interested in camping in a National Park which makes for a very memorable vacation! Also, be sure to order your copy of the NPS Passport Book!
- Dude Ranch: Did anyone else grow up watching the Nickelodeon show Hey Dude? Besides being a somewhat cheesy comedy, it depicted life on a resort ranch. Today, there are tons of all-inclusive ranches located across the country. Experiences typically include trail riding, hiking, and spa activities in a Western-theme setting. These ranches also typically offer children’s programs.
What unique family trips have you taken?
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