5 Great Memorial Day destinations

Pack Up And Get Away For The Long Weekend

This year, why not pack yourself up and head off for the long Memorial Day weekend? Leave your everyday responsibilities at home and enjoy every last minute of the weekend at one of our five favorite destinations.

South Padre Island

If you’re single

South Padre Island is located on the tropical tip of Texas and is bordered by the Gulf of Mexico and the Laguna Madre Bay.

Spend your days relaxing on the beach, browsing in the shops and watching the volleyball tournament.

Then, when the sun sets, head out for some fun at one of the clubs on the beach and watch the fireworks.

Boothbay Harbor

If you’re married with no children

Boothbay Harbor in the beautiful state of Maine is considered the boating capital of New England.

Spend your nights at the Harborage Inn and spend your days enjoying the picturesque Maine coast.

Don’t miss the boat tour that takes you to Cabbage Island, where a traditional clambake awaits you with fresh clams, lobster and fish chowder.

Monterey, California

If you have young kids

Monterey, California, is the perfect destination for families with small children.

With the fabulous Monterey Bay Aquarium, kayak and bike rentals, whale watching and amazing clam chowder on Cannery Row, your family will have no shortage of fun on the California coast all weekend long.

For more California fun, spend the day in Santa Barbara >>

Greatwolf Lodge

If you have older kids

Memorial Day fun and older kids go hand-in-hand. Check into Great Wolf Lodge in Grapevine, Texas, for their Memorial Day Beach Blast, where your kids will enjoy more water fun than they ever dreamed possible.

If they get waterlogged, your kids can enjoy live music, games and prizes in the afternoon, while parents can take turns getting pampered at the on-site spa.

Photo credit: Great Wolf Resorts, Inc.


If you have teenagers

Boston, Massachusetts, is a great spot for a perfect Memorial Day weekend. Many Bostonians escape the city over the long weekend and head for Cape Cod or Martha’s Vineyard, which leaves the city more accessible to visitors.

Don’t miss the Massachusetts Military Heroes Garden of Flags, where you’ll see 20,000 flags on Boston Common, commemorating Massachusetts’ service members who sacrificed their lives for their country.

While in Boston, snag some tickets to Fenway and watch the Red Sox play ball in their legendary park.

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Boston, Massachusetts

If you have a favorite: This is just a small handful of great Memorial Day spots. If you have a favorite spot where you love to spend the long holiday weekend, we'd love to hear about it in the comments.

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George May 17, 2012 | 3:06 PM

We are planning a trip to Washington DC this weekend. There is so much to do and we are hoping we will have enough time to squeeze it all in – Vietnam Memorial, Smithsonian, Arlington Cemetery, Shakespeare Library… We opted for an educational Memorial Day weekend getaway this year instead of a “fun” one. We want our kids to be good citizens and understand the meaning of Memorial Day besides it being a 3-day vacation.

Dennis May 17, 2012 | 2:52 PM

Great suggestions on where to get away this Memorial Day weekend! Maine is a very romantic backdrop for young couples...my brother got married in York Beach. Monterey is also the ideal spot for families with young kids...my parents took me to the Monterey Acquarium many times when I was young. For those who live out west and can't make it to Boston this weekend, San Francisco's South Bay is a fun place for teenagers. Wow, I could go on and on about cool places to get away!

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