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Easy spring break day trips

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Make a day of it!

Let’s vow to get off the couch and have some fun this spring break! Even if you can’t afford a Disney cruise or a trip to Mexico, there are plenty of sights you can see and things you can do all around you.
Make a day of it!

a day of it

Let’s vow to get off the couch and have some fun this spring break! Even if you can’t afford a Disney cruise or a trip to Mexico, there are plenty of sights you can see and things you can do all around you.

Spring break is one glorious week off from work (hopefully) and school. If you have kids or are in school yourself, make a promise that you won’t waste this week indoors. Let’s get outside, get some fresh air and have some fun. Spring break comes once a year — this year, let’s make it one to remember with these fun, fresh ideas sure to bring a smile to your face.

Visit your local zoo

The zoo is normally somewhere we go while on vacation, right? Most people have been to other states’ zoos but not their own. If you’re looking for something fun to do with your kids or even your significant other, hit up your local zoo. It’s affordable and a great way to get in some exercise for the day.

For a comprehensive list of all the zoos in the U.S., click here >>

Get your learning on

Just like zoos, museums are another activity we only tend to partake in when we’re traveling. Even if you’ve seen a few of your local museums, there’s a good chance you haven’t seen them all. According to the American Association of Museums, there are 17,500 museums in the U.S. alone. Wow! And guess what? Most are free. Choose a few you’d like to see, pack a lunch and some snacks and be on your way!

Go for a hike

Hikes are another fun way to spend a morning or afternoon. We suggest bringing a picnic lunch and eating amongst the views of your city. If you live where it’s cold, perhaps there’s a ski resort and you can ski for the day. If you’re on a budget, take the kids sledding!

Hit up an amusement park

If spending a day screaming on rides, getting your face painted and playing games sounds exciting, then visit an amusement park! Kids love them, and it will be a memory they’ll cherish forever. Gather a group of mom friends and hit the road!

Click here for a complete list of theme parks and amusement parks in your state >>

Go to a spring training game

Spring training games are all about fun in the sun, relaxing with your friends and watching your favorite baseball team play for a fraction of the cost. Since they only take place in Arizona and Florida, you may want to consider taking a mini-vacation to see a game if you live close to either one of these states. The weather is unbeatable, the stadiums are gorgeous and the crowds are wild! Trust us, you won’t regret attending one of these games.

Explore your downtown area

Each city has a unique downtown area with a plethora of things to do — including touring historic sites, exploring antique shops and trying out quaint, new restaurants. What a great way to spend an afternoon or early evening with your kids or friends! Since exploring is free, this is a great activity to do if you’re on a budget. Also consider bringing your own lunch and eating at a nearby park.


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What are some fun things you have planned for spring break? Share in the comments below!

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