The kids have done their best to adapt to a new way of learning, while you have been holding the fort down working from home, attending dozens of business-family-neighborhood Zoom meetings, and keeping the family cool, calmed, and collected. We get it. We are leaving behind a tough year and everyone in the family needs to recharge. Getting immersed in nature on a last-minute spring break trip will accomplish that for sure. Read some tips on how to plan and enjoy a last-minute spring break trip while vacationing to one of these five beautiful kid-friendly spring break travel ideas, featuring outdoors fun for the whole family and a good dose of blooming flowers for everyone to enjoy.
1. Any Hawaiian Island
If there is a place where flowers reign, it has to be Hawaii. Because of perfectly warm weather on the island, tropical flowers bloom year-round suspended in eternal spring. Take your family to a Pu’uhonua (Place of Refuge). The Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden in Big Island, the Maui Garden of Eden, and the Limahuli Garden & Preserve in Kauai, are located within the most biodiverse valleys in the Hawaiian Islands. Adventure also awaits at Hakipu’u and Ka’a’awa Valleys, one of the most beautiful locations on the island of Oahu where rare native plants and flowering trees abound. It is also where Jurassic Park, Jurassic World, and Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom were filmed. It is impossible not to have fun!
2. Orlando, Florida
The theme park capital of the world is a top destination for families eager to visit Disney World, Universal Orlando, SeaWorld, and many other attractions in the area. But there’s more than theme parks in Orlando. You can leave your worries behind in nearby lush Wekiwa Springs State Park, just a few miles north. Jump feet first in the beautiful emerald springs feeding the Wekiwa River or take a hike amid a tropical hammock forest home to more than 50 species of plants and animals that are listed as endangered, threatened, or of special concern, including the rare Florida Ghost Orchid. Plus, Leu Gardens, in the downtown Orlando area, is a 50-acre botanical haven of cycads, azaleas, vines, bromeliads, and tropical philodendrons that reaches the peak of its beauty during spring. It is a natural oasis in the midst of the city with family activities throughout the year like movie nights under the stars and outdoor sculpture exhibitions.
3. San Diego, California
The renowned San Diego zoo, with 3,500 species of animals, it is often regarded as the best zoo in the world. But this impressive 100-acre park also boasts 4,500 species of plants and it is accredited as a botanical garden by the American Association of Museums. Prized collections include carnivorous plants, orchids, cycads, fig trees, palms, and coral trees. The animal exhibits are heavily planted to resemble native habitats. Some plants, like bamboo, eucalyptus, acacia, and hibiscus, are grown for animal food. Nearby is Balboa Park with more than a dozen different gardens including the Japanese Friendship Garden, the Spanish-style Alcazar Garden, and the crown jewel of the park: the three-acre Inez Grant Parker Memorial Rose Garden, with 1,600 rose bushes from more than 130 varieties.
4. Nassau, Bahamas
The crystal-clear waters of this Caribbean island will immerse you and your family in a spring mermaid’s dream. From scuba diving with colorful and beautiful sea life to water skiing and interacting with the famous swimming pigs, the kids will not get bored here. Factor in the beautiful plants and flowers of the Ardastra Gardens & Wildlife Conservation Centre, and you have heaven on earth. With temperatures that rarely soar above 90 or fall below 60 degrees, Ardastra is home to a wide variety of flowers and trees like coconut palms, bromeliads, orchids, bougainvillea, and hibiscus blossoms of every color. It is inhabited by a dazzling array of birds, including flocks of gorgeous flamingos, the national bird of The Bahamas.
5. Atlanta, Georgia
This metropolitan city and its surroundings are full of gorgeous natural sites. Start at the Fernbank Museum, where science and nature come together offering indoor exhibits and outdoor experiences. Here, the Rain Garden, the WildWoods, and the Fernbank Forest combine different experiences of the natural world through immersive trails, fun educational programming, hands-on exhibits, and beautiful scenery. Imagine walking from the museum's terrace into the treetops where you can enjoy stunning views of the garden from one of two tree pods. Azaleas, canna lilies, day lilies, flowering tobacco, gladiolus, trumpet creepers, and zinnias, are among the hundreds of flowering plants in display. Likewise, nestled in the heart of the city are the Atlanta Botanical Garden and the Goddess Garden, which showcases over 24 blooming flower species during spring.
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