US: Southeast, Spring Break Family Vacations with Fishing, Feeding Ducks, and a Surfside Easter Egg Hunt.
Need to feel warm sunshine and a soft sea breeze? Want to enjoy sweatshirt weather biking along the coast? Looking for one more escape to the snow country before it melts? Whatever your family’s passion, we have spring break vacation ideas to fit the quest. Ride the trolley in Pigeon Forge; go kayaking off Myrtle Beach.
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Myrtle Beach: Kayak blackwater, count frogs, and fly kites.
Myrtle Beach has always been a family destination with ample, family-friendly golf courses and miles of beach to make any family vacation satisfying. However for parents wishing to combine learning with family fun the possibilities are exceptional starting with Low Country History & Wildlife Preserve, part of the tranquil Brookgreen Gardens. From bouncing along in an oversized jeep to gliding along in a 48-passenger pontoon boat, the experience will be one-of-a-kind. Mother Nature’s Low Country lab offers visitors a sense of place combining the area’s earliest history with encounters and views of indigenous wildlife. Don’t miss the waterfowl aviary built over a tidal swamp, plus river otter and alligator habitats along a black water creek. Bonus points:
For the youngest tykes, there’s a Brookgreen Detectives booklet and Children’s Discovery Room with seven interactive stations that relating to nature, art, and history. Wait for it!
In addition to scheduled animal feedings and magical play areas, Brookgreen Gardens has installed a medieval seven-circuit Chartres labyrinth along the water leading to the Waccamaw River (Low Country History & Wildlife Preserve at Brookgreen Gardens (1931 Brookgreen Gardens Drive Pawleys Island, 29585. (843) 235-6000 or www.brookgreen.org
). Add to the natural energy by booking a kayak adventure with Coastal Expeditions and glide through a salt marsh estuary under blue sky amid green cordgrass, oyster-laden banks, and dense maritime forests. They claim no experience is necessary and they mean it. Their emphasis is on quality and safety while having fun. Their focus is preservation, education and fun. Bonus points:
They offer a Young Naturalists' Kayak Adventure Camp dedicated to practicing skills of kayaking and natural exploration (Coastal Expeditions at Shem Creek. (843) 884-7684 or www.coastalexpeditions.com
Gatlinburg: Go for ziplines, Shops, and Smoky Mountains National Park adventures.
Gatlinburg area mixes the beauty of nature with a slew of tempting activities. There are rides, shows, putt-putt courses, and plenty of shopping spots. The Smoky Mountains National Park has an active junior ranger program and plenty cool activities for families plus there are hundreds of miles of hiking trails meant be explored on foot or by horseback (Great Smoky Mountains National Park. 107 Park Headquarters Road Gatlinburg, 37738. Visitor Information Recorded Message, (865) 436-1200 or www.nps.gov/grsm). Bonus points:
Add extra fun to any family adventure vacation by ziplining with Gatlinburg Ziplines. The guides will make any family zip-trip fun for all, even those who may be terrified. They also have an exceptional ropes course for anyone who likes a challenge. (125 Historic Nature Trail, Gatlinburg, TN 37738. 1- 865-430-9475, toll-free 1-877-430-9442 or www.ziplinesfamilyadventures.com
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Gatlinburg also has a world-class aquarium where visitors walk under water. Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies is the home to 12-foot sharks, giant sea turtles, penguins, and thousands of exotic fishes. Enjoy the daily dive and feeding shows in Coral Reef, Stingray Bay and Penguin Playhouse; pet horseshoe crabs and rays in the Discovery Center and Touch-A-Ray Bay. Here’s the deal:
Rent a vacation cabin from Cabins for You. Stay five nights and get the sixth at no cost. The cabins feature hot tubs, decks, spectacular mountain views, and entertainment amenities. The locations provide easy access to Dollywood or Smoky Mountains National Park. (Gatlinburg Cabin Rentals 436 East Parkway Gatlinburg, TN. Toll-free 1-800-684-7865, (865) 436-2109 or www.CabinsforYou.com
Pigeon Forge: Enjoy Springfest and Dollywood.
Spring means all the fun without the crowds. Ride the trolley; shop for bargains; enjoy family style entertainment and enjoy Southern hospitality mountain-style. Take the kids and roost in a log cabin nestled in the woods. Enjoy the benefits of a private deck with a hot tub or stay in town closer to the entertainment and shopping, Pigeon Forge always offers fun at a bargain. Springfest, a three month festival, includes barbecues, cook offs, air shows, races and much more. Family vacation packages include:
selected sleeping arrangements, daily activities and nightly entertainment. The packages grouped at the website as “Spring Value Packages” display typical costs for adults with a base add on per child. For example, Cabin Fever Vacations offer three nights accommodations in a Cabin Fever Vacations cabin and admittance to of the five popular local dinner shows, and Econo Lodge Riverside has a spunky package inviting guests to "Come Feed the Ducks". Here's the scoop.
The type of fun depends on your family and it is easy to assemble the perfect combination (including coupons worth extra discounts) from the Pigeon Forge Value Card at their website. Select from things like Dixie Stampede Dinner & Show, Black Bear Jamboree Dinner & Show or Dollywood “Festival of Nations” in April, Boyd’s Bear Country. Make it happen.
Toll-free 1-800-953-7469 or Pigeon Forge Spring Break Packages.