5 ideas for spring break family getaways
Spring holidays provide families a chance to rejuvenate and enjoy time together. Here are five ideas to consider:
Westin Lake Las Vegas Resort & Spa, Henderson, Nev.
Have the bright lights and a retreat too when you stay at this sunny resort, just a free shuttle ride away from the glitzy Las Vegas Strip. Enjoy a family getaway that includes pedal boarding, paddle boarding and kayaking on the 320-acre lake, plus poolside fun with a giant slide, dive-in movies and a Kidcabana. Golfers will want to sample the newly renovated Reflection Bay course, a Jack Nicklaus signature track that offers red rock and lake vistas. Parents: It's your vacation too, so make time for a couple's massage at the Spa Moulay.
Wild Dunes Resort, Charleston, S.C.
Stay on a lush barrier island and pair nature outings and resort relaxation with the best of Charleston. Sign up for a guided kayak tour through the low country salt marshes, where wildlife is plentiful. Stop at a hammock-strewn island where you can relax or take a swim. Play golf or tennis at the resort before heading into town for a photography tour or to learn about the distinctive ironwork that adorns the southern city's historic homes, gates, churches and gardens.
Arizona Biltmore, PhoenixWith a full renovation completed, this historic resort offers a wealth of experiences for families. From scavenger hunts and water balloon games to desert hikes and kids' fitness challenges, there is something for every age group. Sample a carrot cake facial, or enter the field-goal kicking contest. Sun by one of eight pools or learn about Frank Lloyd Wright, whose architecture inspired this jewel of the desert.
Visit AbileneBerenstain Bears fans will want to stop in to the National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature to see exhibits featuring the series creators.
Make a stop at the Grace Museum to see more than 1,500 works by artists with Texas connections, as well as a giant Operation game to encourage discovery-based learning. Also worth a look is the local zoo and Frontier Texas for a taste of the Old West.
Contact: www.nccil.org, abilenevisitors.com
Spring trainingFrom now through March and into April, enthusiastic baseball fans head to warmer climes to watch their favorite players work out the kinks.
In Arizona, Cactus League teams, including the Texas Rangers, are playing in Scottsdale, Phoenix, Peoria, Tucson and beyond.
In Florida, Grapefruit League enthusiasts can catch their favorite teams in action in Tampa, Kissimmee and 11 other venues.
Contact: www.cactusleague.com, floridagrapefruitleague.com.