Looking for a spring break destination new to your family? Here are five spots to consider:
1. San Antonio.
Remind yourselves why you should remember the Alamo. Mix a little history with a whole lot of fun by spending an afternoon on the grounds of this historic site. Stroll day or night on the River Walk, following the meandering path through the culture-rich downtown. Consider a sunset water-taxi ride or a guided cruise and learn more about recently added art installations. Top off your stay with a day at SeaWorld marine park.
Contact: www.visitsanantonio.com; www.seaworld.com
2. Hilton Head Island, S.C.
Often tapped as one of the top beaches for families, this coastal haven offers an active holiday. Arrive on the barrier island and schedule a family meeting to determine which of the multitude of activities — biking, golf, tennis, parasailing, hiking, wildlife-watching and boating — will top your to-do list. Family-friendly hotels, inns and dining are plentiful at many prices.
Contact: 1-800-523-3373; www.hiltonhead.org
3. Taos, N.M.
Nestled against the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, this artsy enclave shares a rich cultural history with nearby Santa Fe. Yet the cozy ski resort and local restaurants and galleries are relaxed and inviting. Head to the mountain for family-friendly fun in the snow. Ski and snowboard lessons for kids are easy to access. Join other families for tubing on Strawberry Hill every Wednesday through Saturday.
Contact: 1-866-968-7386; www.skitaos.org, www.taoschamber.com
4. Sedona, Ariz.
Located north of Scottsdale and Phoenix, you'll trade cactus and spring-training baseball for awe-inspiring red rocks, colorful canyons and hiking, biking and horseback riding. Stroll the main streets for a taste of local art, as well as ice cream and fudge. Then sign on for an infusion of geology, American Indian history and splendid vistas when you take a tour with the popular Pink Jeep.
Contact: 1-928-282-7722; www.pinkjeep.com; www.sedonachamber.com
5. Hershey Park, Hershey, Pa.
The entire family will enjoy a getaway to this Pennsylvania sweet spot. Tour a replicated candy factory and then sample the goods.
Not to worry, you'll burn off the extra calories moving among more than 60 rides and attractions. For contrast later, visit nearby Pennsylvania Dutch country, where Amish families still enjoy a simple lifestyle and their horse-drawn buggies still roll along the roads.
Contact: 1-800-437-7439; www.hersheypark.com