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Family Travel: Several Ways To Celebrate St. Patrick's Day

Share in the luck of the Irish this St. Patrick's Day season by finding your own bit o' green. Here are five ideas to consider:

1. New York City.

Head to the Big Green Apple for the granddaddy of all St. Patrick's Day parades. Find a spot along Fifth Avenue to see the long-standing, noncommercial tradition unfold. Held to honor the patron saint of Ireland and to celebrate Irish faith and heritage, the first march took place on March 17, 1762 — more than 14 years before the Declaration of Independence was signed. Stay at the nearby Marriott Residence Inn at Bryant Park, where free hot breakfast, free Internet access, in-room kitchens and spacious accommodations make it easy for families to enjoy a city break.

Contact: www.marriott.com; www.nyc-st-patrick-day-parade.org

2. St. Lucia.

Families have the opportunity to give back to the island during an eco-friendly stay that includes a half-day excursion toiling alongside island residents. Visit a working farm and help harvest seasonal fruits and vegetables, or pitch in to catch farm-raised tilapia and shrimp. Later, join in a Friday fish fry with the opportunity to sample locally caught seafood and vegetables.

Contact: 1-877-657-7625; www.landings.rockresorts.com

3. Kiawah Island, S.C.

Celebrate your family's good fortune on the greens at one of this resort's five courses. Junior tee markers, club rentals, instruction, golf camps and family tee times make it a grand location for a fairway-focused holiday. After a day on the links, enjoy pool activities, surfing or boogie-boarding in the ocean, or a game of tennis.

Contact: 1-800-654-2924; www.kiawahresort.com

4. Lucky Ski Break.

Save a little green with festive "Spring Break on Us" packages in Colorado. You're in luck when booking family stays at ski-savvy hotels in Vail, Aspen, Beaver Creek and Vail Resorts locations, including Breckenridge and Keystone. Stay five nights and get two nights free for a 40 percent savings and the opportunity to enjoy prime powder paired with sunny spring days.

Contact: 1-866-461-7625; www.springbreakonus.com

5. Butte, Mont.

Years ago Irish immigrants came to this Rocky Mountain town in search of mining opportunities. Today the Irish heritage is alive and well and no more evident than on St. Patrick's Day, when the town comes alive. Enjoy the parade plus a trolley ride to learn more about the colorful characters, famous folks, miners and bandits who lived and worked in Butte. Consider a drive north to Glacier National Park or south to Yellowstone.

Contact: www.wintermt.com; www.buttecvb.com

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