Top Kid-Friendly Spring Break Vacations

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Looking for a great travel destination this spring break? Check out these hot spots. Your whole family will love them and, best of all, they won't break the bank!

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Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, DC
When the Japanese sent a gift of 3,000 cherry trees from Tokoyo to Washington DC in 1912, they created a new tradition: gathering in our nation's capital to celebrate the annual bloom of cherry blossoms. Get your kids into the spirit of spring with this flowery festival. View exhibits, listen to music, or participate in a bike tour with your children -- and enjoy the seasonal sunshine!

For more information, visit: www.nationalcherryblossomfestival.org

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Hershey Park in Hershey, PA
Established in 1907, Hershey Park is the destination of chocolate lovers everywhere. But it's not just about sweets. You'll also find amusement parks and thrilling rides for the children, and luxury spas for the adults. Indulge your cravings this spring at Hershey Park.

For more information, visit: www.hersheypa.com

Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY
Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY
Are your kids eagerly anticipating spring training? Then oblige their enthusiasm with a trip to honor the greatest of American baseball athletes. Tour both new exhibits and old classics, and celebrate the spririt of spring with a return to America's favorite pastime.

For more information, visit: www.baseballhalloffame.org

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Camping at National Parks
Are your kids too reliant on computers, television, and video games for entertainment? Take a break from technology and teach your kids how to rough it by planning a camping trip in one of our nation's national parks. Brave the rapids of the West Virginia Gauley River, or climb the majestic Smoky Mountains of North Carolina. During the season of new life and rejuvenation, enjoy the outdoors as a family and teach your children to appreciate the natural gifts of the earth.

For more information, visit: http://www.nps.gov/index.htm

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Disney World in Orlando, FL
There's a reason why this classic vacation has become a favorite of children all over the world. Take your kids on a magical adventure, complete with exciting amusement park rides. Introduce them to their beloved characters from familiar fairy tales and bedtime stories. Note that some airlines -- like United and Alaska -- offer "kids fly free to Disney" promotions during the springtime. Take advantage of the savings and treat your family to an unforgettable vacation.

For more information, visit: https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/

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George C. Page Museum and La Brea Tar Pits in Los Angeles, CA
Transport your family back in time at the Page Museum, which features a large and fascinating collection of plant and animal fossils. Nearby you'll find over 100 tar pits containing fossils that date back to the Ice Age. These sticky pools are formed by oil seeping through the crust of the earth, as it has done in this region for thousands of years. Help your children imagine mammoths and mastadons trudging through the muck, and make prehistoric times come alive for your family.

For more information, visit: www.tarpits.org

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Six Flags SplashTown Water Park in Spring, TX

Stay cool at this exhilarating water park, located right outside of Houston. Thrilling rides include a wave pool and speed slides, to satisfy every daredevil in the family. You can also enjoy shows and music festivals featuring true Texas tunes, or sneak some learning into your vacation by participating in a Math, Science, and Physics Day. Start spring off with a splash at Six Flags Water Park!

For more information, visit:
http://www.splashtownpark.com/

Boy and girl friends
Crow Canyon Archaeological Center in Cortez, CO
Encourage the budding historians in your family with a visit to Crow Canyon Archaeological Center. Kids can participate in digs and learn about the life of the Pueblo Indians, who inhabited the region over 700 years ago. Your kids will love being involved in unlocking secrets of a lost people. Ignite your family's imagination with an adventure in history.

For more information, visit: www.crowcanyon.org

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Sesame Place in Langhorne, PA
Your kids' favorite television show comes to life at Sesame Place. Enjoy parades and performances featuring Sesame Street characters, and take your turn on the water slides and in the wave pools. This park is great for both older and younger kids, so everyone will enjoy a spring-break trip to the zany and entertaining Sesame Place.

For more information, visit: www.sesameplace.com