Spring Break 2005

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Remember the good old days of spring break? Loading up with your friends, taking a road trip to the beach, not knowing where you were going to stay, but sure you”d find something when you got there? Well, times have definitely changed, haven”t they? Today, you may want to party like a rock star, but with family and kids, it”s time to buckle down and even consider an (gulp) educational trip on spring break.

Of course, all work and no play makes everyone dull, so check out these trips and activities that are fun ones for the kids (and you, too!).

Bahia Honda State Park – Big Pine Key, Florida

So you”ve always wanted to sleep under a palm tree? Here”s your chance. Bahai Honda State Park is one of the Florida Key”s best beaches – and it has outdoor campsites! If tents are a little too outdoorsy, you can go for one of the six beach cabins instead. This is a great one for the kids. Hiking trails, snorkeling, fishing and spying on turtles, fish, alligators and even tiny deer will keeps little hands and little minds busy. Call 800-326-3521 for more information.

Sugarloaf Ski Resort – Kingfield, Maine

If you just can”t stand to leave the Sugarloaf here in Gwinnett, consider taking a trip to another one. Like your spring break to be a farewell to winter instead of a hello to summer? Head up north and hit the slopes at Sugarloaf Ski Resort. Besides some of the best slopes in the north, you”ll also find family turbo tubing, a snowshoe safari and Amos, the moose mascot – all fun activities for the kids. Find out more at

Washington, D.C.

What a great trip this is! Who doesn”t love Washington, D.C.? You know the drill – Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial, White House tours, the Smithsonian. Just make sure your kids are old enough to appreciate seeing these things. I bet you”ll be surprised at how much you enjoy it, too. Fine out more at

Kay El Bar Guest Ranch – Wickenburg, AZ

Rope “em, ride “em and get ready for fun at Kay El Bar Guest Ranch. Horseback riding, hiking with Ally the ranch dog, swimming pools and western entertainers with songs and cowboy poetry await the family at this city boy-turned-cowboy vacation destination. You”ll be comfortable at night in the adobe lodge houses, and the kids will particularly enjoy the cowboy cookouts under starry skies. Visit for more information.