Spring Break is fast approaching and families from coast to coast are putting together thrilling vacation plans. Get your kids to spend less energy playing video games and more time exploring America with a Spring Break trip of your own!
In this post, we’ll share fun events, activities and destinations near three of the most popular metro areas around the country. We’ll also suggest one of our most attractive new home communities in each market to tour while you’re there.
Quirky, Fun & Diverse: Atlanta, GA
If you love history, you’ll fall head over heels for Atlanta. From the National Center of Civil & Human Rights to the College Football Hall of Fame, there’s a museum, gallery or attraction for everybody. Ride the historic streetcar and visit the sites where some of the Civil War’s most pivotal moments took place.
Then, once you’ve worked up an appetite, visit Ponce City Market, BeltLine or Krog Street Market to enjoy a culinary extravaganza. Arrive with an empty stomach so you can try as many new foods as possible.
If your trip lands between March 9th and 23rd, be sure to check out the Atlanta Science Festival. The festival features more than a hundred fascinating events at different venues all around the city, culminating on March 23rd with the interactive Exploration Expo at Piedmont Park from 11am to 4pm. The all-ages Expo is free to enter and a must-do experience for anyone who’s ever been curious about the world we live in. Where else can you play robot soccer and make your own gummy worms?
Local residents looking for something fun and inexpensive to do during the Dekalb County School District Spring Break (April 1st through 5th) can plan a short getaway to Allatoona Lake 30 miles from Atlanta. Offering dozens of parks, 8 marinas, house boats, cabins and plenty of fishing holes, Lake Allatoona is one of the most popular lakes in the country. Prefer tent life? Book your campsite here.
- New Homes in Brookhaven: Not all Atlanta new home communities are created equal. Offering gated luxury and a prestigious address, Brookhaven homes at Townsend at Brookhaven are changing the way Atlanta, GA home buyers think about townhome living. Tour this innovative community to see how easy it is to add your signature touches with an incredible selection of premium finishes.
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More Than Just Live Music: Austin, TX
The Moody Theater, Continental Club and SXSW music festival put Austin, Texas on the map – but a trip to River City has a lot more to offer than dueling pianos and screaming guitars. Sure, check out a show or three but make time for mouthwatering BBQ, striking architecture and an outstanding art & culture scene.
There’s always something happening in the city whose motto is, “Keep Austin Weird.”
But when you’re finished exploring downtown Austin, take your Spring Break adventures into the natural wonders of the Texas Hill Country. More specifically, to Lake Travis near new homes in Leander, TX at Crystal Falls. Once you fall in love with the area, head back to this incredible housing development with three separate Austin communities with homes from 1,826 to 4,200 square feet.
Enjoy the lake from the sky at Lake Travis Zipline Adventures. They’ve got the longest and fastest zipline in Texas. Open from March 1st, Zipline Adventures offers 5 distinct zipline courses and a unique floating waterpark that’s like participating in Ninja Warriors but on the water!
For a lazier approach to fun on the lake, rent a relaxing pontoon boat from 3 Amigos Boat Rentals. Kick back and enjoy beautiful Lake Travis on your own floating good time.
During the Leander Independent School District Spring Break (March 18th through 22nd), local residents can enjoy self-guided hikes and a selection of educational opportunities through St. Edward’s University’s Wild Basin Creative Research Center. The park is open daily from sunrise to sunset at 805 North Capital of Texas Highway, Austin, TX 78746.
San Jose: A Different Bay Area Vacation Experience
The Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz make San Francisco one of the most popular travel destinations in the United States, but there’s a whole lot going on down the 101 in San Jose, too!
Tech junkies love that it’s the capital of the Silicon Valley and wine aficionados soon discover that it’s not just Napa that’s famous for tasting in California. Great hiking. Premium shopping. An interesting and diverse food scene and a vibrant downtown that’s loaded with culture and family fun.
And guess what? Despite Anaheim’s reputation for being theme park central in the state, California’s Great America is pretty awesome. Located at 4701 Great America Pkwy in Santa Clara, CA, the park is much more affordable than its So Cal counterparts with rides and roller coasters that are just as thrilling.
Don’t forget to get your spook on at the famous Winchester Mystery House at 525 South Winchester Boulevard in San Jose. A tour of this eerie old mansion is a must for any Bay Area visitor who enjoys having a chill run up their spine. Originally owned by the heiress to the Winchester fortune, the house is filled with curiosities and rumored to be haunted.
Speaking of interesting architecture, new homes in Milpitas at Prynt bring something totally different to the San Jose, CA real estate market. Visit a selection of 3-story townhome-style condominiums that look and feel like a single-family Milpitas new home. It’s easy to find just the right layout to suit your needs with 11 distinct floor plan designs.
Milpitas Unified School District takes Spring Break from April 15th through the 19th.
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