For some, Spring Break means one thing: PARTY on the beach. But what if your vacation is one you would like free of drunken college kids and eardrum busting concerts? If clubs, bars, and body paint aren’t your things, check out our list of the best group destinations for your alternate reality!
More than Mardi Gras, Louisiana holds the key to letting loose without an open container and purple beads. In the wake of hurricane and flood devastation, New Orleans offers a character-building opportunity called “voluntourism”. As families down south continue to rebuild the romantic atmosphere of “The Big Easy”, disaster relief teams are always welcomed with hugs and lifelong friendships. Don’t forget to try the jambalaya on your break!
Rooted deeply in commercial fishing, Destin is the place to be for travel groups seeking a seaside retreat. Deep-sea fishing is the #1 activity, however, snorkeling and scuba diving is equally popular with the younger crowds! Beachcombers appreciate the Emerald Coast as well as the thrills and spills waiting for them at The Track’s bumper boats! Don’t forget your picture with the scaley green guys at Gator Beach where the fried pickles are famous!
For an authentic Texas experience, Austin hums with hospitality and variety! Barton Springs Pool is an underground spring-fed body of water that used to have bits of itself sold as a mystery remedy for select ailments. Now popular with swimmers, hikers, fishermen, and sunbathers, even baptisms and beauty pageants have taken place here amongst the miniature waterfalls and quaint picnic areas! Other hotspots include Lake Travis Zipline Adventures, Six Flags, Austin Zoo, Inner Space Caverns, and everything else you never thought of!
While Las Vegas’ lights never go out, the daylight hours provide less neon glitz and more wholesome entertainment than your team may have imagined. Forget gambling, indoor skydiving is a rush without the risk! Stratosphere Tower Thrill Rides challenges a phobia of heights while the National Atomic Testing Museum educates visitors on how to survive an atomic blast and where the bombs are tested! Shark Reef Aquarium and the Mob Museum are other noteworthy stops for exciting creatures and contradictions!
New York City
Broadway tours, Lady Liberty, late-night museums, helicopter rides, pizza pies, free kayaking, and year-round ice skating make up only a piece of the list of things to do on Spring Break in NYC! When you finish your star-spotting at Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum, make sure to take a detour and catch a Knicks game or soar to the Top of the Rock for a view of The Big Apple from sobering heights!