Spring break is just a bunny hop, skip and jump away. Have you made your plans? If not, here are some great getaways perfect for some family-friendly day trippin'.
Crystal Cove State Park in Newport Coast--One of my favorite places in the OC for savoring the natural beauty of our California coastline. Enjoy a long walk on the beach, hike along the coastal nature trails or check out the restored historic district complete with colorful beach cottages, gift shop and museum. Don't miss lunch or dinner at the Beachcomber for delicious, no-fuss fare and a view that can't be beat!
Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach--In keeping with the aquatic theme, visit Long Beach's homage to the Pacific ocean. Kids will love the playful otters, the shark lagoon and the hands-on animal experiences available every day of the week.
The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch--You don't have to be a plant lover to LOVE this excursion to one of the most colorful places in Southern California this spring. Stroll among 50 acres of Giant Tecolote Ranunculus flowers and be sure to bring your camera!
The Great Park in Irvine--Float 400-feet above the landscape in the Great Park's Balloon ride, open Thursday-Sunday. While you're there, ride the carousel and check out Kids Rock--a play area of misting shade structures, climbing rocks and “underground tunnels."
Catalina Island--Head off-shore for an adventure in Catalina Island. In addition to the exciting ferry ride, you can enjoy hiking, kayaking, helicopter tours, parasailing, zip-line fun and more in this close-to-home island paradise.
Photo from Crystal Cove Alliance
Contributed by Danyelle, Fairmont Private Schools