Even though the weather outside might still be cold and dreary, it’s time to start making plans for Spring Break. And with a little help from military discounts, coming up with fun ideas doesn’t have to break your budget.
Whether you’re staying local or packing up the family for a trip, check out the following five family-friendly Spring Break options. And if you're thinking about traveling, start your planning process with American Forces Travel, an exclusive discount travel website managed by Priceline.
1. Plan a staycation
Staying home doesn't have to be boring. Do you live in an area that has attractions to offer visitors, but you never take advantage of visiting them? Spring Break is the perfect time to check out what your area has to offer.
Visit your local military installation’s ITT office to get some ideas and possibly discounted tickets to local attractions.
You can also use this time to check out local restaurants you haven't had a chance to try. Some restaurants, like Outback Steakhouse, Bonefish, Greene Turtle and Hard Rock Cafe, advertise military discounts, but many restaurants don’t advertise so make sure you ask wherever you dine.
2. Hit the road
Spring Break is a great time for a road trip. Whether you’re visiting family and friends or heading out for some sight-seeing, make sure to use all the military discounts out there while you travel.
3. Learn a lesson
Learn during Spring Break? Really? Remember, learning can be fun and can create wonderful memories for everyone. Visit places like the Museum of Modern Art, Colonial Williamsburg, The National Aquarium and National Parks -- all with military discounts.
Another learning experience for Spring Break is to find some local volunteering opportunities. Depending on your family members’ ages, you can volunteer at local soup kitchens or work with animals at the ASPCA. Volunteering not only makes an impact on those you help, but your children can also learn the valuable lesson of helping others.
The kids may not have assigned schoolwork during Spring Break, but maybe they could use the time to get some extra help. Tutor.com offers free tutoring for military families.
4. Visit a theme park
Is there a theme park your family would love to visit? A wide variety of theme parks, like Disney World, Busch Gardens and Dollywood offer military discounts. (Check out our full list of amusement park military discounts for more fun options.)
5. Take a cruise
6. Relax at a resort
Sandals resorts offer a 10% military discount. They have locations in beautiful places like the Bahamas, Jamaica, Barbados and more.
You can also check into Armed Forces Recreation Centers, or AFRCs, which are Joint Service Facilities operated by the Army Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Programs. Probably the best known AFRC is Shades of Green, located at Disney World in Florida. You can get great room rates (and if you're a golfer, check out their discounted golf rates for military).
So book your stay at a resort and spend your Spring Break relaxing in the sun.
Sharon Wood contributed to this story.
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