theFamilyTravelFiles.com Showcases The Best Places To Combine Family Fun and Learning.

School breaks and spring family vacation time provide the perfect chance to take a break, have fun, and share a learning experience with your children.GatlinburgZiplines

The Spring Break folder at theFamilyTravelFiles.com is loaded with ways to create and share unique learning experiences. From stargazing and living history to tide pools and animal encounters the possibilities are endless. Trying something new in a new place may be just what everyone needs or returning to a favorite museum and a comfortable pastime may be even better.

“I have always looked at learning opportunities as an added family vacation value because learning together makes all the difference in how successful your children will be in their studies,” according to Nancy Nelson-Duac, Editor of the popular family vacation planning website. She goes on to say, “The trick is to find places and activities of interest and share the discovery with your kids or grand kids.”

The top 10 choices for exceptional family learning experiences include not just museums, aquariums and zoos but also energizing activities in nature.

  • Dallas: The Perot Museum – Dinosaurs, gigantic gems, and a leap frog forest.
  • Long Beach: Aquarium of the Pacific –Touch tanks and Free Shark Lagoon Nights
  • Oakland: Chabot Space and Science Center – Bill Nye’s Climate Lab discoveries.
  • Atlanta: Fernbank – See Extreme Mammals: The Biggest, Smallest, and Most Amazing.
  • West Virginia: Bridge walks and mountain biking.
  • Tennessee: Ziplining and rope antics in Gatlinburg.
  • Seattle: EMP –Celebrating Jimmy Hendricks with outrageous outfits, and rare concert footage.
  • Space Coast: Kayak at the zoo and walk through the tree tops.
  • Virginia Beach: Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center – Boat excursions and behind the scenes encounters.
  • Orlando: Forever Florida – Treetop EcoSafaris and horseback adventures.

Checkout more than 300 Spring Break family vacation ideas which feature ways to combine learning and fun.

About theFamilyTravelFiles.com. Founded in 1998, theFamilyTravelFiles.com is one of America’s top-rated online family travel resources offering more than 1000 pages of timely family vacation ideas and trip planning information. The website specializes in displaying family vacation ideas, destination information for adults planning family vacations, advice about family trips, and family travel deals. To assist in narrowing searches, colorful vacation idea folders are visible throughout the website.

Lisa A Duac Publisher (813) 968-4799 or publisher@theFamilyTravelFiles.com
Nancy Nelson-Duac (817) 573-6920 or editor@theFamilyTravelFiles.com

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Spring Break Family Vacations Including Baseball. Why not?

March is the month Grapefruit League in Florida or the Cactus League in Arizona to show their stuff. And for families who share a passion for baseball spring training is ideal –  cheap seats, great weather, and close encounters with players.

Kissimmee Florida Spring Training Baseball

After each game Houston Astros' players meet fans at Autograpgh Alley.

The obvious advantage – spring training games offer fans a less intense atmosphere with players willing to talk with fans, and sign autographs. From batting practice to the 7th inning stretch the atmosphere is convivial. Including baseball in your spring break plans is fairly simple. If any team will do then the options are many.

Look to the Grapefruit League in Florida for Astros, The Braves, Blue Jays, Cardinals, Devil Rays, Marlins, Mets, Nationals, Orioles, Phillies, Pirates, Red Sox, Tigers, Twins, and Yankees. The ballparks are found in central Florida, along Florida’s east coast, southwest Gulf side, and the Tampa Bay area. For example: love the Astros then it’s Osceola County Stadium in Kissimmee; follow the Yankees the its Legends Field in Tampa. Add to ballpark time in Florida beach time along the Gulf, airboat rides, Harry Potter at Universal or horseback riding or ziplinging at Forever Florida.
 
Each spring, Arizona hosts the Cactus League spring training with the teams in  Scottsdale, Tempe, Surprise and Peoria. The teams training include A’s, Angels, Brewers, Cubs, Dodgers, the Giants, Indians, Mariners, Padres, Rangers, Reds, and Royals. A two-hour drive south, Tucson is home to the Rockies, White Sox and Diamondbacks play. Add to sunny days in Tucson a visit to the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, Colossal Cave Mountain Park, Sabino Canyon, Reid Park Zoo or Old Tucson Studio. For families vacationing in the Phoenix area offers plenty of activities to supplement any spring break. Start with the Heard Museum for a glimpse of Native American culture. The Children’s Museum of Phoenix, and the Arizona Science Center are definitely worth time plus the Desert Botanical Garden and the Phoenix Zoo offer hours of fun for families.

Here’s the deal. Whether you choose Arizona or Florida the savings will be in the tickets. Ticket prices span $10 to $30 with family nights offering extra savings and benefits. Some teams offer the chance for fans to take batting practice or attend an autograph session. For planning purposes checkout www.grapefruitleague.com  or www.cactusleague.com. Each site offers current schedules and ticket information.