Friday, March 23, 2012

Design Your Own “In Town” Spring Break (Part Two)

Design Your Own “In Town” Spring Break:  Inspiration from the Top 10 Hot Spots (Top Five)

#5 Tampa/St.Petersburg, Florida  

Most Popular Attraction: The Salvador Dali Museum 

This important collection of surrealist works is located in a building that is as interesting as the art.
Hometown break suggestion:  There is probably a quirky museum in every corner of the USA.  What is in your hometown?  I know where the ball of twine is in Minnesota, but I’ve also been meaning to visit the collection of rare Asmat art a local college – it’s on my spring break list.     
# 4. New York City, New York

 Most Popular Attraction: The Empire State Building

Iconic Landmark with incredible views day and night.  Even jaded New Yorkers love it.  Avoid waiting in the ticket line by buying your tickets online in advance.

Hometown break suggestion:  What is the highest point in your town?  If it’s public, just go and enjoy!  If it’s private, why not contact the owner and see if you can visit?  If it’s a hill, think about going at night to see the lights, the stars, or the migrating birds as the navigate themselves northward by the light of the the moon.    

# 3. Las Vegas, Nevada

Most popular attraction: Bellagio fountains

People stare at lots of free shows outside the hotels, but there's only one worth going to: the
Bellagio fountains. Every half-hour between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m., and every 15 minutes from then 'til midnight, an 8.5-acre lake in the middle of the desert explodes with 1,214 spritzers shooting water up to 460 feet in the air — the water rockets and dances, perfectly choreographed to Frank Sinatra or Gene Kelly or "One Singular Sensation" from A Chorus Line. And yet, for some reason, it doesn't feel all that gay, which is quite a feat.

Hometown break suggestion:  Find all the fountains, big and small, public and private, in your hometown.  Do a daylong fountain tour.  Bring pennies where allowed to make wishes. 

#2 Orlando, Florida
Most popular attraction: Florida Springs

Florida has more than 700 springs. They bubble up through the Florida Aquifer, an underground limestone formation.  Clear, cool, and fun.  Kayak, swim, relax and enjoy.

Hometown Break Suggestion:  Rent a canoe, bring a picnic and launch into whatever water formation your area is famous for.  There’s just something about being near fresh water! Be sure to pack a Junonia swimsuit.

#1 Miami Beach, Florida

Most popular attraction? South Beach

South Beach is the quintessential Miami hot spot. From shopping to partying, this trendy area of Miami Beach is well-known for its art deco revival architecture. 

Hometown Spring Break suggestion:  What architecture is special in your area?  Just Google your hometown + architecture.  I’ll bet you’ll find enough for a full day of exploring!

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