It’s February and whether you’re pumped about all of the recent snow or counting down the days until swimsuit weather, spring break is headed our direction.
While there are lots of great things to do around Omaha (Omaha Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium, Omaha Children’s Museum, SAC Museum or even the Ferris wheel at Scheels), here are a few last minute ideas if you and your family are itching to hit the road.
1. If you want to stay semi-close to home and stay indoors: Kansas City
Head south for 48 to 72 hours to explore Union Station, go shopping at the Plaza, make a trip to IKEA and eat at the T-Rex Cafe. If you are up for it, stay at Great Wolf Lodge on the Kansas side for guaranteed swimming no matter what the weather is like outside. It’s not too late to sign up for email deals and get great weekday specials during spring break.
2. If you’re up for a bit of a drive and like cold-weather activities: The Colorado mountains
Depending on which area you are heading to, your drive will set you back 8 to 12 hours. Once you get there, however, the activities are endless. If skiing or snowboarding aren’t your thing, try tubing, snowmobiling, ice skating or just walk around any of the quaint resort towns (Steamboat Springs, Breckenridge or Vail to name a few) for guaranteed bliss. If you’re new to skiing or snowboarding or just want to avoid the long chairlift lines and high prices at the popular resorts, check out Granby Ranch (accessible from Winter Park area) or Ski Cooper (accessible from Summit County resort area).
3. If you want to fly and head towards warmer weather: Orlando, Florida.
As of Feb. 1, you can book flights during spring break on Allegiant Airlines direct from Omaha (OMA) to Orlando-Sanford Airport (SFB) for $183 round-trip. This airport is not the main Orlando airport, but is very close to the action. Whether you’re up for Disney World, time at the pool or golfing, this is a can’t-miss deal! As a bonus, Orlando often has inexpensive hotel deals. Keep in mind this is a VERY popular destination for spring break though, so if crowds aren’t your thing, consider driving to the beach or just hang out at your hotel pool for a few days instead.
As for me, I’ll be in Omaha thinking of a place where I can enjoy both white snow and warmer weather this year. Hey, a girl can dream, right?
What are your spring break plans?
Jaime Wyant is a 31-year-old Omaha native, wife to Bret and mother to Marin and Liam. She writes weekly for Momaha.com.