Looking for somewhere to take the girls and boys while they’re still dressed up in their Easter dresses and Easter suits? If you’re in the U.S., you might consider combining your Easter celebration with a uniquely American institution: the family road trip. Pack your baskets and fluff your tails! You’ve got a long road to hop.
1. New Orleans Easter Parade
New Orleans boasts a wide variety of Easter parades. Several march through the historic French Quarter. The earliest parade ends conveniently right outside the beautiful St. Louis Cathedral, a great place to attend Easter Mass. And while you’re in New Orleans, sample some candy unique to the Gulf Coast. Every Easter, native N’awlins residents chow down on a chocolate-y marshmallow treat called Heavenly Hash. Save a couple for the road!
2. South Florida Eggstravaganza
Consider registering your kids for one of the largest annual Easter Egg Hunts in the United States. Every year, the Coastal Community Church in Coconut Grove hides thousands of eggs for the Eggstravaganza. It’s completely free – all you have to bring is some baskets, your kids, and lots of energy.
3. Washington D.C. 1789 Easter Brunch
Once the kids finish rolling their eggs down the White House lawn, they’ll have worked up quite an appetite. Consider making a reservation for Easter brunch or dinner at 1789, a favorite downtown restaurant of the city’s movers and shakers. You’ll get a delicious 3 course meal, during which the Easter Bunny himself will deliver candy to your table.
4. Colorado Springs, The Thorn
Passion Plays have been a staple of Easter for hundreds and hundreds of years. In Colorado Springs, the old tradition got an over-the-top update. This exciting retelling of Jesus’ resurrection incorporates elements of the circus, including trapeze performances and other feats of acrobatics.
5. Mesa Arizona Easter Pageant
For a more traditional Easter pageant experience, join the Church of Latter Day Saints at the Mesa Temple for one of the biggest outdoor Easter pageants in the world. It takes place at sunrise and features an enormous, 450-member cast.
6. San Francisco’s Union Street Spring Celebration and Easter Parade
San Francisco’s eclectic, artsy community puts on a huge, family-friendly parade every Easter. But the parade of floats and classic cars is just the beginning. You’ll also find bouncy castles, a petting zoo, rides, costumed Easter characters and an outrageous Easter bonnet contest. Parents, take note: this is one family activity where you’re sure to be just as entertained as your kids.