10 spectacularly unique things to do this spring break

Don't let spring break sneak up on you!

If you're reading this, you're itching to get out of town, but aren't looking for the same destinations that everyone recommends. Want some unique spring break ideas? We're ready to deliver.

Here are 10 unique ideas for you!

 

For travelers who like to relax:

1.Ross Bridge Golf Resort and Spa

Drive time from Nashville: 3 hours

How about a castle in Birmingham with a gorgeous golf course and spa? Sound chill enough? When we went a few years ago, a man in a kilt would play bagpipes each evening at dusk. It's all kinds of sophistication at this Marriott Hotel.

Here are some other highlights:

 
 Photo cred: Ross Bridge  Marriott Hotel

Photo cred: Ross Bridge Marriott Hotel

 

2. Mentone, Alabama

Drive time from Nashville: 2.5 hours

Want to feel like you've escaped to a mountaintop art community? Then point your GPS in this direction. From the quaint restaurants to the antique stores to the B&Bs hidden away in the mountains, this is the pause button you need from life.

Here are some other area highlights:

 

3. Gorham's Bluff, Alabama

Drive time from Nashville: 2.5 hours

We're sure the Tennessee River views from here have literally knocked a few travelers off their feet. There's not too much around, but for the traveler who's looking to forget the world...we're sure that won't be a problem.

Here are some other area highlights:

 Photo cred: Tripadvisor

Photo cred: Tripadvisor

 

4. Marriott Shoals Hotel and Spa, Alabama

Drive time from Nashville: 2.5 hours

We selected this hotel because of its amenities, but also because of its location to Muscle Shoals, Alabama. If you're a music buff, you know that this was the mecca for many recording blues and rock-n-roll legends in the 60's and 70's. The area is so rich in history that they even made a documentary about it.

Here are some other area highlights:

  • Muscle Shoals Sound Studio
  • Ivy Green, Helen Keller's birthplace
  • Frank Lloyd Wright's Rosenbaum house
 
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Pin this: Finally, some unique spring break ideas via ThoseCrazyNelsons.com and weekendtripsfromnashville.com

 

 

For travelers who love the outdoors:

5. Stay in a yurt in NC. 

Drive time from Nashville: 4 hours

Who would have thought you could stay in a yurt without flying across an ocean? North Carolina is full of adventure. With the company Wildwater, you can zipline, stay in a yurt, do off-roading in jeeps, and raft the rapids!! 

Here are some other area highlights:

  • Asheville is nearby.
  • Drive through Chattanooga for a double destination trip.

6. Adventure Center of Asheville

Drive time from Nashville: 4.5 hours

Speaking of Asheville, this place is an adventure jackpot! What we love about it is that it's kid-friendly, because we're' big on doing ALL the hard things together. Available adventures: ziplining, bike trails, ropes course, and more! 

Here are some other area highlights:

 
 In the treetops with Adventure Center of Asheville

In the treetops with Adventure Center of Asheville

 

Fun for the whole family:

7. Louisville Mega Cavern, KY

Drive time from Nashville: 2.5 hours

Consistently ranked as one of the top things to do in Louisville, this place lives up to its mega name! Ziplines, bikes, ropes course and tram tour are just snippets of what can be done there! Go underground this spring break! With so many other things to see in Louisville, making this a spring break destination is a no-brainer.

Here are some other area highlights:

  • Kentucky Derby Museum
  • Louisville Waterfront Park
  • Louisville Slugger Museum
 
 Louisville Mega Cavern Ropes Course

Louisville Mega Cavern Ropes Course

 

8. Stay in a Kentucky castle.

Drive time from Nashville: 3 hours

Do you think your kids would like to stay in a real life castle? Bring the swords and the princess dresses and let them imagine the night away! If you don't want to spend the night, opt for the castle tour and meal!

Here are some other area highlights:

9. Gulf Shores, Alabama 

Drive time from Nashville: 7 hours

Hit the beach without breaking the bank and stay in Gulf Shores! A sweet beach town, it's one of the lesser touristy spots on the coast...and so family-friendly! If you're looking for a beachfront condo, we stayed here last time.

Here are some other area highlights:

  • Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo
  • Fort Morgan
  • Artsy city of Fairhope
  • Mobile's Maritime Museum
 
 Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo: Lemur experience 

Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo: Lemur experience 

 

10. Conner Prairie, Indianapolis

Drive time from Nashville: 4.5 hours

Have you ever wanted to go to old colonial Williamsburg, but just couldn't squeeze in a trip to Virginia? This is a wonderful option for you. Our kids had so much fun in this living history attraction. We even went up in a hot air balloon. Conner Prairie opens their outdoor towns in April, so be sure to call ahead and verify they'll be open during your spring break dates.

Here are some other area highlights:

  • Indianapolis Zoo
  • Indianapolis Museum of Art
  • Children's Museum of Indianapolis
 
 Connor Prairie: A living history museum

Connor Prairie: A living history museum

 

Here's a bonus trip idea because we love to over-deliver!

11. U.S. Space and Rocket Center, Huntsville, Alabama

Drive time from Nashville: 2 hours

An IMAX, outdoor rides, simulations and HUGE rockets to explore, this is an awe-inspiring trip for any budding astronaut. Talk about the wonders of space the whole drive down! Then, explore the city of Huntsville! Recently featured on a popular travel show, the city surprises new visitors every time!

 
 U.S. Space and Rocket Center

U.S. Space and Rocket Center

 
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