Spring Break destinations for animal lovers are numerous and available all over the world. Whether you are seeking a pet friendly get away close to home or a truly exotic adventure, these trips are sure to satisfy the animal friendly traveler.
Close to Home:
State Parks- I frequently take my dogs and horses to the state park for a hike, trail ride and/or short camping trip. In addition to supporting your state’s conservation efforts, this can be a fantastic trip for individuals and families looking to vacation with their animal friends. Fees are minimal, dogs love exploring the open spaces, and it’s a great time to get back to nature. This Spring Break, take your canine or equine friend for a ride to the state park and enjoy a quality adventure.
A Little farther afield:
Kentucky Horse Park- this 1200+ acre tribute to our nations love of horses is a treat for any traveler. It is heaven to a horse lover. This working farm is dotted with museums, art exhibits, memorials, and competition grounds. The park boasts 115 horses representing 50 breeds, the International Museum of the Horse, rotating art and educational exhibits, and beautiful camp grounds. Campsites range from $15-$22 per night. Leashed dogs are allowed all over the grounds, expect inside museums and shops where they must be carried or confined to wheeled crates. You may also visit the final resting places of racing greats Man ‘O War, War Admiral, and others. Spring Break is also a great time to visit Kentucky, as the grass is green (or maybe blue) and humidity is still low.
Best Friends Animal Sanctuary- For an animal centric visit with a real purpose, visit an animal sanctuary this Spring Break. Your donations benefit countless homeless pets, and you can personally make a difference to these organizations. Best Friends offers scheduled 1.5 hour tours year round. Located in beautiful Angel Canyon near Kanab, Utah, Best Friends will even let you lend a hand as a volunteer. Contact them to schedule a tour or your volunteer time. Local camping, guest houses, and hotels make this an easy destination for animal lovers looking to make a difference.
Busch Gardens, Tampa Bay- While all the Busch parks are great destinations, this park is open for business during Spring Break. See tigers roam around fantastically natural exhibits; exciting rides and shows, a team of Clydesdales, and lots more. For an extra fee, try the Serengeti Night Safari ($60), or the ultimate zoo insider experience, Keeper for a day ($350). Tickets are $60 for adults and are good for two visits.
An exotic trip: Tiger Tops Jungle Lodge, Nepal- One of the most eco friendly destinations in the world, you will not get closer to the jungle than this. My husband got frightening close to a rhino (caution, rhinos are faster than you think). Ride an elephant through Chitwan National Park for the safari of a lifetime or try a tamer jungle walk. Besides the Royal Bengal tiger, you are likely to see rhinos, leopards, jackals, and many rare species of birds and plants. Other activities in the area include rafting, hiking, rock climbing, and trekking. For travel packages and further information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Whether close to home or far away, you can have a Spring Break vacation focused on your love of animals. The hardest part of planning this vacation will be which one to choose!