Who’s ready for spring?! (Raises hands.)
Though Mother Nature keeps stringing us along as to when spring will really arrive, we take a look at spots throughout the world where flowers are in bloom and you can develop spring fever until our temperatures cooperate.
Biltmore Blooms at The Biltmore in Asheville, N.C., has begun, and runs through May 24. This spring, the 8,000-acre backyard of George Vanderbilt, designed by architect Frederick Law Olmsted, comes alive with the sights, scents and sounds of spring.
In Rhode Island, Newport Daffodil Days Festival celebrates spring with more than 20 family-friendly events, including a dog parade and private garden tours, amongst nearly 1 million blooming daffodils throughout the city. The festival is in bloom April 14–22.
The 27th annual Tanto Tulip Festival in Japan is scheduled to take place April 18–30, and features 1 million planted tulips blooming in about 300 different designs throughout the countryside. Tanto is about 20 minutes from the hot springs town of Kinosaki.
The centerpiece of the 17th Annual Berlin Cherry Blossom Festival on April 29 is 10,000 blooming cherry blossoms that signify where the Berlin Wall once stood. Welcome spring in Germany with food and fruit wines from throughout the country.
The Macao Lotus Flower Festival (June 9–13) in China is an annual celebration of the aquatic perennial flowers that bloom for a short time once a year, and Macao goes all out with displays throughout the city. The festival is also symbolically significant, since the lotus flower is on the Macanese flag and is a symbol of continuous harmony and purity.
The largest flower show in the world arrives on the outskirts of London July 3–8 with The Hampton Court Palace Flower Show. Hampton Court, once the home of Henry VIII, is about an hour’s train ride into the countryside from the city.
Only the bravest of family travelers should venture to Universal Orlando Halloween Horror Nights. Every year, Universal Orlando turns into the spookiest place in Florida, if not in the country. On select nights throughout the season, visitors and locals alike can head to the popular amusement park for frights, scares and thrilling adventures. Explore 10 terrifying haunted houses; five scare zones; live entertainment; and themed attractions, food and merchandise.
As the only major U.S. airline to own a flight school, United Airlines already hit a major milestone, and now the carrier celebrates another important — and historic — step as the inaugural class of United Aviate Academy pilots graduates, leading the next generation of aviators. The 51 students in the graduating class were majority, at 80 percent, women and people of color — another stride toward United’s goal of training 5,000 new pilots by 2030 with half women or POC.
With kids back in school and the grueling temperatures of summer finally behind us, life is starting to get back into the routine of fall. That doesn’t mean, however, that family fun has to stop. Big international trips may not be practical for all family travelers this time of year, but places like South County in Rhode Island offer so many fun things to do for families, a quick trip to this East Coast haven is practically a must.
Take Part in England’s Exmoor Dark Skies Festival Dusk Wildlife Safaris and Children’s Art Competition
Planning a trip to the United Kingdom soon? Time your travel for the Exmoor Dark Skies Festival in Somerset, England, from Oct. 13 to 29. The setting is Exmoor National Park, located within a gorgeous mix of farmland, wild forests, stunning valleys and moorlands in South West England.
United Airlines is in the midst of a major initiative to modernize its fleet over the next several years. After first announcing the plan in 2021, planes fitted with United’s signature interior are finally beginning to appear across the airline’s narrowbody fleet of Boeing and Airbus planes. United flyers are sure to notice these enhancements from the moment they step on board: Each new or updated plane sports remodeled seats, seatback entertainment screens for everyone, Bluetooth connectivity and more, all adding up to a better experience on every journey.
Part of a family who just loves a good scare or ghost story? This fall, wherever your travels might take you, chances are you’ll be near an Omni hotel or resort with a history of haunted sightings and other scary happenings. So, why not learn a bit about where you’re staying to make the experience all the more eerie …