Trying to plan a fun spring break but concerned about not spreading Covid-19? We all could use a break, right? Space to breathe, sand between the toes, the soothing sounds of nature and happy children. It’s time. Kidding Around is here to help with some ideas for safer places to travel, staycations at home, and Covid-Friendly things to do for spring break in Greenville.
Covid-Friendly Safer Spring Break Travel Ideas
There are some great places to visit and vacations to plan that offer reduced risk of spreading and catching Covid-19. Vacation rental homes offer a place to stay without the risk of lobbies and communal areas, beaches offer fresh air, and mountain towns bring charm with endless outdoor adventure. Here are some of our best Covid-friendly travel ideas for spring break.
Vacation Rental Homes Like Airbnb Are Great For Travel During a Pandemic
Rent a house and you’ll be able to avoid all the communal areas you often find in hotels, like crowded elevators, lobbies and pools.
If eating out is a concern for you, a vacation rental home is perfect because they give you the ability to cook dinner at the house, grill or even comfortably order take-out. My family often freezes a few meals for easy cooking at the house, which can save quite a bit of money, too!
These vacation rentals on the South Carolina Coast all had availability for Greenville and Spartanburg schools’ spring break at time of publishing.
Transport your family to a fantasy land in one of these fantasy themed vacation rentals. Wave your wand and sleep at Hogwarts, tuck into a Hobbit Hole or head out to space.
You don’t have to worry about crowded hotel pools when you rent an Airbnb with a private pool. These Florida rentals are all near the beach and they all have private pools.
Spring in the mountains can be a little chilly at times, but that won’t bother you when you rent a mountain cabin with a private indoor pool. And, you won’t have to stake out any space in a crowded shared resort pool, either.
Charleston is not too far from the Upstate, and it’s a great place to explore full of history and nearby beautiful beaches. This list of vacation rental homes near Charleston has great options whether you want to stay near the city or out by the beach.
Destinations With Wide Open Spaces Make For Safer Fun
If you want to see the sites and avoid crowds, look for destinations with fewer high rise hotels and more open spaces.
Blairsville, GA Has Small Town Charm And Great Outdoor Spaces
The little town of Blairsville, GA is a great place to spend a few days. Explore a petroglyph site, go horseback riding, hike at Vogel State Park, then enjoy the cute and very walkable downtown area with little shops, restaurants and coffee.
Natural Beaches on Jekyll Island
Jekyll Island, GA has beautiful wide open, natural beaches, tons of biking trails, parks and space to relax. The small town area has shops and restaurants.
Spring is a Great Time to Visit OBX
The Outer Banks of North Carolina don’t have many high rise hotels, and instead offer a wide variety of privately owned vacation rental homes. Spring is a great time to visit the islands with lower crowds, plus you’ll be able to enjoy the sand dunes of Jockey’s Ridge State Park and the history and outdoor exhibits of the Wright Brothers National Memorial without the heat and sweat.
Beech Mountain Has Fabulous Spring Outdoor Adventures That Won’t Break the Bank
Visit Beech Mountain for great hiking with gorgeous views, affordable trout fishing, bird watching and more. Plus, we have some tips on where to pick up some delicious food!
Covid-Friendly Spring Break Things to Do In Greenville, SC
Upcountry History Museum Exhibit Framed: Step into Art
During Spring Break, check out the traveling exhibit for families at the Upcountry History Museum. Framed: Step Into Art lets kids step inside famous works of art, ask questions and explore!
“On display through May 23, 2021, Framed is filled with opportunities for children and families to explore works of art in four discovery spaces that include setting up camp in the Canadian Rockies during 1916 at John Singer Sargent’s Camp at Lake O’Hara; taking the reins of a giant chicken pulling a wagon carrying a load to town in Clementine Hunter’s Big Chicken; learning about rural life at the turn of the century by tending chickens and eggs, preparing a meal and setting the dining table for a noontime dinner in Grant Wood’s Dinner for Threshers; and traveling south of the border to add flowers and ribbons of “corn husks” to the flower tower for a celebration in Diego Rivera’s Corn Festival from the Court of Fiestas in Mexico City’s Ministry of Education Building.”
Covid-19 Precautions: The Upcountry History Museum is not often crowded on week days. Families may find the less crowded, indoor location of UHM on weekdays to be comfortable as compared to busier indoor things to do.
Admission to UHM:
$10 Adults, $9 Senior adults (ages 65 and up) and college students with valid ID, $8 Children age 4 to 18 and FREE Children age 3 and under
Hours: Tuesday-Saturday: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sunday & Monday: Closed
Go Hiking or Biking
The warm days of Spring Break are perfect for outdoor adventure. Find the perfect hike for your family in our Greenville Hiking Guide. We have information ranging from hikes with little ones, to hikes with teens and the more adventurous.
If your crew loves to bike, here is a guide to all of the places in the Upstate for families to mountain bike together.
Covid-19: Precautions– The outdoors is a great place to spend time with a reduced risk of Covid-19 spread thanks to the fresh air.
Take in a Gorgeous View Without the Hiking
Not up for a hike but want to enjoy nature’s beauty? We have you covered.
- Driving Tour: Waterfalls with no hiking! This makes a great day trip!
- Get to the highest point in South Carolina with no hiking! Amazing views here!
- Visit the overlook at Caesars Head State Park where you’ll find gorgeous views just a few steps from the parking lot. For more adventure, check out any of these Upstate area South Carolina State Parks,
Covid-19 Precautions: Combine the safety of your personal car with the fresh air of these outdoor spaces to stop and enjoy the view.
For some educational outdoor fun, consider visiting historic battlefields, parks and mill ruins.
- Kings Mountain State Park: Revolutionary War Battlefield
- Historical Textile Mill Sites You Can Visit: Visit these textile sites to learn about the Upstate’s unique local history of textiles mills.
- Hagood Mill: Check out an old grist mill, cotton gin, moonshine distillery, petroglyph site and more at Hagood Mill.
- Musgrove Mill State Historic Site: Learn about the Revolutionary War battle at Musgrove Mill State Historic Site.
Covid-19 Precautions: All of these educational adventures are outdoor places to explore.
Enjoy Your Spring Break at Home
Saturday, April 3rd, 2021: Pick up a FREE Home Depot Kids Workshop Kit, complete the kit at home any day of spring break when you need a fun activity!
Celebrate spring break at home. If you’re not able to travel and need to stay close to home, we created this home based adventure for you! Here are 5 Places You Can Go on Spring Break Without Ever Leaving Your House. Head to outer space, enjoy a safari, transport yourself to the wild west and so much more!
What are you planning for spring break this year?