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Spring family travel ideas from California to South Carolina

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter opens April

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter opens April 7, 2016 at Universal Studios Hollywood. Photo Credit: PR Newswire

Spring is upon us, and it’s time to move forward with family-travel planning. Here are five ideas to consider.

1. DEL MAR, CALIFORNIA Swim or ride at the family-friendly, 249-room Fairmont Grand Del Mar, which features four heated pools and an equestrian center. You can also take a guided hike into the adjacent canyon preserve or get in the swing of things on the Tom Fazio-designed golf course.

INFO fairmont.com/san-diego

2. GET MY BOAT You and your family can float, paddle, sail or ride personal watercraft in more than 154 countries for as little as a few hours. Watercraft owners list their boats on the Get My Boat website, where you peruse the options, then set sail in the Caribbean, power-boat around Miami or sleep aboard a floating B&B in Bali.

INFO getmyboat.com

3. SOUTH SEAS ISLAND RESORT, Captiva Island, Florida Is someone in your clan a seashell lover? If so, you’ll want to take advantage of a beach walk with the resort’s designated shelling concierge in this famed southwestern Florida beach community. Later, opt for kayaking, stand-up paddle-boarding, family birding tours, or scout out the Points of Discovery within the on-site wildlife preserve.

INFO southseas.com

4. HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA Universal Studios is the place to be April 7 for the opening of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. The signature attraction, Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, will entertain in detailed, hyper-realistic 3-D-HD with Hogwarts Castle as the focal point. While in town, consider a Warner Bros. Studio tour of backlots and soundstages, and visit the Archive, where costumes, props and even Batmobiles are part of the memorabilia.

INFO discoverlosangeles.com

5. GREENVILLE, SOUTH CAROLINA This city in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains is a charming spot for award-winning urban bike trails, an 80,000-square-foot Children’s Museum, water parks, hiking trails, baseball-themed museums and sporting activities, programs at the Roper Mountain Science Center and free trolley rides. Create your own scavenger hunt and search for the nine bronze mice statues hidden along Main Street, an installation inspired by the book “Mice on Main.”

INFO visitgreenvillesc.com

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