Spring Break Fever

One hot July day last year I thought about the reluctance of spring.

The underestimated Mid-Atlantic chill that depresses the human spirit along with the temps. The eternal cravings for warm breezes, even as spring teases. Yet the cost of high-season airfare for a family of four (plus rental car and airport parking) is always daunting.

What about driving. To. Florida?

Just get in the car and go, like my parents and grandparents used to do. Point the headlights toward Miami—or, even better, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando. They just opened the Diagon Alley expansion in 2014. Blimey!

“Why not?” I thought. (At that time, I didn’t even anticipate lower gas prices, which means fuel costs at least would hardly tap a vault at Gringotts Bank).

So, when the days stay gloomy, you can just get up and get out. You could even drive straight-through to the vaunted gates of Disney or Universal, chanting “Spring Break, Spring Break,” and buy your park tickets at the window. That’s what the locals or college sophomores do. With tons of hotels and attractions nearby—LEGOLAND, the beach, SeaWorld, the Screamin’ Gator Zip Line at Gatorland—there’s always a Plan B.

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