It's not too late to plan a spring getaway, whether you have just a few days or an entire week to spend -- and there's still time to find a great deal.
Here are six great bets for spring getaways:
* Play ball! I love spring-training getaways in Arizona (www.cactusleague.com) and Florida (www.floridagrapefruitleague.com) because the kids might actually get an autograph, you sit closer to the action and tickets are cheap (lawn tickets are just $8 to see the Chicago Cubs play at HoHoKam Park in Mesa, Ariz.).
There are plenty of hotel packages (www.visitflorida.com, www.arizonaguide.com) and plenty else to do (explore the Everglades by airboat, kayak or canoe; go hiking in the desert). Check out the National Park Service website for kids (www.nps.gov/ever/forkids/index.htm).
* Mickey, Spider-Man and more. Orlando, Fla., (www.visitorlando.com) is the first city in the country to welcome more than 50 million visitors annually. The weather is a lot more pleasant in spring than in summer. If you have young kids not yet in school, wait until after spring break when the prices come down. There are plenty of new attractions, including LEGOLAND and the new water park soon to open that is geared to younger families.
There's also Disney's expanded Fantasyland, which will include SeaWorld's Turtle Trek 3-D, opening later this spring and Universal Studios' "Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man" attraction at its Islands of Adventure theme park.
Opt for a house with a pool (rent directly from the owner www.vrbo.com) or a hotel with a great pool complex like the new Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort Bonnet Creek (www.wyndhamgrandorlando.com; rates start at $179, including breakfast for a family of four). The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort (www.swandolphin.com) is touting a "Love Your Family" deal in a 1,000-square-foot executive or grand suite with two bathrooms, a $100 resort credit per stay for use toward onsite character dining, Swan paddleboats, unlimited beverage cups, souvenirs and more. (Rates start at $399 a night.)
* Hit the slopes. These days, there is as much to do off the slopes as on, whether you are going to Park City, Utah (www.visitparkcity.com) and touring Utah Olympic Park, Stowe, Vt., (www.gostowe.com) where Ben & Jerry's factory is always a draw, smaller Bolton Valley (www.boltonvalley.com) or nearby Burlington, Vt., or Big Sky, Mont. (www.bigskyresort.com) where you can zip-line high above the trees and spend the morning doing hands-on activities at the Museum of the Rockies (www.museumoftherockies.org) in nearby Bozeman.
You'll find plenty of kids-free deals too, including at Aspen/Snowmass (www.aspensnowmass.com). SKI.COM can also put together a well-priced package with air, lodging and lifts.
* Sun, sand and more. Book an eco adventure (www.greenloons.com) and kayak with baby whales in Baja (www.seakayakadventures.com). Explore Belize or Costa Rica (www.wildland.com or www.familyadventures.com). See how the 1 percent lives by being waited on hand and foot at a private Bluefields Bay villa (www.bluefieldsvillas.com) in Jamaica where even a nanny can be provided and you'll get to know locals in the small town. It is more affordable than you think! Remember that prices in the Caribbean typically drop in April.
* Turn on the city lights. There are great deals to be had in major and smaller cities, especially on weekends, whether you want to introduce your kids to Broadway, tour the 9/1 1 Memorial in New York City (www.nycgo.com), explore the biggest children's museum in the world (www.childrensmuseum.org) in Indianapolis, or ride bikes over the Golden Gate Bridge, visit a fortune cookie factory, talk to a farmer at the huge Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, or see how much fun science can be at the Exploratorium in San Francisco (www.sanfrancisco.travel).
Above all, have fun!