10 Easter Vacations

From egg hunts to parades to chocolate bunnies to brunch, there’s so much to look forward to on Easter! If you’ve stayed at home every year, jazz things up a bit in 2011 with an Easter weekend getaway. From New York City to Sydney, Easter is celebrated around the world and every Easter celebration is different.

New York City Easter Day Parade

1. New York City, New York

Ever since the Civil War, New Yorkers have marched down Fifth Avenue in the name of Easter, showing off their elaborate bonnets and costumes. Whether you’re a participant or observer, the Big Apple’s Easter Parade is one of the best in the country and shouldn’t be missed! Take any unimpressed kiddos to the Eggstravaganza in Central Park – where families enjoy a grand egg hunt, egg roll race, petting zoo, and a Peter Cottontail meet-and-greet. With our wide selection of New York City condo rentals, you’ll have no problem finding accommodations near Fifth Avenue or Central Park.

2. Washington, DC

Easter at the White House has been a beloved tradition since the late 19th century, thanks to President Rutherford B. Hayes, who welcomed kids and their parents on the White House lawn for an egg roll race. The event has grown considerably since then, with arts and crafts, an egg hunt, and storytelling, as well as appearances by professional athletes, Cabinet members, and other special guests.

But how can you attend such a distinguished Easter event? Go to the National Park Service to claim a free ticket on Easter Monday. Tickets are limited, though, and will be handed out on a first-come, first-serve basis. And not everyone’s guaranteed admission; groups of five or less, with at least one child under seven years old and no more than two adults, are the only ones that stand a chance at racing their egg on the White House lawn.

Don’t miss out on the National Cherry Blossom Festival while you’re here, which lasts March 28 to April 12, 2011. Need a DC rental? Don’t worry, we’ve got dozens of Washington DC rentals for you to choose from.

3. New Orleans, Louisiana

Look forward to not one, not two, but three parades in New Orleans on Easter Sunday! Roll down Bourbon Street in a carriage or convertible in the Historic French Quarter Parade (better known as the Chris Owens Easter Parade), or see what the view’s like at the St. Charles’s Avenue Easter Parade! The conservative New Orleans Gay Easter Parade is also an annual hit. Many other weekend activities, galas, brunches, and dinners complement the festive processions. Find a charming New Orleans vacation home rental for your stay in the Big Easy.

4. Greece

What better place to go for Easter than Greece, where Easter is the most anticipated religious festival of the year? It doesn’t hurt that the Mediterranean paradise is a must-see in the Spring, with wildflowers draping the ground and smaller crowds than usual.

Orthodox Greeks fast for 40 days prior to Easter and finally indulge in red eggs and a soup called “Mageritsa” on the Resurrection. On Easter Sunday, they’ll feast on lamb and Easter Monday, they’ll relax after a hectic weekend of celebration.

While sightseeing should be scheduled before or after Easter weekend (most attractions and shops are closed for the holiday), tourists can expect fireworks shows, incredible local food, and lots of decorative grandeur – all in the name of the paschal event.

Keep in mind that Easter falls on April 19th in Greece – not April 12th like in the US. Make sure to stay in a Greece vacation home during your visit.  

Richmond Eggcellent Egg Hunt

5. Richmond, Virginia

Like New York City, Richmond has its own bonnet-filled Easter on Parade at Monument Avenue; it features kid-friendly entertainment, street vendors, and spotlights the best bonnets – worn by pets and humans alike. If you’ve got children, make sure to stop by the Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens to take a picture with the Easter Bunny, listen to stories, and hunt for eggs! More family fun can be found at the Marymont Estate in the form of a maze, an egg hunt, a cake walk, Peter Rabbit, and much more.  

6. Australia

A great choice for an Easter spent abroad is Australia, where you’ll experience a truly unique holiday. First off, remember that it’s cool this time of year in Australia (April comes around in autumn), so don’t expect springtime temperatures. Don’t expect to see much of the Easter bunny, which is known for destroying crops, either! Instead, the Bilby (a marsupial) is the preferred paschal symbol. However, spending time with family, attending church, and Egg Knocking are the main activities this time of year – so you’ll feel right at home Down Under.

Sydney puts on the Royal Easter Show, which features animals, food, fireworks, and parades, so Sydney vacation rentals are an especially good choice for your Easter getaway.

7. Mexico

The two-week Semana Santa and Pascua, or Holy Week and Resurrection, is a huge deal in Mexico; in fact, it’s one of the most popular times for locals to go on vacation. Watch a moving, wonderfully acted Passion Play and then let loose on Easter Sunday! With a Mexico rental home on Easter, you’ll quickly get to know Mexico’s rich cultural and religious heritage. If you’re tired of dyeing eggs or eating chocolate bunnies, head south of the border for an inspired and meaningful Easter experience.  

8. San Francisco, California

This year, join the fun at San Francisco’s Spring Celebration and Easter Parade on Union Street! Display your favorite bonnet, enjoy a tasty brunch at an outside café, and explore the fair, which will have pony rides, a climbing wall, and more. Choose a San Francisco condo for your California Easter.

Best Easter Vacations9. Portland, Oregon

Search for candy eggs at Oregon Garden’s Easter Egg Hunt, pet a real live bunny at the Oregon Zoo’s Rabbit Romp, or dress up like a rabbit and hop on your bicycle for the Bunny on a Bike ride, which concludes with a potluck. In Portland, Easter is lots of fun and sometimes a bit strange.

10. Atlantic City, New Jersey 

Of all the Easter parades, Atlantic City’s is the oldest. It will take you through New Jersey Avenue, the Atlantic City Boardwalk, and Kennedy Plaza. Afterward, watch as the best get-ups and costumes of the day get judged! An Atlantic City condo rental makes for a great vacation home base during Easter.

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