Ring in the fresh spring air this Easter weekend with a wide variety of AAA-listed events. Here’s a sampling of just a few of the breathtaking sights, scents and sounds to experience — from soaring kites and colorful blossoms to the peal of early-morning church bells.
For a complete list of Easter weekend events across the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico, check out the list of ways to Spring Into Spring With Easter Weekend 2013 Events. Throughout the year, search from more than 20,000 event listings by destination, name and date on AAA.com.
Mar. 1-Apr. 30 GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., Butterflies Are Blooming―This is believed to be one of the largest seasonal butterfly exhibits in the United States. Over a period of 8 weeks, thousands of butterflies flit and flutter in the tropical habitat of the conservatory. Location: Lena Meijer Conservatory at Frederik Meijer Gardens. Contact: (888) 957-1580. $.
Mar. 21-31 CORNER BROOK, NL, Canada, The March Hare Literary Festival―Home of the original Hare, a festival that now travels across Canada, this annual Newfoundland and Labrador tradition offers the finest in poetry, literature, film and music. Location: Various Locations. Contact: (709) 639-9814.
Mar. 31 LAKE WALES, Fla., Easter Sunrise Service―Begun in 1927, this service is the oldest yearly tradition at the gardens. The Lake Wales Chorale, the Tower Brass and the carillonneur of the 60-bell carillon present inspirational music. Location: Historic Bok Sanctuary. Contact: (863) 676-1408. Free.
Mar. 22-31 MINDEN, Neb., Crane Watch Festival―Self-guiding tours are provided to sandhill crane viewing areas where some 500,000 birds flock and prepare to continue their journey north. Location: Fort Kearny State Historical Park. Contact: (308) 832-1811. $.
Mar. 29-30 NAGS HEAD, N.C., Kitty Hawk Kites Fly Into Spring and Easter Eggstravaganza―Start off the spring season with this family event. Enjoy kite flying lessons, mass ascensions and lots of games and demonstrations. Location: Jockey's Ridge State Park. Contact: (877) 359-8447.
Mar. 29-May 5 WOODBURN, Ore., Tulip Fest―More than 40 acres of tulips and daffodils, a children's garden and a farm equipment display are offered during the week. In addition, weekends feature a crafts marketplace, pony rides, wooden shoe making and entertainment. Location: Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm. Contact: (503) 634-2243.