For low-cost and high-flying fun, set the sky ablaze with the colors and shapes of your choice.
Here are five places where you and your family can go fly a kite:
Kitty Hawk, NC.
Follow in the footsteps of Orville and Wilbur Wright, those famous bicycle makers turned flight phenoms from Dayton, OH. The brothers made annual trips to the Outer Banks where they found steady winds, wide sandy beaches and friendly people who helped the pair pursue their passion to fly. The Wrights first used kites to help solve the mystery of flight. Create your own challenges as you and your family launch bright colors into the sky along this scenic swath of Atlantic coastline. Contact: 1-877-FLY-THIS; www.KittyHawk; www.OuterBanks.org.
Westwood Park. Los Angeles, CA.
Claim a picnic table as home base, then set off to enjoy this urban green space where you’ll vy for the highest flying kite with local UCLA students and faculty who retreat to this Park for a break from the classroom. Kids will also enjoy the swing sets and climbing structures that provide contrast to the nearby skyscrapers that line Wilshire Bouevard. Contact: 323-644-6661; www.laparks.org.
Long Beach, WA.
Visit this scenic spot on the coast of Washington to gain inspiration from kite flying pros. Visit the World Kite Museum & Hall of Fame, home to more than 1500 kites and the only American museum dedicated to the science and satisfaction of kite flying. Consider visiting the venue during the third week of August when the Washington Kite Festival fills the sky with a colorful array of sky-riders hoisted by famous flyers from around the world. Take to the wide beaches to enjoy your own high-flying adventures. Contact: 360-642-4020; worldkitemuseum.com; www.KiteFestival.com.
Corpus Christi Beaches, TX.
With the deep blue water as your backdrop, sea breezes provide a year-round opportunity to fly your favorite kites while enjoying the pristine beaches along the South Texas Gulf Coast. Camp for a long weekend or spend the day at Mustang Island State Park, a 5-mile stretch of Gulf Coast beach just south of Port Aransas. Take a break from kite-flying with your clan to enjoy shelling, fishing, bonfires, sand castle building and swimming. Contact: 1-800-766-BEACH (2322); http://visitcorpuschristitx.org.
Plan your trip to coincide with the annual Memorial Day Kite Festival or visit anytime for salt-air fueled kite flying and good times in a carnival-style beach town that has lured family travelers for decades. Stroll the boardwalk, go fishing or crabbing, and play miniature golf. Hop aboard the kiddie rides or strap in to one of six, scream-provoking roller coasters for a thrill session. Swim in the Atlantic surf or check out a beachfront water park. Contact: 800-992-9732 www.wildwoodsnj.com.