Spring Break isn’t just all about college students heading to tropical destinations for parties and debauchery. Many students under the age of 18 will also be off from school, prompting families to pack the car and suitcases for somewhere other than home. Where to? We’ve rounded up top 10 family destinations for Spring Break to help you with ideas.
Rides, shows, resorts, entertainment and more, Orlando makes for the perfect family destination for Spring Break. In fact, Orlando is the most popular family destination in the U.S. With Universal Studios, SeaWorld, LEGOLAND, and the Disney Theme parks families certainly have options to choose from. Perfect for families with young kids and the young at heart adults, Orlando has something for everyone in the family to enjoy.
San Diego, California
Sunny San Diego is always a great destination for families. Have kids who are animal lovers? Then San Diego is the destination for your family. Families can take advantage of SeaWorld and the world famous San Diego Zoo. Looking for something a little different, then stop by Casa Beach, otherwise known as Children’s Pool Beach. Visitors will enjoy seeing hundreds of sea lions sprawled across the protected beach. Another great San Diego staple is Balboa Park. This urban cultural park boasts Spanish architecture all through the parks grounds and is the perfect place for a family picnic.
Forget the beaches and head to Sandusky, Ohio for Spring Break. Filled with fun for all ages, Sandusky offers one of the best amusement parks, Cedar Point. Known as the roller coaster capitol of the world, Sandusky is home to many theme parks and resorts which offer everything from animal safari parks to water parks (both indoor and outdoor) and zip lining.
Paradise Island, Bahamas
The Atlantis Resort on Paradise Island in the Bahamas is every kids dream vacation. Where fantasy meets fun, children and their parents will love this luxurious resort and its island setting. Kids can enjoy the water pools and slides, a LEGO construction room, life-size doll house, a gaming zone, rock climbing, river rides, and so much more.
Los Angeles, California
Los Angeles has been attracting families for years with the allure of Disneyland, Universal Studios, Knott’s Berry Farm, Magic Mountain, and of course the movie stars. Aside from the theme parks, Los Angeles offers families tons of activities. Choose from museums with Dinosaurs, spending the day at one of the famous beaches, and shopping on Hollywood boulevard just to name a few. Another amazing family outing is Griffith Park which offers an observatory and planetarium.
Washington D.C. is a top Spring Break choice for many families. With its rich history and political background, Washington D.C. offers many museums, such as the National Museum of Natural History, National Air & Space Museum, and more, where kids and parents can learn together. The best part is most of the museums are free, meaning it won’t break the family bank. Depending on when you visit D.C. in the spring, the National Cherry Blossom Festival is a great 2 week long celebration with hundreds of special events and cultural performances.
Not quite ready to give into spring? Then head to Denver, Colorado for skiing and snowboarding at the various ski resorts surrounding this mountain city. Top ski resorts close by are Winter Park, Breckenridge, Echo Mountain, and Loveland. Even if skiing isn’t your thing, families can enjoy the great outdoors that is Denver. This city is all about outside activities like the Denver Botanic Gardens, hiking in Mount Evans, as well as many museums.
Hawaii makes for a great family getaway for Spring Break. Flying to the islands can take some time, but once you’re there… you’ll never want to go home. Choose from volcano tours, snorkeling, historical tours, hiking, and of course the beaches. There are so many surprises when visiting the Hawaiian Islands. Inter-island flights are cheap to hop from island to island and since each island is distinctive in its own right, choosing which one will be the toughest decision your family will make.
Boston, one of the oldest cities in America, makes for a great family Spring Break vacation. The city’s architectural treasures include lovely brownstones and cobblestone streets, and gas-lamps light the way in many neighborhoods. With so much history and culture, vacationing has never been as educational as it is in Boston. Oh, and don’t forget to taste the New England clam chowder, it’s the best!
Grand Canyon, Arizona
Take the family on an adventure out west to one of the world’s greatest Natural Wonders of the World – the Grand Canyon. At the Grand Canyon, visitors can explore a hundred year old rail way, watch an old west shoot out, and of course take in the breath taking scenery that is the Grand Canyon. If that’s not enough, the Grand Canyon offers white water rafting, waterfalls, and the Skywalk. The beauty of the Grand Canyon will give your family memories for years.
Where will your family head for Spring Break? We’d love to hear where you’re going and share your Spring Break photos and experiences with us.