Contemplating a Spring Break vacation with the family? It’s not too late to get a great deal on a family vacation, whether a beach or city trip is on your mind. Here are our best Spring Break destinations for families!

Washington, D.C.

washington dc
The nation’s capital is always on our shortlist for best value – with most of the top attractions being absolutely free of charge, including the Zoo! If you can only hit a few of the city’s offerings, we can enthusiastically recommend the White House, the Smithsonian’s Air & Space Museum along with the Museum of Natural History, as well as any of the major monuments along the Mall (we’re partial to the Lincoln and the Martin Luther King Memorials. Don’t bother to rent a car – most of the city is walkable and inexpensive accommodations/dining options are everywhere. As a bonus, you might be there in time for the brief, but spectacular Cherry Blossom season.

Orlando, Florida

orlando florida

Orlando has no low season, but you can still score a deal on just about everything other than your Disneyworld and Universal tickets. There are ways to be economical while not sacrificing the fun. First – go in with the right expectations. If you’re traveling during Spring Beak, there will be crowds. Do your homework ahead of time to figure out where you’d like to concentrate your time – and then hit the parks! We recommend a day outside the “Orlando bubble” to just relax and enjoy your time in this fun little city without the pressure of the parks.

Maui, Hawaii

maui coastline

Maui has had a rough year, but is open for business! This island is often thought of for honeymoons, but it’s a fantastic spring break destination for families too whether you’ve got little ones or teens or any age in between! Take the older kids on a zipline adventure or to cycle Haleakala volcano at sunrise. There are tons of flat, nearly waveless beaches for the littles to splash safely around in (we like Napili beach in particular), and many budget accommodations for the whole family, whether you like a full-service hotel or a condo/airbnb experience.

San Diego, California

san diego california

San Diego is a day trip from Los Angeles and is often overlooked in favor of its glitzier big sister up the coast. Here’s why you should consider it for a spring break destination for families over L.A. San Diego has more of a small town vibe, a fraction of the L.A. traffic and is still within driving distance of both Disneyland and Universal Studios. Plus, the cozy and walkable downtown is tailor-made for families on a budget, and both Sea World and the San Diego Zoo are world-class attractions in their own right.

Chicago, Illinois

father and daughter in chicago

Chicago is one of the most-family friendly cities to visit, no matter how old the kids are. There’s affordable accommodation, the Art Institute for museum-lovers, delicious restaurants at every price point, the amazing Shedd Aquarium, Adler Planetarium and the always-popular Navy Pier. We do recommend purchasing a City Pass ticket that will give you VIP entry at many of the city’s top attractions at a big discount.

Phoenix, Arizona

phoenix arizona
Phoenix is too hot to handle in the summer, but the spring is one of the best times to experience this extremely family-friendly city. There are hundreds of miles of hiking trails for the active family, and come March the Boys of Summer descend to kickoff Major League Spring Training games. Tickets are less expensive than the regular season games and the relaxed setup means you can often meet the players during practice before the games. The Phoenix Children’s Museum has some of the coolest interactive exhibits this side of the Colorado River. The museum is free on the first Friday of every month from 5-8pm.

Hilton Head, South Carolina

hilton head south carolina
Hilton Head blows up in summer time for families, but spring break is still mild enough to keep the big crowds at bay. Coligny Beach is the place for the your wee ones. The waters on Coligny are shallow and placid, with tidal pools where you can wander and collect sand dollars at low tide. Another popular family activity to partake in is renting giant tricycles and tooling around the boardwalk. Get your whole brood to Hilton Head and let the family fun begin!

If you’re flying, you might want to check out our post on Flying with Kids, as well. Great tips for a smooth, stress-free journey. Happy travels!

Search Spring Break Flights


  1. Hi, I am planning a trip from JFK to Norway and then from Barcelona back to JFK. Dates are October 5 leaving and returning October 20

    When should I book my trip? Thanks

    • Hi Elaine, We will be coming out with some specific suggestions for international travel in 2018 very soon (just putting the finishing touches on our 2018 When to Buy reports), so check back with our blog in a few weeks. Having said that, the very good news for you is that you’re planning your trip outside of high season for Europe. You can definitely find some low, low prices in October and I think you can probably take a “watch and wait” approach. Flying from JFK will get you the best prices. I might not push it until the end of summer, but don’t feel under the gun to buy right now unless you have a large number of travel mates or specific flights you need to grab.

Post a Comment