6 Fun Spring Break Destinations for Families

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You work hard and deserve to take a fun vacation during Spring Break. Spring is a great time to take a break and de-stress from life. You’ll definitely want a break from your normal routines and enjoy time together as a family.

Start planning this year’s vacation with these 6 fun Spring Break destination ideas for families. Whether you choose one of the destinations below or another place you’ve always wanted to visit, make sure you take a well deserved break.

Looking for more ways to spend time with your kids? Check out my article that is full of fun kid activities.

Now let’s take a look at the Spring Break destinations for families.

1. Visit a National Park

The first destination idea is to visit a National Park. National Parks are a fun way to get outside and enjoy nature as a family. They are located all around the country. You can choose one that is close to home or pick a state you’ve never visited and set off for a new adventure.

How do I locate a National Park?

Locating a National Park is as easy as looking on the National Park Website. You can find a park by their alphabetical drop down menu or click on a specific state on their map.

Once you narrow down your search to a specific location, the website provides a brief history of the parks in that area. There is also helpful info such as:

  • Alerts and Conditions
  • Basic Information
  • Calendar of Events
  • Maps to help you Access the Area

Use this information to decide which park(s) you will visit. Be sure to check out the Alerts, because parks may be closed for renovations or during different times of the year. You will also want to pay attention to entrance fee requirements.

Where Can I Stay While Visiting a National Park?

Once you decide which National Park you want to visit, you’ll want to figure out where you’re going to stay. If your destination requires an overnight stay, here are two great ideas.

Camping

If camping is your family’s idea of a great Spring Break Vacation, the National Park Service has over 130 camping opportunities. Check out their website to find the perfect campground.

Hotel

The second idea is to find a hotel that is within the National Park or nearby. In looking at various websites to plan our family’s spring break vacation, I came across some pretty amazing hotels. Take a look at the beautiful pictures in the article Where- to stay near 10 of America’s best national parks and you might just change your mind about which park you want to visit.

2. Visit a State Park

If you want to stay closer to home, but still enjoy the outdoors, the second Spring Break destination idea is visiting a State Park.

How do I locate a State Park?

You can easily locate state park information on your state’s website. The state websites aren’t always easily to navigate. There is a really nice site that will help you easily find the correct Park’s Department website for any state. You simply click on the state you want, and you’ll be redirected to the Parks & Wildlife website for that state.

My family recently moved to Texas, so I was interested in all of the different state parks. Old Tunnel State Park is one my kids want to visit during the summer. I’m not a fan of bats, but this would be pretty amazing to see.

State Parks make really great day trips. You’ll want to make sure there is food available to purchase or pack your own meals. You can also take a couple of days and enjoy your time outdoors. If you need a place to stay, here are two of my recommendations.

Where Can I stay while visiting a state park?

My family isn’t big on camping (well, in reality, I’m not big on camping, but the rest of my family would probably love it), but I would consider trying something that is closer to home. If the state park isn’t far from your house, consider camping for one night.

Camping

You can reserve a camping site on the Reserve America website. There is also a link at the bottom of the
Park’s Department website for any state site that will help you locate State Park camping sites.

Hotel

In years part I was a big fan of online travel sites like Expedia or Hotels.com. But now, when I need to book a hotel, I find it’s best to book directly through the hotel’s website. The rate are the same (if not better) than the travel sites. And, if anything comes up – like say a sick kid – you can usually cancel without any fees.

3. Historical Sites

The next Spring Break destination idea is for families and kids who love history. Historical sites can be found in every state. And of course

How do I locate Historical Sites

Historical Sites are super easy to find online. There is a great list of National Historic Landmarks by state on Wikipedia. As you scroll down the list you will also find “Historic areas in the United States National Park System.” It would be fun to combine some historical sites with a visit to a National Park.

Where Can I stay while visiting Historical sites

For this Spring Break vacation idea I would recommend either a day trip or staying in a hotel. You’ll be doing a lot of walking and will need to drive to different sites. Combining this vacation with camping may not be the best way to relax and unwind.

4. Sunshine

If your family is all about fun in the sun, you’ll love the fourth Spring Break destination idea for families. When winter has overstayed its welcome, you are ready to spend quality time in the sun.

There are so many sunny places to visit around the world. I’m going to stick with ideas that are within the US. You can soak up the sun on the sunny beaches of California or Florida. Or you can visit the hot desert of Arizona. Hawaii is also a very popular Spring Break destination. Let’s take a look at the different options.

Best Beach Vacations

Hawaii, Florida, California – honestly, can you go wrong with any of these destinations for Spring Break. Staying right on the beach is a must. Here are my favorite places to stay.

Hawaii is a great Spring Break destination. It’s kid friendly, there are so many wonderful places to stay and there are a variety of activities. One of my favorite places to stay on the big island is Hilton Waikoloa Village. It’s not the newest property, but it is so peaceful and calm.

Laguna Beach is our family’s favorite destination in California. When we go, we stay with friends who live right by the water, but there are AMAZING beach vacation rentals.

There is never a shortage of sun in Florida. One of my family’s favorite beach location is Anna Maria Island. This is great if you’re looking for a slower paced vacation. If you’re looking for something a little bigger, but still peaceful, Destin is also a beach we like to visit. I haven’t had a chance to go, but my parent love visiting Naples, Florida.

Family Vacation Ideas

Best Desert Vacations

Admittedly, I haven’t spent a lot of time in the deserts of the United States. Until I have a chance to get out and explore a few desert location, I’m going to recommend the article Top 12 Desert Escapes. Visiting the Grand Canyon is definitely on my MUST DO list for a future Spring Break vacation.

5. Mountains

The fifth Spring Break destination idea for families is for those who want to hold on to the snow for as long as possible. They need one last ski trip and will go wherever the slopes are still open.

If your spring break is early enough in the year, you’ll be able to find great skiing vacation options. The site zrankings has a great page they update for Best places to Ski in March.

6. Big City

This is the sixth and final Spring Break destination for families idea. If your family loves big cities, you want to experience lots of culture and cannot wait to eat delicious food, then you will want to book a spring break vacation to a big city. A big city destination is a great Spring Break vacation for families with older kids!

There are so many great cities to choose from you may be asking yourself, which one do I pick? There are a couple things you want to consider before choosing a city.

Weather

For some parts of the US, it is still pretty cold in March and April. Decide if you are ok with lots of rainy and cold weather. Or if you would prefer to be in a city where you can walk around and enjoy the warmer weather.

What do we want to see or do?

Do you want to be entertained with musicals or plays? Do you want to try new food? Are you there to look at architecture or go to museums.

What Are my Options?

Here are just a few of the big cities you may want to visit. The cities on the top half have colder weather during the spring and those toward the bottom have warmer climates during the spring.

  • New York City
  • Chicago
  • Boston
  • Philadelphia
  • Seattle
  • Denver
  • Portland
  • San Franciso
  • Nashville
  • San Diego
  • Las Vegas
  • Austin
  • San Antonio

Where is your family going to spend spring break this year?

There you have it. Six Spring Break destination ideas for your family. You really do work hard and deserve to take a much deserved vacation during Spring Break. Along with a break from your normal routines, you’ll get to enjoy quality time together as a family.

Whether you choose one of the destinations below or another place you’ve always wanted to visit, I hope that you enjoy whichever vacation destination you decide on.Looking for more ways to spend time with your kids? Check out my article that is full of fun kid activities.

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6 Fun Spring Break Destinations For Families

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