Spring break is just around the corner and if you are like most people, you are probably looking for some ideas on where to go. But with so many options out there, it can be hard to decide.
Not to worry though – I have put together a list of the best family-friendly spring break destinations. Whether you are looking for a beach getaway or a chance to explore new places, I have got you covered.
So, without further ado, here are my top spring break family destinations:
Visit a National Park
National parks make for perfect family-friendly spring break destinations. Not only are they affordable, but they offer plenty of activities and opportunities for learning and exploration.
The national parks offer a great opportunity to see nature at its finest. They are often free to visit and they are usually well maintained. There are also plenty of activities available within each park including hiking, camping, fishing, canoeing, kayaking, horseback riding, swimming, boating, and more.
Plus, with so many parks to choose from, there’s sure to be one that’s the perfect fit for your family.
Some of my favorite national parks to visit with kids are Bryce Canyon National Park, Yellowstone National Park, and Yosemite National Park.
There’s no doubt that Washington, DC is a popular tourist destination year-round, but it can be especially great for families during the spring break season. With plenty of kid-friendly attractions and activities, plus budget-friendly lodging and dining options, Washington, DC is an ideal getaway for parents and their children.
Families can check out some of the city’s kid-friendly attractions like the National Zoo, Smithsonian Institution Building Museum, or Washington Monument. As a matter of fact, Washington, DC is home to some of the best museums in all of America (and they’re mostly free).
Couples can enjoy romantic strolls through Georgetown’s cobblestoned streets and adults can indulge in a little nightlife at one of DC’s many bars and restaurants.
The best part is that Washington, DC is extremely easy to get around. The city is compact and walkable, so you can easily explore all the sights on foot. Or, if you need to get from one end of town to another, there’s always an abundance of taxis and public transportation options available.
New York City, New York
NYC is one of the most family-friendly cities in the world. From museums to shopping and dining options galore, there is truly no shortage of things to do here.
And if you’re looking for a family vacation that’s both fun and educational then this just might be it! There is so much to do and see in this city and you can easily spend a week there without running out of things.
Some of our favorite places in NYC include The Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building, Times Square, Central Park, and the American Museum of Natural History. If you’re looking for some photo opportunities, NYC has plenty of great Instagram spots.
For an interestingly different look at the city, you may want to try these Wonderfully Weird New York Things to See and Do.
If you want to save some money and your family loves the outdoors, then check out our list of The Best Places for Camping in NYC.
If you are looking for a music-themed spring break destination then Nashville is the place for you. It is home to some of the biggest names in country music and offers a wealth of activities for visitors of all ages.
There is live music playing in almost every bar and restaurant in town, making it the perfect place to enjoy some family time and tunes together.
In addition to the great music scene, Nashville also has a lot of other attractions including The Parthenon, Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, and the Grand Ole Opry House. You could even take a quick side trip to the Smoky Mountains. Check out our Travel Tips for a Great Tennessee Mountain Family Adventure.
San Diego, California
San Diego is a great place to visit any time of year, but it is especially perfect for spring break. The weather is usually nice and mild and there are plenty of things to do both indoors and outdoors.
Some of our family’s favorite places in San Diego include Balboa Park (with the zoo, botanical gardens, and museums), the beach, La Jolla and the California Missions. I have a great list of 14 Unforgettable Things to Do in San Diego with Kids that don’t include going to a theme park.
And if you are looking for a place to stay, I would highly recommend checking out local vacation rentals. There are many great options available and they often come with access to pools, hot tubs, and other amenities that can make your trip even more enjoyable.
New Orleans, Louisiana
If you want to experience some southern hospitality and culture then New Orleans is a great place for your family this spring break! We love exploring all of the French Quarter’s history as well as taking in live music at night on Bourbon Street.
The food here is also amazing and you can get some great deals on hotel rooms during spring break if you plan ahead. Some other family-friendly places in New Orleans include the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, Jackson Square, and City Park.
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Myrtle Beach is a well-known vacation destination for people of all ages. With its world-famous coastline, amazing shopping, and variety of restaurants, it’s easy to see why this city is a popular choice for a spring break getaway. But what many people don’t know is that Myrtle Beach is also a great place for families. There are plenty of things to do here that will keep everyone busy and happy.
Some of our favorite activities include: visiting Ripley’s Aquarium where you can see sharks swimming above your head as well as other sea creatures up close; going out on a boat tour offshore (we saw dolphins while we were there); exploring Brookgreen Gardens which has many different types of gardens and sculptures throughout its property; or taking your family out to dinner at one of my favorite spots called Molly Darcy’s Irish Pub where you can enjoy live music.
Maui is known for its legendary beaches, jaw-dropping sunsets, and lush landscapes. But what many people don’t know is that Maui is also a great place to take a family vacation during the spring break season. With plenty of things to do and see, Maui can accommodate everyone in the family – from active teens to restless toddlers.
Some of our favorite activities include snorkeling, hiking in Haleakala National Park, visiting the Maui Tropical Plantation (where we saw many different kinds of fruit trees), going on a sunset cruise off Lahaina Harbor, or exploring Old Town Lahaina with its shops and restaurants.
You can also take your family out to dinner at one of my favorite spots called Mama’s Fish House which has been serving local seafood since 1973! This place is really great because they have fresh caught fish daily that is cooked right when you order it. It just doesn’t get any better than that :)
Savannah, Georgia is a beautiful city located on the coast of the southeastern United States. This charming destination is perfect for a spring break getaway with your family.
There are plenty of things to do in Savannah, and the city has a rich history that your kids will love learning about. Plus, Savannah is known for its delicious food, so you’ll definitely want to sample some of the local cuisine.
Some of our favorite activities include: visiting the Bonaventure Cemetery where you can see graves from the 1800s, walking along River Street which used to be an old cotton port now filled with shops and restaurants, taking in beautiful views at Forsyth Park (which has been around since 1858), or exploring one of many museums like Telfair Museum.
Lake Tahoe, California/Nevada
Lake Tahoe is one of the most beautiful places in the world. Its setting among the mountains makes it a great place to relax and take in the natural beauty of the area. With its many outdoor activity options, mild temperatures and stunning scenery, it’s no wonder it’s a favorite destination for families.
The towns around Lake Tahoe offer something for everyone. South Lake Tahoe has casinos and nightlife, while Incline Village is quieter and more family-friendly. North Shore has some of the best skiing in California, with Squaw Valley being home to the 1960 Winter Olympics.
Some of our family’s favorite things to do here include hiking, biking, boating, fishing, and if you’re lucky some spring skiing/snowboarding.
Key West, Florida
Florida is full of great places to visit, but Key West should be at the top of your list if you’re looking for a relaxed and family-friendly spring break destination. The island has warm weather, plenty of activities for all ages, and an easygoing atmosphere that will make you feel right at home.
Some of our favorites include: visiting the Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory with over 50 species on display, walking through Old Town (where Hemingway lived) while admiring all of its colorful homes on Duval Street; exploring Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park that offers beautiful views from atop an old military base which was built in 1845 as well as picnic areas and swimming beaches below it (this place also offers snorkeling trips from their marina); going out on a sunset cruise offshore.
Hilton Head, South Carolina
With its beautiful beaches, lush forests, and an array of activities, Hilton Head is tailor-made for families. Plus, with temperatures in the 70s and 80s in March and April, it’s one of the most pleasant places to spend spring break in the country.
We love biking, golfing, and playing on the beach and there are also plenty of family-friendly restaurants and activities. Hilton Head has an amazing selection of beaches. There’s something for everyone here, whether you’re looking for calm waters for swimming and sunbathing or waves for surfing and bodyboarding.
Some other places we have enjoyed here include The Sandbox Children’s Museum, a boat tour through the Lowcountry swamps, and Fort Mitchel which was used during the Civil War.
So there you have it – just a few of my favorite family-friendly spring break destinations. No matter what kind of activities you are looking for, I am sure you will be able to find something perfect for your family in one of these great destinations. Have a great family vacation!
Do you have any other family-friendly spring break destinations? Let us know in the comments below. We’d love to hear what your family likes best about their favorite family-friendly vacations and why they’re so special!