Top Family Spring Break Destinations
Those searching for family-friendly, engaging, relaxing, and yes, even educational spring break ideas are truly spoiled for choice nowadays, with dozens of excellent destinations throughout North America and the Caribbean. These choices include plenty of family-friendly activities as well as opportunities for the adults in the party to gain some much-needed downtime. Take a look below and book a vacation rental today in one of these fabulous spring break vacation destinations.
San Diego, CA
This self-proclaimed “America’s Finest City” boasts a gentle Mediterranean climate as well as a stunning variety of activities for the whole family, from its world-famous zoo to SeaWorld to countless distinctive beach towns and America’s largest aquatic park, Mission Bay. Throw into the mix a rugged and beautiful backcountry, dozens of golf courses, Balboa Park with its myriad gardens and museums, and a friendly population, and you have one of America’s most inviting family-friendly spring break destinations.
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Our nation’s capital is a treasure trove of historical and educational attractions that are sure to provide enjoyment for the whole family. The Smithsonian Museums alone warrant several days, and what child or teen wouldn’t like to see the president’s home up close? Museums, parks, and monuments are walkable, enabling you and your family to explore the city at your own pace. And with many of these attractions free to the public, your dollar will go far in Washington while enabling you to explore some of our national treasures.
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Catering to family vacations is what Orlando, Florida, a.k.a. the “Theme Park Capital of the World,” does best. With three major theme park behemoths – Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando, and SeaWorld nearby, as well as the Wet ‘n Wild water park and numerous golf and shopping opportunities, there is enough family entertainment on hand here to last for weeks, if not months. And once you’ve had your fill of the parks, Kennedy Space Center and the Astronaut Hall of Fame are only an hour away on the Space Coast.
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For those seeking a more southwestern flavor to their spring break, there is Sedona, set in Arizona’s beautiful and wild Verde Valley. With the stunning natural backdrop of the Red Rocks sandstone formations, this city offers family vacationers a chance to experience the beauty and unique attractions of the desert, including jeep tours, natural water slides at Slide Rock State Park, pristine stargazing at night, rafting on the Colorado River, horseback riding, hiking, and more. If you are vacationing with young children, be sure to include a train journey on the Verde Canyon Railroad and a visit to Blazin’ M Ranch with its kid-friendly cowboy cookout.
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Tortola, British Virgin Islands
Tiny Tortola, the largest of the British Virgin Islands, is a laid-back island getaway for the whole family. Explore this Caribbean island at your own pace and choose from a myriad of unique vacation properties to enhance your relaxing stay.
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Turks and Caicos, Caribbean
The Turks and Caicos islands are home to the third-largest coral reef system on the planet, and as a result, these lovely islands include some of the Caribbean’s best beaches.
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Santa Barbara, CA
Located only about 100 miles north of Los Angeles, Santa Barbara is a classy, quiet getaway with plenty of activities and amenities to keep the whole family entertained–and relaxed.
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Whistler, BC, Canada
One of North America’s most famous ski and snowboarding areas, Whistler boasts excellent snow conditions through spring break as well as ski and snowboard classes for children, ice skating, an indoor rock wall, and others. Bundle up in your cozy rental property and enjoy a warm mug of hot chocolate next to the fire.
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Amelia Island, FL
Florida’s thirteen mile-long Amelia Island is located right off the northeastern tip of Florida and there is plenty for the whole family to enjoy, including miles of beaches, shopping, golf, horseback riding, hiking, and birdwatching, all in a serene, relaxing environment.
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Hilton Head Island, SC
South Carolina’s famous and relaxed barrier island, Hilton Head, is the perfect place to hole up next to your vacation rental on a beautiful beach and take it all in. Miles of sandy beaches and world-class golf beckon at this legendary coastal vacation spot.
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Sanibel and Captiva Islands, FL
A pair of small, relaxed Florida islands, Sanibel and Captiva Islands are located near Fort Myers on Florida’s southwestern coast and boast fifteen miles of beaches, plenty of outdoor activities such as golfing, boating, and snorkeling, as well as a huge variety of wildlife to observe.
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Home to Honolulu, Waikiki, and the North Shore, among other attractions, the Hawaiian island of Oahu boasts a huge variety of family-friendly attractions in a beautiful, convenient setting that the whole family will enjoy.
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Steamboat Springs, CO
The charming Colorado town of Steamboat Springs is a wonderful destination for a family spring break, with plenty of kids-level slopes and classes and a multitude of activities off the slopes to keep the family entertained.
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Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
With the delightful tropical weather you’d expect on a Caribbean island, Puna Cana offers 62 miles of coastline and a multitude of family-friendly activities in a laid-back environment. Come find out why Punta Cana is so popular, with excellent golf, watersports, beaches, and more.
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