Top Family-Friendly Spring Break Destinations

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Top Family-Friendly Spring Break Destinations

Need inspiration for what to do with restless kids during spring break? Consider these top family-friendly destinations for families with kids of all ages during those March and April school vacations. Head to a national park for early-season camping or RVing and open little minds to the grandeur of Mother Nature. Run to the sun on tropical Caribbean islands or always-popular theme parks in Florida and southern California. Watch history come alive in Washington, DC. consider these top spots for spring break with your family sure to keep everyone entertained and provide a well-deserved break from schedules and schoolwork.
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1. San Diego
Many families seek the sunny weather of southern California for spring break. With consistently warm and sunny weather, countless beaches and miles of coastline, great food, one of the best zoos in the world and more, San Diego pops up as a perennial spring break favorite for families. Giggle at seals in La Jolla, watch the surfers at Mission Beach, walk along the sea at Coronado Beach, learn about history and shop in the historical Gaslamp Quarter and spend a day playing and exploring in massive Balboa Park. With miles of hiking trails, watersports, history, art and more, San Diego is sure to capture all of your kids’ attention.
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2. Grand Canyon
Tear your kids away from their screens and wow them with the Grand Canyon. Their little minds will be awestruck by this natural wonder in northern Arizona – 277 river miles long, 18 miles wide in spots and a mile deep. Admittedly, the South Rim, where you’ll find Grand Canyon Village and the popular Bright Angel Trail, can get crowded, particularly during school spring break season, so opt for the quieter North Rim instead. You’ll spark an interest in Mother Nature, perhaps paving the way for another great spring break destination next year – Yosemite or Zion National Park, both top family-friendly spring break spots.
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3. Honolulu, Oahu
For most, spring break conjures up images of sun, sand and surf. If that’s your family’s MO, head to Honolulu on Oahu. Spend a week exploring the azure waters and lush hikes of the North Shore, stopping for shaved ice in a quiet rural town. Explore the sobering USS Arizona memorial at the Pearl Harbor National Memorial and the ornate Iolani Palace (the kids won’t even recognize that they’re learning something on school break!). Of course, there will be plenty of time for beach days, but Oahu is a fantastic choice for those seeking the sun, with a cultural fix as well.
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4. Orlando-Walt Disney World
Perennially popular and always in style with families, Orlando and its many offerings – Walt Disney World, Epcot, Universal Studios, Animal Kingdom, SeaWorld – are just the ticket for a smile-filled spring break. And even if you’ve been before, there are new attractions opening all the time. Find your kid at heart – and watch your kids’ hearts swell – as they conquer exciting amusement park rides, come face to face with whales and elephants, sample new world cuisines and step inside Hogsmeade for a pint of Butterbeer. Don’t forget the daily street party with Mickey and Minney and the cool evening laser-light display.Beyond the theme parks, Orlando offers golf, gator-watching, botanical garden visits, shopping, swamp tours and more.
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5. Washington, DC
Easily accessible, vibrant Washington, DC is no longer just the purview of politicians. Spring-breaking families are finding it to be a cultural, educational – and fun – destination. Of course, there are countless museums to discover – most of which are free – including the Museum of Natural History, the National Air & Space Museum and the Museum of American History. There are stirring monuments to visit, from the Lincoln Memorial to the Washington Monument. Nothing brings a history class to life more than showing your child the Declaration of Independence or touring the Capitol building. Go beyond the standard museum and monument fare and explore Washington, DC’s interesting neighborhoods, art galleries and farmers markets. Insider tip: Spring break is usually brilliantly timed with the capital’s beautiful National Cherry Blossom Festival in late March or early April.
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6. Anaheim – Disneyland Resort & More
For our west coast spring-breakers, Disneyland Resort consistently draws in families on school break. As the entrance says, “Here you leave today and enter the world of yesterday, tomorrow and fantasy” – perfect for families hoping to step away from the mundane for a week. This is the original Disney birthplace and while it has that vintage feel, there’s plenty of flash, too. Check out Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, Sleeping Beauty’s Castle, the Downtown Disney District and so much more. While you’re in the Anaheim area, consider adding on a day at Knott’s Berry Farm, a hike at Yorba Regional Park and a beach day on Long, Laguna or Huntington Beach.
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7. The Bahamas
Get to know your kids all over again as you play, swim, lounge and laugh on the beaches of the Bahamas. Swim with pigs in the Exumas. Go snorkeling and see up close the kind of fish the kids have only seen in aquariums. Zip down water slides at mega resorts on Paradise Island and massive water parks. Swim with bottlenose dolphins and meet flamingos. Visit historic ruins and learn about the indigeous peoples of the islands. Or, enroll the kids in a super-fun children’s program at your resort, where they’ll engage in all sorts of curated island activities with kids their age, and you’ll get time for a much-needed spa treatment or romantic dinner by the sea.
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8. Hilton Head, South Carolina
Let the college kids have Myrtle Beach – families in the know flock to Hilton Head for their spring break. There are 14 miles of sandy beaches, countless golf resorts, more than 100 miles of bike paths, family-friend resorts and hotels, a rich history to discover, eco-adventures and more on this beautiful island just off the coast of South Carolina and Georgia. Life slows down here, making it nearly impossible not to relax. Put aside the soccer schedules and the school tests and the video games and, instead, go crabbing, search for dolphins and alligators, play tennis, go horseback riding at Sea Pines Resort, go kayaking, visit The Sandbox – An Interactive Children’s Museum and so much more.

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