Last updated: 10:00 AM ET, Fri March 13 2015

Top 10 Family-Friendly Vacation Destinations to Visit During Spring Break

Features & Advice | Donald Wood | March 13, 2015

Top 10 Family-Friendly Vacation Destinations to Visit During Spring Break

Spring break is one of the most anticipated times of the year for family vacations, but it is imperative for travelers to book a trip that is appropriate for the children who will likely be tagging along.

While spring breaks of yesteryear were perceived to be all about bikinis, beer and getting wild, there are many family units that now use the time off to travel the country with the people they love the most.

What better way to spend a spring break than by doing something fun with your family?

Here are the top 10 family-friendly destinations for spring Break 2015.

1. Disney World and the Surrounding Parks

The best place in the United States to visit with the family during spring break is Disney World and the surrounding parks near Orlando, Florida.

Disney World features several parks like Hollywood Studios, Animal Kingdom, Epcot and the Magic Kingdom that will satisfy younger children, but there are also other destinations families must visit for older children and adults.

With many other parks geared towards the entire family within driving distance, including Islands of Adventure, LEGOLAND Florida, Universal Studios Florida and SeaWorld Orlando, there is enough to do in Orlando to fill several spring breaks.

Many schools in Florida have spring break within the first two weeks of March, and families looking to visit Disney World during that time frame could save 25 percent on rooms at select Disney Resort hotels thanks to a spring offer available here.

2. Grand Canyon National Park

Younger children likely won’t enjoy the majesty of Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona, but for the families consisting of older children, a road trip to the Grand Canyon is a perfect spring break idea.

There are over 1.2 million acres of land in the national park, but the main attraction is the Grand Canyon itself. As one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, families will be able to experience the moment together, a memory they will share for a lifetime.

However you want to see the Grand Canyon, has all the latest deals for hotel stays, tours and activities in one spot to maximize the entertainment for the family on spring break.

Whether you are looking to take a sight-seeing bus tour, trying to drive yourself to lookout points on the North and South rims or want to take a mule ride deep into the canyon, there is something for everyone.

3. United States Virgin Islands

For the family looking to go all out during spring break, taking a trip to the U.S. Virgin Island is an interesting option that doesn’t require a passport. Who doesn’t want to be in the Caribbean instead of the snow?

The Virgin Islands have several must-see destinations, but first-time visitors should stick to the main islands of Saint Croix, Saint John, and Saint Thomas. The top spot to visit for the family will be Virgin Islands National Park on Saint John. Not only will travelers be able to experience the Annaberg Plantation, Caneel Bay and Trunk Bay, but there are many trails to hike and the ability to camp on the beach.

Another place families must visit during their stay is Magens Bay. As arguably the most beautiful beach in the chain of islands, Magens Bay mixes the clear water of the Caribbean with the white sand of the beach and the lush greenery of the surrounding mountains.

For those travelers looking to save a few dollars this March, has a deal called Inntimate Treasures Promotion, giving visitors $200 in certificates for staying at least five nights at certain hotels. For those spending a week on the islands, this is a great option.

4. Great Wolf Lodges

Unfortunately for many families, traveling long distances isn’t an option and getting away from the snow and cold is only a pipedream. There is good news, though, as Great Wolf Lodges, the world’s largest indoor water park chain, has locations across the country.

With families already thinking ahead to the summer, visiting an indoor water park can give everyone a temporary reprieve from the brutal winter. Just imagine water tubing or running through a four-story tree house in a bathing suit while there is snow on the ground outside.

Great Wolf Lodges offers plenty of deals to ease the financial burden of the trip, including a spring break special found on the company’s official website that gives visitors discounted rates in March and early April.

5. San Diego, California

Traveling to San Diego, California, for spring break would be a college student’s dream come true, but it is an underestimated family destination as well. With beautiful beaches and plenty of historical landmarks, everyone in the family will have something to do.

With much of the country still dealing with the brutal winter, the reprieve of being able to sit on the beautiful San Diego beaches and enjoy the landscape is worth its weight in gold. Families have been stuck inside for much of the winter, and frolicking on the sand will bring back memories of summer.

Another vital destination during a trip to California would be the world-renowned San Diego Zoo. The huge facility is broken into two separate parks. The first section is in Balboa Park and sits on over 100 acres of land. On the other hand, The Safari Park is 35 miles outside the city limits and is a 1,800-acre Safari-style experience that features tours through the habitat of the animals.

Before planning a trip to San Diego, check out With several hotel and park pass combination deals, families looking to hit multiple attractions during their stay can find a promotion to save some money.

6. Baseball Spring Training

Baseball has been viewed as America’s pastime for years, and one way to take advantage of spring break would be taking the family for a visit at a Major League Baseball Spring Training game or event.

MLB breaks their Spring Training into two leagues; the Grapefruit League (based in Florida) and the Cactus League (based in Arizona). Depending on whether you want to visit the Southeast or the Southwest, there are a litany of teams who will be training within a few miles of each other.

Several local hotels are going after the baseball crowd by offering Spring Training deals, including the Courtyard Palm Beach Jupiter in Florida. With the money you save, the entire family can have a better time at the ballpark.

7. A Disney Cruise

Disney World already stole the No. 1 spot, but there are many families who have already visited the theme park and want to try something new. With the whole family in mind, a Disney Cruise could be the perfect idea.

With four incredible ships that travel around the world, the Disney Cruises will take the adults on the trip to intimate locations and bucket-list destinations. At the same time, the on-board entertainment for the younger members of the family would make it a wholesome experience.

Everyone will be satisfied with the Broadway-style live shows, interactions with your favorite characters and the latest Disney movies. Add in some of the best onboard dining a family cruise can offer, and this is an investment and family should consider making.

One intriguing option for travelers paying for the trip is the ability to package a cruise with a stay at Disney amusement parks and hotels. According to the company’s website, Disney offers Land And Sea Vacations that provide flexibility and deals for families looking for an even more entertaining trip during spring break.

8. Washington D.C.

For the families with older children, one possibility for spring break is a trip to Washington D.C. Not only will those who visit during late March-early April get to see the cherry blossoms along the Tidal Basin bloom, but there is also enough history to fill anyone’s head with knowledge.

While the White House, Capital Building, Lincoln Memorial and Washington Monument are must-visit sites, the real fun happens at places like the National Museum of Natural History, the National Air and Space Museum and the National Zoological Park.

March is one of the best times to visit Washington D.C. due to all the events on the schedule. With the National Cherry Blossom Festival, the St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Rock ‘N’ Roll USA Marathon, there will be activities regardless of when your spring break begins.

Add in the multiple war memorials, historic churches and other museums, and families looking to take a more educational trip should venture to the nation’s capital.

9. Late-Season Skiing

While there is a good chance many people will be trying to get away from the cold conditions of the winter, the closer we get to spring break, the lower the prices go for the late-season skiing at top lodges in the country.

A road trip to a ski resort could be the first step to bringing a family together. With the prices being cheaper, less people hitting the slopes and favorable weather conditions, skiing in the spring is one of the most underrated activities imaginable.

If you’re looking for a deal during spring break, is your best source for regional promotions and is more of a national and international provider of discounts.

There will be many ski resorts that begin closing in the spring, but the farther north you are willing to travel will determine how many trails are still open. From skiing to snowboarding to tubing, there is something for everyone in the family during a late-season skiing trip.

10. Hilton Head, South Carolina

One of the best places to visit on spring break is Hilton Head, South Carolina. The quiet island is away from the hard-partying college crowds, but families will still be treated to entertaining activities.

For those looking to connect with nature, bicycle rides through the vaunted Hilton Head Island Bike Trails are a must during the visit. Families can also take in some kayaking, canoeing, and fishing at Hilton Head Outfitters.

There are a plethora of boating tours, water sports and miles of beautiful beaches, and the official website’s event calendar for the island is always packed with activities. Add in plenty of coupons via the tourist bureau, and this is a family friendly vacation that won’t break the bank.


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