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24 Amazing Spring Break Ideas for Families in 2024

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Spring Break Ideas for Families
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Are you stumped trying to find family vacations for spring break?  Don’t worry; I’ve got you covered. In this list of family spring break vacation ideas, I’m sharing with you the best of the best.

So, whether you’re looking for the ultimate outdoor adventure or a relaxing trip to the beach, there’s something for everyone.

By the time you’ve finished reading, you’ll be ready to pack your bags, grab the kiddos, and head out on your next spring break adventure.

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What is spring break?

In case you’re wondering, spring break is a week-long vacation for students and teachers in the United States and Canada.  The break gives students a break from schoolwork, and it also serves as a great opportunity to travel, rest, and decompress. Many families use this school break to travel together.

When does spring break start?

Many wonder when spring break starts. But the answer depends largely on your child’s school district or institution. But generally speaking, family vacations for spring break is between March and April.

It’s important to check your child’s school schedule to determine the exact spring break dates. 

US Family Spring Break Vacation Ideas for 2024

Denver, Colorado

22 Amazing US Spring Break Ideas for Families in 2022 featured by top US family travel blogger, Momma Wanderlust: Denver, CO

Denver, Colorado

If your family likes the outdoors, the Mile High City is the perfect place to vacation. Colorado’s state capital is bustling with restaurants, live music, and museums galore. It’s also just 30 minutes from a wide array of stunning hiking trails and the world-famous Red Rocks Amphitheater.

I briefly visited the Mile High City on my way to Estes Park for a Rocky Mountain National Park photo shoot.  Two days in Denver is not enough, which is why it’s on my list of destinations, I’d love to return to with my family. 

Getting to Denver:

The best and most efficient way to reach Denver is by air. The city is served by Denver International Airport (DEN). Additionally, smaller airports in the vicinity, like Centennial Airport (APA) and Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport (BJC), cater to private and charter flights, bringing the total to three airports serving the Denver area.

Best family activities in Denver:

  • Elitch Gardens Theme & Water Park in Platte River
  • Museum of Nature & Science
  • Take a tour of the U.S. Mint to see how money is made.
  • Denver Children’s Museum
  • Denver Aquarium

Kid-friendly hotels in Denver:  La Quinta by Wyndham Denver Southwest Lakewood, Holiday Inn Denver Lakewood, Courtyard by Marriott Denver Southwest/Littleton

 

Nashville, Tennessee

boy with cowboy hat with downtown nashville in the background

Nashville might be the home of country music, but it is also so much more! Tons of outdoor parks, museums, restaurants, and theaters offer fun activities for the whole family. Whether you bring your kids by the Taylor Swift Education Center inside the Country Music Hall of Fame or the Lane Motor Museum to see one-of-a-kind cars, everyone is guaranteed a blast.

As a lifelong fan of country music, I was excited to visit Nashville for its musical history.  A couple of years ago we spent our spring break dancing around the city and making memories while we did it. 

Best Way to Get to Nashville

The most convenient way for families to arrive in the heart of Music City is by flying into Nashville International Airport (BNA). While BNA is the primary airport facilitating air travel to and from Nashville, the region is also serviced by smaller regional airports like John C. Tune Airport (JWN) and Smyrna Airport (MQY), mainly catering to private, charter, and some regional flights. This brings the total to three airports, offering flexibility for travelers planning their Nashville spring break adventure.

Top fun things to do in Nashville with kids:

  • Take a walk down Honky Tonk Row
  • Dance your way through the National Museum of African American Music
  • Take a backstage tour of the Grand Ole Opry
  • Check out the Street Murals
  • Visit the Adventure Science Center

Family-friendly hotels in Nashville:  Embassy Suites Nashville – AirportTru by Hilton Smyrna Nashville, Omni Nashville Hotel. For more family lodging options in Nashville, check out 10 Best Hotels in Nashville for Families for more hotel options.

 

Washington D.C.

22 Amazing US Spring Break Ideas for Families in 2022 featured by top US family travel blogger, Momma Wanderlust: Washington DC

Washington, DC

Our nation’s capital is the perfect, family-friendly spring break destination. Home to many national monuments and Smithsonian museums, Washington, D.C., has free, family-friendly attractions. Before you leave, swing by the Cherry Blossom Festival for an unforgettable photo opportunity.

As a resident of the DMV (DC, Maryland, and Virginia) Metropolitan area, I can attest to what a dynamic city Washington, DC, is.  As the seat of the US government, there are historical and political science lessons at every bend. When it comes to the scores of free museums, our family favorites are the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, the National Museum of African American History and Culture, and the National Air and Space Museum. All three of our faves are located on the National Mall.  Read the Ultimate Family Guide to Visiting Washington, DC, for a more comprehensive list of things to do in DC.

If museums are not your jam, no worries. Here’s a list of the Top 10 Things to do Besides Museums during spring break.  

Easiest Way to get to Washington, DC

With three major airports serving the metropolitan area, getting to Washington, DC, is a cinch. Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) is the closest to the city center, Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD), and Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI).

Best Thing to do in Washington, DC with Kids:

  • Watch the pandas play at the National Zoo
  • Natural History Museum
  • Walk along the National Mall
  • Air & Space Museum
  • International Spy Museum

Where to Stay in DC with Kids:  Renaissance Washington DC Downtown Hotel, Hyatt Place Washington DC/White House, The Fairmont Washington, DC.  Check out 10 Best Hotels in DC for Families for a complete list.

 

Atlanta, Georgia

World of Coca-Cola in Atlanta, Georgia

World of Coca-Cola in Atlanta, Georgia

Atlanta served as the epicenter of the Civil Rights Movement, serving as an organizational hub and haven for many organizations. In addition to its place in US history, Atlanta has become a diverse and thriving city that attracts millions of visitors yearly to experience great food, culture, sports, and art.

I recently spent a week in Atlanta, learning about the use of art to impact social change. It was a wonderful experience. During that trip, I spent a lot of time learning about Atlanta’s rich Black History and how close the city is to a few other locations, which makes it a great jumping-off point for day trips

Getting to Atlanta

The most straightforward route to this bustling city is through Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL). ATL is the world’s busiest airport by passenger volume, which is why it’s my least favorite airport. But to save time, ATL airport is your best bet for getting to the city so you can hit the ground running. 

Fun things to do with kids in Atlanta:

  • World of Coca-Cola/Coca-Cola Factory
  • Georgia Aquarium
  • National Center for Civil and Human Rights
  • Visit the Atlanta Botanical Gardens
  • Children’s Museum of Atlanta

Best Atlanta Hotels for Families:  Holiday Inn Express & Suites Atlanta NDoubleTree by Hilton Atlanta Northeast/Northlake, Courtyard by Marriott Atlanta Vinings/Galleria

 

Portland, Oregon

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Portland, Oregon

Whether your kids are interested in science, animals, video games, or the outdoors, Portland will not disappoint. Stop by The Oregon Zoo’s “Penguinarium” to see a polar bear exhibit, or head over to the Oaks Amusement Park for a fun-filled day for everyone.

While I have yet to visit Portland, it has been on my list for a few years now. In the last year, I’ve fallen in love with America’s Pacific Northwest and plan to explore it as soon as possible. 

Best Way to Get to Portland

The easiest way to dive into all the greenery, artsy vibes, and eco-cool spots is by landing at Portland International Airport (PDX).

Family-Friendly Things to do in Portland: 

  • Children’s Museum Portland
  • Portland Aerial Tram
  • Powell’s City of Books
  • Oregon Museum of Science and Industry
  • Washington Park

Where to Stay in Portland with Kids:  Hilton Portland Downtown, DoubleTree by Hilton Portland, Homewood Suites by Hilton Portland Airport

Hurricane, Utah

22 Amazing US Spring Break Ideas for Families in 2022 featured by top US family travel blogger, Momma Wanderlust: Hurricane, Utah

Hurricane, Utah

Hurricane belongs to the greater Zion area of Utah, which you might recognize by its iconic red rocks. There are so many things to do, like hiking and canyoneering.  There are a variety of beautiful nature trails for all. Check out Zion National Park, Sand Hollow State Park, or Warner Valley Dinosaur Track Site when you visit.

My kids, mom, and I spent a week in this area to get a taste of some of America’s great natural wonders, and we were thoroughly impressed.  We started our adventure in St. George, hung out a bit in Hurricane, and then ventured down and stayed in a tiny house at the foothills of one of Zion National Park’s entrances and went on an adventure in Kanab. It was a memorable experience that my kids still talk about. 

Getting to Hurricane

Your best bet is to fly into St. George Regional Airport (SGU), which is the closest commercial airport to Hurricane. SGU is the main gateway for getting into Hurricane and the surrounding areas. But if you’re looking for other options, Las Vegas’s McCarran International (about a two-hour drive away) expands your choices with a ton of flights.

Things to do as a Family in Hurricane, Utah:

  • Go hiking or canyoneering
  • Pah Tempe Hot Springs
  • Hurricane Pioneer Heritage Museum
  • Red Cliffs Recreation Area
  • Hurricane Cliffs Trail System

Where to Stay in Hurricane, Utah:  Comfort Inn & Suites Zion Park Area, Quality Inn Zion, Hurricane Wingate at Zion

 

Pompano Beach, Florida

two kids playing on sand at pompano beach

Pompano Beach, Florida

As a native of Miami, I visit South Florida quite often. Each time I return home, my family and I stay in Pompano Beach. This quiet beach town is ideally situated between Miami and Palm Beach. This small city has much to offer, from snorkeling and fishing to visiting a butterfly park. 

Getting to Pompano Beach

Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) is super close and convenient for hitting Pompano’s sunny beaches. Miami International Airport (MIA) is also within reach, giving you two great airport choices for your beach getaway.

Things to do in Pompano Beach, Florida

  • Enjoy a day at the beach
  • Butterfly World
  • Ely Educational Museum
  • Take the Pompano Beach Water Taxi and explore the city by water
  • Go fishing on the Pompano Beach Pier

Where to Stay with Kids in Pompano Beach, Florida:  Residence Inn Fort Lauderdale Pompano Beach/Oceanfront, Club Wyndham Royal Vista, Extended Stay America Premier Suites

Memphis, Tennessee

22 Amazing US Spring Break Ideas for Families in 2022 featured by top US family travel blogger, Momma Wanderlust: Memphis, TN

Memphis, Tennessee

As a city once at the epicenter of a movement and the birthplace of Rock n’ Roll, Memphis is the perfect spring break destination for any family.  Spend a day learning about American history at the National Civil Rights Museum,  dancing through the Stax Studios Museum, or singing your favorite Elvis tunes while exploring Graceland.  After you’re done, head to Beale Street to try authentic Memphis-style bar-be-que. 

We decided to visit Memphis as a day trip when we were in Nashville. This city is oozing with musical history, and we were there for all of it. Although, I have to warn you that one day is not enough to even scratch the surface of all that Memphis has to offer. 

How to get to Memphis

Memphis International Airport (MEM) to kickstart your musical journey. MEM is your go-to airport, making it super easy to dive into all the cool stuff Memphis has to offer as soon as you land.

Things to do as a Family in Memphis, Tennessee

  • Listen to live music while walking down Beale Street
  • National Civil Rights Museum
  • Slave Haven Museum
  • Tour Graceland
  • Check out the Mississippi River

Family-friendly hotels in Memphis, Tennessee:  Peabody Memphis, DoubleTree by Hilton Memphis,  Crowne Plaza Memphis Downtown.  For more hotel options, check out Best Hotels in Memphis for Families.

 

Alexandria, Virginia

22 Amazing US Spring Break Ideas for Families in 2022 featured by top US family travel blogger, Momma Wanderlust: Alexandria, VA

Alexandria, Virginia

Located just outside Washington D.C. along the Potomac River, Alexandria is a historic city with family-friendly attractions. Enjoy a historic walking tour as you learn about the city. Old Town is filled with cute shops, restaurants, and outdoor play areas for the kids. For a more educational adventure, bring the family to Mount Vernon to tour George Washington’s home. 

I called Alexandria home when I first relocated to the Washington, DC, area. This city is very special to me and I love to visit when I can. 

How to get to Alexandria

Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) is practically next door to Alexandria, making it super convenient for getting your adventure started.

Things to do with Kids in Alexandria, Virginia:

  • Walk the Mount Vernon Trail
  • Take the King Street Trolley
  • Alexandria’s Black History Museum
  • Apothecary Museum
  • Jones Point Lighthouse

Great Hotels in Alexandria, Virginia for Families:  Club Wyndham Old Town Alexandria, Sheraton Suites Old Town Alexandria, Courtyard by Marriott Alexandria Pentagon South

Macon, Georgia 

International Cherry Blossom Festival in Macon, GA

Courtesy of VisitMacon.org

Macon is a historic city located in the middle of Georgia. This city is known as the home of music legends like Little Richard, Otis Redding, and the Allman Brothers. Music is only one of the city’s hallmarks; it also has its very own cherry blossom festival, several fantastic museums, and beautiful parks to explore.

I visited Macon on a writing assignment to explore the city’s rich music history.  There’s so much to do and see in this cool southern town.

Best Way to get to Macon

Middle Georgia Regional Airport is located just about 10 miles south of Macon’s city center. The Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, the world’s busiest airport, is approximately 85 miles north of Macon. So, Macon is also an excellent destination for a day trip from Atlanta.

Things to do as a Family in Macon, Georgia:

  • Cherry Blossom Festival
  • Tubman Museum
  • Ocmulgee Heritage Trail
  • Otis Redding Foundation
  • Hay House

Hotels for Kids in Macon, Georgia:  Hotel Forty Five, Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Macon, Hampton Inn & Suites Macon 1-75 North

 

Miami, Florida

22 Amazing US Spring Break Ideas for Families in 2022 featured by top US family travel blogger, Momma Wanderlust: Miami FL

Miami, Florida

Miami is beautiful in the spring, making for a fantastic US spring break destination. Plenty of kid-friendly attractions — like the Zoo Miami, Monkey Jungle, and Seaquarium — are scattered throughout the city. So, whether your family likes to be at the beach, by the pool, or in a museum, you can find something fun to do.

As I mentioned earlier, Miami is my hometown so I’m a bit partial. Miami has a rich history as a melting pot for several Caribbean nations, and your family can sample some of the best it has to offer through its food, museums, and activities.

Getting to Miami

The best and easiest way to get to my hometown of Miami is by flight. There are a number of airports servicing the area including Miami International Airport (MIA), and Hollywood/Ft. Lauderdale International Airport (FLL). MIA is my least favorite option since I hate how crowded it always is.

Kid-friendly Things to do in Miami:

  • Visit the beach
  • Take an airboat ride in Everglades National Park
  • Miami Children’s Museum
  • Swim in the Venetian Pool
  • Vizcaya Museum and Gardens

Best Hotels in Miami for Families:  The Ritz-Carlton Coconut Grove, Embassy Suites by Hilton Miami International Airport, Kimpton EPIC Hotel. For more hotel options, read Best 5 Hotels in Miami for Families.

 

The Berkshires, Massachusetts

22 Amazing US Spring Break Ideas for Families in 2022 featured by top US family travel blogger, Momma Wanderlust: The Berkshires, MA

The Berkshires, Massachusetts

Just a short drive from Boston and Cape Cod, The Berkshires is a great spot to bring your family for spring break. You can spend endless days exploring the Zoo in Forest Park, East Coast beaches, and all the nearby hiking trails that are guaranteed to make for a beautiful vacation. If you have an art lover in the family, head over to the Norman Rockwell Museum to see some of the best art depicting life in America.  If there’s a history wonk in your crew, go on a walking history tour of the W.E.B. DuBois’s hometown. 

I haven’t had a chance to visit the Berkshires yet, but as a fan of Norman Rockwell’s art, I’d love to plan a visit soon so that I can visit his museum

How to Get to the Berkshires

While the Berkshires might seem tucked away, getting there is easier than you think! The area is served by two main airports: Albany International Airport in New York, about an hour’s drive away, and Bradley International Airport in Connecticut, roughly a 1.5-hour drive.

Things for Families to do in the Berkshires, Massachusetts:

  • Berkshire Botanical Garden
  • Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory Garden
  • Zoo in Forest Park
  • Norman Rockwell Museum
  • Take the W.E.B. DuBois walking tour

Family-friendly Hotels in the Berkshires, Massachusetts: Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Great Barrington Lenox/Berkshires, Courtyard by Marriott Lenox Berkshires, Vacation Village in the Berkshires

Asheville, North Carolina

22 Amazing US Spring Break Ideas for Families in 2022 featured by top US family travel blogger, Momma Wanderlust: ASheville NC

Asheville, North Carolina

Home to an assortment of impressive urban attractions and natural wonders, Asheville is one of North Carolina’s best-kept secrets, with many beautiful outdoor areas — including an epic zipline and a 60-foot natural water slide. In addition to its fun attractions – -Asheville is also known for its spectacular food. I recently visited the city and asked some of its top chefs about the best things to eat there.  

I recently visited Asheville to check out their Chow Chow Food Festival. The food and the city were phenomenal. As home to quite a number of James Beard Award winners and nominees, this city is making its mark on the country’s culinary scene. So if there’s a foodie in your family, this city is the perfect spot for a spring break retreat for food lovers. 

Getting to Asheville

Asheville is home to only one airport, Asheville Regional Airport. But if you’re up for a scenic drive, the winding roads through the Blue Ridge Mountains in North Carolina are absolutely breathtaking.

Things to do in Asheville, North Carolina:

  • Tour the Biltmore Estate
  • Western North Carolina Nature Center
  • Have a picnic at the North Carolina Arboretum
  • Play at the Asheville Pinball Museum
  • Slide down a rock in Pisgah National Forest

Hotels for Families in Asheville, North Carolina:  Grand Bohemian Hotel Asheville, Hampton Inn Asheville-Tunnel Road, Holiday Inn Asheville – Biltmore West

Pigeon Forge, Tennessee

22 Amazing US Spring Break Ideas for Families in 2022 featured by top US family travel blogger, Momma Wanderlust: Pigeon Forge TN

Smoky Mountains, Tennessee

This beautiful mountain town is home to many family-friendly attractions, like Dollywood and the Titanic Museum Attraction. It also has mini-golf and go-karts and endless dining, shopping, and lodging options.  So, if you’re looking for unique, mountain-inspired fun, this town is the perfect family-friendly US spring break getaway.

Getting to Pigeon Forge

If you’re looking to fly into Pigeon Forge, unfortunately, there’s no airport within the Pigeon Forge city limits. But the Knoxville McGhee Tyson Airport is about an hour’s drive away.

Things to do as a family in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee:

  • Explore the Great Smoky Mountains National Park
  • Dollywood theme park
  • Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies
  • Titanic Museum
  • The Island at Pigeon Forge

Family Hotels in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee:  Club Wyndham Smoky Mountains, Lodge at Five Oaks Pigeon Forge – Sevierville, and Holiday Inn Express Pigeon Forge – Sevierville

Seattle. Washington

seattle skyline at dusk

Seattle, Washington

With its vibrant energy and stunning landscapes, Seattle is a perfect spring break destination for families. Enjoy this city’s Pacific Northwest charm as you embark on a memorable adventure. There are a plethora of family-friendly activities to keep you and your littles busy.

I recently visited Seattle with CityPass to check out their offerings for families looking to save money and time while planning their vacations. In addition to visiting quite a few of the city’s best attractions, I fell in love with the Pacific Northwest cuisine.  I was pleasantly surprised at all of the fantastic varieties of its culinary scene.  Seattle is another great spring break destination for foodies.

Getting to Seattle

Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (Sea-Tac) is the central hub that connects the Pacific Northwest to the world.

Things to do as a family in Seattle, Washington:

  • Discovery Park
  • Space Needle 
  • Woodland Park Zoo
  • Seattle Aquarium
  • Chihuly Garden and Glass

Family-friendly hotels in Seattle: Pan Pacific SeattleThe Westin Seattle, Fairmont Olympic Hotel, and Grand Hyatt Seattle

Outer Banks, North Carolina

22 Amazing US Spring Break Ideas for Families in 2022 featured by top US family travel blogger, Momma Wanderlust: Family Spring Break: Outer Banks, NC

Outer Banks, North Carolina

The Outer Banks is so much more than just a hit TV show! Made up of several small barrier islands off the coast of North Carolina, the Outer Banks is one of the best family-friendly destinations in the United States. There are many places to explore, including the towns of Corolla, Duck, Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills, Nags Head, and more. If you visit during spring break, you will enjoy all the fun without the massive summer crowds.

I spent a few years living in North Carolina but never made it to the Outer Banks. I’ve heard great things about this area and plan to visit with my family soon. 

Getting to the Outer Banks

There’s no way to get to the Outer Banks without a bit of a drive. While this beautiful stretch of barrier islands doesn’t have its own major airport, you’re covered with a couple of nearby options. Norfolk International Airport in Virginia is about a 2.5-hour drive away, offering a scenic journey to your beach destination. Alternatively, Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU) in North Carolina is a bit further out.

Things to do in the Outer Banks, North Carolina:

  • Check out the Wild Horses of Corolla
  • Visit the Wright Brothers National Memorial
  • Visit a lighthouse
  • Go fishing along Jennette’s Pier
  • Enjoy a day at the beach
  • North Carolina Aquarium

Outer Banks, North Carolina Hotels for Families:  Beachwoods Resort, Holiday Inn Express Nags Head Oceanfront, and Hilton Garden Inn Outer Banks/Kitty Hawk

Wilmington, Delaware

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Wilmington and Brandywine Valley, Delaware

Wilmington, Delaware is a straight shot up I-95 and is even accessible by Amtrak. With much to do and see, this charming city is perfect for adults and children alike. You can spend the day exploring the extensive Winterthur Museum, Garden, and Library,  or Delaware Museum of History, then grab lunch at the Riverfront Market.  Afterward, rent a canoe and explore the fantastic water attractions and Brandywine Creek State Park. 

Wilmington, at only two hours from our home, is one of our go-to for a family getaway. We love visiting Wilmington for its beautiful European-style mansions that resemble castles.  

Getting to Wilmington

While the city itself doesn’t have a large commercial airport, Philadelphia International Airport is just around the corner, about a 30-minute drive away.

Things to do with Kids in Wilmington, Delaware:

  • Winterthur Museum, Garden, and Library
  • Nemours Mansion and Garden
  • Delaware Children’s Museum
  • Wilmington and Western Railroad
  • Kalmar Nyckel, Tall Ship of Delaware

Family-friendly hotels in Wilmington, Delaware:  Hotel Du Pont, Residence Inn by Marriott Wilmington Downtown, and DoubleTree by Hilton Downtown Wilmington

Related article — Things to do in Wilmington, Delaware

Page, Arizona

22 Amazing US Spring Break Ideas for Families in 2022 featured by top US family travel blogger, Momma Wanderlust: Page AZ

Page, Airzona

If you’re looking for a photo-worthy spring break vacation without too many crowds, then Page is your place. It’s home to the world-famous Horseshoe Bend and Antelope Canyon, which is known for its stunning natural beauty and scenic hiking trails. It’s also where you can find Lake Powell, which offers a multitude of outdoor adventures. A family trip to Page is perfect for adventure enthusiasts and nature lovers!

The photographer in me would love to visit Page to take photos of my family overlooking Horseshoe Bend. I’ve yet to make that dream a reality, but this gorgeous city is high on my list of must-visit family destinations. 

How to Get to Page

Page is served by the Page Municipal Airport, a small but convenient gateway that brings you right to the heart of these natural attractions.

Things to do for families in Page, Arizona:

  • Visit Antelope Canyon
  • Horseshoe Bend Overlook
  • Glen Canyon Dam
  • Hike to Hanging Gardens (across from the Glen Canyon Dam)
  • Rainbow Bridge National Monument

Hotels for families in Page, Arizona:  Holiday Inn Express Hotels Page, Home2 Suites by Hilton Page Lake Powell, and Courtyard Page at Lake Powell

Related article – Best U.S. National Parks for Families

San Francisco, California

22 Amazing US Spring Break Ideas for Families in 2022 featured by top US family travel blogger, Momma Wanderlust: San Francisco CA

San Francisco, California

With so many incredible attractions, it’s hard to determine the best things to do in San Francisco. However, if your kiddos are interested in science and exploration, try checking out the Aquarium of the Bay or the Exploratorium. You could also board a real submarine by visiting the USS Pampanito, which is docked at Pier 45 at Fisherman’s Wharf.

Getting to San Francisco

San Francisco International Airport (SFO) is the closest to the city. If you’re looking for more options, Oakland International Airport (OAK) and San Jose International Airport (SJC).

Fun family-friendly things to do in San Francisco, California:

  • Golden Gate Bridge
  • Fisherman’s Wharf
  • Ride a Cable Car
  • Watch Sea Lions on Pier 39
  • Marine Mammal Center

San Francisco, California hotels with kids: Hyatt Regency San Francisco Downtown SOMA, The St. Regis San Francisco, and The Westin St. Francis San Francisco on Union Square

Lake Tahoe, California

22 Amazing US Spring Break Ideas for Families in 2022 featured by top US family travel blogger, Momma Wanderlust: Lake Tahoe, California

Lake Tahoe, California

Lake Tahoe is home to some of the most beautiful views in California. If your family loves the outdoors, consider Lake Tahoe an absolutely epic outdoor playground. There are plenty of family-friendly lodging spots, ranging from lakeside vacation rentals to exquisite log cabins. The weather is perfect for skiing and sunbathing in the springtime, depending on your preferences. You can, quite literally, do it all.

How to Get to Lake Tahoe

Lake Tahoe doesn’t have its own airport, but the Reno-Tahoe International Airport in Nevada is your closest and most convenient option, about an hour’s drive away.

Things to do with Kids in Lake Tahoe, California:

  • Take a scenic lake cruise
  • Hang out at Sand Harbor State Park
  • Take the Heavenly Gondola
  • Go sledding
  • Go skiing in the winter or enjoy water sports on the lake

Family-friendly hotels in Lake Tahoe, California:  Marriott Grand Residence Club, Hilton Vacation Club Lake Tahoe Resort, and Hampton Inn & Suites South Lake Tahoe

St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands

St. Thomas, USVI

If you’re looking for a spring jaunt to paradise without needing a US passport, head down to St. Thomas in the US Virgin Islands. This island paradise is home to gorgeous views of the Caribbean Ocean and white sandy beaches dotted with coconut palm trees. 

Best Way to Get to St. Thomas

If you’re looking for a spring jaunt to paradise without needing a US passport, head down to St. Thomas in the US Virgin Islands. This island paradise is home to gorgeous views of the Caribbean Ocean and white sandy beaches dotted with coconut palm trees. 

Things to do in St. Thomas, USVI with kids:

  • Take the St. Thomas Skyride up to the town of Charlotte Amalie
  • Virgin Islands Children’s Museum
  • Blackbeard’s Castle
  • Hit the beach
  • Coral World Ocean Park

Family hotels in St. Thomas, USVI: Marriott’s Frenchman’s Cove, The West St. John Resort and Villas, and The Buccaneer Beach & Golf Resort

Best International Spring Break Ideas for Families:

If your family wants to spend spring break further afield, the following international destinations are close enough to the US, so traveling there will be a cinch.

Victoria, British Columbia

Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

Victoria, British Columbia

Victoria is British Columbia’s capital and located at the southern end of Vancouver Island. I recently visited Victoria for the first time and was blown away by its beauty and the long list of fun things to do.

Getting to Victoria

Getting to Victoria is an adventure in itself, with the Victoria International Airport offering a warm welcome just a short drive from the city center. It’s the primary airport for travelers, making your journey to this island city as breezy as the Pacific air.

Things to do in Victoria, British Columbia with kids:

  • Victoria Bug Zoo
  • Play at Beacon Hill Park
  • Take a walking tour with the Songhees (First Nations People)
  • Take a ferry around the Victoria Harbour
  • Grab a bite to eat at the Fisherman’s Wharf

Where to stay with kids in Victoria, British Columbia:  The Inn at Laurel Point, Fairmont Empress Hotel, and Four Points by Sheraton Victoria Gateway

The Bahamas

Pig Beach in Exuma, Bahamas

With more than 700 islands to choose from and thousands of white and pink sand beaches, the Bahamas is a great spring break destination for families. It’s a great place to lay out on the ocean and relax and enjoy. There are a number of other great Caribbean Island destinations for families. 

Getting to The Bahamas

The two main gateways are Lynden Pindling International Airport in Nassau and Grand Bahama International Airport in Freeport.

Things to do with Kids in the Bahamas:

  • Hang out at the beach
  • Aquaventure Water Park (Paradise Island)
  • Swim with pigs (Pig Beach, Exuma)
  • Go fishing
  • Blue Lagoon Island

Family hotels in the Bahamas:  The Reef at Atlantis, Grand Hyatt Baha Mar, and The Ocean Club, A Four Seasons Resort

 

Riviera Maya, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico

Riviera Maya, Mexico

Even though college students have been flocking to Cancun, Mexico, for spring break for decades, the area has loads of options for families. Riviera Maya is located 90 minutes from Cancun International Airport in the Yucatan Peninsula. I recently enjoyed a momcation at TRS Yucatan, an adults-only all-inclusive resort, but I was happy to discover they have a family section.

Getting to Riviera Maya, Mexico

The turquoise waters and white sandy beaches of Riviera Maya can be accessed via the Cancun International Airport. It’s the only airport for the region.

Things to do as a family in Riviera Maya:

  • Visit the Mayan ruins
  • Enjoy a day at the beach
  • Xcaret Water Park
  • Find and swim in a cenote
  • Akumal Monkey Sanctuary & Rescued Animals

Family-Friendly hotels in Riviera Maya, Mexico: Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Riviera Maya (all-inclusive), Grand Palladium White Sand Resort & Spa (all-inclusive), and Hilton Tulum Riviera Maya (all-inclusive)

Well, there you have it. Those are my picks for amazing spring break ideas for families in 2023. The hard part is deciding where to go, so hopefully, this guide helped you pick the perfect family-friendly spring break destination. Whether you opt for a sunny beach getaway or a historic adventure, I can’t wait to hear all about it.

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