Spring Break Destinations for the Whole Family

Great vacations spots that have something for everyone

Finally, your kids have a chunk of time off school and it’s the last time they’ll have off for the next few months. So why waste that time trying to figure out where to go? We’re here to help – scroll down to read about some of the best family-friendly destinations in the US.

Orlando, FL

Orlando is basically the “theme park headquarters of the US” which is perfect because theme parks are a great way for your whole family to spend time together and create lasting memories. There are also numerous water parks to visit during those hot Florida summers. If you do go to some of Florida’s fantastic amusement parks, make sure to take a few days off every now and then. Try spending time at a pool or going mini golfing or driving to Cape Canaveral. You can also visit some of the local sites and check out the burgeoning art scene. Either way, by changing things up your family vacation will be the perfect mix of thrilling and relaxing.

Monterey Bay, CA

Located on the Monterey Peninsula south of San Francisco, Monterey Bay is a classic retreat for many Californians. While you’re there, make sure to visit the famous Monterey Bay Aquarium. The area is known for its abundance of marine life including sea otters, dolphins and elephant seals. You can also go whale watching since it’s on the migratory path of humpback and gray whales. If you love animals, you can also take your family to the Monterey Bay Zoo or the Monarch Grove Butterfly Sanctuary. If this is an “adults only” trip (or if your kids are a little older) visit one of the many vineyards for a quick tasting of the region’s wines. And no trip to Monterey Bay would be complete with a stop at the historic Cannery Row – the premiere shopping and dining location for the area.

Park City, UT

Just because it’s spring break it doesn’t mean you’re somehow required to visit a beach. What about a great mountain resort town? Well, look no further than picturesque Park City which is located 35 miles south of Salt Lake City in Utah. The Sundance Film festival takes place here every year so you’ll get a chance to visit the same places that many of your favorite celebrities frequent while they’re at the festival. If there’s still snow on the ground when you visit, grab your skis and hit the mountain. They even have snow tubing and snow mobile rentals if you feel like switching things up. In the warmer months you can take the whole family fly fishing or horseback riding. Historic downtown Park City features award-winning restaurants and shopping. Try visiting Utah Olympic Park (which was constructed specifically for the Winter Olympics) and taking some snowboarding or skiing lessons.

Chincoteague, VA

Chincoteague is one-of-a-kind family destination that features beaches, restaurants, wildlife preserves and wild ponies. Chincoteague Island is located directly off the coast of mainland Virginia and is accessible by bridge and boat. There are numerous hotels and historic inns that you can stay at, but the island also has campgrounds if you wanted to spend a little more time in the warm spring air. The island (and neighboring island Assateague) are known for their wild ponies. They’re so wildly known in fact that there have actually been books and films them! Try taking your family out to the beaches and wildlife preserves to see if you can actually spot some of them. While you’re there, visit the Assateague Lighthouse and Captain Timothy Hill House – both of which are on the National Registry of Historic Places. If you’re looking for a cozy seaside town with interesting wildlife, look no further than Chincoteague.

Austin, TX

Austin is one of those cities like New Orleans or Savannah or Portland that is known for both its unique arts scene as well as its delicious food. Located in the foothills of Texas Hill Country in central Texas, Austin is a diverse city that features art festivals (it’s the home of South by Southwest), nature preserves, and, of course, food. Austin is known for its delicious barbeque, but there is a wide range of unique foods created by culinary experts so you can find something for even the pickiest eaters in your family (but you should still get some barbeque). The whole family can visit the Balcones Canyonlands which is a system of trails through various nature preserves. There are also numerous public pools, splash pads, bike rentals and botanical gardens so you can really take advantage of the beautiful springtime weather that Austin has to offer. If your family is really into the arts, well Austin is the perfect place to visit. In addition to the numerous museums and galleries throughout the city, you can also visit places like the Umlauf Sculpture Garden and Totally Cool Totally Art, a hands-on art creation experience for adults and teens. Food, art, nature – what more could you ask for?

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