Top Spring Break Trips Around the US
By late February it feels like winter may never end. But as March approaches your kids know exactly how many days are left until Spring Break. Traveling with the family on holiday is the perfect medicine to cure the winter blues, and don’t forget, traveling in March or April is often cheaper and easier to book than a summer trip.
Spring Break isn’t just a college thing either. If you want to ride roller coasters all day, bust out your flip-flops for a relaxing week on the beach or dive into a wintry adventure, there are a wide variety Spring Break destinations the whole family will love that won’t break the bank.
Orlando: The Most Popular Spring Break Destination in America
There’s no more quintessential Spring Break trip than spending a week in Florida. Orlando is the most popular Spring Break destination in America, and there are many reasons why so many families spend time in the Theme Park Capital of the World: Walt Disney World, Seaworld Orlando, Universal Studios Florida and the Fun Spot America Theme Parks just to name a few.
Beyond the theme parks, you can take in the views from the Orlando Eye, the largest Ferris wheel on the east coast. For a break from the crowds you can hike along the Tibet-Butler Nature Preserve or unwind on the paddle boats at Lake Eola Park. Be sure to visit the fantastic restaurants in Winter Park like Swine and Sons, the Winter Park Fish Company and 4 Rivers Smokehouse. Orlando always offers fun things to do for anyone in the family, so don’t be hesitant to book those tickets.
Beat the Heat in San Antonio
Summers in Texas can crank up the heat, but spring is a perfect time to vacation in San Antonio. Visit one of the more than 185 parks in the city found via the Find a Park tool, or take on a high-flying adventure at the Natural Bridge Caverns Canopy Challenge and Zip Lines.
Sea World San Antonio, Six Flags Fiesta Texas and the San Antonio Zoo all offer fun day trip options, while Morgan’s Wonderland is a one-of-a-kind park built with accessibility for individuals with special needs.
There are hundreds of local shops in historic Market Square, as well as a variety of restaurants like the world-famous Mi Tierra Café & Bakery and Viva Villa Taqueria. Catch a mariachi band and a bite to eat along the San Antonio River Walk, or throw on your boots for the family-friendly Tejas Rodeo every Saturday night.
A Winter Wonderland in Steamboat Springs
While many people flock to the beach for Spring Break, there’s also something to be said about an escape to the mountains. Steamboat Springs, Colorado, is a resort town in the Rocky Mountains that offers over 10 square miles of slopes and trails to explore.
Stop by Freshie’s for breakfast then sign the kids up for ski lessons. Kids 12 and under ski for free with the purchase of a 5-day adult lift pass, so pay those savings forward with dinner at Café Diva followed by a sweet treat from Ciao Gelato.
Steamboat Springs is also home to famous hot springs that’ll warm everyone up after a fun day outdoors. Check out the Steamboat Springs Local Events Page for more activities!
Explore Historical Parks and Beaches in the Outer Banks
Enjoy great food, local events and uncrowded beaches in the Outer Banks of North Carolina this Spring Break. Lower rental rates during March and April mean you can spend a few extra dollars on a Corolla Wild Horse Tour or grab an extra sweet treat at The Fudgery.
Learn about the first aircraft at the Wright Brothers National Memorial in Kill Devil Hills or take the family to new heights at the First Flight Adventure Park. There’s a rotating schedule of different family-friendly and free things to do; you can visit OuterBanks.Org’s Local Events Page to learn about events during your stay.
A Spring Fling in San Diego
If you’re searching for mild, sunny weather, beautiful beaches and a variety of fun attractions for the whole family, San Diego is the place for you.
For starters you can explore the wildlife at SeaWorld San Diego, the Birch Aquarium at Scripps and the San Diego Zoo, or you can play with your favorite toys at Legoland California. Enjoy a whale and dolphin-watching cruise around San Diego Bay, and take a fun, educational stroll through one of San Diego’s many museums like the Fleet Science Center or the Nat, San Diego’s Natural History Museum.
Don’t forget to kick off your shoes and relax in the sand at Mission Beach, Coronado Beach, Ocean Beach or Pacific Beach. There are plenty of kid-friendly restaurants to try like Grater Grilled Cheese, Casa de Reyes and Tribute Pizza.
Whether you’re trying to escape the wintry weather or just appreciate your first family trip of the year, there are many affordable ways to travel this spring break. It’s not too late to plan your getaway so start packing now!