With snow in the Northeast forecast for the upcoming weekend, families are ready to enjoy some warm weather on their spring break family vacation. Now is definitely the best time to get started on researching destinations, finding prices, and booking your trip. Wondering where to go on vacation with your kids during spring break? Here are Family Travel Magazine’s top destinations for spring break family vacations. They include European, Caribbean, and US destinations, in a variety of fabulous places. Did we miss any of your favorite spring break destinations for families? Leave us a comment.
Note that we experienced some of these destinations as part of media trips or comped stays. All opinions are my own.
Spring Break Destinations for Families
You won’t need a passport to travel to Puerto Rico, yet it’ll feel like a world away. April is a great time to visit, because it falls in between the winter busy season and the rainy season. We’re planning an upcoming visit, and will be staying at the El Conquistador resort.
I’ve visited the Cayman Islands three times now, and I always love it. Our hotel picks are the Ritz-Carlton or the Westin Grand Cayman Resort – both located on Seven Mile Beach in Grand Cayman. We’ve traveled there with JetBlue Getaways, which is a great option. See reviews of hotels in Grand Cayman here.
Turks and Caicos
Another one of my favorite spring break family destinations is Turks and Caicos. It was on my family travel bucket list for years, and last summer, I finally had the opportunity to visit. We loved our stay at the West Bay Club, and found that there was so much to do in Turks and Caicos with kids. Read reviews of Turks and Caicos resorts here.
Atlantis Resort Paradise Island
My son and I had the opportunity to explore the Atlantis Bahamas Resort this summer, and we loved it. There really is something for everyone – from the water park to the aquarium to the beach. I can’t wait to return. Check out this post for ways to save at Atlantis.
San Antonio, Texas is a great family travel destination, with lots of things to do with kids. The San Antonio River Walk is a must visit, with things for everyone to enjoy. Of course, I also recommend a visit to the Alamo – here are 4 surprising things when visiting the Alamo. See hotel reviews on TripAdvisor.
Of course, Orlando is one of the most popular family vacation spring break destinations, and right now, there is so much going on at Walt Disney World. You can stay on or off property, and we have recommendations for the best hotels for your Walt Disney World vacation.
If you’d rather stick with a more relaxing beach vacation in Florida, Fort Myers may be the best destination for you. Consider visiting Marco Island, which is a relaxing and fun place to stay. While I just enjoy staying on the beach, the Dolphin Study Eco Tour and Cruise is a must do. If you are visiting during March, you may be able to catch a spring training baseball game in the area. Find hotels in the Fort Myers area on TripAdvisor.
San Diego is a great option if you are looking for a relaxing beach vacation combined with some family activities. Attractions like the San Diego Zoo, Disneyland, and Legoland are just a short drive away. During our stay last year, we stayed at the Bahia Resort Hotel on Mission Bay, and loved both the location and the hotel. Check out other hotels in San Diego here.
Phoenix is one of our favorite warm weather destinations. There are so many fantastic, kid-friendly resorts (like the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, Westin Kierland Resort, and the Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak). If you visit in March, you have the opportunity to check out a variety of spring training baseball games. The Cactus League teams all play within a relatively small radius. Find the best hotels in Phoenix at TripAdvisor
The Azores, the closest and one of the most affordable European destinations, is a temperate 65-70 degrees in April. With family activities like whale watching, hiking, biking, gardens, forts, and museums, you’ll find plenty of things to do. SATA airlines has traditionally offered great deals in the spring from many US destinations.
Our lone European destination on this list is Portugal – a wonderful place to bring your family to experience European culture. Our hotel pick is The Yeatman in Porto which is offering a fabulous spring deal.
Would you rather visit several Caribbean destinations? Then choose a cruise – perhaps a Disney cruise leaving from Florida and stopping in the Bahamas? I really love Castaway Cay – Disney’s private island in the Bahamas – and think it’s great for families. We’ve done both the Western Caribbean Itinerary and the Eastern Caribbean Itineraries on the Disney Fantasy – both are fabulous.
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