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. Including the best family vacation spots in March and April, this list offers European, Caribbean, and US destinations. Did we miss any of your favorite spring break destinations for families? Leave us a comment.
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Note that we experienced some of these destinations as part of media trips or comped stays. All opinions are my own.
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Best Spring Break Destinations for Families
2018 Family Spring Break Destinations
I’ve visited the Cayman Islands (on complimentary press trips twice) 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, and on a cruise excursion. There’s so much to do – but you’ll also want to spend some time on the gorgeous beach. See reviews of hotels in Grand Cayman here, and book 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 press trip stay at the West Bay Club, and found that there was so much to do in Turks and Caicos with kids. It’s a relaxing place to visit, so you’ll want to spend plenty of time at the beach. If you are looking for an all-inclusive experience, check out Beaches Turks and Caicos, which offers 22 restaurants and over 700 rooms. 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 one summer on a press trip, 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. You could easily spend a week there – doing different things every day. Before you go, make sure you do your research – it’s such a large resort with several different accommodation options. 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.We recently visited San Antonio for a spring break vacation, and really loved our stay. 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. You can also visit SeaWorld San Antonio, which is open select times in the early spring. See hotel reviews on TripAdvisor.
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. Remember to book early, so that you can make your dining and FastPass+ reservations well in advance.
If you’d rather stick with a more relaxing beach vacation in Florida, the Fort Myers area 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.
Other Destinations for a Florida Spring Break for Families
Florida is one of the most popular 2018 family spring break destinations in the United States. It is filled with other great spring break destinations for families, including Amelia Island, Sarasota, and Destin/Fort Walton. Whether you want to relax on the beach, experience nature, or explore the local area, there are lots of options. The best Florida spring break destinations for families offer waterfront activities, museums, and other fun activities.
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. The weather in San Diego is fairly consistent throughout the year, so there’s never a bad time to visit. You could easily spend a whole week there. 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 (including three that we stayed at during complimentary trips -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. Check out prices and book here.
We visited Washington DC on a family spring break getaway a few years ago. It’s perfect for kids that are old enough to appreciate the history and culture of our nation’s capital. Of course, my kids’ favorite spot was the International Spy Museum. You can stay right in the city or in one of the many nearby suburbs. We chose to stay in National Harbor, MD, and enjoyed our stay. Read more about things to do in Washington DC here.
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.
You won’t need a passport to travel to Puerto Rico, yet it’ll feel like a world away. The spring is a great time to visit, because it falls in between the winter busy season and the rainy season. We visited a few years ago in February, and the weather is absolutely beautiful. It’s so easy to go from the airport to your resort, since you don’t have to go through customs. Note: Because of the recent hurricane in Puerto Rico, many resorts will be closed this spring. Keep the destination in mind for the future. It’s a beautiful island.