With winter coming to an end and warmer weather heading our way, that means spring break is just around the corner.
In most situations, springtime is great for family vacations because it works well with everyone’s schedules, and tourist attractions aren’t nearly as packed as they are during those hectic summer months. And, depending on where you decide to visit, the weather can be almost perfect during spring break. The departure of winter rids the area of any cold fronts, but the heat of summer hasn’t yet arrived to make a vacation unbearable. Before spring break gets here, check out our list of destinations around the world that are perfect for the entire family.
When you hear the words, “spring break,” images of Orlando probably come to mind. It’s scientifically proven. Okay, maybe not scientifically, but AAA said that Orlando was the no. 1 spring break destination of 2018. Whether traveling with college-age kids or younger children, Orlando has something from everyone. From outdoor concerts to pro-baseball games, your biggest issue will be deciding on what your family wants to do. For more mature travelers, several spas with beautiful landscapes are featured within the city and are readily accessible. Parents and children can make memories that last a lifetime with the various theme parks located within the city. The Walt Disney World® Resort, SeaWorld® Orlando and Universal Orlando Resort™ are just some of the few theme parks that call Orlando home. After thrill rides and character meets, fill your love of culture and art by visiting the series of museums offered in the city including Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens and Orlando Museum of Art. Whether you and your family are here for theme parks or to just soak up some of that Floridian sunshine, Orlando will fulfill all your spring break dreams. For a more in-depth look at family vacations in Orlando, check out our previous blog on The City Beautiful.
Whether you’ll be staying on a resort or at a hotel, Hawaii has plenty to offer families during spring break. Oahu is Hawaii’s third largest island and has a mix of beautiful beaches, bustling metropolitan cities and oasis-like destinations to visit. Spend the day on the beach, learn to surf and unwind in true Hawaiian fashion. After a relaxing day, enter the city and enjoy a delightful dinner at one of the many local restaurants. If you time your trip between the months of March and April, you can attend a variety of local festivals and events including the awe-inspiring Cherry Blossom Festival. Your vacation doesn’t have to be secluded to the beaches and cities, you and your family can also swim with dolphins, go on an outdoor excursion in Kualoa Ranch and visit the various animals at Honolulu Zoo. As the sun sets on your evenings in paradise, boost your excitement level by attending a Luau. The traditional Hawaiian feast is often family friendly and offers a blend of entertainment and dining. Enjoy local cuisine such as Kalua pig and poi as traditional Hawaiian music accompanies your meal. The entertainment is in full force during a luau, and you may catch performances of hula dancing and fire dancing while you dine. So, pack your bags and make this spring break an island getaway.
Bahamas Nassau Paradise Island
Like peanut butter and jelly, spring break and fun in the sun go together perfectly. There’s no better place to experience this vacation sandwich than in Paradise Island in the Bahamas. Make the trip a truly relaxing experience and stay at Atlantis Paradise Island. When we say Atlantis has it all, we literally mean it has it all. Home to five distinct hotels, a marina and a harbor-side resort, how you stay on the island is 100% up to you. Also included is the Atlantis Kids Adventures, an on-site water park and access to a private beach. Atlantis makes your spring break an international adventure of relaxation. While the kids play, parents can spend a day on the massive golf course working on their swing or getting a couple’s massage in the luxury spa. With an on-site casino, a movie theater and several dining establishments, this destination fits perfectly into any family vacation.
Perfect for the family looking for a more chill and relaxing experience, NorCal provides the ideal spring break getaway. Spend a day hiking through the beauty of popular parks or tasting the authentic flavors of San Francisco. Immerse yourself in the City by the Bay and enjoy the beautiful landscapes of Lafayette Park, Mission Park or USS San Francisco Memorial. These scenic views are made better with bread from the world famous Boudin Bakery Café, Chocolate from Ghirardelli in Ghirardelli Square and the freshly frozen creamery of Smitten Ice Cream. If you want to stay in the city and still enjoy the famous California redwoods, make sure you visit Muir Woods National Monument.
NorCal isn’t the only popular spring break destination in the Golden State, Southern California is another hot spot for families looking to vacation. Spend time in Los Angeles, a city where you and the entire family can enjoy all the excitement, shopping and entertainment. Hollywood offers an array of destinations where you can take selfies and explore a neon lit city. Also nearby are the thrill rides and real-life sets of Universal Studios Hollywood™. A couple miles south of Los Angeles is the city of Anaheim, home to the smile inducing Disneyland Resort®. The rides and character meets will make every moment with your family completely memorable. If you’re still looking for more theme park fun, you can always plan an additional trip to Knott’s Berry Farm®. If you wish to go further down south, you can spend your days in San Diego. Excite the kids with visits to the world famous San Diego Zoo or meet one-on-one with sea life at SeaWorld® San Diego. The city also home to beautiful beaches and bustling cities making it the perfect choice for families with multiple interests.
Wherever you go for your family vacation, know it’ll be a memorable and worthwhile experience. Whether enjoying the family fun thrills of a world-famous theme park or horseback riding in Hawaii, your family will have a stupendous spring break together. Remember to discuss the trip with your family to determine which destination works best for everyone. Once you’ve made a decision, check the predicted weather and see how populated your destination will be upon arrival. Make the planning process more effortless by booking your trip through Vacations by Marriott.