Spring break is right about the corner, huh? And we all know the kids could use a breather from exams and what not. So, what better way to treat them to some much-needed fun than by booking a destination trip for the whole family?
That’s where my handy list of 26 spring break destinations for families comes in! I have for you everything—starting from classic beach vacations and national parks across the U.S. to international trips to the Caribbean and Mexico.
Trust me when I say, your kids will be more grateful with whatever choice you make!
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- The 26 Best Spring Break Destinations for Families
- 1. Yosemite National Park, California
- 2. Yucatan, Mexico
- 3. Florida Keys, Florida
- 4. The Grand Canyon, Arizona
- 5. Fort Worth, Texas
- 6. Akumal, Riviera Maya, Mexico
- 7. Naples, Florida
- 8. Washington DC, USA
- 9. Maui, Hawaii
- 10. Mobile, Alabama
- 11. Madrid, Spain
- 12. Gambia, West Africa
- 13. Mexico City, Mexico
- 14. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
- 15. Paris, France
- 16. Valencia, Spain
- 17. Copenhagen, Denmark
- 18. Bruges, Belgium
- 19. Guanacaste, Costa Rica
- 20. Antigua, Guatemala
- 21. Monteverde, Costa Rica
- 22. Geelong, Australia
- 23. Tenerife, Spain
- 24. Medellin, Colombia
- 25. Cornwall, UK
- 26. Hudson Valley, New York
- To Sum Up
The 26 Best Spring Break Destinations for Families
Ready to enjoy the spring with your entire family like never before? Let’s see what destinations I have in store for you guys:
1. Yosemite National Park, California
I start off the list with a personal favorite of mine and one of the loveliest West Coast destinations in the U.S. Yosemite National Park is the perfect place for families that love adventure and spending time outdoors.
And the best part is: that this park comes to life during the spring! There’s camping, spring flower sightings, wildlife tours, and lots of other families having fun.
Families come from all over the world to see the tall granite walls in Yosemite Valley and hike some of the best hiking trails in Yosemite. If anything, you could spend an entire week here, and still barely scratch the surface of everything it has to offer.
Other activities in Yosemite include further exploring the beauty of Tuolumne Meadows or watching how the valley comes to life beautifully and excitingly. Don’t miss these Yosemite day hikes & activities to beat the crowds either.
Allison Boyle – She Dreams of Alpine
2. Yucatan, Mexico
I gotta tell you, after spending 10 days in Yucatan, Mexico, I quickly fell in love with this splendid peninsula that sits between the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea. With its beautiful beaches and ample greenery, it’s no wonder this welcoming country made the list!
And hey, if you want to keep things simple and budget-friendly, opt for an all-inclusive resort in Cancun. Otherwise, spend a few days in Merida, a charming old town with colorful architecture and cobblestone roads.
Make sure to save some time for Chichen Itza, the famous Mayan ruin as well. While at it, head to Bacalar, where the blue lagoon and laid-back vibes will surely capture your heart.
If you have some extra time, make a stop in Tulum and visit the many restaurants that line the streets. There are also plenty of sinkholes and parks that should not be missed when in the Yucatan region!
Are kids begging for more? Luckily, you can always extend your stay in Mexico is also an option.
Daisy Li – Beyond My Border
3. Florida Keys, Florida
Another family-friendly destination in the U.S. is none other than Florida Keys – an archipelago of islands off the South coast of Florida. The Sunshine State won’t let you down with its beautiful tropical weather throughout the year!
The drive through the Florida Keys on the Overseas Highway is a must as well. Your kids will marvel at the ocean and breathtaking views along the way.
Aside from the trip, there’s no end to what you can do here. From white beaches and coral reefs to water sports, parasailing, and snorkeling.
Start your journey from the first island, Key Largo—the largest among all. The island is home to the first underwater Park in the U.S., namely John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park. There your kids can explore the magical aquatic world.
Choose from a Glass bottom boat tour, snorkeling or scuba diving. Your family will be spellbound at the sight of the fishes and underwater coral.
With water all around you, don’t miss the adventure of water sports! Zoom around in a jet ski or soar the skies with parasailing, you will love it. Personally, my 7-year-old son enjoyed the bird’s eye view from his parasail along with his dad. It was the highlight of his trip!
Towards the trip’s end, drive to the last island, Key West, the most populous and popular island. There’s so much history and culture there, evident from its mansions and Old Town architecture.
What’s more, your family can enjoy the sunset at Mallory Square or take a sunset cruise to gape at spectacular views while sipping wine. Don’t forget to visit the southernmost point of US Buoy in Key West too.
And if you’re visiting the Florida Keys, make sure to check out the Ultimate Marathon Florida Guide for the best trip ever!
Neha – Travel Melodies
4. The Grand Canyon, Arizona
With its Junior Ranger Program, white-water rafting and hikes for visitors at all skill levels, the Grand Canyon National Park is a kid-friendly getaway that the whole family will enjoy.
And the upside? Spring break is the perfect time to make this iconic road trip and avoid the notorious Arizona heat! The South Rim also has free shuttle buses, a grocery store, banks, and a post office that makes a longer stay hassle-free.
Besides the array of scenic overlooks, there are trails great for bicycle rides, camping, and stargazing that are suitable for older children. Additionally, there are plenty of picnic areas and fields to take a break or have a game of frisbee.
Remember to pick from hotels that offer spectacular views. Your options range from fine dining to cozy spots for hot chocolate by a campfire. With Route 66, Sedona, and Las Vegas all just a day trip away, the Grand Canyon National Park is also a perfect starting point for an epic family road trip.
Dee – Vanilla Papers
5. Fort Worth, Texas
We can’t talk about spring break without mentioning Texas! Fort Worth, specifically, is the perfect, all-inclusive family spring break destination.
The place is not only famous for its BBQ, stockyards, and rodeo, but it also has an amazing cultural scene. Spring temperatures there are milder than in the rest of Texas; sometimes it’s even chilly!
But that’s okay since there are plenty of things to do in Fort Worth—whether indoors or outdoors. Plus, you can visit Dallas, which is only 30 miles away.
That said, you can visit world-class museums like The Modern Art Museum, and Kimbell Art Museum, and experience culture at the Fort Worth Opera and Casa Manana. The Sundance Square area in downtown Fort Worth has charming shops and restaurants as well.
If your kids are sports fans. you might want to visit the Cowboys stadium in Arlington or catch a Rangers baseball game at Globe Life Park.
For a truly Western Experience, come on down to Fort Worth Stockyards. You can see real Texas cowhands drive a herd of Texas longhorns down East Exchange twice a day. Cowtown Coliseum also has a Rodeo show every Friday and Saturday.
Further, Fort Worth has a wonderful zoo, but my favorite place to visit is the Japanese Gardens inside the Fort Worth Botanical Gardens. It is such a hidden gem! And usually, in March, the cherry blossoms start to bloom, making it a great place to stop for an afternoon.
All that aside, if you’re on the hunt for a sunny, sandy spring break location, head down to one of the many islands in Texas for a spring break that will trump most others.
Priya Vin – Outside Suburbia
6. Akumal, Riviera Maya, Mexico
With accommodation for all tastes, ranging from independent boutiques to all-inclusive, Akumal works both as a vacation destination in its own right and as a base to explore the area’s highlights.
Whilst in Akumal, I recommend you check out the ruins of Tulum, the eco water park of Xel-Ha, and the wider Yucatan peninsula.
Akumal’s key attraction, though, is snorkeling with turtles in the turquoise waters of the stunning tropical bay. They feed on the seagrass just off shore so you don’t need to hire a boat or swim out particularly far to see them – convenient, right?
This makes snorkeling here a breeze, particularly for kids who are not strong swimmers or who are new to snorkeling. So, rent life jackets and snorkel gear on the beach, or hire a snorkel guide to show you the best spots.
With younger children, the snorkel guide will pull a life ring along for them to hold onto. In an hour’s trip, you can easily see a dozen turtles plus rays and tropical fish.
When you’ve had your fill of marine life, the beach here is picture-postcard perfect and the Lol-Ha Restaurant is right on the sands. Need we say more?
Josie Peden – Where Jo Goes
7. Naples, Florida
Naples has wonderful beaches where you can enjoy water sports, beach activities, beach walks or simply relax and take in all that Florida sunshine. There are simply so many great things to do in Naples, Florida for the entire family!
If you enjoy being on the water, for instance, then head out on a Naples Bay boat tour. It’s a great way to see Naples from the water. You can even head out on your own private boat fishing trip. You can also paddleboard through the mangroves.
In case the family’s feeling a little more adventurous then head down alligator alley and join an airboat tour through the Everglades. Naples is only 1.5 hours from Miami too, making it a great day trip.
And if you love shopping, then head to Miromar Outlet Mall where you will find some great deals on your favorite fashion brands. More of a foodie lover? Then the fam is going to love all the restaurant options in Old Naples on 5th Avenue.
Most of these restaurants offer great happy hour deals and generous portions making it great for families to dine out. Check out this great list of other top things to do in Destin with kids.
Diana – Diana’s Healthy Living
8. Washington DC, USA
Washington DC is among the best places to go for spring break in the USA. It’s full of free and interesting places to visit as well as tons of kid-friendly activities.
To start off: Early April timing usually coincides with DC’s famous cherry blossoms and the city is full of colorful blooms. Spring weather is neither too hot nor too cold either, making it ideal for outdoor walks through DC’s many memorials and gardens.
The Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument, and Capitol Building are all great family photo spots as well. Keep in mind that it’s a long walk between buildings, so don’t try to cover them all in one day.
And if the weather turns rainy, head inside to any of the free Smithsonian Museums that line the National Mall. The Air and Space is a favorite for aviation lovers too, but we think the Museum of Natural History is best for younger kids. With exhibits from giant dinosaurs to tiny ants, there’s something to wow every age.
Further, Natural History has one of the best restaurants near the mall! As such, I recommend you visit near mealtime. The American Indian Museum also has an excellent restaurant, but it’s more expensive.
When your group finishes the highlights on the mall, head across the Potomac River for a visit to George Washington’s Mount Vernon, which has lots of kid-friendly exhibits. In case you have a car, take a day trip to see the stunning waterfalls at nearby Great Falls Park or the beautiful mountain views in Shenandoah National Park.
With so many things to do and see, it’s no surprise that Washington DC is one of the best spring break trips for families!
Julie McCool – FuninFairfaxVA.com
9. Maui, Hawaii
The Hawaiian Islands are probably among the unusual spring break destinations for families. While the island’s palm-fringed golden beaches are renowned, there’s much more to discover on the Valley Isle.
Little explorers will love watching the sunrise from the top of the Haleakala volcano. It’s an experience that takes place at a comfortable time in February and March. The waterfalls are at their best and the coast’s early-spring surf is perfect for a boogie-boarding session or first surf lesson.
The warm waters even attract a special kind of visitor during spring break: humpback whales.
These friendly giants choose Maui’s protected ocean waters to breed and birth from December to April, with the peak months being February and March. A whale-watching cruise could just be the highlight of your family vacation in Hawaii!
Apart from these seasonal experiences, there are plenty of year-round family activities to keep your little adventurers busy: exploring the underwater world on a snorkeling trip, discovering the island’s sweetest fruits on a plantation visit, or attending a luau at your Maui resort.
Sarah Vanheel – Cosmopoliclan
10. Mobile, Alabama
Alabama is yet another great contender among places to go for spring break in the USA.
Mobile, Alabama is all too often bypassed in favor of nearby New Orleans, but in many ways, it offers many of the same things as its more famous neighbor, only in a more family-friendly package. It’s even packed with vegan restaurants, too.
While Mobile is now part of Alabama, it was originally the capital of French Louisiana. Thus, with its wrought-iron balconies and other French-inspired architecture, Mobile is kind of a miniature version of New Orleans.
The city even has its own Mardi Gras celebrations—which are much less raucous than the booze-fueled parties in New Orleans.
Another local festival, which often coincides with spring break, is the Azalea Trail Festival. In mid-March, the azalea bushes all over the city bloom with pink and white flowers.
But the color doesn’t stop there! Girls from local high schools are chosen to represent the city as Azalea Trail Maids. They dress up as southern Belles in hoop skirts dressed in pastel blue, pink, purple, and yellow.
Spring is the perfect time to visit Mobile as well. The weather isn’t hot and muggy like it is in the summer. And beautiful white-sand beaches, like Gulf Shores and Dauphin Island, are just a short drive away.
Wendy Werneth – The Nomadic Vegan
11. Madrid, Spain
Much like Hawaii, Madrid’s parks and museums are other great, unusual spring break destinations for families.
Let’s start with my favorite: Spread over 125 hectares, the Retiro Park is one of the largest parks in Europe. It comes with large green spaces, live performances, several beautiful monuments, and an artificial lake inside.
The weather there is also perfect for picnics. The monuments are not crowded either – like they are during the summer holidays.
Interestingly, the Spanish capital is one of the most wheelchair-accessible cities, which makes it suitable to take elderly parents with you as well.
Book a trip now and marvel at the grandeur of the largest palace in the world! Visit the incredible art museums, and the Alcala gate, and feel the serene spirituality at the Catholic churches.
In the evening, you can enjoy a family dine-out with a flamenco show for entertainment. If you have more than 2 days in your Madrid itinerary, you can also take day trips to the historic cities of Toledo and Segovia.
And if you’re visiting Madrid, make sure to check out the Ultimate Guide to Visiting Madrid on a Budget.
Sinjana Ghosh – Backpack & Explore
12. Gambia, West Africa
Africa? For a family trip?
Believe it or not, The Gambia, also known as the Smiling Coast of Africa, is a fabulous family-friendly destination—particularly in the springtime. There’s no rain and the temperature highs are around 86℉ (30°C).
Tourists in the know flock here to enjoy the colorful culture, fascinating wildlife and never-ending tranquil sandy beaches. English is the official language in The Gambia too, so you’ll have no problem communicating, and the locals couldn’t be more friendly!
Must-see wildlife includes the crocs at Kachikally Crocodile Pool, the monkeys at Bijlo Forest, and the myriad birds that can be spotted on a boat ride along the tributaries of the River Gambia.
The nearby fishing village is also a must to watch the colorful boats being unloaded. And be sure not to miss a traditional drum and dance display.
One of the biggest draws, however, is the sweeping palm-fringed sandy beaches which are never overcrowded. Older children can join in a game of beach volleyball or try body surfing, while the little ones build sandcastles.
The sunsets are spectacular, too. They’re the perfect time for a family walk along the water’s edge, perhaps stopping for a refreshing drink at a beach bar before dining out under an African night sky.
Though often overlooked by many, The Gambia is truly one of the best family spring break destinations!
Kathryn Burrington – TravelWithKat.com
13. Mexico City, Mexico
We’ve established that spring is the perfect time to visit Mexico City. And although Mexico’s capital is blessed with good weather almost year-round, spring is when the city does put on its best show. Expect blue skies, bright sunshine, and jacaranda trees in full bloom.
Mexico City is also one of the biggest cities in the world, so knowing how to tackle it can be overwhelming. Luckily, the hop-on-hop-off Turibus through the heart of the city is a great introduction and a good way to get your bearings.
Get off at El Zócalo, in the Historic Centre (El Centro Historico). This vast square has been the heart of Mexico City since Aztec times. Nearby is El Templo Mayor (the Great Temple), which has a fascinating museum.
Make sure you head to the top of the Torre Latinoamerica for views over the city, followed by a trip to El Moro for the best churros and hot chocolate in town. Other Mexico City highlights include the artsy neighborhoods of Condesa and Roma Norte—home to some of the city’s best restaurants.
Nearby is Chapultepec Park, an enormous green space often referred to as Mexico City’s “lungs”. You’ll find the zoo, the excellent children’s museum, and the city’s very own castle located here.
And don’t forget the southern neighborhood of Coyoacan, where La Casa Azul is located. This is Frida Kahlo’s childhood home and the most visited museum in the city. For more ideas on things to do in Mexico City with kids, check out this post.
Katja Gaskell – Globe Totting
14. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Looking for an all-inclusive family spring break? Want to try out more unusual spring break destinations for families? Then head to Kuala Lumpur (or KL), the capital of Malaysia!
Hot and humid year-round, it’s the perfect place to get rid of any remaining winter blues once and for all. Fun fact: The center of Kuala Lumpur is called KLCC (Kuala Lumpur City Centre) and is the first place for families to head.
All in all, Kuala Lumpur is one of my favorite places to visit with kids as there is so much to do! Plus, once you make it there, everything’s very affordable, making it one of the best value family spring break destinations in the world.
The interior is a huge park with a massive playground as well as a water playground. Surrounding this park are Petrosains Discovery Centre (which is a science museum), AquariaKLCC (which is an aquarium), and the iconic Petronas Twin Towers which you can visit.
Another great area to visit is around Lake Garden, where you can find some low-key attractions, big museums, and the amazing KL Bird Park – which is a must-visit. Also in KL is a KidZania, my kids’ favorite attraction in the world. There’s also a huge theme park a taxi ride away at Sunway Lagoon.
You really can’t go wrong with KL for your family spring break! And if you want to hit it alone, check out my post here including tips on solo travel.
Sharon Gourlay – Dive Into Malaysia
Read next: Best Tips for Solo Female Travel in Malaysia
15. Paris, France
Paris needs no further introduction – it’s Paris! It’s beautiful all year round and even more breathtaking in the spring when the city’s in full bloom.
You can sit on a sidewalk cafe to eat crêpes, enjoy the Tuileries Gardens, or attend the city’s first festivals of the year. Locals in Paris, though, get excited about flowers (especially the cherry blossoms) and treasure hunts with friends.
Amongst our favorite activities for families, we recommend pastry and chocolate tours in Saint-Germain-des-Prés, a fun sail along the city’s canals on a self-drive electric boat, or a visit to the Foire du Trône (April to June), the oldest funfair in France.
Try visiting Paris during Easter, too. There are always fun egg hunts in the gardens of Paris.
Elisa – World in Paris
16. Valencia, Spain
Lauded for its blissful Mediterranean climate, pristine beaches, and orange-blossomed old town, Valencia offers all the best bits of Barcelona, Sevilla, and Madrid—but in a much smaller and more affordable package.
Spring in this part of Spain feels more like summer too. Families with children of all ages can be seen flocking to the city beaches so they can run wild on the vast expanses of sand.
Step right off the ‘la playa’ and onto the sunny terraces of the many restaurants that fringe the shoreline. Paella was invented here in Valencia and is a deliciously fun way to get together as a family.
As well as the historic core, which includes the emblematic Plaza de la Virgen, Cathedral of Santa Maria and Basílica de la Virgen de los Desamparados, there are also plenty of attractions for the whole family.
For starters, you could rent bikes or cruise through the leafy Túria Park down to the Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias. It’s a futuristic playground of science museums and interactive art spaces.
Here you’ll also find the Oceanogràfic aquarium, the largest of its kind in Europe and home to over 500 marine species, including sharks, walruses, and manatees.
And if all this wasn’t enough of an excuse to visit Valencia in the spring, this is also when the city’s most explosive cultural festivities kick off!
The Las Fallas festival takes over the city for most of March every year, when the streets erupt with earth-shaking (quite literally) firework displays and giant papier-mâché statues that are set ablaze during the grand finale.
Ben Holbrook – DriftwoodJournals.com
17. Copenhagen, Denmark
Copenhagen is a great destination all year long, but for a fun family spring break – it’s a winner!
After a long winter with little daylight, the city comes alive in spring. The city magically transforms into a lively bustle of visitors and excited locals.
Starting, spring is a time of festivals and events in Copenhagen. One of the best occurs in April with the annual Sakura festival to celebrate the blooming of the cherry blossoms.
Copenhagen zoo is also bustling with springtime energy as the winter ends and animals become more active. In 2019, they even added a panda exhibit which easily became the most popular attraction there.
Another great family activity is to rent an electric boat and take a tour of the city from the waterways that wrap around it. Enjoy the beautiful stretch of canals that link the harbor to the neighborhoods. It’s a great way to enjoy a spring afternoon!
Stop by the old-world amusement park someday as well. It’s the second-oldest in the world and inspired Walt Disney himself. The place is full of elaborately landscaped gardens, theme rides, and daily shows for the whole family’s entertainment.
Remember, too: any Copenhagen spring guide should include a visit to Tivoli Gardens. Celebrate with the city’s street food, when Reffen reopens for the season. It’s a wonderful spot right on Copenhagen harbor.
Derek and Mike – Everything Copenhagen
18. Bruges, Belgium
Called ‘Belgian Venice’, Bruges is one of the most charming towns in the whole of Europe. Throughout the year, crowds of tourists from all over the world are welcomed here.
That said, Bruges’ entire history was inscribed on the UNESCO Cultural Heritage list in 2000. The city’s historical area isn’t that large either. Rest assured, your family can walk the whole city at a leisurely pace.
Additionally, the train station is about a 15-minute walk from the main city square, which should be OK even for kids. You can also rent a bike to cycle around the city. A Bruges cruise is another great family-friendly idea.
Oh yes, and one more thing – the city is famous for its sweet products, such as chocolate and waffles. So if you’ve never tried Belgian waffles, there is no point in thinking about it any longer!
Check out any of the chocolate and praline stores, and try the ever-so-famous Belgian chocolate. The kids will love it!
Darek Pawlak – darekandgosia.com
19. Guanacaste, Costa Rica
Is there a place better than Costa Rica to take your whole family? After all, the Guanacaste region of Costa Rica is known for its year-round sunny weather and great beaches. Not only are Guanacaste beaches some of the best in Costa Rica, but they offer plenty of activities too.
Your family can go snorkeling, diving, kayaking, jet skiing, fishing, surfing, and sailing. You’ll also find dozens of beaches that span the Pacific Coast.
However, our favorite is Playa Avellanas—a beach that doesn’t experience the influx of tourists that other destinations in Costa Rica do. It offers amazing surfing opportunities, great swimming spots, and a beautiful laid-back environment.
Make sure to visit the beachside restaurant Lola’s, at Playa Avellanas, for great food and drink. You have a chance to meet their resident beach piglets Ave and Ana too, who you’ll find lounging on the beach or greeting visitors.
And take it from me: learning to surf is an unforgettable spring break experience. You’ll find surf schools up and down the beach in Tamarindo and Playa Avellanas. But make sure you stick around afterward for sunset. They’re unforgettable!
Unplug with your family and fully embrace the “Pura Vida” lifestyle Costa Rica is so famous for!
Oksana & Max – Drink Tea & Travel
20. Antigua, Guatemala
You may have heard of Guatemala, but did you know it makes for a wonderful Central American destination for your kids? It’s one of the best adventure Honeymoon destinations too! Why? Because it is a safe city with huge cultural differences and an amazing climate.
A visit to Antigua will enhance your kids’ acceptance of other cultures, and it’s the best way to nurture their love for traveling.
And I know…Guatemala sometimes gets a bad reputation for being an unsafe country, yet every country has unsafe neighborhoods. But once you get from the Guatemala City Airport to Antigua, safety is no longer a concern.
Trust us, though, Guatemala is a great place to educate kids on a lot of things. Starting with its magnificent volcanoes, Guatemala has more than 37 volcanoes and many of them are hikable.
If you hike Volcano Acatenango, for example, you might witness a volcanic eruption. Keep in mind though, that the trail is a little tough for kids or elders.
You can also hike Volcano Pacaya. There, you can roast marshmallows using underground lava. Now that is an activity that the kids would enjoy!
Sean Lau – LivingOutLau
21. Monteverde, Costa Rica
Costa Rica is a diverse, family-friendly destination. Take, for instance, the town of Monteverde, north of the country, which is a must-visit location for adventurous, animal-mad families.
The small town is also surrounded by rainforests and rare cloud forests. There are scenic hikes all around that suit all ages and abilities. Bring your binoculars along to help you spot the abundant wildlife in the area, including hummingbirds, coatis, and the rare Resplendent Quetzal.
Alternatively, you can join a fascinating night hike to see kinkajous, sloths, and tree frogs. More adventurous families can experience the rainforest differently. They could ride the thrilling ziplines of Selvatura Adventure Park – one of which is a breathtaking 0.6-mile-long zipline over the trees.
Another major attraction in Monteverde is the ‘Hanging Bridges’. This series of secure metal bridges allows you to walk through and above the tree-top canopy. The spot offers spectacular views of the rainforest, too.
In addition to these family attractions, there are coffee farms, cocoa farms, and farmers’ markets to tour and enjoy. Further, Monteverde is famous for its cheese-making, and families can join a tour of the dairy plant to see cheese production in action.
If your kids do not like cheese—which sounds impossible, the plant also makes delicious ice cream!
Sinead Camplin – Map Made Memories
22. Geelong, Australia
Here’s a little fun fact for you: When it’s spring in the northern hemisphere, it’s autumn in Australia. That means it’s the perfect time of year to visit the beautiful bayside town of Geelong and its magnificent waterfront.
The Geelong waterfront is a popular destination for families and there are heaps of activities to keep everyone happy. The area has a carnival-like atmosphere with ice cream vans, a Giant Ferris Wheel, and a historic carousel.
What’s more, there’s a cute Thomas The Tank Engine lookalike train that traverses the foreshore. Kids also love the Poppy Kettle playground that’s named after a local children’s book.
For the adventure-loving families though, you can hop on a Harley Davidson or you can take to the skies in a helicopter ride over the city and bay, all the way to the Great Ocean Road.
Laid-back families, on the other hand, can enjoy picnics, barbecues, and ball games in the city’s landscaped gardens and manicured lawns. After all, the days are always warm, with clear blue skies for everyone to enjoy.
Pro tip: When it’s shoulder season, you can score some great deals on your accommodation.
Audrey Chalmers – See Geelong
23. Tenerife, Spain
If you’re looking for the ideal all-inclusive family spring break vacation… I recommend Tenerife! Not only will the temperatures be nicely warm, but on top of that, there are plenty of things to do there for kids and their parents.
Whether you want to spend a day in a waterpark, go hiking the scenic Masca trail, or enjoy the scenic beauty of Los Gigantes, Tenerife has plenty of options to spend your family getaway. Visiting Loro Park with your kids is a must too, where they can marvel at the exotic animals.
However, the most obvious highlight of any trip to Tenerife is a visit to Mount Teide. The volcano is impressive for both young and old. During some moments, you’ll think that you’re on planet Mars! It’s one of the coolest things to do in Tenerife with kids.
Paulina – Paulina on the road
24. Medellin, Colombia
Known as the ‘City of Eternal Spring’, Medellin is a wonderful family destination. We’re here to say that Colombia’s second-largest city has all but shed its reputation for being dangerous and is now a much safer place to visit.
Highlights of this place include taking a tour of Comuna 13, a vibrant neighborhood filled with street art. It also features easy hikes through Arvi Park in the hills high above the city.
Other activities to do would be: To enjoy the street food, sign up for a Cumbia dance class, and visit some of the fruit markets. In the spring months, those markets are particularly plentiful.
March through May brings pleasant temperatures as well (around 82°F most days). While it can be a little rainy, there are plenty of indoor activities to do, like visiting the city’s terrific kid-friendly museums and galleries.
My advice? Try timing your visit with the Easter celebrations in April. Medellin tends to be very quiet over the four-day Semana Santa weekend. So, it’s a great opportunity to take a day trip to one of the smaller historic towns in Antioquia, where traditional Easter Parades are staged.
Another great spot is Santa Fe de Antioquia. It’s just over an hour’s drive from Medellin and is famed for its street processions and orchestral performances that have been observed for more than 350 years.
Emily – Wander-Lush
25. Cornwall, UK
There is something in Cornwall for every member of the family! Being next to the sea, there you’ll find not only traditional Cornish pasty but also many dishes based on fresh fish.
The Blue Peter Inn in Polperro, for instance, is one of the best restaurants I’ve been to during my Cornwall trip. Visiting small towns, such as Looe, Polperro, St Ives, and Marazion, is yet another favorite activity of mine.
And a perfect Cornwall itinerary can’t include Saint Michael’s Mount, the English equivalent of the famous Mont Saint Michel in France. The little island is accessible by foot when the tide is low, and by boat when the water comes back.
Definitely take a trip down to Tintagel Castle as well. The young ones will love discovering the legends and myths surrounding King Arthur and his magical sword, as well as Merlin’s Cave.
Another great place to take the young ones is the Eden Project. It’s the largest indoor rainforest in the world which promotes the sustainable use of plant resources. Meanwhile, brave souls can try out the SkyWire, which is the fastest and longest zipline in the UK, offering bird’s-eye views over the Eden Project.
26. Hudson Valley, New York
On a budget and can’t quite afford some of the exotic destinations mentioned on our list? Well, here’s another nearby U.S.-based place that’ll still keep the kids happy over spring break.
Hudson Valley, located north of New York, features plenty of hiking trails, for starters. Some of our favorites include the Black Creek Preserve, Stony Kill Falls, and the Shaupeneak Ridge Trails.
But really, any hiking trail you pick will allow you to marvel at wonderful views, such as lily ponds, fern groves, and waterfalls. You could also take the kids to the Catskill Mountains where they can enjoy music festivals, art galleries, and picturesque streams.
Interestingly, Hudson Valley features multiple farms that are open exclusively in the spring. Many of them offer fruit-picking activities for families. Your kids will love harvesting fresh strawberries and apricots – I know mine did!
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To Sum Up
And there you have it! The only list you could need to ensure your family has a total hoot over the spring break. After all, I’m sure the family could use a stress-relieving vacation.
Remember to include your little ones in the decision-making, too, so they get a hand in choosing the activities they want to participate in. Who knows? Maybe they’d much rather visit a zoo in Texas than witness an erupting volcano in Guatemala. So, ask them beforehand!
And that wraps up my list of destinations for spring break for kids and the entire family.
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