Looking for the best Spring Break Destinations for families?
I have put together 25 spring break ideas for a wholesome and fun spring break family vacation.
From classic beach vacations across the U.S. and Caribbean to the best National Parks in the US for kids, or international spring break destinations, choose the one that suits your family best and have the best vacation ever!
Índice / Table of Contents
- Best Spring Break Destinations for Families
- 1. Yosemite National Park
- 2. Yucatan, Mexico
- 3. Florida Keys, USA
- 4. Grand Canyon
- 5. Fort Worth, Texas
- 6. Akumal, Riviera Maya, Mexico
- 7. Naples, Florida
- 8. Washington DC
- 9. Maui, Hawaii
- 10. Mobile, Alabama
- 11. Madrid, Spain
- 12. Gambia, West Africa
- 13. Mexico City
- 14. Kuala Lumpur
- 15. Paris, France
- 16. Valencia, Spain
- 17. Copenhagen
- 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
Best Spring Break Destinations for Families
Ready to enjoy spring with the entire family like never before? Here are the best family spring break vacations to take.
1. Yosemite National Park
Yosemite National Park is a perfect West Coast spring break destination in the United States to visit for families who love to spend time in the outdoors and hone in on their sense of adventure.
In the spring months, Yosemite begins to come alive.
Spring flowers, wildlife, and people start bursting to life inside the park after the winter months.
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.
You could spend an entire week in Yosemite National Park and still only barely scratch the surface of everything it has to offer.
Don’t miss these Yosemite day hikes & activities to beat the crowds.
Many people stick close to Yosemite Valley and hike its more popular trails like the Mist Trail, or the Upper Yosemite Falls Trail.
But others wander further outside the valley, to hike some of Yosemite’s other gems like Clouds Rest, or to further explore the beauty of Tuolumne Meadows. There’s camping, wildflower sighting, and wildlife tours.
When you come to Yosemite in the spring you will get to see the valley come to life in a beautiful and exciting way and you will leave wishing you had more time to explore this beautiful alpine wonderland.
Allison Boyle – She Dreams of Alpine
2. Yucatan, Mexico
Mexico is a charming destination perfect for a spring break vacation for families.
Whether it be the beautiful beaches or ample greenery, this welcoming country has lots to offer.
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.
If you want to keep it simple, opt for an all-inclusive resort in Cancun. Otherwise, spend a few days in Merida, a charming old town with colorful architecture and cobble-stone roads.
Make sure to save some time for Chichen Itza, the famous Mayan ruin.
Afterward, head to Bacalar, where the blue lagoon and laid-back vibes will surely capture your heart. If you’ve 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, which is perfect for an exciting Spring Break with kids! Besides, extending your stay in Mexico is also an option.
Daisy Li – beyondmyborder.com
3. Florida Keys, USA
Florida Keys, an archipelago of islands off South coast of Florida are a perfect Spring break destination for families and one of the best places to visit in the US.
The sunshine state won’t let you down with beautiful tropical weather throughout the year.
There are lots of things to do in Florida Keys with kids!
The drive through the Florida Keys on Overseas Highway is a must with the ocean giving you company all through and some breathtaking views.
There is so much to do from white beaches, Coral reef, water sports, parasailing, snorkeling, history that you will be amazed.
Start your journey from the first island, Key Largo, the largest among all. The island is home to the first underwater Park in the US, John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park which is best to explore the magical aquatic world.
Choose from Glass bottom boat tour, snorkeling or scuba diving, you will be spell bound seeing the fishes and the coral under the water.
With water all around you, how can you miss the adventure of water sports. Zoom around in a jet ski or soar the skies with parasailing, you will love it.
My 7-year old son enjoyed the bird’s eye views from his parasail along with his dad and was the highlight of his trip.
Drive all the way to the last island, Key West, the most populous and popular island.
There is so much history and culture associated that is prevalent from its mansions and architecture of the Old Town.
Sit down at the Mallory Square in the evening to let the magic unfurl during the sunset. Or take a sunset cruise to enjoy spectacular views while sipping the wine.
Don’t forget to visit the southernmost point of US Buoy in Key west.
Neha – Travel Melodies
And if you’re visiting the Florida Keys, make sure to check out the Ultimate Marathon Florida Guide for the best trip ever!
4. Grand Canyon
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 Spring Break is the perfect time to make this iconic road trip and avoid the notorious Arizona heat.
The South Rim has free shuttle busses, a grocery store, bank and post office that makes a longer stay hassle-free.
Besides the spectacular nature that’s easily accessible from an array of scenic overlooks, there are also trails great for bicycle rides, camping, stargazing and white-water rafting for older children.
There are plenty of picnic areas and fields to take a break or have a game of frisbee.
There are also hotels that offer spectacular views – and options ranging 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
Fort Worth is one of the great Spring break ideas for families.
The temperatures are usually milder and there are plenty of things to do indoors even if it is a little chilly. Plus, you can visit Dallas which is only 30 miles away.
Fort Worth is famous for its BBQ, Stockyards and Rodeo but it also has an amazing culture scene!
You can visit world-class museums like The Modern Art Museum, 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.
If you have kids that are sports fans you might want to visit the Cowboys stadium in Arlington or catch a Rangers baseball game at the Globe Life Park.
Don’t miss visiting the Fort Worth Stock Yards for a truly Western Experience.
You can see real Texas cowhands drive a herd of Texas longhorns down East Exchange twice a day. Cowtown Coliseum in the Fort Worth Stockyards has a Rodeo show every Friday and Saturday.
Fort Worth also 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, usually, in March the cherry blossoms start to bloom and it is a great place to stop for an afternoon.
Besides, if you’re you 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.
Fort Worth by Priya Vin from Outside Suburbia
6. Akumal, Riviera Maya, Mexico
Akumal, on Mexico’s Riviera Maya, is a fabulous choice for a family Spring Break.
With accommodation for all tastes, ranging from independent boutiques to all-inclusives, Akumal works both as a vacation destination in its own right and as a base to explore the area’s highlights.
Whilst in Akumal 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 sea grass just off shore so you don’t need to hire a boat or swim out particularly far to see them.
This makes snorkeling here a breeze, even for those who are not strong swimmers or who are new to snorkeling.
Rent lifejackets and snorkel gear on the beach or even 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.
For sun, sea and an underwater adventure, Akumal is the perfect family Spring Break destination.
Josie Peden – Where Jo Goes
7. Naples, Florida
If you are looking for the ultimate beach Spring vacation idea for families then head to Naples, Florida.
There are so many great things to do in Naples, Florida for the entire family!
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 so many great day trips from Naples, Florida. If you enjoy being on the water then head out on a Naples Bay boat tour.
It is 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.
If you are a little more adventurous then head down alligator alley and join an airboat tour through the Everglades where you get to see the alligators. Naples is only 1.5 hours from Miami making it a great day trip.
If you love shopping, then head to Miromar Outlet Mall where you will find some great deals on your favorite fashion brands.
If you are a foodie, then you are 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.
Diana of Diana’s Healthy Living
If you’re traveling to Florida with your family, check out the top things to do in Destin with kids.
8. Washington DC
Washington DC is a perfect Spring Break destination for families, full of free and interesting places to visit and kid-friendly activities.
Early April timing usually coincides with DC’s famous cherry blossoms and the city is full of colorful blooms.
Spring weather is not too hot or cold, so it’s 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, but it is a long walk between buildings so don’t try to cover them all in one day.
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, but we think the Museum of Natural History is best for younger kids. With exhibits from giant dinosaurs to tiny ants, there is something to wow every age.
Natural History has one of the best restaurants near the mall, so time your 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.
If 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
Whether you’re looking for an active or relaxing family vacation, there’s no better family spring break destination than Maui.
The island’s palm-fringed golden beaches are renowned but there’s actually much more to discover on the Valley Isle.
Little explorers will love watching the sunrise from the top of the Haleakala volcano, an experience which 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 visitors 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.
Collecting memories is what a family spring break trip to Maui is all about.
Sarah Vanheel – Cosmopoliclan
10. Mobile, Alabama
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.
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 skirt dresses in pastel blue, pink, purple and yellow.
Spring is the perfect time to visit Mobile, as the weather is not yet hot and muggy like it is in summer. And beautiful white-sand beaches like Gulf Shores and Dauphin Island are just a short drive away.
Whether you prefer participating in Mardi Gras celebrations or Azalea Trail Festival, Mobile will not disappoint as one of the family spring break ideas.
Wendy Werneth – The Nomadic Vegan
11. Madrid, Spain
Brimming with enormous parks and a large variety of museums, Madrid is a perfect spring destination for families.
Spread over 125 hectares, the Retiro Park is one of the largest parks in Europe with large green spaces, live performances, several beautiful monuments and an artificial lake inside.
This, besides the historic West park and other green spaces in Madrid are in their best self during the spring blossom season.
The weather is perfect for picnics and the monuments are not crowded like during the summer holidays.
The Spanish capital is also one of the most wheelchair-accessible city, which makes it suitable to take elderly parents with you as well.
Marvel at the grandeur of the largest palace in the world, visit the incredible art museums, the Alcala gate and feel the serene spirituality at the catholic churches.
In the evening you can enjoy a family dine-out with flamenco show. If you have more than 2 days in your Madrid itinerary, you can also take day trips to historic cities of Toledo and Segovia.
Sinjana Ghosh – Backpack & Explore
And if you’re visiting Madrid, make sure to check out the Ultimate Guide to Visiting Madrid on a Budget.
12. Gambia, West Africa
Spring is a fabulous time to visit The Gambia, known as the Smiling Coast of Africa, with temperature highs around 30 °C and no rain virtually guaranteed.
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, 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.
Practice your haggling skills in a local craft market or take to the water in a kayak at Tanji Creek. 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 – 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
Spring is the perfect time to visit Mexico City.
Although Mexico’s capital is blessed with good weather almost year-round, spring is when the city really does put on its best show.
Expect blue skies, bright sunshine and jacaranda trees in full bloom. Mexico City is one of the biggest cities in the world so knowing how to tackle it can be overwhelming.
The hop-on-hop-off Turibus through the heart of the city is a great introduction and a good way to get your bearings.
Do 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 neighbourhoods 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.
This post has more ideas on things to do in Mexico City with kids.
Katja Gaskell – Vanilla Papers
14. Kuala Lumpur
If you want to heat up your Spring Break, head to Kuala Lumpur (or KL), 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.
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, it’s all very affordable and definitely one of the best value family spring break destinations in the world.
The center of Kuala Lumpur is called KLCC (Kuala Lumpur City Centre) and is the first place for families to head.
The interior is a huge park with a massive playground as well as a water playground. Surrounding this park is Petrosains Discovery Centre (which is a science museum), AquariaKLCC (which is an aquarium) and the icionic Pertronas Twin Towers which you can visit.
Another great area to visit is around Lake Gardens which is 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’ favourite attraction in the world. There is 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.
Sharon Gourlay – Dive Into Malaysia
15. Paris, France
Paris is always a good idea, and it is especially beautiful in the spring when the city is in full bloom.
The weather makes it a wonderful time to visit and it is a great period to seat on a sidewalk cafe to eat crêpes, to enjoy the Tuileries Gardens or the city’s first festivals of the year.
Locals in Paris get excited about flowers (especially the cherry blossoms) and the first picnics in the park and treasure hunts with friends take place during spring in Paris.
Also, it is a great time for sightseeing because the lines to enter the main museums are still short.
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.
If you are visiting Paris during Easter, 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, and families with children of all ages can be seen flocking to the city beaches to 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.
Rent bikes and cruise through the leafy Túria Park down to the Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias, a futuristic playground of science museums and interactive arts 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.
As if all this wasn’t enough of an excuse to visit Valencia during spring break, 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
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 and the city is full of visitors and excited locals enjoying Copenhagen.
Any Copenhagen spring guide should include a visit to Tivoli Gardens, which reopens each April.
The old-world amusement park is the second-oldest in the world and inspired Walt Disney himself. It’s full of elaborate landscaped gardens, theme rides and daily shows and entertainment.
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 is the most popular attraction there.
Spring is a time of festivals and events in Copenhagen and one of the best occurs in April with the annual Sakura festival to celebrate the blooming of the cherry blossoms.
There are also reasons to celebrate with Copenhagen street food when Reffen reopens for the season. It’s a huge street food park right on Copenhagen harbor with daily entertainment for the whole family.
Another great family activity is to rent an electric boat and take a tour of the city from the waterways that wrap around it.
Copenhagen has a beautiful stretch of canals that link the harbor to the neighborhoods inside the city. Floating around the canals is a great way to enjoy a spring afternoon.
Derek and Mike – Everything Copenhagen
18. Bruges, Belgium
Called ‘Belgian Venice’, Bruges is one of the most charming town in in the whole Europe.
Throughout the year, crowds of tourists from all over the world welcome here. And yes, Bruges is one of the best destinations for spring breaks for the whole family!
It is worth mentioning that the entire historical part was inscribed on the UNESCO cultural heritage list in 2000. The historical area of the city does not take up a large area, without much problem we can walk the whole city at a leisurely pace.
The train station is about a 15-minute walk from the main city square, which should be OK even for kids.
Whether you rent a bike to cycle around the city or go for a boat trip, there are many interesting things to do for the whole family. Oh yes, and one more thing – the city is famous for its sweet products, such as chocolate and waffles.
If you have never tried Belgian waffles, there is no point in thinking about it any longer! While in Bruges, we should also look at one of the chocolate and praline stores, and try the famous Belgian chocolate.
So, are you ready for your next family spring break?
Darek Pawlak – darekandgosia.com
19. Guanacaste, Costa Rica
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 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 but offers amazing surfing spots, great swimming spots and a beautiful laid back environment.
Visit the beachside restaurant Lola’s, at Playa Avellanas, for great food, drink, and an opportunity to meet their resident beach piglets Ave and Ana, who you’ll find lounging on the beach or greeting visitors.
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 afterwards for sunset. They are unforgettable!
The Guanacaste region of Costa Rica is the perfect place to unplug with your family and fully embrace the “Pura Vida” lifestyle Costa Rica is so famous for.
Oksana & Max from Drink Tea & Travel
20. Antigua, Guatemala
Antigua in Guatemala is one of the best spring break destinations in Central America for families, especially kids.
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 the best way to nurture their love for traveling.
Guatemala sometimes gets a bad reputation for being an unsafe country but every country has neighborhoods that are unsafe. In Guatemala, that neighborhood, or city, is the capital, Guatemala City.
If you want to visit Antigua, you will have to arrive at the airport in Guatemala City. Once you get from the Guatemala City Airport to Antigua, safety is no longer a concern.
Besides the dramatic cultural differences, Guatemala is a great place to educate kids on science, especially volcanoes.
Guatemala has more than 37 volcanoes and many of them are hikable. If you hike Volcano Acatenango (though a little tough for kids or elders), you can see a volcanic eruption.
If you hike Volcano Pacaya, 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 and the town of Monteverde in the north of the country is a must visit location for adventurous, animal mad families.
The small town is surrounded by rain forest and rare cloud forest and there are scenic hikes to suit all ages and abilities.
Bring your binoculars or sharp eyes to spot the abundant wildlife in this area including hummingbirds, coatis and the rare Resplendent Quetzal.
Join a fascinating night hike to see kinkajous, sloths and tree frogs. A major attraction in Monteverde are the ‘Hanging Bridges’.
This series of secure metal bridges allow you to walk through and above the tree top canopy offering spectacular views of the rain forest.
Adventurous families can experience the rain forest in a different way by riding the thrilling ziplines of Selvatura Adventure Park including a breath taking one kilometer long zipline over the rain forest.
In addition to these family attractions, there are coffee farms, cocoa farms and farmers’ markets to tour and enjoy.
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, the plant also makes delicious ice cream!
Sinead Camplin – Map Made Memories
22. Geelong, Australia
When it’s spring in the northern hemisphere it’s autumn in Australia. And it’s the perfect time of year to visit the beautiful bayside town of Geelong and its magnificent waterfront.
The days are still warm with clear blue skies but as it’s shoulder season, you can score some great deals on your accommodation.
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 the historic carousel.
There’s also a cute Thomas The Tank Engine lookalike train that traverses the foreshore, and kids love the Poppy Kettle playground that’s named after a local children’s book.
Adventurous families can hop on a Harley Davidson, or you can take to the skies in a helicopter ride over the city and bay and all the way to the Great Ocean Road.
The whole area is covered with landscaped gardens and manicured lawns where families enjoy picnics, barbecues and ball games.
Geelong is a great family friendly destination at any time of year.
Audrey Chalmers – See Geelong
23. Tenerife, Spain
If you are looking for the ideal family vacation spring break… I totally recommend Tenerife!
Not only will the temperatures be nicely warm, but on top, there are plenty of things to do here 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 as they’ll 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 young and old.
At some moments you’ll think that you are on planet Mars! It’s definitely 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 the perfect place for a spring city break.
In recent years, Colombia’s second-largest city has all but shed its reputation for being dangerous and is now a much safer place to visit.
Highlights include taking a tour of Comuna 13, a vibrant neighborhood filled with street art, and easy hikes through Arvi Park in the hills high above the city.
Enjoy the street food, sign up for a Cumbia dance class, and visit some of the fruit markets that are most plentiful in the spring months.
March through May brings pleasant temperatures (around 82°F most days). It can be a little rainy, but there are plenty of indoor activities too – including some terrific kid-friendly museums and galleries.
It’s a great idea to time your visit to with 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.
Santa Fe de Antioquia, just over an hour’s drive from Medellin, is famed for its street processions and orchestral performances that have been observed for more than 350 years.
25. Cornwall, UK
Cornwall is a great kids’ spring break destination, with so many different places to see and visit, from cliff hikes to remote beaches, from historical monuments to ecological projects.
There is something in Cornwall for every member of the family!
One of my favorite things to do in Cornwall is visit small towns such as Looe, Polpero, St Ives or Marazion.
Being next to the sea, here you will find not only the traditional Cornish pasty but also many dishes based on fresh fish. The Blue Peter Inn in Polpero is one of the best restaurants I have been to during my trip to Cornwall.
A perfect Cornwall itinerary can’t miss 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.
A fun adventure for families is visiting Tintagel Castle, where 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, the largest indoor rainforest in the world which promotes the sustainable use of plant resources.
The brave souls can try out the SkyWire, which is the fastest and longest zipline in the UK, offering bird eye views over the Eden Project.
Joanna – theworldinmypocket.co.uk
And that wraps up my list of destinations for spring break for kids and the entire family.