The 15 Best-Ever Family Spring Break Destinations
Whether you want sunshine by the shoreline or one last hurrah on the slopes before the season ends, make the most of the week off from school with a trip to these fun-filled locales.
Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona
Words can’t do justice to the Grand Canyon—one of the most majestic and massive natural wonders of the world. This mighty chasm measures 277 miles long, 18 miles wide, and more than a mile deep. When it comes to spring break, set your sights on the South Rim (open all year). Everyone will enjoy hiking Bright Angel Point Trail. Afterward, grab a bite and shop for authentic souvenirs in Grand Canyon Historic Village.
San Diego, California
According to a new Airbnb survey, 36 percent of parents report a desire for seaside fun. And for that fact alone, San Diego earns a spot on our list of top spring break locales. The warm climate, sun-drenched beaches, and surf-worthy swells are only part of the appeal: “America’s Finest City” brims with kid-friendly attractions like the San Diego Zoo and the Old Town Model Railroad Depot.
Las Vegas, Nevada
Las Vegas has lots to offer for the under-21 crowd. Adrenaline junkies can take a ride on the Big Shot at the Stratosphere. For fans of King Arthur, there’s “Tournament of Kings,” a medieval dinner show with sword fights and food at the Excalibur. Sweet tooth? Get your chocolate fix at M&M’S World. The four-floor megastore features a rainbow candy wall, custom confections, playful memorabilia, and a free 3D movie.
Sanibel Island, Florida
Looking for a laid-back escape? Consider Sanibel Island. The low-key atmosphere, beautiful beaches, water sports, and natural treasures make this coastal haven a hit with relaxation-seekers young and old. The whole clan is sure to have a ball combing the pristine stretches for shells. Plan an excursion to JN Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge. Budding horticulturalists won’t want to miss the Botanical Gardens at Sanibel Moorings Resort.
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New York City, New York
From parks and interactive exhibits to performances and festivals, there’s plenty to keep everyone entertained in the Big Apple. And if April showers threaten to spoil your spring break, simply turn your attention indoors. Dodge lasers, crack codes, and channel your inner 007 at Spyscape, check out the Jim Henson exhibition at Museum of the Moving Image, or see a Broadway musical. “The Lion King” and “Frozen” received rave reviews from theatre-goers of all ages.
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Washington, DC abounds with monuments, museums, and iconic buildings. Bonus: Many of the attractions are free. Carve out at least a couple of hours to explore the National Mall and Memorial Parks. Tour the Supreme Court and United States Botanic Garden. Snap a few pics in front of the White House. And it’s no secret that the annual Cherry Blossom Festival (March 17 to April 15) is a major highlight, drawing 1.5 million visitors a year.
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Paradise Island, Bahamas
With temps in the high 70s, powder-fine beaches, and endless sunshine, Paradise Island certainly lives up to its name. The crown jewel of this Bahamian oasis is Atlantis, Paradise Island. The sprawling resort has 20 swimming areas, 11 different pools, programs for kids and teens, a 14-acre marine mammal habitat, and the heart-racing Leap of Faith, one of the coolest water slides on the planet.
Pack your bags and hop across the pond for a trip your family won’t soon forget. Fast-moving and multicultural, London is in a league of its own. Spring brings pleasant temps, perfect for exploring the myriad outdoor sites such as Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens. After the requisite touristy stuff, treat sports buffs to a football match, followed by authentic fish ‘n’ chips.
Orlando has more than a dozen theme parks. The star of it is Walt Disney World. Dubbed “the happiest place on earth,” this fairytale land is home to Epcot, Magic Kingdom, and Typhoon Lagoon. Craving more epic adventure? Live out your Harry Potter fantasies and ride the gravity-defying roller coasters at Universal Orlando or swim with the dolphins at SeaWorld.
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Founded in 1630, Boston is a bastion of history. Teach kids about the American Revolution by walking in the footsteps of our nation’s earliest patriots on the Freedom Trail, a 2.5-mile route of significant landmarks such as Faneuil Hall, the Paul Revere House, and Old North Church. Catch a baseball game at Fenway Park. Savor an authentic lobster roll at James Cook & Company. After an action-packed day, rest your weary head at Hotel Commonwealth or The Westin Boston Waterfront, situated in the thriving seaport district.