The weather in the spring is always a bit tricky. You get dressed in the morning in a sweater and jeans, but by the end of the day you’re wearing a tank top and flip flops.
Choosing a spring break destination that your whole family will enjoy can be just as tricky. Spring Break is infamous for rowdy crowds of college kids, and it’s hard to predict if the weather will be warm or cold during your vacation.
To help you decide, here’s our list of the Top 10 Family Spring Break Destinations that’ll help you steer clear of the college crowd and almost guarantee warmer weather.
1. Chattanooga, TN
Chattanooga has experienced a renaissance in the last few years that’s brought many new restaurants to the city as well as plenty of activities for kids. The Creative Discovery Museum downtown is a hands-on children’s museum designed for learning, exploration, and fun for the whole family. From there, take a scenic walk across the Tennessee River on the Walking Bridge at Coolidge Park. Finally, don’ t miss a trip to Rock City at Lookout Mountain. There’s a spot on the trail where you can see seven U.S. states at once.
2. Austin, TX
Austin is an outdoor-enthusiast’s dream, and since it’s warm almost year round, it’s the perfect spot to take the family on spring break. Take a dip in Barton Springs, a huge pool that’s fed by an underground natural spring, so it’s always 68-70 degrees. If your family wants even more water fun, tube down the Guadalupe River in Gruene, TX, just a short drive from Austin. On the drive back, stop at the famous Salt Lick BBQ restaurant for a meal your whole family will love.
3. LegoLand: Carlsbad, California
What kid wouldn’t want to walk around a real world made of Legos? That’s a no-brainer, but the park also includes exhibits that adults will find interesting, too. Miniland USA includes replicas of 7 different regions of the U.S. built with 20 million Lego pieces. LegoLand also includes a water park and its own aquarium called Sea Life.
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4. Sedona, AZ
The natural beauty of the red rocks in Sedona is breathtaking. Not only will you enjoy this unique view of the American landscape, your kids will love Sliding Rock State Park. The park is known for its natural water slides, formed by cascading streams of water that flow over smooth sandstone. Sunbathe on the red rocks that overlook the water or take a dip in one of its many swimming holes, too.
5. Mammoth Mountain, CA
If you’re into snow over Spring Break, here’s the perfect option for your family. With a snow season that lasts through June and an average annual snowfall of 400 inches of snow, this Mammoth ski resort is the perfect place for fun in the snow for your vacation. With a variety of activities to choose from–skiing, dogsledding, or snow tubing (just to name a few)–you’re sure to find something for everyone.
6. Asheville, NC
Asheville is famous for its moderate climate, mountain scenery, and foodie culture. It’s a great place to visit if your family likes outdoor activities. Hike along the Blue Ridge Parkway, bike along mountainous trails, or kayak down the French Broad River. At the end of the day, have a delicious burger at Universal Joint or experience a unique twist on tacos at White Duck Taco.
7. Disney Cruise
For a new take on the Disney franchise, set sail with your kids on a Disney cruise. Besides the really cool water slide on top of the ship, deck parties, live shows, character meet-and-greets, and a video game lounge are just a few of the activities available for kids of all ages. The ship sails to Castaway Cay, an exclusive Disney island in the Bahamas, that has three different beaches–one for families, one for teens and adults, and one exclusively for adults. You’re sure to find something for everyone.
8. New Orleans
I know what you’re thinking. New Orleans? Really?
I grew up in this town, and I love to take my children back now because there are so many kid-friendly activities to enjoy. One of my favorites is Storyland in City Park. This fairytale-themed playground has 25 life-sized storybook sculptures for kids to play on, like Captain Hook’s Pirate Ship and Cinderella’s Pumpkin Coach. Once they’ve worked up a sweat at Storyland, take them to a sno-ball stand for a sweet, icy treat–the locals’ spin on shaved ice. Also, don’t miss the Audubon Zoo and the Aquarium of the Americas. They’re world-class facilities.
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9. Beach Camping: St. Petersburg, FL
If your family is the camping type, why not try a beach camping trip? Fort de Soto in St. Petersburg, FL has 7 miles of shoreline for basking in the sun. Pitch a tent or bring your RV and sleep near the ocean. Sounds like a spring break dream come true.
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How long has it been since you and your family actually had a few days to rest and relax at home? Or have you wanted to explore nearby towns, but work/school/chores/sports/fill-in-the-blank keep crowding out your weekend plans? Why not use Spring Break as a time for a few day trips close to home or a chance to sleep in and not get out of your jammies all day? Spring Break may be the perfect opportunity to NOT have to be anywhere, so that you and your family can rest and recharge.
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