Spring break is coming up and this season is not only made for college students to unwind and party for days. The spring season is a great time to take a family vacation too – especially when you live in a place where you experience a long, dark, and cold winter.
Indeed, spring break is a chance for everyone to enjoy the sunshine again. It is an act of rejuvenation and recharging again so that the kids can go back to school with a lot more enthusiasm. It is also a good idea to take a break from work so that you can spend quality time with the family while the kids are not in school.
The best thing about it is that the temperature during springtime is great for travel because it is not as hot as summer or as busy as other vacation seasons.
But what if you do not have the budget to travel out of America? Don’t worry! The United States is a huge country with every state having something nice to offer to spring breakers!
To help you out, we have gathered 20 amazing spring break family vacation destinations in the US that your entire family can enjoy!
1. Mobile (Alabama)
Mobile City is also known as Azalea City thanks to its famous Azalea Trail. Every spring, the whole city is covered in shades of pink and purple as the 35-mile Azalea Trail blooms.
Mobile is also home to fairytale-like gardens such as the Mobile Botanical Gardens and the Bellingrath Gardens and Home. You can also go kayaking on the Mobile River. T
he Mobile Carnival Museum also known as the Mardi Gras Museum is also a colorful and worthwhile visit.
2. Portland (Oregon)
A lot of flowers bloom as early as March and the spring cherry blossoms of Portland are a lovely sight. Spring break in the city means food festivals, beer, fiestas, and flowers. You should visit the Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm and the kids can even attend the kid-centered Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival.
Spring is when thousands of gray whales pass through Oregon waters, so it is a good time to go whale watching. There are also kid-friendly breweries in the area where you can relax after a long day of sightseeing.
3. Sedona (Arizona)
Springtime means the heat is comfortable enough for the entire family to enjoy the spring vacation, towering cliffs, and majestic scenery of the red rock paradise known as Sedona.
There are numerous family-friendly hiking trails that you can do with the kids. If you want something more thrilling, you can take off-road Jeep tours. If you have animal lovers in the family, you should also drop by the Out of Africa Wildlife Park. There are also stargazing tours available, handled by astronomers.
4. San Francisco (California)
San Francisco is known for its cold temperatures and foggy skies, but it transforms into a lively place during spring. The temperature is warmer, and the city becomes more colorful with a lot of flowers in bloom.
The San Francisco Botanical Garden and the Japanese Tea Garden are also a must-see to witness a wide variety of plants and flowers. Spring is also the time for the Cherry Blossom Festival – the cherry blossoms only bloom for 2 weeks each year so it is a special event.
5. Colorado Springs (Colorado)
Colorado Springs is a destination where you can get the best of both cool and warm weather. You can check in the famous Great Wolf Lodge, which is a family-friendly resort with an indoor water park.
The kids will also have a blast visiting the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, Space Foundation Discovery Center, or the Dinosaur Resource Center. The May Natural History Museum is also something you should check out – it houses the world’s largest private collection of bugs and insects.
6. Cocoa Beach (Florida)
If you want to enjoy the beaches of Florida but in a more laid-back atmosphere, you should head to Orlando and look for Cocoa Beach. This coastal surf town is ideal for families who want to skip the big crowd of tourists.
The place has more to offer than just the beautiful beaches. It is home to the Brevard Zoo, the Kennedy Space Center, and the historical Cocoa Village. Plus, there are a lot of al fresco dining options out in the waterfront for the entire family to enjoy.
7. Savannah (Georgia)
Springtime in Savannah is packed with a lot of outdoor events. You and the family can go on a riverboat cruise.
The local art scene is very active during this spring vacation, so you can expect a lot of festivals and outdoor galleries that your family will love. If your kids love ghost stories, you can take a ghost tour as well, since Savannah is known to be one of the most haunted cities in America. The Savannah National Wild Refuge is also a great stop for animal lovers.
8. Washington DC
Spring break is a beautiful time in the country’s capital because it is cherry blossom season. Their famous cherry blossom usually lasts for two weeks starting late March to April.
Washington DC is also home to numerous beautiful parks and gardens that you and your family should explore because everything will be in full bloom during spring vacation. You can also visit some of the best museums in the world in Washington for free and there are also free walking tours.
Oh, don’t forget to take the chance to tour the White House while you are there!
9. Biloxi (Mississippi)
Biloxi may be a city known for its casinos and nightlife, but it is a surprisingly good family vacation destination because of its mild weather and attractions.
It has several great beaches where you can do a lot of water activities. There are great museums in the city and thanks to the thriving casino industry, you can also find world-class resorts and hotels for a relaxing staycation. You should also visit the Biloxi lighthouse to get the best view of the whole town!
10. Taos (New Mexico)
If you are looking for a spring break destination that offers adventure, culture, history, art, great weather, and lesser crowds, Taos in New Mexico is a worthy stop. The city’s main attraction is the Taos Pueblo, which is a UNESCO heritage site.
The 200-year-old San Francisco de Asis church is also a beautiful site to visit. As an artist colony, there are a lot of art galleries and museums in the area. You should drop by the 200-year-old village of Arroyo Seco which is known for its unique and colorful architecture.
11. Ithaca (New York)
Ithaca is known for its many waterfalls. Aside from exploring nature with the family, touring the city is also worth it because of the beautiful architecture.
Ithaca is also home to the famous Cornell University. The city is also known for its wine and vineyards so that is something parents can look forward to. As for the kids, there are a lot of kid-friendly attractions like the Science Center, the Museum of Earth, the Ithaca Children’s Garden, and the Greek Peak Mountain Resort.
12. Chapel Hill (North Carolina)
If you are looking for a family vacation where you can get away from the hustle and bustle of city life during spring, Chapel Hill is a great place for you!
Take the kids to Morehead Planetarium and Kidzu Children’s Museum. You can enjoy the blooming spring flowers in the North Carolina Botanical Garden. The family can also explore Gimghoul Castle.
The 1870 Farm is also a worthy stop where everyone can get a feel of farm life and the kids can meet some farm animals. The Uncommon Garden is also a worthy stop where you can experience a unique and exotic wonderland filled with rock formations, water gardens, and waterfalls.
13. Newport (Rhode Island)
If your family wants a cool weather destination for spring vacation, Newport in Rhode Island is a good destination. The spring weather there is usually still too cold for the beach, yet there are still a lot of fun things to do that the entire family will love.
You can take a guided tour of the city riding an old-fashioned trolley. If there are tennis players in the family, the International Tennis Hall of Fame is a worthy stop. You should end the day by watching the sunset from the Newport Bridge.
14. Charleston (South Carolina)
Charleston has a laidback and cozy atmosphere thanks to its cobblestone streets and booming food and culture scene. You can take a walking tour of the entire city and tour the historical homes.
The entire family can have fun at the South Carolina Aquarium, which has over 5,000 animals and they have a lot of interactive exhibits. Charleston also has several museums that you can visit for a small fee. The gardens and plantations in the area are also very beautiful and would make good spots to take family pictures.
15. Grapevine (Texas)
Grapevine is known for its many restored 19th- and 20th-century buildings, which are a treat for those who love architecture. The city has a small-town charm but with a more urban vibe. It is famous for its wine and food scene too.
If your kids love trains, the Grapevine Vintage Railroad keeps them entertained. Grapevine is also home to the SEA LIFE Grapevine Aquarium, Peppa Pig World of Play, and the LEGOLAND Discovery Center. You should know that Grapevine is also a popular destination during December.
16. Gatlinburg (Tennessee)
This mountain town is the best city to visit in Tennessee during spring break since the weather is perfect for exploring the nearby Great Smoky Mountains National Park. There are also a lot of spring events such as the Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage and the Smoky Mountain Wine Fest.
Take note that April is the peak season for wildflowers growing in the area. Gatlinburg also has Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies which would be a treat for the kids. There is also the Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community if you want to see local art.
17. Moab (Utah)
If your kids are fond of dinosaurs or are fans of Indiana Jones, Moab is a great family spring vacation destination. The place has massive red rock formations and you can find dinosaur tracks and Native American art in several hiking trails.
The Museum of Moab also has a lot of dinosaur bones, fossils, and archeological artifacts. Spring break is the best time to explore the national parks in the area because the air is cool even on a sunny day.
18. Stowe (Vermont)
If you’re the type of family who feels sad that winter is gone, you can still enjoy the snow in Stowe. In fact, the spring months of March and April are considered to be their ideal time to ski and snowboard.
Spring break is also maple sugar season. Stowe is well-known for their maple syrup products. Stowe’s art scene is also very active during spring break. There are also numerous spa and wellness centers in the area if you need to relax and rejuvenate.
19. Falls Church (Virginia)
If you want to take a break in a small town, Falls Church is a great spot. For nature lovers, you can go hiking, biking, or horseback riding at the Washington and Old Dominion Regional Park.
You and your family can travel back in time when you visit Cherry Hill Historic House and Farm. You can also experience an outdoor theatre by seeing what shows are available at the Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts.
If you want to see the best spring flowers in the area, you can take a hike in Scott’s Run Nature Preserve where there is an abundance of wildflowers.
20. Anchorage (Alaska)
Not many people know this, but spring is a magical time in Alaska. The whales and other marine wildlife start coming back to the coast, and the bears come out of hibernation. You and your family can go on glacier cruises or go whale-watching during spring vacation.
You can also hire a small plane and go flying. If you want a closer look at wildlife, you can visit the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center. To learn more about Alaska’s history and culture, you can check out the Anchorage Museum.
Spring is truly a great vacation time for the family!
Most of us are stuck indoors before spring. But when spring comes, the sun is out, and the freezing weather starts to mellow down. It is the perfect time to bask in the sunlight and have some fun and quality bonding with the family!
Seriously, do not let spring cleaning be the highlight of your family’s spring break. Take a vacation and create some memories!