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The Top 10 Family Spring Break Destinations

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The Top 10 Family Spring Break Destinations

Posted on 2017-02-24 at 06:00
Last updated on April 20th, 2018 at 12:17 pm

Need help finding a good family-friendly Spring Break destination? Do you know you want to go somewhere but don’t know where to start? See our family travel tips of the top 10 family Spring Break destinations to get those creative travel juices flowing… 

Isn’t Spring Break the best? Kam used to teach junior high and every time February rolled around,  she had a countdown till Spring Break (She LOVED her students, but man – she needed some space after the LOOOOONG winter months).  Honestly, one of the hardest things about Spring Break is deciding where to go! Read below to find out our top ten Spring Break destinations and then find out where some of us are going this year.  We are SO EXCITED!!

The Top 10 Family Spring Break Destinations

1- Rome

borghese gardens in the spring to show how pretty rome is during spring break

Seriously, these gardens!!!

Rome in the spring is beyond beautiful!! The Borghese Gardens smell divine with the fresh blossoms, the weather is near perfect, and there are colorful flowers and citrus trees all over the city.

2 – New York City

The weather is heating up, Central Park is becoming green again, and the city is extremely active with people on the streets after hunkering down for the winter. It is vibrant and fun!

3 – Hawaii

There is rarely a bad time to visit Hawaii, but come April the rainfall has almost cut in half from the winter months. We love all of the Hawaiian Islands but our favorites have to be Kauai and the Big Island.  

*Need help deciding where to stay in Hawaii? See our Top 4 and 5 Star Resorts for Families in Hawaii

4 – San Diego

San Diego is quite a bit more busy during the Spring Break season, but is still lovely and has so many fun family activities. 

5 – Washington D.C.

The cherry blossoms – enough said!!!

6 – London

The city isn’t too busy with tourists yet, the weather is mild, and there are so many amazing things to do both inside and outside. 

picture of big ben from trafalgar square showing how awesome London is in spring

While London can still be chilly during spring, it is lovely! We took this on our morning walk and loved all of the flowers and crisp air.

7 – New Zealand

Even though April is autumn in New Zealand, there are so many fun things to do! We whale watched, did some of the adventurous activities in Rotorua, and spent plenty of time at the beach. We did get rain a couple of days but felt that it only added to the beauty.

8 – Utah!

We have to do a shameless plug for our home state. Seriously, the national parks in Utah in the spring are FANTASTIC. If you are a hiker, check out Angels Landing at Zions National Park, for sure! 

*To see what to do in Salt Lake City for a couple of days check out our Honest Review of SLC

9 – St. Lucia

St. Lucia is gorgeous! There is so much to do including beach activities, hiking, and more tropical adventures. The fact that it is a little bit harder to get to really helps with crowd control.

*For our favorite things to do in Saint Lucia, click (Why Saint Lucia is the Best Carribean Island)

sugar beach saint lucia with wind surf boards showing some of the fun things to do in St. Lucia

Saint Lucia is a colorful feast for the eyes with SO many fun things to do!

10 – Charleston S.C.

Again, this is becoming a trend here but the blooms! The weather is warm but not a gazillion degrees and the emerging food scene in Charleston cannot be beat! There are also two wonderful festivals during this time; The Food and Wine Festival, and the Houses and Gardens Festival.

The Few Places We Try to Avoid for Spring Break

There are a couple of places we try to avoid when picking Spring Break destinations – simply because we like to try and avoid the crazy crowds.

Mexico – We LOVE Mexico! See our recent Cabo post here. But, we try to visit when it is a little less over run by … fraternities.

Disney Parks – Unless you are able to do the VIP Disney Service, for us, Disney over Spring Break is just WAY TOO BUSY.

Where We Are Going for Spring Break!!!

This year, some of us are taking off to — drumroll —  Columbia for Spring Break! We can’t wait to tell you all about it. Our dad lived there for two years (a really long time ago) and is SO EXCITED to finally get back. It has been on the list for YEARS and we are so excited to visit South America again!!!

What do you look for in a family Spring Break destination? What is your favorite Spring Break spot? Where are some of you going? 

Happy travels!!!

With Love – The Smith Family

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  • shauna stoddard
    Posted at 16:20h, 04 April Reply

    I really enjoy Utah as well! Great vacations destinations.

    • kamree
      Posted at 21:29h, 08 April Reply

      Thanks Shauna!!

  • Reese Woods
    Posted at 18:52h, 04 April Reply

    I’ve been to a couple places on this list! I have always wanted to see more of Europe, though!

  • Emily
    Posted at 23:06h, 04 April Reply

    These are great places that I’d love to visit. I think Hawaii would be a fun time. Enjoy your trip to Columbia!

    • kamree
      Posted at 21:28h, 08 April Reply

      Thanks, Emily!! We are loving it :). Hope you had the best Spring Break!

  • Cristine
    Posted at 04:56h, 05 April Reply

    Disney can be ok depending on your spring break time.
    I disagree with New Zealand. Too much travel time to enjoy just a few days there. Kids would have to miss more school

    • kamree
      Posted at 21:27h, 08 April Reply

      Hello Cristine! We often miss a day or two at the beginning and at the end of our Spring Breaks so it gives us about 10 days and many of our readers are from places that are easier to travel to NZ. When is your favorite time to visit Disney?


  • Nallely Tapia
    Posted at 11:18h, 05 April Reply

    yes!! D.C. AND THE CHERRY BLOSSOMS! its beautiful the city basicaly turns pink! gosh i miss that place!

    • kamree
      Posted at 21:26h, 08 April Reply

      So agree! Did you live there??? If so, I feel jealous! Xo Kam

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