7 Family Friendly Spring Break Destinations
7 Family Friendly Spring Break Destinations
There are only a few weeks left until Spring Break and like always, we have put off plans until the last minute. I am not sure if traveling this year is in our plans, but here is a list of our favorite family friendly spring break destinations.
Yes, everyone can go skiing or head straight to the beach, but these family friendly Spring Break destinations will bring you togetherness, adventure and won’t destroy your budget if you plan it right.
Okay, now before you freak out about me taking my kids to NOLA, let me explain. I have very specific rules about this locale when we travel. Spring time in New Orleans is one of the best times to visit. Be sure to check what festivals are going on during your travel dates.
Visitors start pouring into New Orleans beginning in February for Mardi Gras and don’t stop until the heat of summer comes. There is almost some sort of music festival every weekend in March, April and into May.
Pricing for hotels and car rentals increase during this time, but try staying in the Business or Garden Districts of the city. Audubon Zoo, Tulane and Loyola Universities and the best street car ride in the City are all outside of the French Quarter. There are also several plantation tours north of the City which are fantastic day trips for families.
Yellowstone National Park
After heading here last summer for the first time, our family is hooked. We loved it so much we are headed back in June for my teen and I to run in our first half marathon race. Spring in Yellowstone National Park is volatile weather wise, so make sure to plan in advance.
The mornings and nights can be frigid and snow even into June is uncommon. Proper planning is always the best course of action here, as several gates into the park may be closed.
The benefit to going is while most people head for warmer climates, the crowds in Yellowstone are also dramatically less than in the summer months. The hotels and camping grounds inside the park fill up years in advance during the summer. If you are wanting to stay at one of the historic hotels, your best best is the spring or the fall. You can find out more about booking here.
If you just cannot bring yourself to take your kids to New Orleans, Savannah is your best next choice. All of the history, food and architecture, without the sin and filth of Bourbon Street. The weather can be wet during the Spring and being so close to the beach, tourism spikes around Spring Break.
Kicking off the busy travel season, make sure to book early for Savannah. Instead of a traditional hotel, rent a renovated townhouse in the middle of the Square and walk everywhere. There are tons of activities in Savannah and if the crowds are few, go to Tybee Island and hit the beach for a day or two.
San Fransisco/Yosemite Valley
Everywhere in California is usually packed during Spring Break. But if you have the chance to fly into San Francisco, spend a few days admiring the City. After you have toured the sites, pack up a cary and your camera and go hike Yosemite Valley.
The weather can be wet this time of year, but it is definitely worth it. Like with Yellowstone, the crowds will fewer but the views remain epic. The rains bring wildflowers, making it the perfect locale to hike, camp, rent a boat, or go horseback riding.
Fort Morgan, Alabama
Nothing beats the pristine beaches of the Emerald Coast. While the water remains chilly during Spring Break and crowds can be thick, there are deals to be had if you travel away from the hub of activity. Fort Morgan is just a twenty minute drive down the peninsula from Gulf Shores and there are lots of beach front properties listed on VRBO, Air B&B, and HomeAway.
Fort Morgan is currently a historic museum and is a fantastic way to spend the day. There are several small fishing boats and shopping centers along the peninsula to buy fresh seafood. You can also grab a net and head to the bay side to catch your own.
We love the slow pace of being away from all the people and the combination of sea life and gorgeous water. Due to weather, this part of the Gulf of Mexico may be a little choppier than in the summer, but who doesn’t love having a beach almost exclusively to themselves?
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Some of our favorite people live in Colorado Springs and we try to go at least once a year. If skiing is not your thing, consider heading out to this suburb of Denver. With every kind of outdoor activity available, there is no shortage of things to do.
Travel to the top of Pike’s Peak by train spend an afternoon exploring Maintou Springs, a quaint little mountain town known for boutique shopping and great foodie finds. Make sure to stop off at the Broadmoor hotel for lunch or a warm drink and explore the history inside. You may get lucky and have the chance to peek in on an over the top bridal photo shoot or a wedding in progress.
Santa Fe, New Mexico
While the hubs and I try to save this trip for just us, it is also a great spot to take the kids. Santa Fe is quaint and can seem small to first timers. The hiking alone is worth the nine hour drive for us. Taos, New Mexico is about an hour north of Santa Fe and if you run out of amazing dining opportunities (which you won’t) Albuquerque is close by to the South.
Grab an open air tour through the center of town and make sure to do all of your shopping early. The center of town closes early everyday but warm up next to roaring fires and play card games, as almost every hotel has their own fantastic fireplace.
Do you and yours head out for Spring Break? Where are your favorite family friendly Spring Break Destinations?