Top Spring Break Destinations for Families in the U.S.A.

Posted By Allison on Feb 1, 2017

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Who else is itching for spring? Since my kids AND my husband are tied to the traditional school schedule, Spring Break is our best opportunity to get out of town for a few days between Christmas and summer breaks.

It’s also a celebration. We love winter holidays and the abundance of winter sports close to our Utah home, but we are as excited as anyone for the arrival of spring. It’s often a chance to warm up and see many places around the U.S. at their best.

Here are a few of our favorite spring break destinations for families.

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San Diego, California

San Diego is a no-fail family vacation. It has beaches, theme parks, museums, nature and perfect weather year-round. A few of my family’s favorites include the beaches, LEGOLAND California, SeaWorld and Balboa Park.

Get more tips for visiting San Diego HERE.

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When I think of a Disneyland trip, I can’t help feeling a little giddy. It really is the Happiest Place on Earth for many families. Combine Disneyland with a visit to the new Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Hollywood, beach time or other fun Los Angeles activities.

Get more tips for visiting Disneyland HERE.

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Phoenix, Arizona

If you need a cure for your winter blues, Phoenix is it. Spring in Phoenix is sunny and warm. Book a resort with a great pool, check out the spring training baseball schedule, plan plenty of outdoor activities and enjoy all the urban amenities that Phoenix has to offer.

Get more tips for visiting Phoenix HERE.

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Las Vegas, Nevada

Yeah, Las Vegas isn’t an ideal family destination. Nevertheless, the weather is warm and there are lots of fun and unique things for families to do both on and off the famous Las Vegas Strip. Spring weather in Las Vegas is warm enough for outdoor swimming, so be sure to build in plenty of pool time!

Get more tips for visiting Las Vegas HERE.

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Salt Lake City, Utah

Spring is the best of both worlds in Salt Lake City, Utah. Nearby winter resorts usually have snow well into April while temperatures in the city are warm enough to enjoy popular family activities both indoor and out. All of Utah’s national parks are about a half-day’s drive from Salt Lake City.

Get more tips for visiting Salt Lake City HERE.

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Oklahoma City isn’t a traditional Spring Break hot spot, but that’s part of its appeal. There are a lot more fun activities for families here than you might expect. Check out Myriad Gardens, Oklahoma Science Center and the brand new whitewater rafting and adventure park.

Get more tips for visiting Oklahoma City HERE.

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Galveston, Texas

Galveston is a fun beach getaway for families. Choose from commercial beaches with amusement park rides on the pier, restaurants, rentals and other amenities or enjoy a more natural experience at Galveston Island State Park. This fun city has lots of interesting theme parks, museums and historical sites too!

Get more tips for visiting Galveston HERE.


New York City, New York

There is just SO MUCH TO DO in New York City! Hang out in Central Park, see a Broadway play, spend time in world-famous museums, or see iconic landmarks from history – and your favorite movies. Winter is cold, summer is sticky, but spring is perfect.

Get more tips for visiting New York City HERE.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Philadelphia is one of America’s great cities. Show your children Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell and other historical sites. Find the best cheesesteak sandwich in town. If you have time, plan a side trip into Amish country.

Get more tips for visiting Philadelphia HERE.

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Washington D.C.

Spring is one of the most beautiful times of year to visit Washington D.C. The cherry blossoms bloom and temperatures are just right. Many of Washington D.C.’s attractions are free, which makes this trip both educational and affordable.

Get more tips for visiting Washington D.C. HERE.

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Williamsburg, Virginia

Williamsburg pretty much has it all. Choose from the living history lessons at Williamsburg and Jamestown, then spend a day or two at local theme parks. A beach day at Virginia Beach is an easy day trip, if the weather is warm enough.

Get more tips for visiting Williamsburg HERE.

Orlando, Florida

Spring Break is a great opportunity to spend a few days in Orlando’s world-famous theme parks. The weather is usually just right, and you have your pick of Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando, SeaWorld Orlando, LEGOLAND Florida and more.

Get more tips for visiting Walt Disney World HERE.

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Clearwater Beach, Florida

Clearwater Beach is a great family-friendly beach town on Florida’s Gulf Coast. It’s the home of Winter and the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, which were made famous in the Dolphin Tale movies. You can also catch some spring training baseball games. White sand beaches, warm gulf currents and gorgeous sunsets… need I say more?

Get more tips for visiting Clearwater Beach HERE.

How else can we help?

Need an affordable flight? Use SkyScanner or AirfareWatchdog to compare fares from major airlines. Then book directly from the airline, rather than a 3rd party site. Find out why HERE.

Need a place to stay? You can now research AND book your hotel at If you prefer a vacation rental (and we don’t blame you), try HomeAway.

Need a rental car? Find the best rates from dozens of agencies at Driving your own car is not the best option at all these destinations. Be sure to consider public transportation and other alternatives first.

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Hi there! I am the founder of Tips for Family Trips. I am a married mom of two children, ages 10 and 12, living near Salt Lake City, Utah. We took our first child on a two-week road trip when she was four weeks old and we have been traveling as a family ever since. We love to get out of the house to see and do fun things, both far away and in our own neighborhood.

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  1. I’m interested in California now and it looks like San Diego got my attention. Thanks.

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