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 ideas for families.
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
- LEGOLAND California,
- SeaWorld San Diego and
- Balboa Park.
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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 Knott's Berry Farm, beach time or other fun Orange County activities.
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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.
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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!
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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.
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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, without the crowds or peak prices. Check out Myriad Gardens, Oklahoma Science Center and the new whitewater rafting and adventure park.
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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!
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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?
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I hope this list gives you a few ideas for your family's Spring Break trip. It's such a great time to make memories together.
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