The Super Bowl is over and Valentine’s day is almost here, but for many American families these annual traditions really mean one thing: Spring Break is just around the corner! For most families in the US, February means it’s time to start planning your Spring Break vacation. We asked around and found some great Spring Break destinations in the US for families.
Everyone is probably more than ready to shed their coats, get out the swimwear, and head somewhere warm. Perhaps, you are tired of being cooped up and are ready to head for the hills to take get some fresh mountain air and capture some beautiful spring flowers. Either way, here are a few of the best places to travel in the US for spring break with your family.
When Is The Best Time To Book A US Spring Break Destination?
Planning a Spring Break vacation in the US can be expensive if you don’t plan accordingly. In general, booking early is usually best, however, we have also found at least 60 days prior to our travel dates to be the best time for booking airfare.
Flying on Tuesdays or Wednesdays is also a great way to save a bit on airfare. We’ve also found that sometimes last minute home rentals can be hard to come by, but if you are diligent and persistent, home owners are also a little more likely to negotiate on the rate if the house is still unrented.
Finding a good rate on your US Spring Break family vacation also depends on where you choose to go. Consider these USA travel destinations for planning your next US Spring Break vacation with kids.
Palm Beach, Florida
Located in South Florida, separated from the mainland by the Lake Worth Lagoon, Palm Beach is known for its glitzy real estate and beaches. A great destination to spend your time shopping the upscale boutiques, browsing antique furnishings, and enjoying the delicious restaurants. A great way for families to enjoy West Palm Beach is to consider a house rental.
Florida Vacation rentals offer the opportunity for more room to spread out and, in many cases, the ability to have your own private pool. Don’t be afraid of the rental rates because you can often work a bargain with the owners.
This charming newly renovated home in the historic district has a private pool, sleeps 8, and rents for less than most hotel rooms during the third week of April.
If you are looking to save on the traditional fees associated with sites like VRBO or Homeaway, we recommend you consider Turnkey. We have found their fees to be far less than those added on by their competitors.
If you want the beach atmosphere but are looking for a little more low-key vacation, consider Malibu, CA. Malibu is great for families, and you can’t beat the views and beach town vibes.
Stretching for more than 30 miles along the West Coast, Malibu offers gorgeous sunset views and all-access beach fun with a bit of luxury.
This beautiful vacation home in Malibu, CA sleeps 6 people and boasts amazing views of the Pacific Ocean on it’s own stretch of private beach.
Imagine swinging on the porch of an antebellum home, sweet tea in hand, wondering if you should explore some of America’s early history, indulge in some Southern comfort food, head to the beach, or stay swinging for just a little longer.
You can experience all of that and more in Charleston, South Carolina. Whether you love history, shopping, sampling local cuisine, children’s activities, or the beach, there are a ton of things to do in Charleston with kids. It is an ideal spring break destination for kids of all ages.
Charleston is a perfect city for learning about antebellum and Civil War history, in particular. Fort Sumter, Fort Moultrie and the USS Hunley sites are all bring history to life for kids.
Families will also enjoy the South Carolina Aquarium, the Children’s Museum of the Low Country, Patriot’s Point Naval & Maritime Museum and walking through the Charleston City Market and around Rainbow Row, the famous group of colorful houses that are lined along Charleston Harbor’s Battery Park.
There are also some wonderfully family-friendly beaches near Charleston – and several to choose from. Folly Beach is the closest, but Kiawah, Seabrook, Edisto and Fripp Islands are also within 90 minutes and wonderful places to camp out for a few days after taking in all of Charleston’s sights.
Asheville, North Carolina isn’t a big city but there are big views and lots of kid friendly activities in the area!
Rent a car and wander the curvy roads to discover countless trails with both beautiful waterfalls and long range views (if you need guidance on where to get outside and enjoy the views, check out this list of kid friendly easy hikes near Asheville NC!.
In addition to the outdoors, Asheville boasts the famous Biltmore estate, museums, kid-friendly breweries, and a fun downtown full of open air musicians, street art, and little boutiques.
Recently named the best food city in America by Yelp, there are plenty of places for foodies. A few kid-friendly favorites are the French Broad Chocolate Lounge or The Hop ice cream shop.
Older kids will enjoy the River Arts District with artisan demonstrations and galleries while the whole family can have fun at Well Played Board Game Cafe.
If you’ve ever wanted to witness Cherry Blossoms in the US, then plan a spring visit to Washington D.C. and experience the famous Cherry Blossom Festival.
To ensure you witness these blossoms in full bloom, make sure to visit the Cherry Blossom Festival’s website and keep track of the bloom watch.
The Cherry Blossom festival is fun for the whole family, with so many fun events such as the Kite festival, the Japanese stone lantern lighting ceremony, and PetalPalooza at the DC Wharf, which ends with a firework display.
You can find majority of the Cherry Blossoms at the Tidal Basin, just be prepared for crowds. The best time to visit these blossoms are usually early in the morning, or midweek. You can also find food vendors, and festival merchandise at the Tidal Basin, along with some live entertainment.
Spring break is the perfect time to get the kids outside and enjoy all that nature has to offer. There is no better place to go than Moab, Utah for outdoor adventures.
Moab is the town closest to Arches and Canyonlands National Parks and Dead Horse Point State Park. These three parks feature amazing rock formations, world-class hiking and biking trails and spectacular views to photograph.
There are so many things to do in Moab that are outside the parks. You can explore the area on your own or book a tour with the various local guides. Kid-friendly outdoor activities in Moab include hiking, biking, and 4×4 offroad driving.
One of the must-do activities with kids is stargazing. Take time one night to get away from the city lights and enjoy the endless sky of stars. Arches, Canyonlands and Dead Horse Point are all designated as ‘Dark Sky’ locations. There’s a reason these parks have the slogan “Half the Park is After Dark.”
And don’t forget the local geology, culture and history that can be found in the Moab area. You can see petroglyphs and dinosaur prints in the rocks. And you can even walk around life-size replicas of dinosaurs! What kid, and adult for that matter, wouldn’t want to do that!?
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